Honeybee Tee: Tapestry Crochet Top Pattern

Have you wished that you can make some of the gorgeous stranded knitting top designs, but only know how to crochet? Well, if you have, this is just the crochet summer top for you! You’ll be the buzz of the town with my latest crochet top pattern, the bee-utiful Honeybee Tee! This tapestry crochet top pattern for women creates the same style of color work as knitting, and is so much fun to do! The theme of bees even continues throughout the entire pattern with the textured honeycomb stitch on the body!

Want the links for the pattern? You can find it in my shops on Etsy or Ravelry, or you can read the rest to find out my inspiration and other details about the pattern!

This pattern is now available as a kit through Lion Brand Yarn!


One day on Pinterest, as I was searching for design ideas, I came across a stranded knitting sweater that featured beautiful color work bees on it. As soon as I saw it, I wanted to design a tapestry crochet crochet top pattern that would have honeybees as the focal point! There had to be something special on it though that would make it stand out from other crochet summer tops. In comes the honeycombs on the bottom! I designed a special honeycomb stitch pattern to create a raised honeycomb texture on the body of the sweater. I’m all about keeping the theme of the sweater throughout the whole design, and this does it perfectly!

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This tapestry crochet top pattern is a top down circular yoke crochet pattern that is made in one piece. You start the pattern by doing tapestry crochet in the round to do the crochet color work yoke. Once you’ve made the entire yoke, you’ll join for the arms, do some decrease rounds, and then begin the rest of the body with the honeycombs.

You can find a detailed photo tutorial for how to create the honeycombs within the printable PDF pattern in my shops on Etsy or Ravelry.

If you’ve never done tapestry crochet before, no problem! This is a great beginner friendly tapestry crochet pattern to learn with! I’ve created a helpful beginner’s guide that teaches you all of the things that you’ll need to know to do tapestry crochet. You can find that tutorial here on my blog at: The Beginner’s Guide to Tapestry Crochet.

The Yarn

To make this crochet top, I used one of my favorite yarns, Lion Brand Basic Stitch! This yarn is one of my all time favorite worsted weight yarns. It’s soft, affordable, works great for color work, and comes in an amazing range of colors! It’s also designed to last longer than other worsted weight yarns since it is anti piling. If you start getting too many fuzzes on it, just wash it and they’ll go away!

For my top, I used the colors Saffron, Black, and White. You don’t have to stick to just those colors though! Some my testers for the pattern made the body of the pattern in black, rust, and blue! The color possibilities are completely customizable to how you want to make it. I think it would look amazing in a completely neutral palate too!


One of my goals as a designer, has been to bring the style of color work you see in knitted sweaters, and bring it to crochet! That in turn ties to wanting to make color work designs available to more sizes, and have them size inclusive. The Honeybee Tee is one of my first ventures into making these goals a reality! It comes in sizes XS-5XL, and is made using tapestry crochet. It’s a circular yoke, top down shirt pattern, that is so much fun to make!

Here are all of the sizing details for the finished Bust Measurements (includes 1-2 inches of ease):

  • XS: 29”
  • S: 33”
  • M: 37”
  • L: 41”
  • XL: 45”
  • 2XL: 49”
  • 3XL: 53”
  • 4XL: 57”
  • 5XL: 61”

The length of the top, as well as the fit, can be customized to whatever length or fit you want!



  • Lion Brand Basic Stitch Premium, or other worsted weight yarn in 3 colors (this design is also available as a kit from Lion Brand with all of the yarn!):
    • Main Color (MC): XS – 640 yds; S – 700 yds; M – 800 yds; L – 910 yds; XL – 1100 yds; 2XL – 1200 yds; 3XL – 1280 yds; 4XL – 1400 yds; 5XL – 1500 yds; 
    • White (CC1): 70 yds
    • Black (CC2): 50 yds
  • Size I 5.5mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

Pattern Notes:

  • This pattern is made using US crochet terminology.
  • The pattern can be customized in length and fit to whatever you want it to be!
  • This sweater is made from the top down in one piece with a circular yoke.
  • The pattern uses tapestry crochet to make the color work. Experience with color work is not required, but it is recommended.
  • Want to avoid crochet mistakes while crocheting this pattern? Learn how to avoid them with my post on my blog: 10 Mistakes Common Mistakes Crocheters Make and How to Avoid Them.
  • New to crochet color work, but still want to make this top? You totally can! I have a great tutorial here on my blog that teaches how to change colors in tapestry crochet, which you can find at: Beginner’s Guide to Tapestry Crochet or in the video below.

Honeybee Tee Pattern

You can find the Honeybee Tee now available in my shops on Etsy or Ravelry. The pattern contains detailed instructions, customization instructions, multiple charts to use throughout the pattern, and photo tutorials on how to do the Honeycomb Stitch.

I hope you love the Honeybee Tee pattern! If you make a Honeybee Tee of your own, be sure to tag me on social media on Instagram and Facebook @eclairemakery or use #eclairemakery. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

Happy stitching,


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  1. Arina | 29th May 20

    What a great top!.

  2. Margaret Hanback | 5th Jun 20

    I thought that this pattern was free. I’m a subscriber of share a pattern and I get emails on patterns that are suppose to be free. But yours isn’t. My Suster in law loves bees and I wanted to make this Tee for her. If I have to pay for it then I’ll have to dr o that I guess but you shouldn’t put it on share a pattern if it’s not a free pattern. Thank you.

    • Claire Goodale | 5th Jun 20

      I did not post it on Share a Pattern. That site finds designer’s patterns, and they post them on their site without consulting the designer. I did not know it was on there. In none of my promotions of my design, have I claimed it was free. It has always been paid, and if you go on my Pinterest, you will see the pins on there for this design do not say it is free. This design took a long time to create, write, and test, so it is paid. I made it as low priced as I could though, so that it won’t be a huge price to pay for the pattern!

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