Rose Garden Tee: Tapestry Crochet Top Pattern

Say hello to your new favorite crochet top pattern: the Rose Garden Tee! Inspired by walks in my Grandmother’s rose garden while I was growing up, this tapestry crochet top pattern is sure to wow with it’s beautiful rose color work. It’s a size inclusive crochet summer top pattern that uses simple stitches and color changes to create a top that looks just like a basket of flowers. From colors to fit and sizing, you can make this crochet top pattern the flower top of your dreams!

You can now grab the pattern in my Etsy and Ravelry shops! Or read up on all of the details and inspiration behind this pattern below!

Inspiration

Growing up, my Grandma had the most beautiful rose garden. It was filled with a seemingly endless amount of rose colors ranging from beautiful pinks to reds and yellows. I loved walking through it and seeing all of the beautiful flowers! As I thought of that flower garden, I wanted to create a crochet top that was based off of her rose garden. Something that could capture the look and feel of carrying a basket of roses.

One thing that I love doing in my tapestry crochet top patterns, is to have the entire crochet garment have a cohesive theme. They start with color work at the top, and then have a textured stitch on the body to add depth along with continuing the theme. With this crochet color work sweater, it starts with a variety of crochet roses at the top, and then continues with the crochet basketweave stitch pattern at the bottom. I love how this entire pattern looks like you’re wearing a basket of roses!

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Construction

This crochet top pattern is a top down circular yoke crochet sweater pattern. It uses the tapestry crochet (or intarsia crochet if your prefer) technique in the round to create the color work roses at the top. The pattern uses a modified single crochet stitch, which will help you be able to avoid any slanting with your color work. To help make the color work easier, the pattern includes a chart for each size grouping, so that you can follow along with just that for the color work if you would like to! With no seams at all on this design, you won’t have to worry about any sewing either!

New to Tapestry Crochet or Crochet Crochet Color Work?

When I was first learning how to do crochet color work, I often felt so lost having to learn how to do color changes and reading crochet graphs. It can seem so intimidating to learn a new crochet skill! If you’re new to tapestry crochet or color work, then I’ve got just the resource for you.

Here on my blog, I’ve got a two free crochet tutorial for how to do tapestry crochet and intarsia crochet, which are the two most common crochet color work techniques. They’ll walk you through what each technique is, how to read crochet graphs, how to change colors in crochet, and a bunch of other tips I have for color work! You can find them here on my blog at:

The Beginner’s Guide to Tapestry Crochet: This technique is used when you would like to carry your yarn, and the color work is close together. I used this technique for the Rose Garden Tee.

The Beginner’s Guide to Intarsia Crochet: This technique is used when you don’t want to carry your yarn, and instead would like to use yarn bobbins. You can easily use yarn bobbins when making this crochet pattern.

The Yarn

To make this crochet top pattern, I was to fortunate to be sent We Crochet’s Shine Sport Yarn! This pattern wouldn’t be possible without We Crochet’s help! This weight 2 sport yarn is made from 60% Pima Cotton, and 40% Modal® natural beech wood fiber giving it the softest feel and a slight shine. I loved using this yarn for this garment! Not only is it one of the softest yarns that I’ve used, but it also has amazing drape for garments! There is virtually no stiffness with this yarn, which makes it perfect for crochet color work. There are so many amazing colors in this yarn line as well!

Some other great alternatives to the Shine Sport Yarn would be We Crochet’s Brava Sport yarn (100% acrylic) or Lion Brand Beautiful You (100% acrylic). I even had a tester who used a weight 3 dk yarn, Lion Brand Coboo, which worked wonderfully! As long as you can meet the gauge of the pattern, you can use either a weight 2 or weight 3 yarn!

Sizing Information

One of the most important aspects of my designs, is that I make sure all of them are size inclusive! I size every garment from sizes XS-5XL, because one of my goals is to bring beautiful color work sweaters made with crochet in all sizes. Every crocheter who makes garments wants to make a beautiful sweater no matter what size they are!

Thanks to my testers, I was able to make sure that this garment looked great on everyone! Here are all of the size bust measurements for this garment:

Finished Bust Measurements Women’s Sizes XS-5XL (includes 2-3” positive ease):

  • XS: 31”
  • S: 33”
  • M: 37”
  • L: 41”
  • XL: 45”
  • 2XL: 49”
  • 3XL: 53”
  • 4XL: 57”
  • 5XL: 61”

When it comes to the length and overall fit of this top, that is totally customizable to what you want! You could make this as a crop top or full length top; whatever you’d like to do! You can also add more decreases to the top of the sweater if you’d like it to be more fitted. All of the possible modifications for the pattern are detailed throughout the pattern!

Gauge: 18 sc x 20 rows for 4” x 4” square (Be sure to do a gauge swatch before starting the pattern, so that you can make sure to have the right fit for your size!)

Supplies:

  • Weight 2 Sport Weight (I used WeCrochet’s Shine Sport yarn. You can also use a dk weight yarn and a smaller hook size to match the gauge.)
    • Approximate Yardage:
      • Main Color: XS – 770 yds; S – 800 yds; M – 880 yds; L – 950 yds; XL – 990 yds; 2XL – 1100 yds; 3XL – 1150 yds; 4XL – 1200 yds; 5XL – 1250 yds
      • Contrast Color 1 (Cream): 220-400 yds
      • Contrast Color (Red): 110 yards
      • Contrast Color 3 (Pink): 110 yards
      • Contrast Color 4 (Green): 110 yards
  • 5.5mm crochet hook or hook needed to meet the gauge

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.

Rose Garden Tee Pattern

You can now get the Rose Garden Tee in my Etsy and Ravelry shops! The printable pdf includes all the sizes, charts for each size, and all of the customization pattern modifications. You can get it on:

 

I hope that you love making the Rose Garden Tee as much as I loved designing it! If you make a Rose Garden 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,

Claire

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