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Tunic Tank Top Free Crochet Pattern

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This new tunic tank top pattern is perfect for little ones to wear out and about this summer. With a holey weave and customizable length, this tank top crochet pattern can be a tunic-style tank OR a pretty little dress!

Beautiful child size dress pattern

Tunic Tank Top Pattern

This pattern is a miniature size of the Voluminous Tank for adults. If you’ve made that pattern, you can whip up one of these little tanks in no time flat!

Voluminous Tank Crochet Pattern

tunic style tank top crochet pattern

Tunic Tank Materials:

Size 1 or 2 yarn OR Crochet Thread (size 3 or 5 if using thread)
Red Heart It’s a Wrap and It’s a Wrap Sprinkles pictured 
-approx. 300 yards for 12M
-approx. 350 yards for 2T
-approx. 425 yards for 4T
-approx. 550 yards for 6/8
-approx. 700 yards for 10/12

I suggest buying extra yarn if you intend to add extra length for more of a tunic or dress. 

Crochet hook in size G/4mm

Sizes: 12M, 2T, 4T, 6/8, 10/12

tunic tank pattern

This little model is going to use this 2T size, multi-colored version as a swimsuit cover-up. This is Red Heart It’s a Wrap Sprinkles in “Cupcake”. 😀 She is currently 12 months old wearing 12/18M or 24M/2T clothing. The blue tank pictured below is the smaller, 12M size, and was made using Red Heart It’s a Wrap in “Action”. *Note that I did add two more rows to the strap pattern after having her try on the blue 12M size. This edit is reflected in the pattern below.

tank top for kids pattern

Child Size Tank Top Crochet pattern

Gauge: The measurement after row 1 is the most important part of this pattern! Keep your chain LOOSE and go up a hook size for the chain ONLY if necessary. That being said, you don’t want it so loose that it looks sloppy later. You’ll definitely want to do this gauge swatch pattern before you start:

Row 1: Loosely ch-17, dc in 3rd ch from hook (counts as V-st), * sk next ch, 2dc in next * repeat between * * to end. (8 V-sts) Pull to relax stitches – when stretched it should measure ~ 5.75”.

Rows 2 – 10: turn, sl st into first V-st, ch-3, dc in same. 2dc in each V-st to end. (8 V-sts)

When stretched width-wise, 5 ½ V-sts = 4”

Gauge is the trickiest part to this pattern, but once you get that nailed down the rest is a breeze!

Pattern Notes:

The join at the end of each round will be the right/only side seam.

Modified V-stitch: 2dc = V-st. Work in between the two double crochets in subsequent rows. Pattern is worked from the bust down, then add straps.

The ch-3 at the beginning of the row DOES count as a stitch.

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Pattern:

Round 1: Loosely ch-(57, 61, 67, 73, 81), dc in 3rd ch from hook (counts as V-st), * sk next ch, 2dc in next * repeat between * * to end. Pull to relax stitches – when stretched the row should measure ~ (20.5”, 22”, 24.75”, 26.5”, 29”). Join to top of first “stitch” with sl st. (28, 30, 33, 36, 40 V-sts)

*the end of round 1 should barely touch around the bust. We will weave in the end later.

Rounds 2 through (10, 12, 14, 16, 18): TURN, sl st into first V-st, ch-3, dc in same. 2dc in each V-st around. Join to 3rd ch from beg ch with sl st. (28, 30, 33, 36, 40 V-sts)

Round (11, 13, 15, 17, 19): turn, sl st into first V-st, ch-3, dc in same. 2dc in next (2, 1, 1, 2, 2) V-sts. 3dc in next V-st (counts as two V-sts here and throughout), * 2dc in next (3, 2, 2, 3, 3) v-sts, 3dc in next * repeat between * * around. Join to top of ch-3. (35, 40, 44, 45, 50 V-sts)

Round (12, 14, 16, 18, 20): repeat round 2 (35, 40, 44, 45, 50 V-sts)

Round (13, 15, 17, 19, 21): turn, sl st into first V-st, ch-3, dc in same. 2dc in next (3, 2, 2, 3, 3) V-sts. 3dc in next V-st, * 2dc in next (4, 3, 3, 4, 4) v-sts, 3dc in next * repeat between * * around. Join to top of ch-3. (42, 50, 55, 54, 60 V-sts)

Round (14, 16, 18, 20, 22): repeat round 2 (42, 50, 55, 54, 60 V-sts)

Round (15, 17, 19, 21, 23): turn, sl st into next V-st, ch-3, dc in same. 2dc in next (4, 3, 3, 4, 4) V-sts. 3dc in next V-st, * 2dc in next (5, 4, 4, 5, 5) v-sts, 3dc in next * repeat between * * around, join to top of ch-3. (49, 60, 66, 63, 70 V-sts)

Round (16, X, X, 22, 24): repeat round 2 (49, X, X, 63, 70 V-sts)

Round (17, X, X, 23, 25): turn, sl st into next V-st, ch-3, dc in same. 2dc in next (5, X, X, 5, 5) V-sts. 3dc in next V-st, * 2dc in next (6, 5, 5, 6, 6) v-sts, 3dc in next * repeat between * * around. Join to top of ch-3. (56, X, X, 72, 80 V-sts)

Round (18, 18, 20, 24, 26): repeat round 2 (56, 60, 66, 72, 80 V-sts)

Rounds (19, 19, 21, 25, 27) through (34, 38, 42, 46, 50) or desired length: repeat round 2 (56, 60, 66, 72, 80 V-sts)

Straps:

Lay tank flat with side seam to the left. Mark the width of each portion in V-sts as noted in the chart, trying to keep the seam at the side. For example, on a size 12M start by placing the first “underarm” stitch markers 2 V-sts to either side of the seam for a total of 4 V-sts for “underarm”, then count out the “strap” V-sts, then the “front” etc.

Start straps at the FRONT of the tunic tank top, working to the back where you will sew into place. Attach yarn at right stitch marker (either strap) leaving an ~8” tail for sewing later.

Strap pattern:

Row 1: Ch-3, dc in same as join (counts as V-st) 2dc in next (3, 3, 3, 3, 3) V-sts. (4 V-sts)

Rows 2 – (13, 15, 19, 19, 23): TURN, sl st in center of V-st. Ch-3, dc in same (counts as V-st) 2dc in next 3 V-sts. (4, 4, 4, 4, 4) V-sts)

How to add straps to a tank top in crochet

Sewing straps for tunic tank top

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Complete other strap. Sew straps to corresponding stitch markers along back. Almost done! We just need one more row around the edges to clean them up.

Finishing:

Attach yarn at back where you sewed the straps on. Sc around each armholes and around the neck opening, placing 2 scs per dc. Fasten off. When weaving in ends on front, carefully cinch up the V sts where you started the straps across the entire row. You are done with your tunic tank!

Tunic Tank top crochet pattern for kids

I hope you have enjoyed crocheting this adorable little tunic tank. Or did you make it into a dress? Either way I hope your little one loves it, and you make many, many more!

More free crochet patterns for kids:

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5 Comments

  1. Would you think I’d be possibly to add the sleeves to this?! I’d love to adapt it to have sleeves. I’ve done a few of your patterns so I’m feeling adventurous and maybe more then my skill level but again I’m feeling adventurous!!
  2. Question: how much do you think it would effect the pattern if I did in a DK or a light worsted weight (such as Sugarwheel cotton)? I love this and really want to try it for a friend's daughter, but even the Sugarwheel is hard on my hands.
    1. Hi Lori! I don't think I wouldn't go any bigger than a 3 weight yarn...be sure to check your gauge. You may need to go up a hook size and down a pattern size. Hope this helps!