How to Make a DIY Tank Top

Gray Lemon Peel Crochet Tank Top Close-Up
Anna Johanson

Crochet a Summer Top With Lemon Peel Stitch

Woman Wearing Lemon Peel Crocheted Tank Top
Anna Johanson

Slide into summer in this DIY tank top that you can crochet yourself! The shaping and stitches are simple and easy to crochet as you relax. Make it in a cotton or linen yarn so it's cool for summer, then layer it when the weather cools down.

The textured front doesn't look like crochet at first glance, which makes it unique. That texture comes from lemon peel stitch, which is as simple as alternating single crochet and double crochet stitch. 

For a fun surprise (and some extra air), the back features an open grid stitch. Wear it alone or layer a colored tank underneath! 

Lemon Peel Tank Top Information

Two Skeins of Gray Yarn and Crochet Hook
Mollie Johanson

Project Level



One size: Medium/Large. Shown on a 36-inch bust.

Tank top circumference: 38 inches.


Yarn: 2 skeins of Berroco Remix Light (100% recycled fibers, 432 yards/100g) or approx. 864 yards of DK/light worsted yarn

Hook: F/4.0mm crochet hook

Other notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle.


20 stitches and 20 rows to four-inch in lemon peel stitch (sc, dc). 

Always crochet a gauge swatch, especially for garments or when substituting yarn.

Abbreviations and Stitches


This pattern uses US crochet terms.

Throughout this pattern, the rows begin without a turning chain. This is intentional. 

If you want to adjust the size, remember that the main stitch pattern for the tank needs an even number of stitches and the gridded back needs an odd number of stitches. 

Berroco, Inc. provided the yarn for this pattern.

Crochet the Front of the Top

Front of Lemon Peel Crochet Tank Top
Mollie Johanson

Ch 91. 

Tip: Place a stitch marker every 10 stitches to help keep count.

Row 1: Starting in the 2nd ch from the hook, [sc, dc] across the row.

Row 2: [sc, dc] across the row. (90 sts)

Repeat row 2 until the tank top front measures 13 inches tall.

Row 3: sc2tog, *sc, dc, rep from * to last 2 sts, sc2tog. (88 sts)

Row 4: sc2tog, *dc, sc, rep from * to last 2 sts, sc2tog. (86 sts)

Repeat rows 3 and 4 seven times. Repeat row 3. (60 sts)

Row 5: [sc, dc] across the row.

Begin the first half of the neck/shoulder.

Row 6: [sc, dc] 14 times, sc2tog. (29 sts). Place a stitch marker and turn. 

Row 7: *dc, sc, rep from * to last st, dc.

Row 8: *sc, dc, rep from * to last 3 sts, sc, dc2tog. (28 sts)

Row 9: [sc, dc] across the row. 

Row 10: *sc, dc, rep from * to last 2 sts, sc2tog. (27 sts)

Repeat rows 7–10 six times. (15 sts)

End off yarn.

Join yarn to the center point of the tank top where you placed the stitch marker.

Row 11: sc2tog, [sc, dc] across the row. (29 sts)

Row 12: *sc, dc, rep from * to last st, sc.

Row 13: sc2tog, *dc, sc, rep from * to last st, dc. (28 sts)

Row 14: [sc, dc] across the row. 

Repeat rows 11–14 six times. Repeat row 11. (15 sts)

End off yarn.

Crochet the Backof the Top

Back of Lemon Peel Crochet Tank Top
Mollie Johanson

Ch 90. 

Row 1: *sc, dc, rep from * to last st, sc. (89 sts)

Row 2: ch 4 (counts as first dc and ch 1), *skip next st, dc, ch 1, rep from * to last st, dc.

Row 3: *sc, dc in chain space, rep from * to last st, sc.

Row 4: ch 4 (counts as first dc and ch 1), *skip next st, dc, ch 1, rep from * to last st, dc.

Repeat row 4 until the tank top back measures 13 inches tall.

Row 5: sc, dc into the first stitch (1 st increased), [sc, dc] across the row. (90 sts)

Row 6: sc2tog, *sc, dc, rep from * to last 2 sts, sc2tog. (88 sts)

Row 7: sc2tog, *dc, sc, rep from * to last 2 sts, sc2tog. (86 sts)

Repeat rows 6 and 7 seven times. Repeat row 6. (60 sts)

Row 8: [sc, dc] across the row.

Repeat row 8 thirty-seven times.

End off yarn.

Note: The back will look narrower than the front, but blocking will open up the grid stitches.

Finish the Tank Top

Crocheting the Seams With Slip Stitch
Mollie Johanson

Weave in all the yarn ends. 

Lay out the tank top front to use as a guide for blocking. Wet block the lower grid section of the tank top back. Open up the gridded section so it matches the width and height of the front piece.

Use slip stitch to crochet the shoulders and side seams together. Weave in the ends. 

Show Off Your Crocheted Tank Top

Side-Back View of Lemon Peel Tank Top
Anna Johanson

Whether you're knitting for warm weather or as a top you can layer under cardigans and button-ups, this DIY tank top is a great basic garment that's easy to crochet. You may even want to make a few in different colors!