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Women’s Free Crochet Boatneck Shirt Pattern

I’m still amazed at how simple the Basic Boatneck Shirt is to make! Can you crochet a rectangle? Yes? Then you can make this shirt, even if you’ve never crocheted your own clothes! Yes, you need some basic sewing skills to seam up the sides and shoulders, but that’s not as scary as it sounds, I promise!

I strive to keep my patterns simple and this one fits the bill, plus it’s stunning. The stitch I use is called the Twin V-Stitch, it’s just double crochets, so it works up fast and oh so pretty. The Basic Boatneck is a really good intro into crocheting your own clothing because it is so simple. So dive right in, I can’t wait to see your #basicboatneck!

I love how the stitch design worked up to have minimal “holes” so I don’t feel like I need to have another layer on underneath. The Basic Boatneck can be styled up or down. It’s simple enough to wear around during the day and snazzy enough for an evening out with the right accessories.

This pattern is written for women’s sizes Teen/XS-2X, and is easy to customize by adding or taking away four stitches at a time. While this stitch and pattern is suitable for different weights of yarn, #3 and #4 will work best and the measurements provided are based on #3 lightweight yarn. #4 medium worsted weight yarn will give you a slightly thicker/larger version.

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  • 4mm Hook G* or hook needed to achieve gauge 
  • XS-560 yds, S-700 yds, M-810 yds, L-875 yds, XL-925 yds, 2X-962 yds of #3 lightweight/DK yarn, I used less than two cakes (590ea) of Lion Brand’s Mandala in Chimera*, #4 worsted weight is suitable to this pattern as well, but will yield a little thicker/larger shirt.
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Yarn needle*
  • Stitch marker* and scissors


  1. Ch 3 counts as a stitch, I highly recommend using a ch 3 alternative, here’s my favorite.
  2. The stitch multiple is 4 plus 4 for the foundation row.
  3. This shirt is designed to be close fitting, but is easy to adjust or you can go up/down a size.
  4. Pattern is written as XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X)



dc-double crochet

sc-single crochet

ss-slip stitch 

Twin V-Stitch-is explained in the pattern and you can watch it in the video below.

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Video Tutorial

*A note about gauge. Checking your gauge is important to achieve the correct sizing. Crochet a gauge swatch with the yarn and hook you plan to use. If you have more or less stitches than the listed gauge you need to use a hook smaller or larger to get the correct gauge.


Gauge is based on #3 lightweight yarn.

1″x 1″ = 4.5 dcs  x 2 rows

Gauge Swatch Pattern

1. Ch 16, in 4th ch from hook dc, dc in each chain across, turn.

2. Ch 3, dc in each dc across, turn.

3-6. Rep last row. 

Measure 1” wide and count how many stitches per inch. If you have more than 4.5 dc in an inch then try going up a hook size, if you have less than 4.5 dc in an inch then try going down a hook size. 

Measure 1” in length, if you have more than 2 rows then try going down a hook size and if you have less than 2 rows then try going up a size.

If you cannot meet gauge by going up or down one hook size you may need to go up or down by a size in the pattern to get the correct width for your panels. Length is easier to adjust by adding/leaving off rows. 


        Pictures from the pattern, of the actual stitch used.


This boatneck shirt is designed to be close fitting and hip length. If you would like a longer shirt, just add more rows. Holding the top of your rectangle up to your shoulder will show you about where it will fall on you. If I wanted a tunic length shirt, I would add about 5 more inches or 10 more rows. 

Bust Size”Pattern SizeStarting Chain Width”Panel Length”

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Make 2

Ch 64 (72, 80, 88, 96, 104)  

1. 2dc in the 5th ch from your hook, 2 dc in the next ch, sk 2 chs, *{2dc in the next ch, 2dc in the next ch, sk 2 chs} rep from * until the last two chs then sk 1 ch and dc in the last, turn. 62 (70, 78, 86, 94, 102)

2. Ch 3, sk the next dc, 2dc in the next dc, 2dc in the next dc, *{sk the next two dc, 2dc in the next dc, 2dc in the next dc} rep from * til last two dc then sk the next dc and dc in the last, turn. 62 (70, 78, 86, 94, 102)

3- 45. (46. 47. 47. 48. 48.) Rep Row 2. 

Finish off, but leave a long tail for sewing shoulder seam. Repeat for a second panel. 


Seam the sides 

 1. Lay the two panels on top of one another, with the “right sides” together. The right side is technically the side where Row 1 faces you,  but since this is in back and forth rows you may opt for the best looking side.

2. Use your measuring tape and stitch marker to mark where to stop sewing on the sides and leave the armhole opening. Measure 6.5” (7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9) down from the top and mark.

3. Thread needle with a length of yarn (double the number of inches you need to sew is usually plenty), and sew the sides together. You may use a whip stitch or mattress stitch to sew. Start from the bottom corner and stop where you marked for the armhole. Rep for other side.

Seam the shoulders

  1. Use the long tails you left for sewing the shoulder seams together. 
  2. For the “boatneck” effect you want about 12” wide neck opening. Find your center and count back 6” on either side, mark it on both sides.
  3. Then sew the shoulders together from the edge to your marker. Your shoulder seams should be 2”-4.” I sewed 3” on either shoulder for the medium size. 
  4. Finish off.


1. To finish join yarn with a ss to any stitch along the neckline, ch 1, sc in the same and in each st around, join with a ss to first st and finish off.

2. Join yarn with a ss to the armholes, ch 1, sc in the same and in ea st around, join with ss and finish off. Weave in all ends.

I’d love to see your #basicboatneck tag me @christacodesign on Instagram if you post a pic! Or share it to my Facebook page, I love to see your work!


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Susan Herrick

Monday 22nd of October 2018

Love the simplicity and style of this top.

Rachel King

Monday 22nd of October 2018

Beautiful top! Looks easy enough for someone like me, who has chickened out so far on making tops/ sweaters.

Jan F

Saturday 29th of September 2018

Very pretty~ I love the colors


Saturday 29th of September 2018

Thank you!

Lou Main

Thursday 27th of September 2018

This is such a cute and easy pattern, I can't wait to try here....


Monday 1st of October 2018

Thank you, you should definitely make one!

Krazy Kabbage

Tuesday 25th of September 2018

I really love this top - the colors and stitch work are amazing!


Tuesday 25th of September 2018

Thank you ?

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