Recently I wrote a post that featured my Boho Crochet Maxi Skirt. What I didn’t expect was the amount of interest in the tank top that I was wearing with it. So here are all of the details about the Floral Cami.
First off, I just want to say I have no idea why this pattern is called Floral Cami – there really isn’t much about it that says “floral” to me. I call this my Fans and Feathers Cami because the bottom section uses a gorgeous variation of the fan stitches with some picot rows. This is a free Yarnspirations pattern so I will call it by the name they’ve given it for the title of this post.
This was the very first tank top that I ever crocheted. I have known how to crochet since I was a little girl but for some reason the thought of crocheting apparel was incredibly intimidating to me. I made this tank top last year so we’re talking about decades of being afraid to crochet any type of clothing.
Looking back on it, I wish that I had overcome that fear years ago. I imagine the amazing crochet wardrobe that I could have filled my closet with!!! Oh well – at least I can convince or inspire some of you to have a go at crocheting clothes for yourself. The truth is, there really is nothing to be afraid of. You are using all of the same stitches that you know and use for blankets and scarves – be braver than I was and just go for it!!!
This is a great pattern for a first time attempt at crocheting apparel. It’s an easy rectangle mesh base that is very flexible and forgiving with sizing. The bottom section with the Fans and Feathers design looks much trickier than it really is. I found this pattern on YouTube and it was a Crochet Crowd Tutorial. If you are not familiar with The Crochet Crowd you should have a peek at some of Mikey’s videos. He is a very good teacher and clearly explains the stitches and stitch patterns.
After I made this top it was crazy how much more confident I became in my ability to crochet clothing. I became instantly inspired to make more apparel. I think that I followed 2 more existing patterns for tank tops and now I’m designing and crocheting my own patterns!
My Thoughts on Crochet Floral Cami Top
Now I really don’t like to be too critical and I certainly don’t want to be negative but there was one thing about this pattern that I really didn’t like. Again I want to emphasize that I very firmly believe that EVERY time you create something with a hook and yarn it is a GOOD thing.
Here is what I didn’t like about this pattern.
It is made up of 2 panels front and back that need to be sewn together. I am not a fan of anything that requires me to make a pair of something. Of course I can’t avoid this but whenever possible I like to crochet all in one go. Any time I need to make 2 of something I have just doubled the risk of something being off on the second one – it’s a curse that I’m sure many of you have come across.
If I were writing this pattern I would have written it so that the mesh was a continuous crochet in the round. With the 2 panel design you would have a lot of trouble using a self striping yarn like Caron Cakes for this top. Lining up the stripes for each panel would be very tricky to say the least.
Here is what I loved about this pattern.
It’s a very easy pattern. It is also a very easy pattern to adjust for different sizes. You can make it as long or as short as you want. On the Crochet Crowd website there are instructions for sizing up to 5X.
So if you’ve been hesitant to try your hook on making a tank top this is a good tutorial to start out with. If you don’t like the fans on the bottom just leave them off and put any kind of border that you like on the bottom section. The crochet mesh is an excellent base method to learn. Once you’ve mastered it – which really will be very quick – you now have the tools to design your own unique tank tops, beach covers, mini-dresses or dozens of other summer clothes!
Thanks for reading!
Floral Cami – Yarnspirations/Crochet Crowd Video Tutorial Links
- YouTube Video Tutorial – How to Crochet A Tank Top – Floral Cami
- Written pattern instructions and sizing guide – Floral Cami Top