Nellie Summer Tee Free Crochet Pattern

Today I would LOVE to share with you another free crochet pattern by Jo’s Crafty Hook Designs!  The Nellie Summer Tee Free Crochet Pattern started with a new stitch, the N-Stitch.   I learned the N-Stitch during the Spring while testing for another great crochet designer group, Sunflower Cottage Crochet.

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If you have never crocheted the N-Stitch, there are Video Tutorials listed in the information about the pattern.  The Left Handed Video Tutorial is done by me and the Right Handed Video Tutorial is done by Sunflower Cottage Crochet.

My crochet pattern testers fell in LOVE with the N-Stitch just like I did!  I would LOVE to give them a BIG shout out because they worked really hard on this design.  There were many hiccups because of the trying times we are in right now.  There were yarn delivery delays, finding time to finish the test, and just trying to function during these troubled times.  I appreciate EVERY single one of them!  They are Jolanta Urb, Anita Reinisch, L. Holly George, and Laina Mann Malcolm.  Below are their versions of the Nellie Summer Tee.

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Without further ado the Nellie Summer Tee Crochet Pattern!

Nellie Summer Tee Crochet Pattern

Finished Sizes

Size Bust Size Width of Panel Length of Panel Neck Opening Armhole Opening
XSmall 34 16” 22” 9.5” 6.5”
Small 36 18” 24” 10” 7”
Medium 38 20” 24” 10” 7”
Large 42 22” 26” 11” 7.5’
XLarge 46 24” 26” 11” 7.5”
2XLarge 50 26” 28” 11.5” 8”
3XLarge 54 28” 28” 11.5” 8.5”
4XLarge 58 30” 30” 12” 9”
5XLarge 62 32” 32” 12” 9.5”


800-1400 yards #3 Light Weight Yarn or DK Yarn
US Hook J or 6 mm
Tapestry Needle
Stitch Markers

12 stitches x 12 rows = 4”

Gauge Swatch:
You will be crocheting a 6” x 6” Swatch and use the N Stitch repeats to find your 4”

R1:  fsc 18 or chain 19 and s in 2nd chain from hook and each st across. Ch 1 and Turn.
R2:  sc in 1st, hdc, and N stitch until 2 st remain.  Hdc in the next st and sc in the last st.  Ch 1 and Turn.
R3:  sc in 1st and each st across.
R4-R17:  Repeats R2-R3
R18:  Repeat R2 once more


FSC = Foundation Single Crochet
CH = Chain
SC = Single Crochet
ST(S) = Stitch(es)
NS = N Stitch
SP = Space
RS = Right Side
WS = Wrong Side

Special Stitch:
The N Stitch

    1. Sk 1 st
    2. hdc in the next st
    3. insert hook from the top to the bottom of the front loop of the skipped stitch
    4. YO, pull up a loop, 
    5. YO, pull through one loop
    6. YO, insert the hook back into the same st as the hdc, YO, pull up a loop, 
    7. YO, pull through all 4 loops on hook.
The Left Handed Version of the N-Stitch


Stitch count is a multiple of 2
Ch 1 does not count as a stitch
The sizes are XSmall (Small, Medium, Large, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X) consecutively

Video Tutorials:

N Stitch Right Handed Version here.
N Stitch Left Handed Version here.
Foundation Single Crochet Right Handed Version here.
Foundation Single Crochet Left Handed Version here.

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Nellie Summer Tee Crochet Pattern

Nellie Summer Tee

Panel 1 (make 2)

R1:  FSC 48 (54, 60, 66, 72, 78, 84, 90, 96) st.  Turn

Optional:  Chain 49 (55, 61, 67, 73, 79, 85, 91, 97), sc in 2nd chain and each st across. Turn.  48 (54, 60, 66, 72, 78, 84, 90, 96) st

R2 (RS):  Ch 1 and sc in same st, hdc in the next st and NS to the last 2 st.  Hdc in the next st and sc in the last st.  Turn

R3 (WS):  Ch 1, sc in the same st and each st across.  Turn

R4 – 67 (73, 73, 79, 79, 83, 83, 89, 95):  Repeat R2 & R3 or until you reach your corresponding length.  22 (24, 24, 26, 26, 28, 28, 30, 32)

Leave a long tail for sewing shoulders closed.


  • Lay Right Sides of the panels facing each other.  
  • Use the Table at the top of the pattern for the size of your Armholes.  I measured from the top of the panels and placed Stitch Markers where you will stop when sewing sides closed.
  • Start at the bottom of the panels and sew the sides together using the Whip Stitch, or Mattress Stitch until you get to the Armholes.  
  • If you would like more room at the hips, leave a 2”-4” slit at the  bottom on each size of the Panels.  I made a 2” slits.


  • Using the Table at the top of the pattern, find the size of the neck hole opening.  
  • Place your Stitch Marker where you want to stop the opening on both sides of the top.
  • Sew the panels together using the Whip Stitch or whichever method you prefer to sew the shoulders closed.

If you have any questions regarding the Nellie Summer Tee Free Crochet Pattern, please don’t hesitate to contact me at  I would LOVE to hear what you think of the Nellie Summer Tee, so please leave a comment or feedback below.

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