Not Your Granny’s Tee – FREE Crochet Pattern

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Hey there!  I am so excited that you wanted to learn more about the Not Your Granny’s Tee crochet pattern! This pattern is breezy, lightweight and so much fun!  Perfect to add to your summer wardrobe and can easily be layered for winter fashion as well. I couldn’t have imagined it turning out better, and hope you enjoy making one for yourself!

My name is Bernadette and I am the crochet designer behind A Purpose and A Stitch.  I am a stay at home mom to two and my passion is utilizing my crochet and yarn hobbies to better the world we live in- one stitch at a time.  I was able to connect with Janne a few months back on Instagram, and feel beyond blessed to be able to share this free crochet pattern with you on her blog.  If you don’t know her very well yet, take a minute to check out some of her patterns! She is an amazing designer and incredibly sweet!


Not Your Granny's Tee - FREE Crochet Pattern

Not Your Granny's Tee - FREE Crochet Pattern


If you like crocheting granny squares, and would like to try another crochet pattern, the Granny Square Cardigan may be a great option for you!



To make this tee shirt, I went with ZZ Twist from Lion Brand Yarn in their taupe colorway.  I knew right out the gate that I wanted to use a yarn that had nice drape and was not overly bulky or furry and this one fit the bill.  After using it last year for my Sea and Shells Beach Dress, I already knew that it worked perfectly for summer. It is also affordable and comes in so many pretty summer colors! This yarn also has a lot of nice stretch, so if you are torn between two sizes for yourself and don’t mind a closer fit, the smaller of two sizes should work perfectly!

If you don’t have easy access to this yarn, or want an alternate type of yarn that you already have on hand; I would recommend another Z-Twist style yarn, or another smooth acrylic or cotton yarn.  A DK lightweight acrylic or cotton yarn would also probably work well for this, but may come out a bit smaller than the pattern mentions so keep that in mind when choosing a size and testing your gauge.  


Not Your Granny's Tee - FREE Crochet Pattern



I tend to draw inspiration for my crochet patterns from the world all around me.  Sometimes it’s as simple as needing a kitchen towel… so I make one. Other times it might be that I see a crochet stitch on Pinterest and immediately think it would make for the perfect beanie.  Other times still, I look in my closet and think, “I really love this top, I wonder if I could replicate something similar with crochet.”

That was the case with this top.  Last year as I was planning out my crochet patterns for our blog, I was looking at one of my favorite lace tank tops and thought, “I bet if you put a lot of granny squares together, you could achieve a similar effect”.

Problem was that a lot of the granny square patterns that I came across were the classic, tight-stitch squares.  I wanted something with a lot of detail, gapping and flow. So I did what any challenge-driven crochet designer does.  I designed my own. Never having designed a granny square before, there was a bit of a learning curve, but I absolutely love how it turned out!

You can see the step-by-step picture tutorial and original pattern on our blog here (idea: these granny squares make great coasters too!).  

After designing the granny squares, this tank top was actually quite easy to design.  The biggest hurdle was sizing, which is why there are only 3 sizes available. If you are looking to adjust the sizes- you could start by adjusting the hook size.  Going down a size would provide a closer stitch and tighter fit, while going up with give a looser stitch and fit. Overall though, I based the sizes to fit with a 1” positive ease of the larger of two sizes mentioned.  For example, a Medium/Large size will result in a 1” positive ease of a standard Large. I tend to like looser fitting clothing, and think this tee works well as such. So while there is a bit of a difference in size from size to size, I hope you’ll still find the fit to be flattering on any body type.  

Regardless of what size you decide to make, I know you will love this crochet tee!  It is a great and fun design that will be perfect to wear year round! I enjoy styling mine with a white tank top underneath for summer, and with a cardigan over it for cooler days.  It looks fabulous with shorts, slacks and skirts alike. It would even make a wonderful swimsuit cover up for beach days!

I hope you decide to add this fun pattern to your wardrobe and enjoy every step of making it!


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Not Your Granny's Tee - FREE Crochet Pattern


Not Your Granny's Tee - FREE Crochet Pattern



How long it takes to crochet something varies depending on your skill & how fast you crochet. But that isn’t a helpful answer is it?

Well, I’ve developed a yarn calculator to help you get the answer to this question.

It will help you calculate exactly how much time you’ll spend crocheting a project.

All you need to know is how much yarn you will use on the project in either meters, yards or skeins. Then crochet your test square & time it.

Calculate how long it takes to crochet that. 




Probably the easiest way to make this tee is as written in the pattern.  However, I think that multi colored granny squares would look beautiful. I also think that it would look great worn backwards (with the granny square details in back), or with the front panel and back panels matching and having granny squares on either side.  Isn’t that one of the greatest things about slow fashion? You can crochet something completely customizable and unique to fit your own style and ideas!






Beautiful granny squares come together with a mesh top and back panel to bring you this beautiful lace-like tee; perfect for spring or summer and is even great as a layering piece for winter!  Once you get the hang of making the granny squares, the back panel and assembly come together relatively quick to bring you a tee in just a few short weeks.



Not Your Granny's Tee - FREE Crochet Pattern



EASY/INTERMEDIATE.  While the stitches used are basic, the granny squares may be a little difficult if this is your first time crocheting.


Read about skill levels.




Size 5 mm / US: H – 8 / UK: 6



Yarn used:

Lion Brand’s ZZ Twist yarn (I used Taupe Colorway)

Yarn amount used: 

1 skein = 3.5 oz / 100 g / 225 m / 784 yards

  • Approximately 3 skeins for XS/S, 4 skeins for M/L and  5 skeins for XL/XXL

Yarn characteristics:





Measured with (dc, sc), ch 2, sk 2 pattern crocheted in rows:

18 stitches & 10 rows per 10 cm / 4”


Measured with 1 granny squared, pattern crocheted:

1 square= 9 X 9 cm /3.5” X 3.5”



  • This crochet pattern is written in US terms (more details).
  • All measurements given are unblocked.
  • Note that measurements are given as exact as possible. But crochet tension & technique might give variations in the result, that changes from person to person.
  • Read pattern instructions carefully before beginning to make sure you understand everything. It might save you hours!
  • Make a swatch that measure at least 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4 inches using the stitch the gauge is given for. If your swatch matches the gauge, you’re good to go. If the gauge is wrong, you might need to change your hook. Go up in crochet hook size if your stitches are smaller & go down in crochet hook size if your stitches are bigger (more details).
  • Check yarn info if you want to find an alternative or test your yarn against the gauge (more details).
  • This pattern is made in 3 sizes: XS/S, M/L, XL/XXL, with each size offering approximately a 1” positive ease of the larger of the two sizes (i.e. the XS/S has a 1” positive ease of a typical Small).
  • This pattern is written in the XS/S size with (M/L, XL/XXL) in parentheses, size adjustments are suggested under the heading “Size & Measurements”.
  • I highly recommend checking out the picture tutorial of the Perfect Petal Granny Square before or while you make them.  I’m confident that it will help to make the pattern instructions more clear.  You can see that free post here.
  • If you prefer, you could make 2 of the front panels (instead of one front & one back panel as listed in the pattern), allowing you to have a matching front and back
  • Completed pieces will include: granny squares joined together to make a large square, a top panel seamed to the top of the granny squares vertically (as opposed to horizontally) and a back panel which will be seamed in place vertically (as opposed to typical horizontal-fashion) leaving holes for the arms and neck.
  • When joining the granny squares, I joined every square in one row first (so 5, 6 and 7 across at once), then joined the rows together (as opposed to only joining 2 squares at a time)




Width: 17.5″ 

Height: 20″ 



  • M/L= 21″ wide, 21” long
  • XL/XXL= 24.5” wide, 21.5” long



Ch = chain (s) (tutorial)

ch sp = refers to chain or space previously made, with 2 ch

Sc = single crochet (tutorial)

Dc= double crochet

Sl st = slip stitch (tutorial)

St = stitch (es)

Fo= fasten off




The Mattress Stitch is used to seam the pieces of this tee together.  I recommend  this tutorial if you are unfamiliar with this technique. 


Not Your Granny's Tee - FREE Crochet Pattern



Perfect Petal Granny Square (make 25, 30, 35):

Foundation: Ch 6, sl st into your 1st ch (farthest from your hook)

Round 1: ch 1, sc 12 into the loop created (rather then into stitches), sl st into 1st sc

Round 2: ch 2, dc into 1st sc, *ch 1, sk 1, dc 2 into next, repeat from * around, ch 1, sl st into top of ch 2

Round 3: ch 2, *dc 5 into “v” created by your 2 dc from previous round, sc into the ch 1 space from previous round (located right after your “v”),  repeat from * around, sl st into 1st dc

Round 4: sl st 2 (to get to the top of your “petal”), *ch 7, sk 5, sc, repeat from * around, sc into 2nd sl st of this round (at the top of your 1st “petal”)

Round 5: *ch 3, sk 3, sc (into 4th st of ch 7 from previous round), ch 3, sk 3, sc, repeat from * around, sc into 1st st

Round 6: ch 2,* dc 5 into ch 3 sp from previous round, ch 4, dc 5 into same ch 3 sp, ch 2, sk 3, sc, ch 2, sk 3, sc, repeat from * around right before corner, then ss into top of ch 2,  fo and cut yarn


Mesh Back Panel:

Row 1: ch 94 (97, 100), starting in 4th ch from your hook *(dc, sc), ch 2, sk 2, rep from * across, turn

Row 2: ch 3, sk first sc, work (dc, sc) in first dc; *ch 2, sk 3, repeat from * across.

Row 3- 43 (53, 62): repeat row 2, fo and cut yarn


Mesh Top Panel:

Row 1: ch 10 (16, 19), starting in 4th ch from your hook *(dc, sc), ch 2, sk 2, rep from * across, turn

Row 2: ch 3, sk first sc, work (dc, sc) in first dc; *ch 2, sk 3, repeat from * across.

Row 3- 43 (53, 62): repeat row 2, fo leaving long tail for assembly


Not Your Granny's Tee - FREE Crochet Pattern



When you’re finished crocheting you have 27 (32, 37) parts:

1.- 25 (30, 35) granny squares

2.- Back Panel

3.- Top Panel

Join the granny squares together to create a large square panel.  Every size will be 5 squares tall by 5 (6, 7) wide.

Not Your Granny's Tee - FREE Crochet Pattern

The Top and Back Panels will be joined with the rows as your width and the stitches (foundation row) as the length.  Using the mattress stitch, seam the top panel to the 5 (6, 7) granny squares running width-wise.

Line up the front and back, placing stitch markers in the 4 corners.  Measure approximately 4” (5.5”, 7”) in on either side of the top and place stitch markers.  

Not Your Granny's Tee - FREE Crochet Pattern

Measure from the top down approximately 8” (8.75”, 9.5”) on either side and place stitch markers.

Seam up sides and top from one stitch marker to the other using the mattress stitch.  

Last thing to do is weave in all the ends, and steam block for neater lay of the granny squares.   


Not Your Granny's Tee - FREE Crochet Pattern



I hope you enjoy this crocheted tee as much as I do!  I’m a fun-loving, whimsical gal from Chicago and this tee totally speaks to my fancier side.  Most days you can find me crocheting at some point, but if not, you’ll most likely find me playing with our kids, running or baking for my husband (okay… it’s more for me, but don’t tell him I said that. LOL).

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Not Your Granny's Tee - FREE Crochet Pattern



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6 thoughts on “Not Your Granny’s Tee – FREE Crochet Pattern”

  1. I am left-handed. I have not used this yarn before, but it”s description says: “ZZ Twist, is a lightweight CYC 4 premium acrylic, that is spun with a ‘’Z’’ twist: the same direction as the yarn wraps around a crocheter’s hook.” Will this yarn be a problem for me to use? Seems like it may unravel since I basically crochet backward. thanks.

    • No, it will not be a problem for you to use.
      Most yarns have a S twist and right handed people use it all the time.
      It would be the same as you using a Z twist when you are left handed.

  2. Great pattern! If you’re part of revelry I would gladly pay for a pdf pattern without all the distractions. I’m a senior that STILL battles with attention deficit disorder. Will be subscribing because I obviously love your creativity, this is the second one of your creations I plan to do.


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