Basic Boatneck Shirt by Crystal Marin

Basic Boatneck Shirt

August 2018
DK (11 wpi) ?
4.5 stitches and 2 rows = 1 inch
in 4.5 dc and 2 rows = 1"
4.0 mm (G)
600 - 900 yards (549 - 823 m)
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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.


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


4mm Hook G* or hook needed to achieve gauge 
#3 lightweight/DK yarn, I used less than two cakes 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

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