Desert Stroll by Janine Myska

Desert Stroll

June 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
25 stitches and 15 rows = 4 inches
in Shell Stitch Pattern
3.75 mm (F)
525 - 1675 yards (480 - 1532 m)
XS (S, M, L, XL) (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X) to fit bust sizes 28-30 (32-34, 36-38, 40-42, 44-46) (48-50, 52-54, 56-58, 60-62)“
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Say hello to your next go-to summer staple. This sleeveless top brings all the 90’s vibes and proves that crochet isn’t just for heavy winter sweaters. It was named Desert Stroll after the yarn chosen for this design (WeCrochet Stroll) combined with the deliciously wavy texture, reminiscent of sand dunes.

This is an approachable, easy-level crochet pattern with a sophisticated fit. The high neckline and solid fabric provide great coverage, bringing a level of functionality and practicality to this design for regular, everyday wear without feeling too exposed. A few simple finishing rows are worked along all the raw edges to add a refined, store-bought look that can be hard to find in crochet pieces. The negative ease tricks the eye by creating the appearance of shaping in the upper portion of this tank top, while in fact, each panel is created entirely from two rectangles without any decreasing. Crocheted in a delicate shell stitch pattern that will keep your interest from start to finish, Desert Stroll has plenty of customizable elements sprinkled throughout the pattern to help make this piece feel more “you”.

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Yarn: Fingering—WeCrochet Stroll in Jack Rabbit Heather

  • 75% Fine Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
  • 231 yds (211 m) per 1.8-oz (50-g) skein Find this yarn on or visit to find comparable substitutes.

Yardage: 3 (3, 4, 4, 5) (6, 6, 7, 8) skeins or 525 (650, 750, 875, 1075) (1200, 1375, 1525, 1675) yds {481 (595, 686, 801, 983) (1098, 1258, 1395, 1532) m}

Substitute WeCrochet Stroll with any similar fingering weight, category #1 yarn that matches gauge. Tip: Choose a breathable fiber that you would like to wear on your skin for long periods of time, keeping in mind that this tank top is likely going to be worn in warm weather and is close-fitting with 2-4” (5-10 cm) of negative ease.

Hook: Size U.S. F/5 (3.75 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge

Notions: Tapestry needle, 2 locking stitch markers

This #SizeInclusive tank top is written in nine sizes as follows: XS (S, M, L, XL) (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X). See photos for full sizing chart and schematics.

The sizing chart shows the finished garment measurements. This tank top is designed to be worn with approximately 2-4 inches (5-10 cm) of negative ease. Choose a size with a finished bust measurement that is 2-4 inches (5-10 cm) smaller than your actual bust measurement. You may also choose to make a size with a finished bust that is closest to your actual bust measurement for less negative ease and a more relaxed fit.

For reference, the model has a 34-inch (86-cm) bust and is wearing a size small with a finished garment bust measurement of 30 inches (76 cm) with approximately 4 inches (10 cm) of negative ease. If between sizes, size up.

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