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Easy Top Knitting Patterns

by | Jun 14, 2016 | Clothing, Featured, Quick Projects, Tops

Knitting patterns for easy tops, tanks, tees. Most patterns are free

These tops, shells, tanks, and tees are all easy according to their designers and/or the ratings of knitters who used the patterns.

To get the knitting patterns, scroll down the page to the individual pattern you want and click on the link to that pattern.

These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.

All links on this site are for informational purposes, but please note that some links are to affiliate sellers that pay me a small commission on purchases.

Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy 4 Row Repeat Granite Tank Top

Granite Tank Top

Easy top knit in 2 pieces with minimal shaping use a 4 row repeat granite stitch. It does recommend picking up stitches for an i-cord neckline and includes tutorial. Sport yarn. Designed by Handmade Mayara. Available in English, Spanish, and French.

 Free Knitting Pattern for Easiest Classic Top

Easiest Classic Top

The designer Jessica Reeves Potasz of Mama in a Stitch says this sleeveless top is perfect for beginners since it is knit flat in two rectangles in beginner stitches like stockinette, garter stitch, and rib. In fact she says this is good first project. Sizes Womens X Small, Small, Medium & Large. The web version is free and the printable pdf is available on Etsy.

 Free Knitting Pattern for Cap Sleeve Lattice Top

Cap Sleeve Lattice Top

Purl Soho designed this tee top that has been rated very easy or easy by hundreds of Ravelrers and features a 4-row repeat lace yoke and stockinette body. Sizes adult small (34″), medium (36″), large (38″). Pictured project by mystique27

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Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Coral Sweater


This sleeveless top was rated very easy by Ravelrers. Designed by Kim Hargreaves. Finished bust: 33-43”. Pictured project by marico

Free Knitting Pattern for Summer Vacation Easy Top

Summer Vacation Top

Jessica of Mama in a Stitch designed this easy sleeveless crop top with mesh yoke that’s a fast knit with two strands of yarn held together.

Free knitting pattern for Cancun Box Top

© miss-power

Cancun Boxy Lace Top

Erin Kate Archer’s lace-sampler top is knit in two simple rectangles from the bottom up and seamed. The designer says it is very suitable for beginners and it has an easy rating from knitters

Free knitting pattern easy lace Any Time Top

Any Time Top

Melissa Leapman designed this easy lacy short-sleeved top for Red Heart. Sizes Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X

Free knitting pattern for Textured Tee Top

Textured Tee

Easy short-sleeved top pattern from Bernat that knits up quickly in chunky yarn. In sizes from XS to 5XL.

Free knitting pattern for Petrie Shell easy sleeveless top


Beautia Dew was inspired by the classic 60s style of Laura Petrie to create this sleeveless tank top with draped boatneck. Sizes XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X)

Free knitting pattern for garter stitch tank

Garter Stitch Tank

This Bernat pattern is so easy it’s recommended for beginners. Quick knit in chunky yarn. Sizes XS through 5XL.

Free knitting pattern for easy Pern top


Norah Gaughan’s easy tee top re-interprets the traditional fisherman’s gansey with easy slipped stitch rib, garter details, and a generous hem. XS, S, M, L, 1X, 2X

Free knitting pattern for Tempting top easy beginner pattern


Jenna Adorno designed this easy top suitable for beginners. The ribbing eliminates the need for shaping and seamless construction reduces finishing time. A ribbon adds an elegant touch. Finished bust: 32 [36, 40, 44, 48] inches

 Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Little Black Tank Top

Easy Little Black Tank Top

Easy sleeveless pullover is knit flat on large needles to get the open mesh look. Designed by Jessica Reeves Potasz of Mama in a Stitch who says this is perfect for beginners. Sizes Womens Small, Medium & Large. The web version is free and the printable pdf is available on Etsy.

Free knitting pattern for Bamboo Shell easy tunic top

Bamboo Shell

Purl Soho designed this sleeveless top in seed stitch and stockinette. Three length options: Short, waist-length; Medium, dropped-waist; Long, hip-length. Sizes 32 (36, 40, 44 1/2, 49)

Free knitting pattern for Bulky Tank Top

Bulky Summer Tank

Emma Fassio’s free pattern for Rosa’s Sleeveless Cardi -Jumper was adapted into this easy cute sleeveless top by clairegirl.

Free knitting pattern for Cowl Vest top

© joybranagan

Cowl Vest

Purl Soho designed this easy sleeveless top for layering with cowl neck. Sizes 32 1/2 (35 1/2, 38 1/2, 41 1/2, 44 1/2) Chest

Free knitting pattern for Rowan Straight Top easy tee pattern

Rowan Straight Top

Angela Juergens designed this comfortable, flattering tee that’s a fast knit in bulky yarn. Sizes S, M, L, XL

Free knitting pattern for Buttercup top

by Sirianne


Heidi Kirrmaier designed a top down, seamless raglan, A-line top, with lace at the neckline and hem. Sizes to fit bust 30 – 50 inches. This does have some difficulty ratings – most knitters thought it was easy but some felt it was more intermediate. Pictured project is by Sirianne

Free knitting pattern for easy Arleen pullover sweater top


Dona Knits’ simple pullover is knit from the top in one piece and seamless. You can customize the length of the top and the sleeves easily. It does include crochet for the button opening but knitters report that the instructions are easy. Sizes 34″, 36″, 38″, 40″, 42″

Free knitting pattern for Askew tank sleeveless top


Cheryl Kemp’s tank top’s bias diagonal makes a simple v-neckline. No shaping and minimal finishing makes Askew a quick and easy project. Sizes XS[S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X] Great with multi-color yarn!

Patterns for Purchase

Easy knitting pattern for Lucente mesh tee top


This openwork top by Kennita Tully looks great in multi-color yarn. Quick knit great for layering or could even work as a cover up. S (M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)

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Knitting Pattern for Easy Everyday Tunic

Everyday Tunic

This simple sleeveless tunic length top features eyelet rows and columns set on a stockinette background and a V neckline. Rated easy by Annie’s. To fit bust: 34 (36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52)”

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Knitting pattern for easy Void Pullover Top

Void Pullover

Openwork lace top is worked in an easy 4-row lace pattern with a larger gauge. To fit bust: 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54)”

Knitting pattern for easy Helena Top

Helena Top

Easy to knit versatile top to wear year round – as a beach cover up, or layer over a tee shirt or sweater. Wardrobe staple! Bust: 48 (52, 56, 60, 64, 68)”

Knitting pattern for easy Yucatan Sweater

Yucatan Sweater

Two of Wands designed this easy pullover that is great for layering or coverup. Fast knit in worsted yarn on oversized needles. It does include a single crochet stitch for the border.

Knitting pattern for Indus sleeveless lace top


I love the drape neckline of this lace sleeveless top / shell. Woman’s S (M, L, XL, 2XL) Sport weight yarn.

Knitting pattern for Summertime Tunic

Summertime Tunic

Easy pattern for  simple tunic is a breeze to knit – you don’t even need to shape armholes. Long ties threaded through foldover casings provide both armhole and neckline shaping. Finished Size: 29” (33, 37, 41, 45)” bust

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Knitting pattern for Green Apple Tank

Green Apple Tank

With its intriguing crossover back, Amy Palmer’s design is an easy knit in simple garter and stockinette stitches knit from the top down. Sizes 14½ (16¾, 19, 20¼, 21¾, 24)” front width.

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Terry Matz

meTerry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!

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