Shelly Shirt for Girls – Free Crochet Pattern

Here’s a precious top for the little girls in your life, using three different types of crochet shell stitches to complete the look. It has a light and airy feel that would be great for spring and summer and you can make it with this free crochet pattern!

Crochet Shelly Shirt - Free Crochet Pattern for Little Girls!

I made this little number for my third oldest child. I am almost positive that she would wear it everyday if she could! She picked out the colors and called it the “Mermaid Princess” shirt.  That is actually what she wants to be when she grows up.  Lili is quite the character! She wears this with a white shirt and a pair of jeans.

It could have easily been made in a single color, but I used 3 different colors to show a way that different colors could be combined.

This pattern is considered intermediate. It uses post stitches. If you have not tried them yet, then you’d probably want to become more familiar with them before starting this project. Once you have gotten the hang of them, this shirt should be a breeze for you to complete!

Crochet Shelly Shirt – Free Crochet Pattern by Stacey Williams

Materials:

  • Worsted Weight Yarn (3 colors)
  • Yarn Needle
  • Size I 5.5 mm hook
  • Ribbon

Abbreviations:

  • Sl st- Slip Stitch
  • Ch- Chain
  • Sc- Single Crochet
  • Dc- Double Crochet
  • FpTc- Front Post Treble Crochet – Yarn over twice, insert the hook from front to back around the stitch from the previous row, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 2 loops.

Gauge Swatch

To ensure that your gauge is the same as mine in this pattern, start with this swatch. It measures 2in x 2in.

  1. Ch 12
  2. Ch 1, sc into each stitch. Turn
  3. Ch 1, sc into the next stitch, skip 2 stitches, 5 fptr around the sc from the row below, skip 2 stitches, sc into the next stitch, skip 2 stitches, 5 fptr around the sc from the previous row, skip 2 stitches, sc into the last stitch. Turn
  4. Ch 3, 2 dc into the same stitch, skip 2 stitches, sc into the next stitch, skip 2 stitches, 5 dc into the next stitch, skip 2 stitches, sc into the next stitch, skip 2 stitches, 3 dc into the last space. Turn
  5. Ch 1, sc into the next stitch, skip 2 stitches, 5 fptr around the sc from the row below, skip 2 stitches, sc into the next stitch, skip 2 stitches, 5 fptr around the sc from the previous row, skip 2 stitches, sc into the last stitch. Turn
  6. Ch 3, 2 dc into the same stitch, skip 2 stitches, sc into the next stitch, skip 2 stitches, 5 dc into the next stitch, skip 2 stitches, sc into the next stitch, skip 2 stitches, 3 dc into the last space. Turn

Crochet Shell Shirt - Free Pattern for Little Girls

Sizes [12 months,2 years,4 years, 6 years]

 Top of the shirt

  1. Ch [73, 85, 97, 109] Join with a sl st. Avoid twisting the chain when joining.
  2. Ch 1, Sc into each chain. Join with a sl st in the ch 1.
  3. Ch 2, hdc into each stitch. Turn (You will not join this row with the beginning.)
  4. Ch 1, sc into the next stitch, “skip 2 stitches, 5 fptr around the sc from the row below, skip 2 stitches, sc into the next stitch” Repeat “” to the end. Turn
  5. Ch 3, 2 dc into the same stitch, skip 2 stitches, sc into the next stitch, skip 2 stitches, “5 dc into the next stitch, skip 2 stitches, sc into the next stitch, skip 2 stitches” Repeat “” to the end, 3 dc into the last space. Turn
  6. Repeat rows 4 & 5 [4, 6, 8, 10 times]
  7. Ch [32, 38, 44, 50], skip [23, 26, 29, 32] stitches, sc into the next [25 stitches, ch [32, 38, 44, 50], sl st into the last stitch.
  8. Ch 1, sc into each chain and stitch.
  9. Tie off
  10. Change Colors
  11. Turn the piece upside down and join in row 1 to start the bottom of the shirt. 
  12. Ch 3, 2 dc into the same stitch, “skip 3 stitches, {2dc, ch 1, 2dc} into the next stitch” Repeat “” to the end, dc into the last stitch. Join with a sl st into the ch 3.
  13. Ch 3, 2 dc into the same stitch, “skip 4 stitches, {2dc, ch 1, 2dc} into the next stitch” Repeat “” to the end, dc into the last stitch. Join with a sl st into the ch 3.
  14. Repeat row 13 [10, 13, 16, 19]
  15. Change Colors
  16. Repeat row 13 [3, 4, 5, 6]
  17. Change Colors
  18. Ch 1, sc into each stitch. Tie off. Weave in the ends.
  19. Lace the ribbon on the back side of the shirt and tie a bow.

Done! Merry Crocheting!

About Stacey Williams

Stacey is a stay at home wife and mother. She has always loved crafting and cooking. She started her blog, Busting Stitches, in 2012. She blogs about crochet, crafts, d.i.y., and recipes. She also talks about her life with Crohn's, aromatherapy, natural living, and becoming a herbalist.

Comments

  1. Thanks for the free pattern! So very sweet!

  2. Not only is this pattern adorable – your little girl wearing it is absolutely the cutest!!

  3. Lynne N says:

    Thank you for the lovely pattern. It is so nice to find these sizes for young girls. I have a number of granddaughters who are at just the right ages!

  4. Sue thuranszky says:

    On line 6 do you mean rows 4&5? On row 7 are the straps close together on the back? I’m making the pattern in red, white and blue for the summer. I love it. I never did the post stitch before. it is great. Thanks Sue

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