Shepherd's Purse Tee

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I’ve always loved the wildflower Shepherd’s Purse. Something about it sparked my imagination: miniature Shepherdesses with teeny leaf handbags, I think. When I first saw this beautiful rustic laceweight yarn I knew I wanted to create a lace that complimented the wild rustic nature of it. The result of these experiments is an easy-to-memorize lace that quickly grows to become a tee/light sweater that will look as good over a shift dress as it does with jeans.

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There is a definite trick to crocheting with a laceweight yarn. Choose a pattern that’s carefully written for it, one that’s going to grow quickly and not involve finding fiddly stitches. This pattern has just two rows to remember, works into chain spaces, and uses trebles so it grows pretty quickly. The suggested yarn, kindly supplied by Daughter of a Shepherd, is just the right kind of crunchy to make it fast and easy to work too. It softens beautifully on washing.

And because we know you won’t all want to get your bellies out, it is available in both cropped and hip length versions. Instructions and yarn requirements are given for both.

XS(S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
To fit chest approx: 76(86, 97, 107, 117, 127, 137, 147, 157)cm/30(34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62)in
Finished chest measures: 87(100, 113, 127, 127, 140, 153, 167, 167)cm/34.5(40, 45.5, 50.5, 50.5, 56, 61.5, 66.5, 66.5)in
Finished upper arm circumference:30(30, 30, 37, 40, 47, 50, 53, 57)cm/12(12, 12, 14.5, 16, 18.5, 20, 21.5, 22.5)in
Finished length:
Cropped version: 47(48, 48, 50, 50, 51, 51, 52, 52)cm/18.5(19, 19, 19.5, 19.5, 20, 20, 20.5, 20.5)in
Full length version: 55(56, 57, 58, 60, 61, 62, 64, 65)cm/21.5(22, 22.5, 23, 23.5, 24, 24.5, 25, 25.5)in

Cropped version:

  • 2(2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3)x 100g skeins Daughter of a Shepherd Seventy-Two (lace weight, 100% Hebridean Wool, 606m/663yds/100g)
  • (Estimated yardage required: 825(965, 1080, 1235, 1250, 1425, 1565, 1725, 1735))
  • 3.5mm (US E) hook

Full-length version:

  • 2(2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3)x 100g skeins Daughter of a Shepherd Seventy-Two (lace weight, 100% Hebridean Wool, 606m/663yds/100g)
  • (Estimated yardage required: 940(1095, 1255, 1435, 1475, 1675, 1875, 2060, 2105))
  • 3.5mm (US E) hook.

3 pattern reps and 10 rows in Shepherd’s Purse lace pattern (blocked) to 10 cm/4 in using 3.5mm hook (or size needed to achieve tension)

Difficulty Rating

Skills Needed
Basic crochet stitches, working in rows, missing stitches, working into chain spaces, seaming.

Sleeves are worked first to avoid swatching! The back is worked from the top down and the front is worked from the foundation chain of the back (with full-row neckline shaping) down. Sleeves are slip-stitched to the body. Sleeves and side seams are slip-stitched closed.

Designed to be worn with lots of ease (between 10cm/4in and 15cm/6in) at the chest. The sleeves are designed to be fitted (around 3cm/1in ease) but if you prefer a looser sleeve or find your chest size doesn’t correlate to your upper arm measurement then you can make a sleeve of a different size.

Joanne has 100cm/39in chest and wears a size M cropped version.

This pattern is charted and written using standard UK crochet terminology (with US conversions given in the abbreviations)

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Caroline Griffin
Beautiful, easy to wear tee

I am so delighted with my Tee. This was my first foray into making garments and I was anxious about sizing - and about whether I’d like the finished item. I needn’t have worried the pattern was easy to follow and the sizing was spot on. The stitch pattern is intricate but easy enough once you get the hang of it. It was also a fairly quick make - perfect for the impatient crocheter 😁😬😂. Highly recommended.

Beautiful repeats

This pattern may look like it's going to be intimate, but it actually has an easy to gasp pattern repeat and works up quickly. A very satisfying make which (as mentioned by others) really benefits from being blocked. Would make another!


I really enjoyed making this top. I have always been unsure of crocheted garments but this is pretty enough to dress up for a night out. I used a beautiful hand dyed lace weight and the pretty stitch pattern really shows it off. The neckline is very clever and I found it an easy make

Perfect for layering

This is such a lovely top and perfect for layering. I'd never used lace before and this was a good reason to try it. The stitch pattern is beautiful and I love the neck line and cropped finish.

Claire Coffey
Stunningly elegant

Made this in a silky laceweight yarn that just glows, and it's such an elegant top to wear on a night out, looks gorgeous over a cami and the clever neckline construction makes a lovely feature of the décolletage! Makes you feel special when you wear it. Don't underestimate the power of a good block with this pattern, it really makes the stitches open out when you do.