This crochet summer top pattern is worked up in a cotton material, which along with the open stitch makes it the perfect sleeveless top for the hot summer weather!
Whether you’re headed for the beach or chilling in the backyard, this top makes for the perfect cover. And if you’re invited to an event, you can choose an elegant tank to go underneath and you’ll be all set for that as well.
It is the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe and can be worn with shorts, jeans and even skirts.
The Stitch Pattern
The crochet top is very simple and mindless to whip up. The stitch pattern is simply the half double crochet in one row, with the v-st and chain one spaces in the next row. Easy peasy!
It is perfect for all skill levels, including beginners who are comfortable with skipping stitches and working into chains.
As for the construction, it is worked in two rectangles, then sewn together at the shoulder and side seams. I used the mattress stitch for a seamless look.
In terms of the right side and wrong side, both sides look great, so choose your side before you make your seams.
The free pattern is available in five women’s sizes from extra small to extra large. But, a stitch multiple is provided making it super easy for you to adjust this to any size you need from child to adult. You could even make an oversized beach cover if you like.
For this summer top I used Ultra Pima by Cascade Yarns. It is a 100% cotton yarn in DK weight, making it perfect for summer tops.
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Half Double and V-Stitch Crochet Summer Top
- Yarn: Cascade Yarns – Ultra Pima (Light, #3; 100% Pima Cotton; 3.5oz/100g; 220yds/200m) Color: 3830, 4, [4, 4, 5, 5] balls.
- Crochet Hook: 4mm
- Other: Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle, Area or Mat for Blocking.
- Gauge: 17 sts and 10 rows = 4".
- Finished Sizes: XS, (S, M, L, XL)
- To Fit Bust Sizes: 28", (32", 36" 40" 44")
- Finished Width Measurements: 17.5, (19, 21, 23, 24.5)
- Finished Length Measurements: 23, (23, 23.5, 23.5, 23.5)
- Ch/Chs = Chain/Chains
- FO = Fasten Off
- Hdc = Half Double Crochet
- Sk = Skip
- St/Sts = Stitch/Stitches
- V-St = V Stitch
- Crochet Abbreviations explained in more details.
Special Stitch Instructions
- V-St: (hdc, ch 1, hdc) into designated st.
- The small size is shown on a 33" bust.
- Pattern is given for XS. Changes for sizes S, M, L, XL are given in parenthesis.
- This garment is designed with 6" of ease.
- Garment is worked in two pieces from bottom up; front and back. Each piece is worked identical.
- Increase/Decrease the width as desired in any multiple of 4 + 2 for the starting chains. As for length, do more or less repeats of Rows 2 and 3.
- Adjust shoulder and side seams for a custom fit.
- Block both pieces to dimensions before seaming.
- Sew seams with the locking mattress stitch.
- Gauge and measurements are given after blocking.
Front and Back Panels
- Make 2.
- Leaving a 40" tail for sewing side seams, ch 74, (82, 90, 98, 106), or any multiple of 4 + 2.
- Row 1: Working into back bumps, hdc in 2nd ch from hook and into each ch across. Turn. [73, (81, 89, 97, 105) hdc]
- Row 2: Ch 1, hdc in first st, sk next st, (v-st, ch 1) in next st, *sk next 3 sts, (v-st, ch 1) in next st; repeat from * across to last 2 sts omitting last ch-1, sk next st, hdc in last st. Turn. [18, (20, 22, 24, 26) v-sts]
- Row 3: Ch 1, hdc in first st and into each st and ch across. Turn. [73, (81, 89, 97, 105) hdc]
- Rows 4-57, (57, 59, 59, 59): Repeat rows 2 and 3 alternatively. FO at last row leaving 20" tail for sewing shoulder seams.
- Block both pieces to measurements in schematic. To block, simply wet the pieces and lay them flat to dry.
- Sew seams 3.5, (4, 4.5, 5.25, 5.75)" on each side.
- Starting at the bottom with the tail end, sew seams along the sides leaving an 8, (8.5, 9 , 9.5, 10)" opening for the armhole.
- If you have wide hips, and need more room around the hip area, you can leave a slit open, thus starting your seam a few inches up from the bottom.
Edging for Armhole Openings
- With a standing single crochet, join yarn to the bottom of the armhole seam and single crochet evenly around; join with a slip stitch in the first single crochet. FO.
- You can also add the edging around the neck opening and the bottom if you like.
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