Learn how to crochet a crop top for summer! This stylish ribbed singlet is the easiest crochet garment you’ll ever make!
This free crochet crop top pattern is also accompanied by a video tutorial.
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The Skylar Crop Top is the ultimate summer top for crochet beginners! Using only half double crochets, this easy crochet camisole works up quickly and is easily customisable to fit any size or body type. If you can crochet a rectangle, you can make this top!
Featuring, a ribbed body and braided tie straps, the Skylar Cami effortlessly matches any outfit! Pair it with high waisted jeans or extend the crop top to create a crochet singlet that’s perfect for beach days.
This crop top is a versatile and stylish addition to anyone’s wardrobe but the pattern is also extremely easy to alter.
Do you prefer longer tank tops over crop tops? Simply add chains to your foundation chain to create more length.
Want a loose fitting crochet singlet? Add more rows until you have positive ease.
You can also decrease your chains to make a crochet bralette / bikini style top or you can remove rows so your top is form fitting and easy to tuck into pants! 🙂
Since the weather is warming up in the Northern Hemisphere and it’s still warm in New Zealand I thought this is the time to make crop top patterns before it gets to cold! I really wanted to create a top that followed more of a tutorial style rather than a normal crochet pattern so everyone could get the right fit. I was playing around with different necklines and shapes but ultimately, I loved how easy it was to make this easy straight neck crop top and it was giving me all the Reformation vibes 🙂
The straps are simply braided onto the crop top (following a normal 3 strand plait) and the tie straps mean that you can adjust the fit as necessary. There are also instructions demonstrating how to create plain straps but I love the versatility of the tie straps and the cute bow detail.
If you’d like thicker straps for more support (or so that you can wear a bra with straps underneath) I suggest checking out the Easy Crochet Crop Top or the Leila Tie Strap Top! Since this design is a bandeau and wraps around your back you can easily wear a strapless bra underneath and it won’t show!
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For this project I used Drops Merino Extra Fine in the colour Ice Blue. I love how this merino yarn is so soft and smooth, with just the right amount of stretch.
Since it’s a natural fibre, its super breathable and it keeps you warm in the winter but doesn’t make you overheat in warmer weather. I think this crochet singlet also makes such a great layering piece and I’m already working on a longer version in cream for autumn and the cooler months!
If you want to make a form fitting crop top, I suggest picking a yarn that has stretch and will also ‘bounce back’. Merino, acrylic and cotton blends are all great choices. WeCrochet’s Swish DK is a great merino substitute or Lion Brand’s Touch of Merino would work well too!
If you’re using a 100% cotton yarn keep in mind that cotton doesn’t retain its shape well once it’s stretched out, but this is great if you want a looser top or if you’re relatively flatter 🙂 However, feel free to experiment with different yarns and see what yarn gets you the look you want!
You can use any DK weight yarn for this project or even Sport or Aran yarn! Brava Worsted is a great affordable acrylic option or Shine Worsted is one of my favourite cotton blends! Just make sure to follow the crochet tutorial to make the top according to your measurements and not the exact number of stitches detailed below. The Skylar Crop Top pattern is really more of a guide to help you freestyle any fit and length you want!
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*Sample is a size XS shown on a 5’3” model with a 32” bust.
*The sizing guide follows size XS(S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL). E.g. “Ch 41(46, 51, 56, 61, 66, 71) means Ch 41 for XS, Ch 46 for Small, Ch 51 for Medium, Ch 56 for Large, Ch 61 for XL, Ch 66 for 2XL and Ch 71 for 3XL.” If there is only one number, it applies to all sizes.
*"HDC 10" means HDC into the next 10 stitches.
*The turning chain ch 1 does NOT count as a stitch.Total stitches are indicated between < >.
*This pattern uses US crochet terms.
*You can easily alter the length and width of the pattern for your preferred fit and ease for any size and body type 🙂
This pattern is worked lengthways; the foundation chain runs the length of the crop top NOT the width.
The number of rows determines the width of the crop top.
Yarn – Drops Merino Extra Fine – DK/Light (3), 105m/50g, 155yds/1.8 oz, 100% Merino, Ice Blue (39)
approx. 110(135, 165, 210, 250, 300, 350)g
*I highly recommend using yarn with a good amount of stretch to e.g. merino, acrylic or cotton-acrylic blend. If you want to make your crop top shorter/longer, you’ll need less/more yarn.
*Measurements are just a general indication for sizing, follow the alteration instructions to make the perfect crop top/singlet for your body/bust.
To fit Bust: 76(86, 96, 106, 117, 127, 137)
Width: 31(33, 38, 43, 48, 53, 58)
Length: 21(23, 25, 28, 31, 33, 36)
To fit Bust: 30(34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54)
Width: 12(13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23)
Length: 8(9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14)
STITCHES & ABBREVIATIONS
Ch = Chain
HDC = Half Double Crochet
BLO = Back Loop
St = Stitch
10cm/4” square = 19 stitches wide x 11.5 rows tall in Back Loop Half Double Crochet
*Gauge is not particularly important for this pattern, rather crochet the number of chains/stitches to fit your measurements.
Skylar Ribbed Crop Top Crochet Pattern
CROP TOP BODY
FOUNDATION CHAIN: Ch 41(46, 51, 56, 61, 66, 71).
*Alteration Note: The foundation chain runs the length of the crop top (measures down from over bust measurement until your desired length (e.g. under bust, belly button, hips).
Crochet chains until you reach the desired length for your top.
ROW 1: HDC into 2nd ch from hook, HDC in each st until end, turn.
<40(45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70)>
ROW 2: Ch 1, BLO HDC in each st until last st, HDC in last st, turn.
<40(45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70)>
Repeat ROW 2 until your panel measures 61(66, 76, 86, 97, 107, 117)cm / 24(26, 30, 34, 38, 42, 46”. Or as a starting point, repeat ROW 2 until your panel length = waist measurement.
Wrap your panel around your body.
If the edges (the foundation chain + last row) reach in the middle of your bust and you like the fit, fasten off leaving a tail of yarn (approx. 2 times longer than your foundation chain).
If you want your top to be looser, add repeats of ROW 2.
If you want to have a tighter top, remove repeats of ROW 2 until you reach your desired ease.
Please keep in mind that your top will stretch out slightly (depending on the type of yarn).
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn (approx. 2 times longer than your foundation chain).
Sew the ends of your body panel together. For a more ‘seamless’ look, only sew into the back loops.
Try on your top and using stitch markers or safety pins, mark where you would like your straps to fall.
(I placed mine 7cm/2.5” in from the outside edges).
Cut 3 strands of yarn measuring 150(150, 157, 157, 165, 165, 172)cm / 59(59, 62, 62, 65, 65, 68)”.
Insert hook along the edge of the top – where you placed a stitch marker.
Pull through 3 strands of yarn, pull the ends to make sure the centre of the strands are in the crop top.
You should now have 6 strands of yarn. Create 3 sets of 2 strands of yarn.
Plait the right 2 strands over the centre 2 strands, plait the left 2 strands over the centre 2 strands (this is a normal 3 strand plait/braid).
Repeat plait instructions, until your plait/braid measures approx. 50(50, 55, 55, 60, 60, 65)cm / 19.5(21.5, 21.5, 23.5, 23.5 25.5)” or you have 5cm/2” of yarn left.
Holding all 6 strands together, tie a knot at the end of your braid. Trim off excess at base of knot or leave a tassel.
Repeat ‘STRAND’ instructions for the 3 remaining strands.
*Alteration Note: If you’d like to have 2 plain straps (instead of tie straps), create the 2 front strands and then tie the 2 straps to the back of your top. Please reference the video.
Weave in all of your ends.Voilà! You’ve finished your Easy Ribbed Crop Top 🙂