I’m so excited to share my newest design with you – the Easy Crochet Crop Top!
This is a free written pattern accompanied by a Youtube video tutorial!
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This crochet project is great for beginners and can easily be altered to fit your exact measurements! In the pattern I’ll show you how you can change the design of this easy crop top to have 3 different styles (Square, Ruched and Sweetheart). The best part about this pattern is that you can wear a bra with straps underneath this crop top! So, this design is suitable for all shapes and sizes 🙂
Scroll down for the video tutorial!
Since its still summer in New Zealand, I created this crop top pattern because I needed a break from warm chunky knits. (I loved the Chunky Crop Crochet Sweater but alpaca wool is a bit too thick for the weather right now!) Furthermore, since winter is coming to an end in the northern hemisphere this Easy Crochet Crop Top is perfect for Spring Break or beach days. This pattern is great no matter where you are in the world!
This crop top is created entirely in single crochet. I love that the dense stitches give complete coverage so the design is more modest (as far as crochet crop tops go!) I’ve included instructions for general sizes XS(S, M, L, XL) but I’ve added notes describing how you can measure yourself and alter this pattern for the perfect fit for you!
For this crop top I used Lionbrand Jeans yarn in the colour 'Faded'. I love the light blue with flecks of white for a subtle marled texture look. It is one of the softest acrylics I’ve ever used and it glides so easily over the crochet hook. Lionbrand Jeans is also lightweight which is perfect for hot summer days and it also has a bit of stretch to it so it helps the crop top fit all the right places 🙂
Easy Crochet Crop Top - 3 ways!
Yarn - Lionbrand Jeans – Aran/Worsted (10 ply), 225m/100g, 100% Acrylic
Colour – Faded (105) Chambray Blue
(I used 1 ¼ skeins for size XS (cropped). I would recommend S = 2 skeins, M = 2 skeins, L = 3 skeins, XL = 3 skeins)
If you need to increase for your bust or make the top longer I would add at least 1 skein.
5mm (US H/8) Crochet Hook
Stitch markers (optional)
SKILL LEVEL: Easy
FSC = Foundation single crochet
SC = Single crochet
2SC = 2 Single crochet into the same stitch (optional)
Foundation Single Crochet
Please watch the video demonstration for the foundation single crochet. I think its a lot easier than just reading the instructions! But here are the written instructions just in case 🙂
Foundation Single Crochet
1. Ch2, insert your hook into the first chain.
2. Yarn over and pull up one loop (You should have two loops on your hook).
3. Yarn over and pull through the first loop on your hook (This creates the ‘chain’ of the FSC).
4. Yarn over and pull through both loop on the chain (You should have one loop on your hook - You have created a single crochet!)
5. Insert your hook into between the chain and single crochet.
6. Yarn over pull up one loop (two loops on your hook).
7. Yarn over pull through the first loop on your hook.
8. Yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook.
Repeat 5 - 8 until you have the desired number of stitches for your project.
10cm/4" square = 12 stitches wide x 10 rows tall in single crochet
-The sample size of this pattern is XS.
Total length: 35cm/14”
Body length: 23cm/9”
Bust circumference: 64cm/25”
Strap length: 24cm/9.5”
-General sizes are listed as XS(S, M, L, XL) e.g. 84(100, 115, 135, 150) means 86 stitches for XS, 100 stitches for S, 115 stitches for L and 150 stitches for 150.
-This crop top can be finished 3 different ways - Square, Ruched and Sweetheart.
The Ruched and Sweetheart + Bow options will make the crop top a bit shorter.
-You can use any aran/medium weight yarn but be mindful of gauge and stretch! I suggest using a yarn with a bit of stretch so that you can easily get it on and off.
I've added general size measurements e.g. XS(S, M, L, XL).
For best results I suggest measuring yourself according to the diagram below.
A = Overbust circumference (where you would like your top to begin)
B = Bust circumference (fullest part of your bust)
C = Body length
FOUNDATION CHAIN: Foundation single crochet 84(100, 115, 135, 150).
*Alteration Note - Foundation single crochet until your chain is equal length to your over bust measurement (measurement A)
Wrap your chain around your bust (measurement B).
If the two ends meet (not pictured), you won’t need to increase (it’s ok if you need to pull/stretch the chain). Sl st into the first chain.
If there is a gap (as pictured), measure the distance between the two ends of the foundation chain. Please note down the measurement. Sl st into the first chain.
*Proceed to ROUND 1*
ROUND 1: Ch1 (counts as a stitch), turn. SC into every stitch in the round. Sl st into the first chain at the start of the round.
<Total stitches: 84,100, 115, 135, 150)>
If you are not increasing repeat ROUND 1 until you have reached your desired length. Fasten off.
(I crocheted 46 rounds for size XS. I recommend S = 48 rounds, M = 50 , L = 54, XL = 58)
*Proceed to ‘STRAPS’ instructions*
If you are increasing proceed to INCREASING ROUND 2 instructions.
INCREASING ROUND 2:
For each cm of the GAP add one set of 2SC into the same stitch. Space them out evenly throughout ROUND 2.
(1cm = 0.4 inches)
E.g. I am size XS and the gap is 6cm. Therefore, I need to add 6 sets of 2SC.
Evenly space out 6 sets of 2SC into the same stitch.
XS = 84 stitches. 84/6 = 14.
2SC into stitches 14, 28, 42, 56, 70, 84.
Pattern: Ch1, SC 13, 2SC. *SC 14, 2SC into the same stitch*
Repeat *-* 4 more times. Sl st into the first chain of the round.
This increases stitch count to 90.
If your gap measurement is an uneven number e.g. 7cm = 7 sets of 2SC
XS = 84 stitches. 84/7 = 16.8 - Just space your stitches out as best as you can.
E.g. SC 16, 2SC, SC 17, 2SC etc.
INCREASING ROUND 3: Ch1 (counts as a stitch), turn. SC into every stitch in the round. Sl st into the first chain at the start of the round.
Repeat ROUND 3 until you have reached your desired length (measurement C). Fasten off.
*Proceed to ‘STRAPS’ instructions*
You can now try on the bandeau and mark where you would like your straps to go with stitch markers or safety pins. I would suggest wearing the bra you would normally wear so the crochet straps can perfectly cover your bra straps.
I placed the seam in the middle of the front side because it will be hidden once you create the sweetheart neckline. If you want a plain bandeau you can place the seam at the back or at the side.
Insert your hook into the space below the stitch marker.
Secure yarn and pull through a loop.
ROW 1: Ch1 (does not count as a stitch). SC into the same stitch as the Ch1. SC crochet into the next 3 stitches (you can make the straps wider by adding more stitches e.g. SC 5 or SC 6).
ROW 2: Ch1, turn, SC 4.
Repeat ROUND 2 until your straps are your desired length. Fasten off and leave a tail of yarn.
NOTE: If your yarn is stretchy make sure that your straps aren’t too long as they will stretch out over time.
(I did 34 rows for size XS)
Sew the end of the strap to the back of the top using your tail of yarn.
Repeat for the other strap. Weave in all of your ends.
If you’re creating the Square Neck crop you’ve finished!
For the Ruched Crochet Crop Top and Sweeheart + Bow Crochet Crop Top scroll down!
Square Neck Crochet Crop Top
Ruched Crochet Crop Top
Cut a piece of yarn 3 times the body length. Thread the needle with the piece of yarn.
With the seam facing you, insert your needle at the bottom of the top to the right of the seam.
Weave the tail of yarn up and under each row and make sure your stitches are straight.
At the top of the seam, weave the tail of yarn across to the other side.
Weave up and under each row to the left of the seam.
(For a neat result match sure the stitching on both sides match)
Pull on both tails of yarn (at the same time!) until you have the desired ruching.
(I would recommend pulling the yarn with the top on your body to get the perfect length).
Tie a double knot and then weave the tail of yarn into the top.
Sweetheart + Bow Crochet Crop Top
Create a chain 2 times the body length + 15cm/6”.
Insert a crochet hook at the bottom of the top to the right of the seam.
Weave the chain up and under every few rows to the right of the seam.
At the top of the seam, weave the chain across to the other side.
Weave the chain up and under every few rows until the bottom of the top.
Pull on both sides of the chain and tie a bow.
I love this design because you can always change the length of the top/amount of ruching.
This method can also turn your Easy Crochet Crop Top into a Crochet Bra Top!
Congratulations! You’ve finished your Easy Crochet Crop Top!