My latest free crochet pattern – the Leila Tie Strap Crop Top is a super easy summer crochet crop top! 🙂
This free crochet pattern is also accompanied by a video tutorial.
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Using basic easy stitches, this crochet crop top features a simple silhouette with fun, feminine details! The body is worked in the round and made up entirely of half double crochets. This creates a nice dense top that works up a lot faster than single crochets. In place of a foundation chain, the pattern begins with foundation half double crochets so that the top can easily stretch and slip over your head. The top is finished off with scalloped chains for a fun, feminine touch and the tie straps add a cute bow detail. You can also easily alter this top to have normal thick straps for a cleaner look.
Lately, I’ve been obsessed with tie strap tops! I think they pair so easily with any type of bottoms (jeans, leggings, skirts and shorts!) and the bows add fun detail that elevates any plain outfit. Initially, I was going to leave the bottom of the top plain but I thought that it felt a bit boring and unfinished. I tried ruffles, bobbles, scallop stitches but they all felt a bit too heavy on such a small top.
Eventually, I tried out these scalloped chains and I love the result! I like how they keep the top nice and light but still add detail to the hem. I’ve been on a bit of a crop top phase lately but please let me know if you’d like more crop tops or maybe some other types of summer garment?
For this project I used Lana Grossa 365 Cotone in the colour Rose (048). This is one of my favourite shades of pink – not baby pink but not too peach either, just a light dusky pink! This yarn is a cotton/polyamide blend which gives it nice stretch while still keeping you cool for summer and spring! It also makes the top a lot lighter and softest than a 100% cotton yarn would be.
For this design I’d recommend choosing a cotton blend yarn so that the top can stretch to easily fit your bust. Also, this yarn is categorised as an aran/worsted weight cotton yarn but I find that it’s a bit on the thin side, so you could probably use a DK weight yarn and achieve a similar effect!
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*The sizing guide follows size XS(S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL). E.g. “Ch 100(116, 132, 148, 164, 180, 196) means Ch 100 for XS, Ch 116 for Small, Ch 132 for Medium, Ch 148 for Large, Ch 164 for XL, Ch 180 for 2XL and Ch 196 for 3XL.
*”HDC 10” means HDC into the next 10 stitches
*Ch 1 and Ch 2 do NOT count as a stitch.
*Total stitches are indicated between < >.
*If you want a full length top I suggest sizing up 1-2 sizes.
*This pattern uses US crochet terms
Yarn – Lana Grossa 365 Cotone – Aran/Worsted (10 ply), 140m/50g, 88% Cotton, 12% Polyamide, Rose (048)
XS = 2 skeins, S = 3 skeins, M = 4 skeins, L = 4 skeins, XL = 5 skeins, 2XL = 6 skeins, 3XL = 7 skeins
Ch = Chain
Sl st = Slip Stitch
FHDC = Foundation Half Double Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
Foundation Half Double Crochet:
*Note – If using the FHDC for the first time, I highly recommend watching the YouTube video or an in-depth YouTube tutorial.
Ch 2, yarn over, insert your hook into the first chain.
Yarn over and pull up one loop (You should have three loops on your hook).
Yarn over and pull through the first loop on your hook (This creates the ‘chain’ of the FHDC).
Yarn over and pull through all three loops (You should have one loop on your hook).
You have created your first single crochet.
*Yarn over, insert your hook in between the chain and HDC.
Yarn over and pull up one loop (Three loops on your hook)
Yarn over and pull through the first loop on your hook.
Yarn over and pull through all three loops. ;
Repeat from * until you have the desired number of stitches.
GAUGE: 10cm/4” square = 16 stitches wide x 16 rows tall in half double crochet
Upper Bust: 64, 74, 84, 94, 104, 114, 124
To fit Bust: 76, 86, 96, 106, 116, 126, 136
Length: 23, 25.5, 28, 30.5, 33, 35.5, 38
Strap length: 40, 42.5, 45, 47.5, 50, 52.5, 55
Upper Bust: 25, 29, 33, 37, 41, 45, 49
To fit Bust: 30, 34, 38, 42, 45.5, 49.5, 53.5
Length: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
Strap length: 15.5, 16.5, 17.5, 18.5, 19.5, 20.5, 21.5
FOUNDATION CHAIN + ROUND 1: FHDC 100(116, 132, 148, 164, 180, 196), sl st into the 1st FHDC.
<100, 116, 132, 148, 164, 180, 196 >
*Wrap the Foundation Half Double Crochet Chain around your bust to double check that the top will fit (It’s ok to stretch the chain). If it’s too small I suggest sizing up.
ROUND 2: Ch 1, turn, HDC 100(116, 132, 148, 164, 180, 196), sl st into 1st HDC.
Repeat ROUND 2 until ROUND 37(41, 45, 49, 53, 57, 61).
*You can add or remove rounds to reach your desired length.
FINAL ROUND: Turn, *Ch 7 (counts as a stitch), skip 3 stitches, sl st into the next stitch; rep from * until end, sl st into the first st of the round. Fasten off.
You should finish with < 25, 29, 33, 37, 41, 45, 49 > scallops.
FOUNDATION CHAIN: Ch 7
ROW 1: DC into the 3rd chain from the hook, DC 4. <5>
ROW 2: Ch 2, turn, DC 5. <5>
Repeat ROW 2 until ROW 40(42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52). Fasten off.
Repeat STRAPS instructions until you have 4 straps.
*Alternatively, you can create 2 straps and have 2 plain straps instead of the tie straps. I suggest safety pinning the straps to the top and trying on the garment. Since plain straps are not adjustable, you may need to add or remove rows to reach your desired strap length.
Fold the top in half with the front facing you. Measure in 4cm from the sides of top and pin the straps into place.
Turn the top over, (the back and seam should be facing you). Measure 5cm from the sides of the top and pin the straps into place.
*Note – I recommend trying on the top after you have pinned the straps. You can adjust the placement of the straps so they can fall where you want them too.
Sew the straps to the top.
Weave in all of your ends.
*Note – Along the body seam, sew the corners of the first and last Foundation Half Double Crochets together.