Crop Top Crochet Pattern

This crop top crochet pattern is perfect for those summer days in the sun. It’s super versatile and looks amazing paired with some high waisted jeans!

Make yourself a crochet crop top with just enough detail that will definitely turn heads. Made with 100% cotton yarn, it’s safe to swim with too, but you can easily substitute the yarn with any worsted weight yarn that you’d like.

This pattern is a cross between a bralette and a crop top, the reason being it is completely modifiable to fit your taste. You can make it longer on the bodice by adding more rows at the bottom, or even shorter by reducing the rows.

The Detail of the Crochet Crop Top

The simple detail on the bodice is created by using a combination of Front Post Double Crochet and single crochet, inspired by the Alpine Stitch (One of my favorite texture stitches). The crop top also features an easy border using Half Double Crochet and chain 1. The straps are completely adjustable, because it uses just normal chains to create textured straps. So you can make them as long as you prefer.

Pattern Level

This crop top crochet pattern is for the Skilled beginner, meaning you are some what new to crochet, but know your basic crochet stitches and you made a few projects that contain some advanced stitches. But don’t be discouraged if you aren’t! This crop top crochet pattern has easy step by step pictures too. Meaning you can make this your first semi-advanced project! πŸ™‚

My inspiration for the crochet crop top

I loved every minute of creating this crochet crop top pattern. Usually by summer time I always feel like getting some new outfits, but I can be picky when it comes to buying new clothes from department stores. And especially in the times we live in today, it’s better to make your own! That way, you know exactly where it comes from.

Since it’s nice and hot outside, going to the beach and spending some time with the family in the sun sounded like a good plan! So I decided I wanted to create my own crop top crochet pattern.

It’s so amazing to be able to create a fun and funky crop top for yourself! (With people asking where did I buy my crop top?!) The satisfaction is endless when you get to say “I made it myself!” πŸ™‚ And, for us crochet junkies, we almost never get the chance to make anything for ourselves!

And now I get to share it with you too!

Some FAQ and Answers:

Can I adjust the size of the crop top?

Yes! The crop top pattern comes in ONE SIZE only, but you can modify it to fit your measurement by adding more or less chains and rows. All you need to do is take your measurements and the pattern explains exactly how to adjust to your size!

What size yarn to use?

I used Elle Cotton On 100% cotton yarn in the color Iced Pink, but this pattern also works using #4 worsted weight yarn. Just be sure that your measurements are correct and you’re good to go!

EDIT: You can use any type of yarn! Here are some links to yarn that will be perfect for this crop top!

For 100% cotton you can use Lily Sugar n Cream or Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Yarn. You can also use Acrylic yarn like Red Heart Comfort Yarn.

How long does it take to make this crop top?

This is a pattern will work up in a weekends time. So around about 2 days. It’s totally worth it at the end!:)

Crop top crochet pattern - the back panel

Techniques you need to know:

This pattern is written in US crochet terms. Here are the following techniques you need to know:

  • Single Crochet = Insert your hook into the designated stitch, yarn over and pull through (two loops on the hook), yarn over again and pull through both loops on the hook.
  • Half Double Crochet = Yarn over and insert your hook into the designated stitch, yarn over and pull through (three loops on the hook), yarn over again and pull through all three loops on the hook.
  • Double Crochet = Yarn over and insert your hook into the designated stitch, yarn over and pull through (three loops on the hook), yarn over and pull through two loops (two loops on the hook), yarn over again and pull through both loops on the hook.
  • Front Post Double Crochet = Yarn over and insert your hook around the base double crochet stitch from the front, almost like weaving it around the double crochet (post) from front to back and exiting the front again, yarn over the hook and pull up a loop, making it the same height as the top row (three loops on the hook). Finish the double crochet as normal, yarn over and pull through two loops (two loops remain), yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook.

Here are some helpful pictures to show you how to crochet the Front Post Double Crochet.

Crop top crochet pattern - Explanation for the front post double crochet

What materials do you need?

You will need:

  • 300gr (Approx. 204m / 222 yards) of #4 worsted weight 100% cotton yarn.
  • 5mm Crochet Hook (US H-8)
  • Scissors
  • Darning needle for weaving in ends
  • Measuring Tape – to take your measurements
  • Stitch Markers

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Happy crocheting! πŸ™‚

-Nadine

Crop top crochet pattern - front view

Crop Top Crochet Pattern

Level:

Skilled Beginner – You are new to crochet, but know the basic crochet stitches and a little more πŸ™‚

Materials:

Nr4 worsted/ medium weight 100% Cotton Yarn (300gr/204m/222 yards)

5mm Crochet Hook (US H-8)

Scissors

Darning needle

Measuring tape

Stitch Markers

Stitches & Abbreviations:

Ch = Chain

Sl st = Slip Stitch

Sc = Single Crochet

Hdc = Half Double Crochet

Dc = Double Crochet

FPDC = Front Post Double Crochet

FO = Finish off

Gauge:

Gauge is not particularly important for this pattern, rather crochet the amount of stitches to fit your measurements.

Measurements required:

Cup size – I am a c-cup size

Under bust size – measuring underneath the breasts – my measurement is 87cm

Notes:

Starting with the bra cups: (Make two)

*Measure your breast from middle to the bottom and chain the foundation chain as long as this measurement. Make sure to end on an uneven number of chains.

*Make sure to count your stitches on both sides of the foundation chain, if the stitch count is wrong then your work will be crooked. Do not count the turning chain 1 as a stitch.

*Crochet as many rows on the cup size to give you sufficient coverage. I made 12 rows and there was enough space left for the border too.

*For the cup border: Ch2 at the beginning of the row counts as a hdc and ch1.

Attaching the cups:

*When crocheting down the cups, you should make the sc until the end of the cup, this means to sc in the border stitches too. This will help to make the body even as you continue to work your way down.

Side Panel:

*You can make the side panel as long as you prefer.

*Please remember to check your measurements beforehand to ensure that the side panels fits to your body. If you want to do a shorter side panel for a more open back look, you can stop at any time with the pattern and just add row 12 for space to weave the ends through.

*When continuing to the second side panel, single crochet into the border half double crochet stitch and chain 1 space.

*After you finish with the second panel, single crochet down the bottom of the panel and slip stitch to the beginning single crochet on the body panel

Edit: Body Panel:

*For all sc rows – ch1 in the beginning of the row does not count as a stitch.

*For all dc rows – ch2 in the beginning of the row counts as a a dc. Thus insert next stitch into the following stitch.

Pattern:

Foundation Chain: Ch13

Row 1: sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc in each stitch until the last chain, in the last ch 3sc into the same stitch- mark the 2nd sc with stitch marker, sc in each of the following stitches across, ch1,turn

Row 2: sc in each stitch across until you reach the marked stitch, 3sc into the marked stitch (mark the 2nd sc with stitch marker), sc in each stitch across, ch1,turn

Row 3-12: Repeat ROW 2 until desired cup size is reached, keeping in mind you still need to add a border to the cup.

Crop top crochet pattern - Crochet a foundation chain, single crochet around the chain and continue until cup size is achieved

BORDER OF CUPS:

Ch2(counts as 1st hdc and ch1),turn,** skip the next stitch, hdc in the following stitch, ch1** repeat ** to ** until you reach 3 stitches before the tip of the cup. You should end on a hdc,ch1.

*Skip the next stitch and hdc into the following stitch,ch1* x 5 (do not skip a stitch between the top tree stitches). Continue with repeat ** skip next stitch,  hdc in the following stitch, ch1**across.

Crop top crochet pattern - Half double crochet border around both cups

FO the first cup and weave in ends, but do not cut the yarn off the 2nd cup. You will use the working yarn to attach the cups.

Crop top crochet pattern - Two completed cups

ATTACHING THE CUPS:

Continue on the cup with the yarn attached

Turn your work to start working on the bottom of the cup.

Row 1: 1sc in each stitch across

Attach the 2nd cup with n sl st, continue with 1 sc in each stitch across, ch 1, turn your work at the end, making sure the working yarn faces to the back.

*Note: you should make the sc until the end of the cup, this means to sc in the border stitches too. This will help to make the body even as you continue to work your way down.*

Crop top crochet pattern - Single crochet down the cup and connect the cups

BODY PANEL:

Row 2: sc across both cups in every sc,ch1,turn

Row 3: sc in every stitch across,ch1,turn

Row 4: sc in every stitch across,ch2,turn

Crop top crochet pattern - Starting body panel with row 2 to row 4

Row 5: dc in every stitch across, ch1,turn

Row 6: sc in every stitch across, ch2,turn

Row 7: skip the 1st st, *FPDC (around the dc row),dc into the next st* repeat from * to * until the end (you should end with a dc),ch1,turn

*Tip: the turning ch counts as a dc , so you should always skip the first stitch.

Crop top crochet pattern - View of the front post double crochet row

Row 8-9: 1sc in every stitch across,ch1,turn

Row 10: 1sc in every stitch across,ch2,turn

Row 11: dc in every stitch across, ch1,turn

Row 12: 1sc in every stitch across, ch2,turn

Row 13: skip the 1st st, *FPDC (around the dc row),dc into the next st* repeat from * to * until the end (you should end with a dc),ch1,turn

Row 14-15: sc in every stitch across,ch1,turn

Row 16: 1sc in every stitch across, ch3,turn

Row 17: * skip the next stitch, hdc in the following stitch, ch1* repeat * to * until you reach the end

Crop top crochet pattern - Body panel completed, without the border

SIDE / BACK PANEL:

Now we will be working along the side of the body panel. ch1 and turn your work to crochet on the side of the body panel from right to left.

Start on the side where the yarn is attached to.

*you can make the side/back panel as long as you want in line with your measurements. Please remember to check your measurements beforehand to ensure that the side panels fits to your body. If you want to do a shorter side panel for a more open back look, you can stop at any time with the pattern and just add row 12 for space to weave the ends through*

*Edit: You can also elongate the side panel over you entire back to create a closed back version of this crop top.

Row1: 1sc in every stitch made by the previous rows until you reach the cup, ch1, turn

Row2: sc in every st across, ch2, turn

Row3: dc in every st across, ch1, turn

Row4: sc in every st across, ch1, turn

Row5: 1sc in every st across, ch3, turn

Row6: *Skip the next st, dc in the next st, ch1* repeat from * to * until the end, dc in the last st, ch1, turn

Row7: *sc in ch-1 space, sc into the top of the dc* repeat * to * across, sc into the top of the beginning ch2, ch1, turn

Row8: sc in every st across, ch2, turn

Row9: dc in every st across, ch1, turn

Row10: sc in every st across, ch1, turn

Row11: 1sc in every st across, ch2, turn

Row12: *Skip the next st, hdc in the next st, ch1* repeat from * to * until the end, hdc in the last st.

Next, sc across the bottom of the side panel and body panel until you reach the left hand side.

Repeat the pattern from row 1 to row 12 on the other side panel.

At the end sc down the bottom of the panel until you reach the row of sc at the body panel. Sl st into the sc.

Crop top crochet pattern - Crochet around the second side panel until you reach the beginning corner, insert hook into the next single crochet
Crop top crochet pattern - Yarn over and bring up a loop, slip stitch to close

Finish off and weave in the ends.

Crop top crochet pattern - Finished crop top

Let’s make the top of the side panel nice and neat.

Attach the yarn into the corner of the left side, wrong side facing towards you.

Sc across the side panel, sl st into the corner of the cup.

Finish off and weave in ends.

Repeat this process on the other end.

Crop top crochet pattern - Top of side panel single crochet to make it nice and neat

STRAPS ON CUPS:

Attach straps on both cups

Insert hook in the very top stitch, yarn over, pull through stitch, ch80 or however long you want your straps to be. Repeat this step on both sides.

Crop top crochet pattern - Straps attached to the top of the cups

Strap for the body

Chain 170, or as many as you want for the strap.

Crop top crochet pattern - Strap for the body panel woven in zig zag formation

And that’s it! I hope you find this pattern easy to follow and you enjoy making this as much as I did!

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5 Comments

  1. Yes it helps very much thank you. I finished the top and it looks beautiful on my son’s girlfriend. I used a gorgeous robin egg colour using the Bernat 100% cotton. What brand do you use?

    1. That’s great Janet! I’m so glad you enjoy the pattern! I used a South African brand called Elle Cotton on in the color Iced pink. But as you see, you can use any medium weight 100% cotton yarn with this pattern! Thank you so much for your feedback!!:)

    1. Hi Janet! It depends on how many rows you made for your cups + the border. For instance if you made the same amount of rows as indicated in the pattern, which is 12 rows per cup, you will see that each cup will add up to 24 stitches (as they are worked in half rounds/from one side to the other). The borders stitches counts as one stitch. Therefore you will have approximately 50 stitches when joining the two cups. Hope this helps!

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