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Summer Crochet Cropped Top (Free Pattern)

I think we’re safe to say summer’s here and we can all start unpacking our summer gear. Sunglasses, check. Shorts and sandals check. Crochet cropped top, check. Right?

If the answer is no, don’t panic. You could whip one of these out with plenty of time left to get a new tan line from it at the beach before it’s too late.

I’m always getting corrected by people on what design is called what, but I just design what I like and share it. So I’m just calling this one a crochet cropped top and leaving it at that.

Is it a tank top? A cropped tank? I think so but I’ll let you all decide what you want to call it.

This crochet cropped top pattern is made with mostly dc and a little decreasing. I added some picot around the arm hole edges as well. Sleeves? I think you know what I mean by armholes, whatever the technical term is. 🤣

I used Ice Yarns organic baby cotton for this crochet cropped top project. If you’ve been around here before, you’ll know it’s one of my staples, especially for summer projects.

Feel free to use whatever yarn you prefer in #3 light /DK weight yarn, just be sure to check your gauge before you start this crochet cropped top.

If you’d like this pattern in an ad free PDF format, it’s available for purchase on all our shops below. Enjoy the pattern!

Etsy

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If you’re looking for more crochet summer top patterns, you might like these.

1 Crochet Boho Crop Top / 2 Everyday Crochet Pullover / 3 Crochet Lace Shell Shrug

If you’d like a video tutorial to follow along, be sure to scroll down to the bottom.

Materials

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Stitches Used & Code (US Term)

  • ch = chain
  • st = stitch(es)
  • sc = single crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • dc2tog = double crochet 2 stitches together
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • sk = skip
  • sp = space
  • Picot = ch 3, sl st into the back bump of the first ch that you did
  • REP = repeat
  • RS = right side
  • WS = wrong side
  • ” = inches

Skill: Easy

Notes:

  • The pattern is written in English US terminology
  • This pattern made as US women’s Sizes XS( S, M, L, XL, XXL )
  • In this picture I have demonstrated with size Small
  • This top is worked flat in two separate pieces from the bottom up and then sewn together

Yarn needed: 350( 375, 415, 440, 480, 505 ) Yards

Gauge blocked: 16 dc X 7.5 rows = 4″

Measurements (After blocked)

  • XS = 15″ Body width across X 14.93″ Length
  • S = 17″ Body width across X 14.93″ Length
  • M = 19″ Body width across X 16″ Length
  • L = 21″ Body width across X 16″ Length
  • XL = 23″ Body width across X 17.06″ Length
  • XXL = 25″ Body width across X 17.06″ length

SUMMER CROCHET CROPPED TOP PATTERN

*Note: Keep in mind that the picture tutorial is in size small

BACK PANEL

Row 1 (WS): ch 62( 70, 78, 86, 94, 102 ), sk 2 ch (do not count as a st), 1 dc into next ch and each ch across. Total of 60( 68, 76, 84, 92, 100 ) st

Row 2 (RS): Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), 1 dc into each st across. Total of 60( 68, 76, 84, 92, 100 ) st

Row 3 – Row 12( 12, 13, 13, 14, 14 ): REP Row 2

Row 13( 13, 14, 14, 15, 15 ): Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), dc2tog, 1 dc into next st and each st until you have 2 st left, dc2tog. Total of 58( 66, 74, 82, 90, 98 ) st

Row 14( 14, 15, 15, 16, 16 ) – Row 26( 26, 28, 28, 30, 30 ): REP Row 13( 13, 14, 14, 15, 15 )

*In each row you’ll decrease 2 st (1 st on each side). The end of row 26( 26, 28, 28, 30, 30 ) you’ll have a total of 32( 40, 46, 54, 60, 68 ) st

Row 27( 27, 29, 29, 31, 31 ): Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), 1 dc into each st across. Total of 32( 40, 46, 54, 60, 68 ) st

Row 28( 28, 30, 30, 32, 32 ): REP Row 27( 27, 29, 29, 31, 31 ), cut the yarn. Check picture below

crochet cropped top back panel

FRONT PANEL

For the front panel, Row 1 – Row 23( 23, 25, 25, 27, 27 ) Make exactly the same as the back panel, at the end of row 23( 23, 25, 25, 27, 27 ) you’ll have a total of 38( 46, 52, 60, 66, 74 ) st. After that we’ll crochet the shoulders

LEFT SHOULDER (When you’re wearing it)

Row 24( 24, 26, 26, 28, 28 ): Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), dc2tog, 1 dc into each of next 5( 8, 11, 14, 17, 20 ) st. Total of 6( 9, 12, 15, 18, 21 ) st

Row 25( 25, 27, 27, 29, 29 ): Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), dc2tog, 1 dc into each of next 2( 5, 8, 11, 14, 17 ) st, dc2tog. Total of 4( 7, 10, 13, 16, 19 ) st.

SIZE XS ONLY

Row 26: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), dc2tog, 1 dc into each of next 2 st. Total of 3 st

Row 27: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), 1 dc into each st across. Total of 3 st

Row 28: REP Row 27. Cut the yarn and leave about 6″ long tail

SIZE S ONLY

Row 26: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), dc2tog, 1 dc into each of next 3 st, dc2tog. Total of 5 st

Row 27: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), 1 dc into each st across. Total of 5 st

Row 28: REP Row 27. Cut the yarn and leave about 6″ long tail

SIZE M ONLY

Row 28: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), dc2tog, 1 dc into each of next 6 st, dc2tog. Total of 8 st

Row 29: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), dc2tog, 1 dc into each of next 6 st. Total of 7 st

Row 30: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), 1 dc into each st across. Total of 7 st. Cut the yarn and leave about 8″ long tail

SIZE L ONLY

Row 28: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), dc2tog, 1 dc into each of next 9 st, dc2tog. Total of 11 st

Row 29: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), dc2tog, 1 dc into each of next 9 st. Total of 10 st

Row 30: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), 1 dc into each of next 8 st, dc2tog. Total of 9 st. Cut the yarn and leave about 8″ long tail

SIZE XL ONLY

Row 30: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), dc2tog, 1 dc into each of next 12 st, dc2tog. Total of 14 st

Row 31: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), dc2tog, 1 dc into each of next 12 st. Total of 13 st

Row 32: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), 1 dc into each of next 11 st, dc2tog. Total of 12 st. Cut the yarn and leave about 10″ long tail

SIZE XXL ONLY

Row 30: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), dc2tog, 1 dc into each of next 15 st, dc2tog. Total of 17 st

Row 31: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), dc2tog, 1 dc into each of next 15 st. Total of 16 st

Row 32: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), 1 dc into each of next 14 st, dc2tog. Total of 15 st. Cut the yarn and leave about 10″ long tail

adding the shoulder straps to your crochet cropped top

RIGHT SHOULDER (When you’re wearing it)

Row 24( 24, 26, 26, 28, 28 ): With the RS facing up, sk 24( 26, 26, 28, 28, 30 ) st at the middle part, add new yarn into next st, ch 2 (do not count as a st), 1 dc into the same st that you just added new yarn, 1 dc into each of next 4( 7, 10, 13, 16, 19 ) st, dc2tog. Total of 6( 9, 12, 15, 18, 21 ) st. Check picture below

Row 25( 25, 27, 27, 29, 29 ): Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), dc2tog, 1 dc into each of next 2( 5, 8, 11, 14, 17 ) st, dc2tog. Total of 4( 7, 10, 13, 16, 19 ) st

SIZE XS ONLY

Row 26: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), 1 dc into each of next 2 st, dc2tog. Total of 3 st

Row 27: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), 1 dc into each st across. Total of 3 st

Row 28: REP Row 27. Cut the yarn and leave about 6″ long tail

SIZE S ONLY

Row 26: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), dc2tog, 1 dc into each of next 3 st, dc2tog. Total of 5 st

Row 27: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), 1 dc into each st across. Total of 5 st

Row 28: REP Row 27. Cut the yarn and leave about 6″ long tail

SIZE M ONLY

Row 28: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), dc2tog, 1 dc into each of next 6 st, dc2tog. Total of 8 st

Row 29: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), 1 dc into each of next 6 st, dc2tog. Total of 7 st

Row 30: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), 1 dc into each st across. Total of 7 st. Cut the yarn and leave about 8″ long tail

SIZE L ONLY

Row 28: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), dc2tog, 1 dc into each of next 9 st, dc2tog. Total of 11 st

Row 29: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), 1 dc into each of next 9 st, dc2tog. Total of 10 st

Row 30: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), dc2tog, 1 dc into each of next 8 st. Total of 9 st. Cut the yarn and leave about 8″ long tail

SIZE XL ONLY

Row 30: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), dc2tog, 1 dc into each of next 12 st, dc2tog. Total of 14 st

Row 31: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), 1 dc into each of next 12 st, dc2tog. Total of 13 st

Row 32: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), dc2tog, 1 dc into each of next 11 st. Total of 12 st. Cut the yarn and leave about 10″ long tail

SIZE XXL ONLY

Row 30: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), dc2tog, 1 dc into each of next 15 st, dc2tog. Total of 17 st

Row 31: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), 1 dc into each of next 15 st, dc2tog. Total of 16 st

Row 32: Turn, ch 2 (do not count as a st), dc2tog, 1 dc into each of next 14 st. Total of 15 st. Cut the yarn and leave about 10″ long tail

finished cropped top panel with shoulder straps

JOINING THE CROCHET CROPPED TOP PIECES TOGETHER 

SEW THE SHOULDER SEAMS TOGETHER 

Place your panels right side facing down. We’ll sew on the wrong side, using the tails that we left earlier. Use which ever method you prefer to sew (Both sides are sewn the same). Check picture below

connecting your crochet cropped top panels

SEW THE SIDE SEAMS TOGETHER

Fold your top in half at the shoulder seam with the right sides facing each other and we will sew on the wrong side. Cut a new strand of yarn 16-20 inches long. Start sewing from the bottom up to row 12( 12, 13, 13, 14, 14 ). I recommend trying it on at this point to make sure you’re happy with the fit and adjusting if necessary, then weave all the ends (Both sides are sewn the same). Check picture below 

CROCHET AROUND THE NECK HOLE EDGE 

Turn your top right side out, we’ll crochet on the right side in the round. 

Add a new yarn at the corner of the shoulder seam, ch 1, 3 sc into each sp down until you reach the right bottom corner, 1 sc into next st and each st util you reach the left corner, 3 sc into each sp up until you reach the shoulder seam, 1 sc into each st around the back neck line, then cut the yarn and weave the end. Check picture below

CROCHET AROUND THE ARM HOLE EDGES

We’ll crochet on the right side. For the arm hole edges, we’ll crochet into the end of each row (sp for reference). Add new yarn into the armpit corner then, ch 1, *1 sc, picot, 1 sc* all into first sp, REP from *TO* into each sp around the arm hole, cut the yarn and weave all the ends. Check picture below

adding the picot fringe to the sleeves or armholes

HERE’S THE VIDEO TUTORIAL FOR THIS CROP TOP

Congratulations, I hope you enjoyed making this crochet cropped top! 😊

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Till next time. Happy crocheting!

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