Easy free crochet summer top pattern
This free crochet summer top pattern is perfect for the warmer months! It’s made with a super fine weight blend of linen and cotton, and it’s very open and breathable.
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Are crochet tops good for summer?
Well, they can be. Using the right yarn and stitch pattern is the key to making crochet tops for summer.
When choosing the yarn, look at the yarn label for a tiny black and white line drawing of a skein of yarn that has a number in the center of it. Anything from 0-2 is a good choice for summer wear because it’s thin. Additionally, the fiber content is something to look at. Plant fibers like cotton, linen, bamboo, and hemp are good fibers for breathable clothing.
You’ll also want stitch patterns that don’t add thickness. The summer top pattern in this post uses tall stitches and open spaces to make a lace top that you’ll want to wear over a tank, camisole, tee, or sundress. Lace tops that are worn over something else are great for summer. You can also wear tops with more solid stitch patterns on their own, but you might want to avoid things like cables, ribbing, and bobble stitches which make more dense, thick fabrics.
What materials do I need to crochet this summer top?
For starters, you’ll need a crochet hook. This pattern uses a size G (4 mm) crochet hook. My favorites are the Streamline Resin hooks from Furl’s Fiberarts. They feature a thick, ergonomic handle, and an inline hook shape.
Next up, you will need yarn. I used We Crochet Lindy Chain in color #26460 Bluebell. You’ll need 6 or 7 balls of it, depending on which size you make. This is a weight category 1/super fine yarn that is 70% Linen and 30% Pima Cotton. If you choose to substitute with a different yarn, try to find one very similar to this for the best results.
Where can I get this free pattern?
This free pattern is available right here in this post, just scroll down for the free version.
If you decide to use the free version, please bookmark this page and come back to it when you work on your project rather than trying to print or screenshot the page. Your time on this page helps me get paid for my work, so thank you!
You also have the option to purchase an inexpensive PDF of this pattern that is perfect for downloading and printing. You can purchase the PDF on Ravelry or Etsy.
Spring Into Summer Blog Hop
You also have the option to get this summer top crochet pattern as part of the Spring Into Summer Blog Hop, hosted by Ned & Mimi, HanJan Crochet, and Itchin’ For Some Stitchin’. The event is sponsored by WeCrochet, who provided the yarn for the crochet designs in this event.
Little City Summer Top will be the featured crochet pattern on May 9th. On that day only you can get the PDF download for free!
If you want several of the patterns in the event without making the daily blog visits, you can get the crochet pattern bundle which includes all 33 blog hop patterns. The cost is deeply discounted compared to purchasing all the patterns individually.
To get my summer top crochet pattern free on May 9th, start by visiting the roundup page. Scroll down to find the photo of my Little City Summer Top. Note the coupon code. Next you’ll come back here and scroll to the bottom of this post for the download button.
Little City Summer Top, a free crochet summer top pattern
By April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio
As with all my patterns, please do not make paper or digital copies for others. Instead, please direct them to my website to get their own. Thank you!
Difficulty Level: Easy
Available Sizes: 1 [2, 3, 4] to fit bust circumferences from 28 to 35 inches [35 to 43 inches, 43 to 55 inches, 55 to 64 inches]. Size 3 is shown below over a 46 inch bust.
Finished Measurements: Width from sleeve to sleeve 26 1/4 [27 1/2, 29 3/4, 31] inches; Length from shoulder to hem 23 [23, 25 1/2, 25 1/2] inches.
Yarn: We Crochet Lindy Chain (70% Linen, 30 % Pima Cotton; 180 yds; 50 g; weight category 1/super fine): #26460 Bluebell 6 [6, 7, 7] balls. You can purchase Lindy Chain here.
Crochet hook: G (4 mm), or size needed to obtain gauge.
Notions: Tapestry needle.
Gauge: 17 sts x 5 rows = About 4 inches square in pattern st.
This pattern is written in standard US terms. For help with abbreviations, get my free printable crochet abbreviation list here.
Every third row includes crossed treble stitches. For help with that, see the video tutorial below.
Row 1: Dtr in 5th ch from hook (ch 4 does not count as a st), dtr in each ch across, turn – 17 sts.
Row 2: Ch 4, dtr in in each st across, turn.
Row 3: Ch 3 (does not count as a st), tr in first st, ch 1, skip next 3 sts, tr in next st, ch 1, working in front of last st made, tr in 2nd skipped st, *ch 2, skip next 4 sts, tr in next st, ch 1, working in front of last st made, tr in 3rd skipped st, repeat from * across to last 2 sts, ch 1, skip next st, tr in last st, turn – 8 sts.
Row 4: Ch 4, dtr in first st, 1 dtr in next ch sp, *dtr in next st, dtr in next ch sp, dtr in next st**, 2 dtr in next ch sp, repeat from * across to last ch sp, ending last repeat at **, 1 dtr in ch sp, dtr in last st, turn – 17 sts.
Row 5: Repeat Row 2. Fasten off.
Block swatch and measure to ensure proper gauge.
Panel (make 2)
Ch 113 [118, 128, 133]
Row 1: Dtr in 5th ch from hook (ch 4 does not count as a st), dtr in each ch across, turn – 109 [114, 124, 129] sts.
Row 2: Ch 4, dtr in in each st across, turn.
Row 3: Ch 3 (does not count as a st), tr in first st, *ch 2, skip next 4 sts, tr in next st, ch 1, working in front of last st made, tr in 3rd skipped st, repeat from * across to last 3 sts, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, tr in last st, turn – 44 [46, 50, 52] sts.
Row 4: Ch 4, dtr in first st, *2 dtr in next ch sp, dtr in next st, dtr in next ch sp, dtr in next st, repeat from * across to last ch sp, 2 dtr in last ch sp, dtr in last st, turn – 109 [114, 124, 129] sts.
Repeat Rows 2-4 for pattern.
Work in pattern for a total of 28 [28, 31, 31] rows. Fasten off.
I recommend blocking both panels to measurements before assembling.
Panels are reversible. Place panels on a flat surface one on top of the other with edges even and openwork rows aligned. Openwork rows will run horizontally across your body.
Place st markers through both layers along top edge at each corner. Place two additional stitch markers on both sides 5 inches out from center.
Place a sl knot of yarn on your hook, working through both layers. join to piece with a sl st at one corner, sl st twice more – 3 sl sts. Fasten off.
Repeat at each marked location. These small joins define the neckline and sleeve edge joins.
Place a st marker through both layers along each side, halfway between top and bottom edges.
Place a sl knot of yarn on your hook, working through both layers, join to piece with a sl st at marked location along one side and work toward bottom edge. sl st 4 more times, working a ch between sts if needed to secure them – 5 sl sts. Fasten off.
Repeat for other side.
If you have not already, block your finished top. It will need wet-blocking to look it’s best.
Weave in all ends.
And that finishes this free crochet summer top pattern. I hope you loved it! I would be so happy to see photos of your finished projects. You can share them on Ravelry or in my Facebook group and I will see them in either place.
Spring Into Summer Blog Hop download
If you’ve visited the roundup post and have the coupon code then you are ready to get the free download. Remember, it’s only available on May 9th. Click the download button below to go to Ravelry. Do me a favor, and like or queue the pattern while you’re there. Put the pattern in your cart, enter the coupon code at checkout, and your download will be free. Enjoy!
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