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Channel your inner boho spirit by rocking these crochet summer tops all season long! Ideal for music festivals, backyard BBQs, or tropical vacations, you’ll love these fun and flirty tops for summer.
Cute and Easy Crochet Summer Top
If you’ve never crocheted before – don’t worry! We have an easy-to-follow tutorial so you can make your own top in just a few hours with this step by step crochet pattern.
Materials to Make Crochet Summer Tops
- Our first step in making this crochet women’s top is to create a chain of 120 half-double crochet stitches. To do so, yarn over > insert the hook > yarn over again > pull through. We recommend adding in a stitch marker every 40 stitches to make it easier to count!
- At the end of your 120 stitches, yarn over and pull through with 3 chains on the hook. Repeat this to the end of the chain.
- For the second row, we are going to make 118 stitches (a reduction). You should have 39 stitches before the first marker, 40 stitches to the second marker, and another 39 stitches to the end of the chain. Start the reduction on chain 1, then skip the first 2 stitches to half double crochet the front loop only of the 3rd.
- Repeat until you are at the 3rd to last stitch in the row. Finish the row by inserting the hook into the 2nd to last stitch > yarn over > pull through.
- Now, insert the hook into the last stitch and yarn over > pull through. Then take 3 stitches on the hook > yarn over > pull through.
- Close the stitch on chain 2 and turn.
- The rest of the top follows a similar pattern of steps 1 to 6. You are alternating between a row without reduction (odd-numbered rows) and a row with reduction (an even number of rows).
Here are the number of stitches you should have in each row:
#3 (no reduction) 118 stitches (same as the row before)
#4 (reduction) 116 stitches: 38 stitches before the first marker, 40 stitches to the second marker, and another 38 stitches to the end of the chain.
#5 (no reduction) 116 stitches (same as row #4)
#6 (reduction) 114 stitches: 37 stitches before the first marker, 40 stitches to the second marker, and another 37 stitches to the end of the chain.
#7 (no reduction) 114 stitches (same as row #6)
#8 (reduction) 112 stitches: 36 stitches before the first marker, 40 stitches to the second marker, and another 36 stitches to the end of the chain.
…continue this pattern until you reach row #21, which has 100 stitches.
- To make the top tighter around the chest area, you want to minimize the reduction by reducing on even row numbers and half reducing on uneven row numbers.
- That means you’ll need to continue the half-double crochet to the end the chain 1 and turn. Keep in mind this is different than closing the row as we did previously.
Your stitch count should look like the following:
#22 (reduction) 98 stitches
#23 (half reduction) 97 stitches
#24 (reduction) 95 stitches
#25 (half reduction) 94 stitches
#26 (reduction) 92 stitches
#27 (half reduction) 91 stitches
#28 (reduction) 89 stitches
#29 (half reduction) 88 stitches
#30 (reduction) 86 stitches
#31 (half reduction) 85 stitches
#32 (reduction) 83 stitches
#33 (half reduction) 82 stitches
#34 (reduction) 80 stitches
#35 (half reduction) 79 stitches
#36 (reduction) 77 stitches
#37 (half reduction) 76 stitches
#38 (reduction) 74 stitches
#39 (half reduction) 73 stitches
#40 (reduction) 71 stitches
#41 (half reduction) 70 stitches
Now, you’re ready to finish up!
If you run out of yarn, you can make a magic knot to tie two pieces together. Tie one end of the thread around the other, then pull the threads in opposite directions and cut.
- To make straps, you will chain 105 stitches (approximately 17 inches or 45cm long).
- Slip stitch that chain to row #20 > chain 1 > slip stitch from the back loop to the beginning of the strap. Cut the yarn and tie a knot to secure it. Then, insert the hook from row #41 and repeat to create the back tie.
- Repeat steps 9 and 10 for the second strap.
- We are almost finished with our crochet women’s top! On the bottom of the top, single crochet to the corner of row #20, making 37 stitches.
- Then chain 140 more stitches until you have around 25 inches (65cm) of lace on the bottom hem.