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Easy Crochet Summer Top | Free pattern

My crochet summer top pattern is a really easy make.  Suitable for beginners, you probably have the yarn in your stash already! 

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If you can chain and work double crochet (US single crochet) and treble crochet stitches (US double crochet) you’ll be able to follow this pattern.

Don’t let the filet crochet put you off. Created by double crochet and chains in repetitive blocks, you’ll have your top made in no time.

Over the past few months, I’ve crocheted a few summer tops for myself from bought patterns and a couple I’ve created.  I get so absorbed in working through a design project that I forget to write it down to share with you.  I made a conscious effort to get this written down and took photos!

How the pattern is worked

There’s no increase/decrease as there is no shaping needed on this crochet top pattern.

The crochet top is created by crocheting two rectangles.

Two panels of rectangles make up the crochet top pattern.
filet crochet rectangle

You don’t have too many ends to sew in either (takes me ages to sew my ends in!).

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Yarn

A cotton or a cotton mix is breathable and will keep you cool!  Cotton can be heavy but with this filet design, your top will lightweight.

Have a rummage through your stash for DK weight. You’ll need approximately 250g.

Pattern Notes

  • The pattern is worked in multiples of 8 + 8. 
  • The filet crochet is worked in 4 repeats of ch1, sk1, tr
The pattern is blocks of 8 stitches.
8 tr st and ch1, sk1, tr in next st (4 repeats)
  • When you work out your foundation chain, add one for your turning chain (the first row is double crochet / US single crochet).
  • The rest of the pattern uses treble crochet (US double crochet) . 
  • I prefer chaining 2 as my turning chain because the space between stitches at the start of a row is less ob­­vious and doesn’t have a gap when you sew the side seams. 
  • Chain 2 in this pattern counts as a stitch.

Level

Easy

Materials

  • 250g cotton DK in the color of your choice
  • 4mm crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry Needle (to sew in end)

Stitches and Abbreviations

  • Ch -chain
  • St/s – stitch/es
  • Tr – treble crochet / US dc – double crochet
  • Dc – double crochet / US – single crochet
  • Sk – skip
  • Rep – repeat
  • Rs – right side
  • Pm – place marker

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Measurements

To keep this pattern simple, choose your measurements by:

  • measuring a top that you already own and feel comfortable wearing
  • measure the bottom hem for the width
  • measure from the hem to the neckline for length

You could also take your own measurements. If you want a bit of movement in your top, add extra chains. If you prefer your top to be figure hugging, reduce the number of chains. 

Keep in mind the stretch of the fibres you’re using when crocheting your foundation chain. Some fibres have more stretch.

Measure your foundation chain as you work it and adjust if necessary.

two images 1) white crochet summer top on a manekin  2) the filet pattern

Easy Crochet Summer Top Pattern

Instructions UK Crochet Terms

Row 1 : Dc across, ch2, turn

Row 2: 1st block *tr in next 8 sts, 2nd block *ch1, sk 1, tr in next st*  *rep four times*  These two blocks of 8 sts form the pattern.  Rep blocks across, ch 2, turn

Row 3: This is your alternating row.  If you ended row 2 with tr 8 sts then you will need to start with ch1, sk1, tr in next st.

Repeats of rows 2 and 3 form the pattern.

Continue in pattern until your desired length.

Final row : ch1, dc across.

Fasten off leaving a longer tail which will be used to sew the shoulder seams.

Make your second rectangular panel.

Instructions US Crochet Terms

Row 1 : sc across, ch2, turn

Row 2: 1st block *dc in next 8 sts, 2nd block *ch1, sk 1, dc in next st*  *rep four times*  These two blocks of 8 sts form the pattern.  Rep blocks across, ch 2, turn

Row 3: This is your alternating row.  If you ended row 2 with dc 8 sts then you will need to start with ch1, sk1, dc in next st.

Repeats of rows 2 and 3 form the pattern.

Continue in pattern until your desired length.

Final row : ch1, sc across.

Fasten off leaving a longer tail which will be used to sew the shoulder seams.

Make your second rectangular panel.

Assembly

With rs of both rectangular panels facing inwards, measure neck opening and use pm to show you where you are going to sew the shoulder seams. 

Originally I left a neck opening of 10″ but I adjusted it to 8.5”. 

Make sure your measurements are equal on both sides. I used a pm for the centre of the panel to measure equally either side.

Sew shoulder seams.

Place markers showing centre and neck opening for the crochet top

Measure side seams leaving a gap for armholes.  Start at the neckline and measure downwards. Use a pm to show where you are going to start sewing the side seam.

I left a depth of 9.5” for armholes because I like mine loose.

Measure from shoulder seam and use place marker for armhole.

Sew in all ends to finish off.

Diagram for sewing in ends of the crochet top

I made a mistake on one of my rectangles – one block is solid tr for 9 st while the openwork is only 7 (instead of 8 and 8). You can’t tell though!

As long as mistakes look ok I’m a great believer in leaving it! Especially if it means you don’t have to frog (unpick) lots of stitches (I’ve unpicked a few in my years of crocheting!).

Crochet is very forgiving.

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Happy crocheting!

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