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20+ Free Crochet Summer Top Patterns

These crochet top patterns are perfect for summer.

Easy to construct using basic crochet stitches with minimal shaping or no shaping, you’ll be able to follow these designs no matter your skill level.

montage of four photos 1) women wearing a lacy crochet top 2) crocheted crop top in pink 3) crocheted bra top in gold 3) boho top in white

Garments that are crocheted to wear for the summer have one thing in common – they use breathable yarn.

If you have cotton, merino or bamboo blends in your stash, these are perfect to use to get you summer ready.

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I’ve chosen different designs and styles to give you a choice:

  • tank tops
  • crop top
  • bra top
  • short sleeves
  • sleeveless
  • tunic

You’ll find more summer crochet patterns in the crochet cover up collection. Ideal for the beach and poolside, bookmark the patterns to have a browse later.

I hope you find a favourite to add to your summer wardrobe.

Crochet Summer Top Stitches

As well as basic stitches, the crochet summer top patterns in this collection use the following stitches:

  • Back Loop Only (blo)
  • Filet
  • V-Stitch (v-st)
  • Shell Stitch
  • Granny Square
  • Granny Stitch
  • Eyelet
  • Boxed Waves
  • Spider Lace
  • Lace Shell
  • Puff Stitch
  • Mosaic Crochet

How the summer tops are constructed

The construction of these crochet tops for women include:

  • two rectangles with a v-neck in the front
  • top down starting with a yoke (raglan style)
  • bottom up
  • granny squares sewn together
  • one rectangle folded in half (with shaping for the neck)
  • started by crocheting the sleeves

Crochet Summer Top Patterns

Click on the numbered title of the pattern to go to the pattern.

The patterns in this collection are mostly written in US crochet terms.

For my UK crocheters, the table below is a conversion of basic crochet stitches from US to UK.

US Crochet TermsUK Crochet Terms
single crochet (sc)double crochet (dc)
half double crochet (hdc)half treble crochet (htr)
double crochet (dc)treble crochet (tr)
treble (tr)double treble (dtr)
double treble (dtr)triple treble (trtr)

Happy crocheting!

1. Whispering Rose Crochet Summer Top Pattern

Front view of a crochet summer top styled on a mannequin
Jera’s Jamboree

Combining openwork stitches with the practicality of a short-sleeved garment, my summer top free crochet pattern is a versatile piece that will become a staple in your summer wardrobe.

I worked two long rectangles sideways and once the seams are sewn, the alignment of the pattern changes to vertical.

This is an easy project suitable for beginners.

  • Recommended yarn: Lion Brand Superwash Merino (use any DK yarn but make sure you match the gauge)
  • Sizes: XS to 5X

This pattern is available to purchase on Etsy.

2. Easy Crochet Summer Top

crochet summer top worked in filet in white
Jera’s Jamboree

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

There’s no increase/decrease as there is no shaping needed. You don’t have too many ends to sew in either (takes me ages to sew my ends in!).

  • Recommended Yarn: Cotton DK (250g)
  • Size: made to measure

Need something to wear out on your day trip?  You’ll be able to crochet this top in a few hours.

3. Crochet Tank Top Pattern

crochet summer tank top in blue
Jera’s Jamboree

I’ve used the V-Stitch and UK treble / US double crochet stitches in this pattern.

I’ve designed two lengths.  You can choose waist length or if you prefer your tops longer (like me!) you can add a lacy hem.

  • Recommended Yarn: King Cole Caribbean Calypso DK in Antigua 100g/306 yards/280 metres – Size XS/S/M/L 300g, Size XL/2/3XL 400g, Size 4/5XL 500g
  • Sizes: XS/S, M, L, XL, 2/3XL, 4/5XL

If you’re a beginner comfortable with basic crochet stitches and want to learn how to decrease, this is the ideal project.

4. Beginner Crochet Crop Top Pattern

young woman wearing a blue crochet crop top, white cardigan and jeans
For the Frills

Using only half double crochets and working in the back loop, this easy crochet crop top pattern works up quickly. 

I love how easy it is to customise to fit any size or body type.  To create more length, you simply need to add chains to your foundation chain or for a less figure-hugging fit, add more rows until you have positive ease.  You can also decrease your chains to make a crochet bralette / bikini style top or you can remove rows so your top is form fitting.

Follow the crop top video tutorial if you need guidance.

If you can crochet a rectangle, you can make this top.

  • Recommended Yarn: Drops Merino Extra Fine – DK/Light (3), 105m/50g, 155yds/1.8 oz, 100% Merino, Ice Blue (39) approx. 110(135, 165, 210, 250, 300, 350)g
  • Sizes: XS(S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL

Prefer to work from a PDF?  This pattern is also available to purchase on Etsy.

5. Easy Crochet Top Pattern

women standing with her left arm on her hip wearing a sun hat, crochet top and floral skirt
Make and Do Crew

Crocheted by seaming two rectangles and with very simple stitches and minimal counting, it’s the perfect first garment for you to crochet. 

The openwork crochet stitches and the yarn make this lightweight top wearable all summer.

I love that it’s available to crochet in 9 sizes.

  • Recommended Yarn: Lion Brand Beautiful You (Weight: 2/fine – 326 yds, 3.5 oz), Spanish Villa (#165-184) – 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7) skeins [(approx. 242 (275, 308, 381, 418, 455, 542, 583, 623) g)]
  • Sizes : XS, S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X

The ad-free printable PDF has a handy little stitch chart which is available to purchase from LoveCrafts.

6. Boho Tank Top Crochet Pattern

Crochet top made from granny squares in beige yarn hanging on a coat hanger
Hooked on Homemade Happiness

This free pattern shows you how to crochet a boho tank top.

7 granny squares are used for the building blocks. There is a clear photo tutorial on how to crochet the squares as well as joining the squares (including a diagram) so even though the level is intermediate, I think this makes the pattern suitable for confident beginner crocheters too.

  • Recommended yarn: Dishie (200g)
  • Size: One Size

Style this crochet tank top with a granny square bag and you’ll be on trend!

This pattern is also available to purchase as a PDF on Etsy.

If you enjoy working with granny squares, have a browse of these granny square projects and patterns

7. Blushing Eyelet Tank Top

young woman rests her right hand on her hip and is wearing a crochet tank top in pink
Two Brothers Blankets

I think you’ll agree that this is beautiful and perfect for a summer wardrobe. And it’s totally suitable for a beginner to crochet!

If you know how to do the most basic crochet stitches you can make this crochet tank top.

The Blushing Eyelet Tank is a top down, raglan pattern. Instead of working until the piece can fold over itself, the armholes are created by chains.  The rest of the project adds length to the garment! You can easily adjust the length, as well as where the eyelets sit on the tank top making it unique to you.

  • Recommended Yarn: Mary Maxim Simply Natural DK (#3) weight yarn
  • Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, 2X

This is a paid pattern.

8. Summer Crochet Top

a woman is staring away from the camera and wearing a blue crochet top with jeans
Furls Fiber Arts

Made from two rectangles with each rectangle worked from the bottom to the top lace panel, this pattern then adds a slip stitch rib before seaming the shoulders and sides. Easy!

  • Recommended Yarn: Furls Whims Merino DK
  • Sizes: XS, S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X

I can feel the air moving through the lace pattern.  Bliss!

9. Granny Stripe Crochet Top

granny stripe crochet top in white with stripes of multi colour hanging on a coat hanger
Burgundy and Blush

The granny stripe is an easy pattern to master and the repetition is great for when you want a crochet project that doesn’t involve much thinking!

This classic fit lightweight pattern is a great addition to your spring and summer wardrobe.

  • Recommended Yarn: Lion Brand Coboo (556-1404 yards or 221-557 grams)
  • Sizes: XS, S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X

Make it in one block colour or add a pop of colour with stripes.  Either look great!

This crochet top pattern is available to purchase as a PDF on Etsy.

10. Crochet Tank Top Pattern

woman from the shoulders down wearing a blue crochet tank top
Hooked by Anna

This top is easy to make but looks stunning.

Made from a front and a back panel that are worked from the bottom up, after seaming the sides together there’s just some finishing edging stitches to do and straps to crochet for this project.

There’s a photo tutorial for how to sew your front and back together so don’t worry about seaming the sides.

This is an easy crochet summer tops pattern for free pdf download on Ravelry (click on the numbered link above).

11. Sleeveless Tunic Crochet Pattern

Women wearing a turquoise crochet sleeveless tunic

The boxed wave stitch looks gorgeous in this sleeveless tunic pattern. 

With a four row pattern repeat crocheted in two rectangles (no increasing or decreasing stitches), this is an easy crochet tunic yet doesn’t it look stunning!

The sleeveless tunic looks far more intricate than it is!  Give it a go.

12. Heatherette Crochet Bra Top

crochet bralette in orange laid flat with a white flower
Yarn Thrift

This free crochet pattern will show you how to crochet a bra top for any cup size.

The design starts with creating two bra cups that are then seamed to a body band. The straps are added on afterward.

The band uses a pretty shell stitch that looks fab.

A size chart is included to help you figure out your band size and the instructions for the cup explain how you can create a bra cup that will fit perfectly for your body.

There’s also a video tutorial you can follow along with.

  • Recommended Yarn: Sport –  50g
  • Size: Customise Cup Size

Prefer to work from a PDF?  This crochet bra top pattern is available to purchase on Etsy.

13. V Neck Crochet Top Pattern

Woman from her shoulders down wearing a crochet top and jeans
HanJan Crochet

Made from the top down and seamless, this v neck crochet top has a lovely flattering style.

The construction is unusual.

There are two rectangles made for the sleeves with the cuffs worked directly into them then you join them and work in the round for the rest of the top. 

Try something different!

  • Recommended Yarn: Fingering – approx balls/yards: 3/830, (3/920, 3/1040, 4/1150, 4/1260), (5/1380, 5/1500, 6/1630, 6/1740)
  • Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL

The v neck crochet top pattern is available as a PDF on Etsy.

14. Crochet Summer Vibes Tank Top

woman from the shoulders down wearing a crochet tank top and jeans
Knit Cro Addict

The front and the back for this top are exactly the same.

There is some decreasing – if you haven’t learned how to decrease, this would make a fabulous first project for you to give it a try.

As well as the free written pattern there’s also a free video tutorial.

If you prefer to work from a PDF, you can also purchase this pattern on Etsy.

15. Easy Crochet Tank Top

woman wearing a crochet tank top in white and grey and white jeans
Cactus & Lace Designs

Beginner friendly, this crochet tank top pattern is worked in 2 separate panels from the bottom up and uses only one stitch throughout.

This quick and easy pattern comes in a Tank and a Tee version. It’s the perfect piece to add to your handmade wardrobe.

Prefer the convenience of working from a PDF?  Click here to purchase on Etsy

16. Mosaic Tee Crochet Pattern

A smiling woman wears a crochet top in white and mosaic detail on the sleeves and hem
Crafty Maz Designs

If you’ve wanted to give mosaic crochet a go but felt it might be too challenging, this pattern would be ideal for you to learn and gain confidence.

The mosaic pattern is used for the cuffs on the short sleeves and the hem with the body crocheted in basic crochet stitches.

Materials you need:

The pattern is mostly written instructions although there are added charts for the mosaic sections.

There are detailed instructions on how to read the charts.

This is a paid pattern.

17. Granny Square Top

Top crocheted from granny squares in white hanging on a coat hanger
Rove Handmade

This top is super simple – just two granny squares joined together – and has a loose fit that skims the body – not too clingy and not too boxy.

The neckline, sleeves and hem are all finished off with a border of double crochet (US single crochet).

  • Recommended Yarn: 3 skeins lace-weight yarn (pattern uses Álafoss Einband 50 g/250 m per skein)
  • Size: customised fit

You could choose your favourite granny square to personalise this easy crochet pattern.

18. Block Party Tee Crochet Pattern

woman smiling wearing sunglasses and dressed in a crochet top and denim shorts
Hooked on Homemade Happiness

This free crochet pattern has eyelets throughout which makes the top lightweight and comfortable, perfect to wear in the summer.

The eyelet pattern is made from a two row pattern repeat which is easy to follow however, the instructions for shaping the neck are a little more detailed making this an intermediate pattern.

Crocheted in one rectangle (with space for the neckline) you’ll fold it in half before sewing the sides closed.

This pattern is also available as a PDF on Etsy.

19. Crochet Poncho Top

woman wears a crochet top in grey and pink and grey jeans

This free pattern is worked in one piece from side to side without breaking yarn, then sewn together on both sides, the same construction as my Cotton Candy poncho.

It’s worked in a 10mm crochet hook to really open up the stitches to let the air flow.

As well as the written instructions, a video tutorial is available.  Great if you’re a visual learner!

  • Recommended Yarn: Lion brand Scarfie (1, 2 Skeins depending on size)
  • S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL

 All you need to know is how to make chains and treble crochet stitches (US double crochet).  It’s a quick project too … you’ll crochet this top in no time.

This pattern is available to purchase as a PDF.

Looking for your next poncho project? Have a browse of this collection of free poncho patterns.

20. Crochet Tank Top

cropped crochet tank top in pink
Off The Hook Crochet Nook

This free crochet pattern features a pretty lace stitch repeat made with half treble crochet (US half double crochet), double crochet (US single crochet) and chain stitches.

It’s constructed from working two identical rectangles which are seamed in the middle giving a V shape.

Materials you need:

  • Recommended yarn: Caron x Pantone Bamboo (300 – 700g depending on size)
  • Sizes: XS/ S/M, L/XL, 2/3/4/5XL

Perfect for wearing over a camisole or vest when you need that extra layer.

Simple but effective!

21. Easy Crochet Summer Top

A women is outdoors wearing a pink crocheted summer top
Banana Moon Studio

I love the spider lace pattern and have plans to use this is in a shawl (just need to find the right yarn!).

This variation of spider lace looks so gorgeous in this top doesn’t it! And the colour too.

Made of two identical panels, one for the front, and one for the back, this crochet top pattern then seams together the sides and top, leaving space for armholes and neckline. To finish off, a simple single crochet edging is added to bottom edge, armholes, and neckline.

  • Recommended yarn: Shine Sport
  • Sizes: XS, S/M, L/XL, 2X/3X, 4X, 5X

This pattern is also available to purchase on Etsy.

22. Aestos Top Crochet Pattern

Two photos showing the front and back of a crochet top
Hooked by Anna

Crocheted seamlessly top down, this crochet pattern includes photo tutorials that will help beginners and more skilled crocheters to succeed.

The yoke is crocheted first followed by front and back rows. The bodice is worked next and these rounds complete this gorgeous crochet top.

  • Recommended Yarn: Aran/Worsted Cotton
  • Size: XS, S, M, L, XL

This pattern is a free PDF download.

23. Summer Top Crochet Pattern

A woman is wearing a salmon coloured crochet top with tassels at the neckline
Knitting with Chopsticks

This is another pattern that is worked top down in the raglan style.

The V neck section of this top is worked in rows back and forth before the yoke begins.

Once you reach the desired size, the sleeves are separated from the body and you continue working in rounds for the body.

The sleeves are worked last in 3 rounds.

I do like the tassels on this top. However, they are easy to leave off!

  • Recommended Yarn: Lion Brand Coboo
  • Size: XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL

If you prefer to work from a PDF, you can buy this pattern on Etsy.

24. Crochet Lace Top for Summer

A woman is wearing a pink and peach crocheted lace top paired with a denim skirt
Knit Cro Addict

How summery does this lacy top look! It is light as a feather and soft to the touch.

This lace crochet top is crocheted in one piece in the round from the top down in the Raglan style (no sewing!).

If you want a longer top, just repeat the pattern until you get to the length you want.

The designer has rated this pattern confident beginner or intermediate.

A video tutorial is included with the free pattern. If you’re not confident with the pattern, have a watch. I’m sure it will help you decide.

  • Recommended yarn: #1 Super fine/Fingering weight
  • Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL

This pattern is available as a PDF on Etsy.

Happy crocheting!

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Crochet Summer Top Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions about crocheting summer tops, you might find the answer here. If there’s something you want to know that I haven’t covered, let me know and I’ll find the answer for you.

What type of yarn is best for crochet tops?

There are 4 types of yarn that I think work best for crochet summer tops:

  1. Cotton

Soft and lightweight, cotton lets body heat escape – the perfect choice for wearing when it’s warmer. 

  1. Merino

Merino is silky and keeps it shape but most of all, it has its own built in climate control. 

The air pockets in the fibre not only keep you warm when it’s cold outside, merino wool also keeps you cool when the weather is hot.

  1. Bamboo

Bamboo absorbs moisture so you won’t feel sweaty even when you’re hot!

  1. Mixed Blends

There are other fibres that make great lightweight crochet tops too, such as the premium acrylic and polyamide mix in King Cole’s Caribbean Calypso UK.

I loved working with this yarn in this pattern for a summer top.  The yarn slid so smoothly on my hook and the drape is fabulous.  Another important factor is it feels great next to my skin.

Other yarns that work well for crochet tops

Thinner fibre yarns that produce a lightweight fabric are ideal too such as 2 ply or sport weight.

This is the ideal opportunity for you to try out premium yarns.  Depending on size, you’ll need between 300 – 500g.  Treat yourself (but only if it’s in your budget!).

Yarn tip:  If the yarn recommended for a pattern is no longer available, just type in the name of the yarn on Yarnsub to find a substitution.  You can also search by fibre content, gauge and more.   

What is the best crochet stitch for a top?

Open, lacy crochet patterns are ideal for summer because they let the air flow through. 

A denser pattern can work too though. 

If you see a top you would love to crochet (no matter the stitch pattern) go for it.

How to crochet a summer top

Have a go at designing your own crochet top!

An easy way to crochet a summer top is by crocheting two rectangles and sewing them together at the shoulders (leaving a neck opening) and sides (leaving space for armholes).  There is no increasing or decreasing.  This is how my easy crochet top is constructed. 

Use a favourite top to measure and you’ll have your own custom made top!

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