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Whispering Rose Crochet Summer Top Pattern

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

The open spaces create an airy and breathable fabric, allowing you to enjoy the warm days with comfort.  I’ve used merino wool and yes, it’s just as good to wear in the summer!  The yarn is great for regulating temperature – when it’s hot, the fibers absorb your body’s moisture vapors and evaporate them outside of the fabric – keeping you nice and cool.

A pink lacy top is hung on a coat hanger

If you’re an experienced crocheter looking for a new project or a beginner eager to learn and expand your skills, this pattern offers a rewarding project.

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A women wearing a blush rose crocheted summer top next to a mannequin wearing the same time

It’s easy to change the length.  Crop top? Check the length you want and amend the foundation chain, making sure your chains are divisible by 2 and 3.  You will need to add 2 to this total and don’t forget to add 3 for your turning chain.

the side view of a crochet summer top in blush rose styled on a mannequin

You can make this lacy top unique by choosing your favorite yarn colour and exploring different yarn fibre options (as long as you match the gauge, you can use any yarn you want).   This design can be a reflection of your personal style!

A woman is turned to the side wearing a lacy top and denim shorts

Why you’ll love crocheting this lacy summer top

Breathability: Lacy patterns create openwork designs, allowing air to circulate through the fabric. This summer top is breathable and comfortable, perfect for hot summer days.
Quick Project: Summer tops are typically smaller projects compared to larger items like sweaters or blankets. This makes them a relatively quick and satisfying project to complete.
Versatility: This lacy crochet summer top is suitable for various occasions. It can be worn casually or dressed up for more formal events, depending on your yarn and colour choices.

Design Inspiration

I wanted to personalize my wardrobe with a crochet summer top that was airy and lightweight.  The garment needed to have open stitches (to be comfortable in the heat!) and look elegant.  I also wanted to have the choice of wearing the top over a cami with shorts or as a cover up for the beach.  And this design fits my needs perfectly.  If you’re looking for something similar, this is perfect for you too!

I’ve designed this easy crochet summer top pattern to fit sizes XS to 5X.

A close up of the crochet stitches in a women's crochet top

I’ve included step-by-step written instructions, photos, and clear stitch explanations.

This free crochet pattern for a summer top is written in both US Terminology and UK.

Related Summer Crochet Patterns

How the crochet summer top pattern is worked

Double crochet, single crochet and chains are used to create the lacy pattern (US terminology).

Worked in two long rectangles, seams are sewn front and back making the v-neck opening at the front.  Side seams are also sewn together. 

Crocheted from side to side (horizontal), when folded and seamed the pattern changes to a vertical alignment.

two crocheted rectangles side by side

The two crocheted rectangles transform into a stunning openwork short sleeve top!

Front view of a crochet summer top styled on a mannequin

It’s an easy project that works up in no time.

This sample is in size L/XL.

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Yarn

Lion Brand Superwash Merino is a luxurious yarn that is soft and comfortable next to your skin.

It has excellent stitch definition and I loved the stretch this yarn has.

A big bonus is how easy it is to care for.  Machine wash your lacy top at 30 degrees then lay it flat to dry.  Easy! 

It’s available in 21 colors so there’s plenty to choose from!

This design is crocheted in the colourway Tutu. 

  • Yarn Weight – 3 Light / DK
  • Length (yd) – 306
  • Length (m) – 280
  • Weight (oz) – 3.5
  • Weight (g) – 100
  • Fiber – Merino Wool
  • Fiber Detail – 100% Extra Fine Wool (19.5 Microns)
  • Care – Lay Flat to Dry, Machine Wash
  • Care Detail – Machine wash. Initial water temperature should not exceed 30C or 65 to 85F. Any dry cleaning solvent other than trichloroethylene may be safely used. No bleach product may be used. Lay out horizontally for drying. Item may not be smoothed or finished with an iron.

Crochet Summer Top Pattern Notes

  • Multiples divisible by 2 and 3 + 2 (+3 turning chain)
  • Instructions are written for different sizes thus XS/S/M, (L/XL, 2X/3X, 4X/5X)
  • Chain 3 counts as a double crochet throughout (US terms)
  • Beginning Chain 4 counts as a double crochet, chain one (US terms)
  • Row 5 chain loosely as the pattern works into the middle of the chains in row 6
  • Row 6 work into the chain (not the space).  This row pulls the piece into shape
  • The repeating pattern is from rows 2 to 9
  • No borders needed; however, I have included an optional border for the hem

Level

Easy

Short sleeve crochet top showing the design at the back

Materials and Supplies

  • Lion Brand Superwash Merino; XS/S/M 918yards (300g); L/XL 1224yards (400g); 2X/3X 1530yards (500g); 4X/5X 1836 yards (600g)
  • 4mm / G6 Crochet Hook
  • Stitch Markers
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle

Stitches

UK Terminology

  • Double Crochet (dc)
  • Treble Crochet (tr)
  • Treble 3 Together (tr3tog)

US Terminology

  • Single Crochet (sc)
  • Double Crochet (dc)
  • Double 3 Together (dc3tog)

Abbreviations

  • Ch = chain
  • Ch-sp = chain space
  • St/s = Stitch/es
  • Ea = each
  • Rep = repeat
  • Prev = previous
  • RS = Right Side
  • RHS – Right Hand Side

Gauge

9 rows and 19 stitches = 10cm X 10cm

Measurements

SizeWidth (cm)Length (cm)
XS/S/M10956
L/XL12958
2X/3X14960
4X/5X16960

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Summer Top Instructions UK Crochet Terms

Make 2

Ch 215, (221, 233, 233)

Row 1: tr in 4th ch from hook, tr in ea st across, ch3, turn

Row 2: tr in next st, *ch1, sk1, tr, *rep to last 2 sts, tr in last 2 sts, ch3, turn

Row 3: tr in ea st and ch-sp across, ch3, turn

Row 4: tr in next st, *ch5, tr3tog, * rep to last tr3tog, ch5, tr in last 2 sts, ch4, turn

Close up of a row of lacy crochet stitches used in the summer top pattern
Row 4: ch5, tr3tog

Row 5: *dc in ch4-sp, ch5, *rep to last ch-sp, dc in ch-sp, ch1, tr in last st, ch3, turn

close up of lacy crochet stitches for row 5 in the sleeveless top pattern
Row 5: dc in ch-sp, ch5

Row 6: tr in base of ch3, *3tr in middle of ch 5 from prev row, * rep to last st, 2tr in last st, ch3, turn

close up of row 6 in a lacy crochet top pattern
Row 6: 3tr in ch from previous row

Row 7: tr in ea st across, ch3, turn

Row 8: rep row 2

Row 9: rep row 3

Rows 2 – 9 = 1 pattern repeat

Size XS/S/M

Rep rows 2 – 9 once more (total of 2 pattern repeats)

Size L/XL

Rep rows 2 – 9 twice more (total of 3 pattern repeats)

Size 2X/3X

Rep rows 2 – 9 three times more (total of 4 pattern repeats)

Size 4X/5X

Rep rows 2 – 9 four times more (total of 5 pattern repeats)

Fasten off

Weave in ends

Assembly

  1. With RS facing inwards, fold rectangles in half
crocheted rectangles folded over to make the front and back of a summer top
  1. Measure 3cm from the top of the fold on the back and place a stitch marker either side ON THE BACK.  This is the neck opening on the back.
  1. *Measure 18cm from the top of the fold and place a stitch marker either side ON THE FRONT.  This is the front neck opening.
  1. Measure *19, (22, 25, 25) cm from the fold on either edge of the piece and place a stitch marker.  This is the armhole.
  1. Sew side seams from the stitch marker to the hem of the lacy top.
  1. Sew back seam from the stitch marker to the hem.
  1. Sew front seam from the stitch marker to the hem.

Weave in ends

*adjust arm and neck openings to your preference.  Add cm for a lower ‘v’ neck and a larger armhole

Optional Hem Border

With RS facing, rejoin yarn at hem on RHS

Ch1, dc evenly around

Tip:  if your hem is ruffling you have too many stitches, adjust as necessary

Fasten off and weave in ends

Summer Top Instructions US Crochet Terms

Make 2

Ch 215, (221, 233, 233)

Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in ea st across, ch3, turn

Row 2: dc in next st, *ch1, sk1, dc, *rep to last 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts, ch3, turn

Row 3: dc in ea st and ch-sp across, ch3, turn

Row 4: dc in next st, *ch5, dc3tog, * rep to last dc3tog, ch5, dc in last 2 sts, ch4, turn

Close up of a row of lacy crochet stitches used in the summer top pattern
ch5, dc3tog

Row 5: *sc in ch4-sp, ch5, *rep to last ch-sp, sc in ch-sp, ch1, dc in last st, ch3, turn

close up of lacy crochet stitches for row 5 in the sleeveless top pattern
sc in ch-sp, ch5

Row 6: dc in base of ch3, *3dc in middle of ch 5 from prev row, * rep to last st, 2dc in last st, ch3, turn

close up of row 6 in a lacy crochet top pattern
Row 6: 3dc in middle of ch5

Row 7: dc in ea st across, ch3, turn

Row 8: rep row 2

Row 9: rep row 3

Rows 2 – 9 = 1 pattern repeat

Size XS/S/M

Rep rows 2 – 9 once more (total of 2 pattern repeats)

Size L/XL

Rep rows 2 – 9 twice more (total of 3 pattern repeats)

Size 2X/3X

Rep rows 2 – 9 three times more (total of 4 pattern repeats)

Size 4X/5X

Rep rows 2 – 9 four times more (total of 5 pattern repeats)

Fasten off

Weave in ends

Assembly

  1. With RS facing inwards, fold rectangles in half
crocheted rectangles folded over to make the front and back of a summer top
  1. Measure 3cm from the top of the fold on the back and place a stitch marker either side ON THE BACK.  This is the neck opening on the back.
  1. *Measure 18cm from the top of the fold and place a stitch marker either side ON THE FRONT.  This is the front neck opening.
  1. Measure *19, (22, 25, 25) cm from the fold on either edge of the piece and place a stitch marker.  This is the armhole.
  1. Sew side seams from the stitch marker to the hem of the lacy top.
  1. Sew back seam from the stitch marker to the hem.
  1. Sew front seam from the stitch marker to the hem.

Weave in ends

*adjust arm and neck openings to your preference.  Add cm for a lower ‘v’ neck and a larger armhole

Optional Hem Border

With RS facing, rejoin yarn at hem on RHS

Ch1, sc evenly around

Tip:  if your hem is ruffling you have too many stitches, adjust as necessary

Fasten off and weave in ends

Happy crocheting!

Copyright Notice

The pattern and photographs of this design are the property of Sharon Goodwin at Jera’s Jamboree.  This pattern and design are subject to copyright and are for personal, non-commercial use only.  You may not share, resell, alter or redistribute this pattern in part or in whole. You may, however, sell any finished items you make.  If you would like to include this pattern in a roundup, you may take one photo and link back to this pattern.

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