I started crocheting around two years ago, and the first thing I decided to make was a halter crop top. Since I had no idea what I was doing, and had no idea how to read a pattern, I followed a youtube video. (By Youtuber Krystal Everdeen) I would definitely recommend youtube videos to beginners to learn because it’s so much easier seeing what you should be doing, rather than reading a pattern and hope that you’re doing it right! Since I started I’ve since learned how to read written and diagram patterns and have made a bunch of different things from a little stuffed cactus, a moose, hats, scarves, crop tops and most recently dog sweaters.
This is my first attempt at putting together a pattern. Since I followed patterns for parts of this top, and made up others, I apologize in advance that this might look like a mess. Good news is that I can answer any questions along the way if you decide to tackle it! This pattern is adapted from photos on Pretta Crochet. They don’t have any kind of written instructions, and what is written is not in english. So to make this as clear as possible, I have drawn a pattern, as well as written instructions to help you as much as possible. I would say this pattern is for intermediate crocheters (mostly because it may be confusing to follow), although this pattern only uses chains (ch), slip stitch (slst), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), and double crochet three together (dc3tog).
- Bernat Handicrafter medium weight 100% cotton yarn in white (I bought the largest skein which is 650 m/710 yds, so not sure how much is needed)
- F-3.75mm crochet hook
These are all the different pieces I put together to make this top:
The first part to make is the cup and sleeve, starting with the cup. Below is a visual pattern for the cup that I put together that you can follow, or continue reading written instructions.
Row 1: Chain 15, dc in 4th chain from the hook, and dc across (12 total).
Row 2-8: *Chain 3, turn, then dc across.* Repeat * to * for 6 more rows (8 rows total). At the end of the 8th row, ch 1, and work 15 sc down the side of your work.
Row 9: *Chain 3, turn and dc back and around the corner for 27 dc.*
Row 10-14: Repeat * to * for 5 more rows (or until the desired size). Don’t fasten off.
SLEEVE (PINK & PURPLE)
Pink portion of the sleeve: Row 1: Chain 61. Turn and sc in second stitch from the hook. Sc back across and join to the edge of the bra cup with a slip stitch (refer to picture to make sure you’re on the right side).
Row 2: Slst one more down the edge of the cup, turn, ch 1 and then dc in second stitch from the first slst. Continue with 1 ch, 1 dc across. At the end, ch 1 and turn.
Purple portion of the sleeve:
Row 1: Sc across, then make 2 slst on the cup edge, chain 2 and turn.
Row 2: Sc into second stitch from the first slst. Chain 4, and sc into the fourth stitch from the last sc. Continue ch 4, and sc in every fourth stitch across. At the end, chain 2, and dc into the last stitch.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn and sc into the dc. *Ch 4 and sc into the first ch 4 space. Make 8 dc into the next ch 4 space, and sc into the following ch 4 space.* Repeat the two ch 4 loops, and 8 dc across. Visual pattern is below for reference. Sc into the last stitch in the row.
Row 4: Make 2 slst on the edge of the cup, ch 2 and turn. Sc into the first ch 4 space, then, working in dc stitches, make one dc, then ch 1. Repeat across the 8 dc stitches. After the last dc, sc into the next ch 4 loop, chain 4, then sc into the next loop. Repeat 1 dc, 1 ch in the next dc stitches. Repeat across. After the sc in the last ch 4 loop, ch 2 and dc into the last stitch. Chain 1 and turn.
Row 5: Sc into the first stitch. *Then make three dc together in the space between the two dc in row 4. Chain 4, and slip stitch into the first chain to make a knot. Chain 2,* Continue across in each of the dc spaces. Secure with a sc in the only ch 4 space, and repeat across the row. At the end, dc3tog into the last space, and then secure with a slst to the cup. Don’t fasten off.
This is the part that goes under the arm that the sleeve and bottom pieces will attach to. This is the area that I did almost last since I was making the structure up at this point, but it can easily be worked in with part one.
Part one ended with a slst to the edge of the cup. From here, you are going to continue to sc down the edge until you reach the corner. Here you are going to ch 1, and turn your work. Sc back up the edge, 13 stitches. Sc the next two stitches together. Chain 1, turn. Continue to the end, then again, ch 1 and turn. Continue single crocheting rows, with the last two stitches of the top edge crocheted together so that the top angles down like in the diagram. Stop once you have four stitches.
Pink: Chain 19, turn, sc in second stitch from the hook back across, and slst into the next two stitches from the yellow section. Chain 1 and turn. Dc into second chain from the slst. Continue with 1 dc, ch1 across the row. At the end, chain 1 and turn, then sc back across the row and slst into the last stitch of the yellow end. Fasten off!
Now that you’ve made one cup/sleeve/side piece, make another one!
The bottom! This I made separate, and then later sewed it onto the top of the shirt.
Pink: Same as every other pink section: chain 95, sc into second chain from the hook, sc across. Chain one, turn, 1 dc, chain 1 across. Chain 1, and sc across once more.
Green: There is a visual pattern below for this section. I chose to only do 4 rows of this pattern, so that with the final edging, the shirt goes to about my belly button. Here is where you can decide how long you want your top to be. You can either skip the green part and go straight to the scalloped edging so that the bottom is the same as the sleeves, or you can do more rows if you would like a longer top. For this pattern, you’ll only be working in every fourth stitch, and it repeats two rows, so if you do add this part of the pattern, make sure to end on an even row.
Row 1: Ch 3, then make 2 dc in the 7th stitch from the hook, which is the 4th from the end of the row. Then ch 1, and make 2 dc in the same stitch. Ch 2, then sc in to the 4th stitch. *Ch 2, then (2 dc, ch1, 2 dc) into the 4th stitch. Ch 2, then sc into the next 4th stitch.* Repeat * to * across. Sc into the last stitch.
Row 2: Ch 4, dc into the first stitch (the sc), ch 2, sc into the ch 1 space between the dc. * Ch 2, dc into the sc, ch 3, dc into the same sc. Ch2, then sc into the ch 1 space.* Repeat * to * across. After your last sc, ch 2, dc into the last stitch, ch 1, and make one more dc into the same sc. Ch 1 before starting next row.
Purple: This part is the same as the sleeves, but you will be starting on row three. Treat your last row from the green section as row 2 of this pattern. Visual pattern for this part is earlier in this post. Once you’re done, don’t fasten off!
Yellow sections = finishing touches!
From the end of the purple section, sc back up the edge of the bottom piece. You are going to do rows of single crochets so that the bottom section is the same length across as the top piece. Make sure you line up the center of your bottom with the top so that when you do the same on the other side, its the same length across. I did 5 rows of sc on each side. Remember to ch 1 before turning and starting the next row.
Once you do one side, fasten off and then do the same on the other side of the bottom piece.
Then you are going to do the same thing on the ends of the sleeves. Here I only did two rows of sc so that there was a straight edge to sew onto the bottom. Do the same on the other sleeve.
Nows the time to sew the pieces together. Line up the centres of the top piece and the bottom piece. I held the pieces together with stitch markers so that it would stay even across while I sewed. I don’t think there’s any wrong way to sew the pieces together. You can see in the photo that I just sewed the end rows together. I did the same to the shoulder pieces. The arrows in the diagram show where. Make sure that the straight edges are on the outside so that the sleeve isn’t folded!
Once everything is sewed together, all you need to do is add the corset back. All I did was attach my yarn to the bottom corner stitch, then ch 4, and sc into every fourth stitch to make loops. Do this on both sides. I then made a chain of roughly 220 to use as a tie, but you may need to make it longer or shorter.
Once you weave in all of your ends, YOU’RE DONE!!
Thanks for working through this pattern with me. I hope it wasn’t too confusing or difficult. If you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comments or shoot me an email! I’d like to create some more patterns in the future, and any help or advice is greatly appreciated.
I hope you enjoy this top! I know I will as soon as the weather gets warm! I’d love to see your creations, make sure to tag me in any photos!