late summer crochet top

The Summer crochet top is the perfect easy-going layering piece for transitional weather but for the summer as well. A crochet top is essential in our wardrobes and is the best basic we can have in our spring-fall wardrobe. Layer them underneath a cardigan, or leather jacket, or go with a denim jacket/ shacket for casual days ahead. So if you are looking for crochet patterns for tops to add to your collection the Summer crochet top is a must. Have fun with trendy colors or venture into different shades of your favorite color.

The Summer crochet top is not a beginner crochet pattern but is a very fun project to crochet. So don’t give up if it doesn’t look good the first time, or the second, we all have been there! Just take the hook and practice every day if you can and you’ll become so good that even you won’t believe it! You can do it and you can be good at it!

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For my Summer crochet top, I’ve used:  400g of  Pure cotton (8x 50g) (50g= 170m/ 1.76oz= 185 yards) and a 2.5 mm hook.

cotton

This is a very high-quality cotton yarn. This yarn is made from 100% combed Turkish cotton, which is soft, flexible, and exceptionally durable. Textiles in Turkish cotton stay beautiful for many years and only get softer with use. This yarn also excels when it comes to its absorbing powers, but is quick-drying at the same time. The color chart includes plenty of gorgeous colors, you just have to decide what color you like and get started. Here you can buy this yarn: HERE

For my project, I’ve used a Light Pink color.

The final dimensions of the Summer crochet top: are 46 cm/ 18 inches in width (92 cm/ 36.2 inches circumference) and 53 cm/ 21  inches long.
Gauge for the lace stitch (after blocking): 14 stitches/chains and 7 rows to 5 x 5 cm (2 x 2 inches).
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ABBREVIATIONS:   

ch= chain;

st= stitch;

sc= single crochet;

hdc= half double crochet;

dc= double crochet;

sl st= slip stitch;

The pattern uses US crochet terminology.

crochet lace stitch

 

Pattern Instructions for the Summer Crochet Top:

The back panel:

The chart (click on the photo for a better resolution):

crochet top

Start with  129 chains (multiple of 14 chains plus 3).

1. Row 1: dc in 4th ch of the hook, ch 3, skip 3 ch and crochet 1 sc in each of next 5 chains, ch3, skip 3 ch and crochet 1 dc in each of next 2 ch; *dc in next ch, ch 3, skip 3 ch and crochet 1 sc in each of next 5 chains, ch3, skip 3 ch and crochet 1 dc in each of next 2 ch*. Repeat *-* until the end of the row.
2. Row 2: ch 3, 3 dc in next ch space, ch 3, skip 1 sc and starting with the 2nd sc of the previous row crochet 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, ch 3 and crochet 3 dc in next ch space, *1 ch, 3dc in next ch space, ch 3, skip 1 sc and starting with the 2nd sc of the previous row crochet 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, ch 3 and crochet 3 dc in next ch space*.  Repeat *-* until the end of the row; dc in the last stitch of the row.
3. Row 3: ch 3 (count as a dc) and continue to crochet: *ch3, 3 dc in next ch space, ch 3, dc in the 2nd sc of the previous row, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch space, ch 3, dc in next 1 ch space*. Repeat *-* until the end of the row; crochet the last dc in the last stitch of the row.
4. Row 4: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch), *sc in the dc of the previous row, sc in next ch space, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch space, ch, 3dc in next ch space, ch 3, sc in next ch space*. Repeat *-* until the end of the row, sc in the same ch space as the previous one.
5. Row 5: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch), *1 sc in each of next 2 st and sc in the next ch space, ch 3, 3dc in next 1 ch space, ch 3, sc in next ch space, sc in next st*. Repeat *-* until the end of the row, sc in the last stitch.
6. Row 6: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch), *1 sc in each of the next 2 st, ch 3, 3dc in next ch space, ch, 3dc in next ch space, ch 3, sc in the 2nd sc of the previous row*. Repeat *-* until the end of the row, sc in the last stitch.
7. Row 7: ch 3 (count as a dc) and continue to crochet: *ch3, 3 dc in next ch space, ch 3, dc in next 1 ch space, ch 3, 3dc in next ch space, ch 3, dc in 2nd sc of the previous row*. Repeat *-* until the end of the row (crochet the last dc in the last stitch of the row).
8. Row 8:  ch 3 (count as a dc), 3 dc in next ch space, ch 3, sc in next ch space, sc in next stitch, sc in next ch space, ch 3, 3dc in next ch space; *ch, 3 dc in next ch space, ch 3, sc in next ch space, sc in next stitch, sc in next ch space, ch 3, 3dc in next ch space*. Repeat *-* until the end of the row; dc in the same ch space as the previous 3dc.
9. Row 9:  ch 3 (count as a dc), dc in the same stitch, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch space, 1 sc in each of next 3 stitches, 1 sc in next ch space, ch3, *3dc in next 1 ch space, 3 ch, 1 sc in next ch space, 1 sc in each of next 3 stitches, 1 sc in next ch space, ch3*. Repeat *-* until the end of the row; 2dc in the last stitch of the row.
10. Row 10: ch 3, 3 dc in next ch space, ch 3, skip 1 sc and starting with the 2nd sc of the previous row crochet 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, ch 3 and crochet 3 dc in next ch space, *1 ch, 3dc in next ch space, ch 3, skip 1 sc and starting with the 2nd sc of the previous row crochet 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, ch 3 and crochet 3 dc in next ch space*.  Repeat *-* until the end of the row; dc in the last stitch of the row.
11. Row 11: ch 3 (count as a dc) and continue to crochet: *ch3, 3 dc in next ch space, ch 3, dc in the 2nd sc of the previous row, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch space, ch 3, dc in next 1 ch space*. Repeat *-* until the end of the row; crochet the last dc in the last stitch of the row.
12. Row 12: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch), *sc in the dc of the previous row, sc in next ch space, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch space, ch, 3dc in next ch space, ch 3, sc in next ch space*. Repeat *-* until the end of the row, sc in the same ch space as the previous one.
13. Row 13: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch), *1 sc in each of next 2 st and sc in the next ch space, ch 3, 3dc in next 1 ch space, ch 3, sc in next ch space, sc in next st*. Repeat *-* until the end of the row, sc in the last stitch.

Repeat the pattern from row 6 to row 13 until you have 70 rows.

71. Row 71: ch 3 (count as a dc) and continue to crochet: *ch3, 3 dc in next ch space, ch 3, dc in next 1 ch space, ch 3, 3dc in next ch space, ch 3, dc in 2nd sc of the previous row*. Repeat *-* until the end of the row (crochet the last dc in the last stitch of the row).
72. Row 72:  ch 3 (count as a dc), 3 dc in next ch space, ch 3, sc in next ch space, sc in next stitch, sc in next ch space, ch 3, 3dc in next ch space; *ch, 3 dc in next ch space, ch 3, sc in next ch space, sc in next stitch, sc in next ch space, ch 3, 3dc in next ch space*. Repeat *-* until the end of the row; dc in the same ch space as the previous 3dc.
73. Row 73:  ch 3 (count as a dc), dc in the same stitch, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch space, 1 sc in each of next 3 stitches, 1 sc in next ch space, ch3, *3dc in next 1 ch space, 3 ch, 1 sc in next ch space, 1 sc in each of next 3 stitches, 1 sc in next ch space, ch3*. Repeat *-* until the end of the row; 2dc in the last stitch of the row.

The neckline and the shoulders:

74. Row 74: ch 3, 3 dc in next ch space, ch 3, skip 1 sc and starting with the 2nd sc of the previous row crochet 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, ch 3 and crochet 3 dc in next ch space, *1 ch, 3dc in next ch space, ch 3, skip 1 sc and starting with the 2nd sc of the previous row crochet 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, ch 3 and crochet 3 dc in next ch space*.  Repeat *-* one more time, skip 1 dc, and crochet a dc in the next stitch. This is the first row of the shoulder. Turn and start the next row.
75. Row 75: ch 3 (count as a dc) and continue to crochet: *ch3, 3 dc in next ch space, ch 3, dc in the 2nd sc of the previous row, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch space, ch 3, dc in next 1 ch space*. Repeat *-* two more times; crochet the last dc in the last stitch of the row.
76. Row 76: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch), *sc in the dc of the previous row, sc in next ch space, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch space, ch, 3dc in next ch space, ch 3, sc in next ch space*. Repeat *-* twice; crochet one more sc in the same ch space as the previous one.
77. Row 77: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch), *1 sc in each of next 2 st and sc in the next ch space, ch 3, 3dc in next 1 ch space, ch 3, sc in next ch space, sc in next st*. Repeat *-* twice; crochet one more sc in the last stitch.

Crochet the second shoulder exactly like the first one. But we are starting the first row from the inside of the neckline (see the chart).

Crochet single crochet stitches all around the back panel. Crochet the stitches on the right side (in corners crochet 2 sc in one stitch). I like to crochet this round of single crochet because the edges look better. In addition, it’s easier to join together the two panels. Plus the neckline looks better too, and it will be easier to pick up the stitches for the collar and for the sleeves too. But you can skip this step if you like.

Next, we will crochet the textured edge on the left and right sides of the top.

How to crochet the extended single crochet stitch:

  1. Begin with a length of chains. Insert the hook in the 3rd chain from the hook, yarn over the hook, and pull the new loop through the chain.
  2. Yarn over the hook, and pull it through the first loop only.
  3. You now have two loops on the hook. Yarn over the hook again, and pull it through both loops.
  4. One loop remains on the hook, which means you just made an extended single crochet stitch. Repeat from step 1 for each of the next chains to the end to complete the row.
The textured edge:

Start to crochet the edge from the wrong side.

Row 1 (WS): ch2, crochet 1 extended single crochet stitch in every next stitch until the end of the row.
Row 2 (RS): repeat row 1.

After you’ve finished the last row, secure the last stitch and weave in the ends. Repeat for the second edge.

crochet top

The front panel:

The chart (click on the photo for a better resolution):

crochet top

Crochet the front panel exactly like the back panel until you have 65 rows.

The neckline and the shoulders:

66. Row 66: ch 3, 3 dc in next ch space, ch 3, skip 1 sc and starting with the 2nd sc of the previous row crochet 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, ch 3 and crochet 3 dc in next ch space, *1 ch, 3dc in next ch space, ch 3, skip 1 sc and starting with the 2nd sc of the previous row crochet 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, ch 3 and crochet 3 dc in next ch space*.  Repeat *-* one more time, skip 1 dc, and crochet a dc in the next stitch. This is the first row of the shoulder. Turn and start the next row.
67. Row 67: ch 3 (count as a dc) and continue to crochet: *ch3, 3 dc in next ch space, ch 3, dc in the 2nd sc of the previous row, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch space, ch 3, dc in next 1 ch space*. Repeat *-* two more times; crochet the last dc in the last stitch of the row.
68. Row 68: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch), *sc in the dc of the previous row, sc in next ch space, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch space, ch, 3dc in next ch space, ch 3, sc in next ch space*. Repeat *-* twice; crochet one more sc in the same ch space as the previous one.
69. Row 69: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch), *1 sc in each of next 2 st and sc in the next ch space, ch 3, 3dc in next 1 ch space, ch 3, sc in next ch space, sc in next st*. Repeat *-* twice; crochet one more sc in the last stitch.
70. Row 70- 77: Repeat rows 6-13.

Crochet the second shoulder exactly like the first one. But we are starting the first row from the inside of the neckline (see the chart).

Crochet single crochet stitches all around the front panel. Crochet the stitches on the right side (in corners crochet 2 sc in one stitch). I like to crochet this round of single crochet because the edges look better. In addition, it’s easier to join together the two panels. Plus the neckline looks better too, and it will be easier to pick up the stitches for the collar and for the sleeves too. But you can skip this step if you like.

Next, we will crochet the textured edge on the left and right sides of the top. Repeat the textured edge from the back panel.

After you’ve finished the last row, secure the last stitch and sew the back and the front panel together. Leave enough space for the arm. You can make the arm hole as big as you want (mine is 16 cm/ almost 12.5 inches in circumference).

The sleeves:

Make two sleeves repeating the same pattern.

After you’ve sewed together the panels you can start to crochet the sleeves directly on the cardigan. I’ve crocheted the sleeves in rounds, back, and forth starting with the first row from the wrong side making a chain in the joining of the panels. For the sleeves, I’ve used the extended single crochet the same stitch I’ve crocheted the textured edges.

Round 1 (WS): ch2, crochet 1 extended single crochet stitch in every next stitch until the end of the row.I have 75 stitches. Slip stitch to close the round, turn, and start the next round.
Round 2 (RS): repeat round 1.
Repeat rounds 1-2 until you have 20 rounds.

After each round, count the stitches to make sure you have the right number of stitches.

After you’ve finished the last row, secure the last stitch and weave in the ends.

The ribbing for the collar (the neckband):

1. Row 1: start with 8 chains and crochet the half double crochet starting with the second chain from the hook. You should have 7 half double crochet stitches;
2. Row 2: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch), hdc in back loop in each stitch of the previous row;

Repeat row 2 around the neckline until you get to the first row and sew together the edges.

Here is the detailed video tutorial for the neckband. Please watch the tutorial to see exactly how I’m crocheting it. And to see a few simple but important tips that will help you in the feature projects too. You can use the same method for the hem too.

 

The hem:

1. Row 1: start with 11 chains and crochet the half double crochet starting with the second chain from the hook; you should have 10 half double crochet stitches);
2. Row 2: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch), hdc in back loop in each stitch of the previous row; you should have 10 half double crochet stitches.

Repeat row 2 around the bottom of the top until you get to the first row and sew together the edges. Cut the yarn and weave in the ends.

I recommend washing the Summer crochet top by hand or on the washing machine at a maximum of 30 Celsius degrees. I prefer 20 Celsius degrees for all my crocheted or knitted items. Block the top using your favorite method, because I’ve used cotton yarn I’ve ironed my Summer crochet top at the temperature indicated on the yarn label.

Here is a list of my patterns for crocheted and knitted tops you might enjoy as well:

Crazy love top;
Cherry blossom top;
Cotton crochet top;
Harmony crochet vest;
Crochet wild tulips top;
Crochet flower but top.
Champagne knitted top;
Summer Vine Lace knitted top;
Summer knitted crop top.

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