Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Boho Crop Top

It's official! I'm addicted to making cute little crop tops. This weekend my entire time was taken up with designing and making these bad boys. Nobody in the house dared to speak to me, let alone look at me. I was in my own little world, and on a roll. I remember when I first started off crocheting and endlessly searching the Internet for some sort of pattern explaining how on earth a crop top was made. But honestly there were very few of them and the ones that were out there were not my cup of tea. So, eventually my crocheting skills got better and I was ready to design something. So here you are my Internet family, the pattern to one of the crop tops I just designed this weekend.

I used worsted weight yarn and a 5mm crochet hook.

The body of the top:

Make a chain long enough to go from one side of your rib cage to the other. For me it was 64 chains. This sizing will fit a small/medium. If you want it bigger just add more chains but make sure its in multiples of 8.

So for example purposes chain 64 and add another chain (this will be your turning chain. So all together you have 65 chains!

Row 1: 
Single crochet into the 2nd chain from the hook. Single crochet all the way across to the end. Ch 2.

Row 2:
Half double crochet across the next row. Make sure to put your first hdc into the same stitch that the ch 2 is in.

Row 3:
Ch 4, skip 3 stitches. ( 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in the next stitch.
Ch 1, skip the next 3 stitches, 1 dc in the next.
**Ch 1, skip next 3 stitches, then ( 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in the next stitch.
Ch 1, skip next 3 stitches, and make 1 dc in the next stitch.**
Repeat from ** to ** until you reach the end of the row. When you arrive at the last stitch ch 1 and make 1 dc.

Row 4:
Ch 4, then work ( 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc ) into the ch 2 space of the shell from the previous round.
Ch 1 and make 1 dc into the dc of the previous round.
**Ch 1, then work ( 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc ) into the ch 2 space of the shell in the previous round.
Ch 1 and work 1 dc into the dc of the previous round.**
Repeat from ** to ** until you reach the end of the row but before you finish this row work 1 dc into the 3rd ch of the turning chain that you made at the beginning of the row.

Repeat row 3 and 4 until you have reach your desired length. I did four shell rows!

Now for the cups:

Ch 12
Single crochet into the 2nd chain from the hook and all the way to the 2nd last stitch.
In the last stitch make 3 single crochets. Place a marker in the middle stitch.
Continue in single crochet across the opposite side of the chain and single crochet to the end.
Ch 1 and single crochet until you reach your marker. In this stitch make 3 single crochets.
Continue down the row in single crochet until the end.

Continue in this pattern until the cup is big enough to cover your boob always making sure to make 3 single crochets into the stitch that has the marker. The marker always goes into the middle stitch of the three. Fasten off and weave in the ends. Make another cup in the exact same way.

When both cups are made line them up with the body part of the top wrong sides together. Sew together.

Now all you have to do is join your yarn to the tops of the cups. I prefer to join my yarn in the middle stitch where the marker usually is. Make a chain long enough as this will be your shoulder strap. Do the same to the other cup.

For the back straps I just joined the yarn anywhere on the side of the body part and made a very long chain. Do the same for the other side.

Weave in all the ends and you are ready to go!

Hope you all enjoyed this tutorial.

Lots of love
Carrie xx


  1. Really look forward to giving this pattern a try... thanks I live in hot,humid Australia and this looks like just the top for summer... will let you know how i go.. thanks

  2. How many rows did you have to do to finish the cups?

  3. I whipped one of these up for my 20-something daughter in no time. She was thrilled. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern!

  4. I just followed your tutorial today. Thank you!

  5. this is great and you kept it simple

  6. I just made this top and it's the 2nd thing I've ever crocheted! I LOVE it! Thank you for making the pattern easy to understand and actually do-able!

  7. Seriously... No mention of number of yards required for this project either... !

    1. You will need about 150-200 yards depending on your size

    2. Terrice, be thankful she provided us with this lovely, easy to follow pattern for FREE, and stop being so nasty.

  8. nice...but how can i get this pattern printed out..thank you...

  9. just an fyi for anyone making this: im a C cup and I did about 16 rows for the cups

  10. I made this for myself and now everyone is asking me to make them one! Do you mind if I make some and sell them? Also I want to thank you for all your time and effort you put designing this AND for posting it for free!! I've been crocheting for years but never designed my own pattern. I've taken parts from one pattern and incorporated parts from another, but never sat and made my own from scratch-so I'm so grateful for free patterns I'm able to find. This is such a cute top and so easy to make! I hope you continue designing...again many thanks!

  11. Question: for the cups do I continue to ch 1 after the first row?
    Thanks so much!! Love this pattern!! :)

  12. For people asking, when you make a cup for yourself, you should measure from nipple to base - this will be your starting chain (I'm a B cup, and mine is about 12 chains). Measure from nipple to side of breast and make enough rows out to meet that measurement.

    I'm done with the base of this and will be making the cups tonight. I absolutely love this pattern. It is super cute!