8 FREE Summer Tops Crochet Patterns:
Easy Patterns Ideal For Beginners
Looking for Summer Crochet Tops Patterns that are Free and easy for beginners? Well, I've been obsessing over crochet tops lately because I've been seeing them all over TikTok, Pinterest, and Instagram.
Crochet tops are trendy, easy to make and work up quite quickly... which makes them ideal projects for beginners.
If you've never crocheted a clothing item before, a summer crochet top would be a good place to start. You'll be so proud of yourself and will want to show it off, guaranteed!
A summer crochet top would also make a great gift, of course!
You can make these crochet tops using a variety of different types of yarns. You don't necessarily need to use cotton, though cotton does feel very comfortable to wear. Below is a printable you can download to understand the difference between natural & synthetic fibers. More on that in the FAQs section below.
Yarn Fiber Types
Natural vs. Synthetic
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Now let's have a look at my favourite crochet tops free patterns for this season...
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This is a video tutorial for a simple crochet top pattern. Brittany explains in-depth how to create a simple rectangle top, which is perfect for beginners.
This pattern is easy to follow and very straight forward. Once you've finished one, you'll want to make it in several colors too!
You can get the written pattern for this crochet top pattern here.
Yarn Used: Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton Yarn in Cafe Au Lait (about 170 yds/100 grams).
This Carnival Camisole is Free Top Crochet Pattern For Women that you can instantly download for free here!
It's such a fresh & colorful summer top, you can combine any combination of Paintbox Yarns color palettes.
Yarn used: 50g balls of Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK.
1 × A - Buttercup Yellow,
2 × B - Kingfisher Blue
C - Ever Green,
D - Raspberry Pink and
E - Pillar Red.
This is a Free video tutorial for a classic crochet bralette pattern. This beginner friendly pattern is perfect for anyone learning to read patterns or wanting to experiment with new crochet techniques. This simple crochet bralette will only take about 1-3 hours to complete.
You'll find the written pattern for the Crochet Bralette on ETSY.
Yarn Used: Category 4 (100 Grams/175 Yards) Red Heart Super Saver (Light Sage)
By Janine Myska
This tank top pattern is a super easy-to-crochet summer tank top. It uses vertical stitching and has thick straps to hide any bra straps.
The special feature of this tank top is the thoughtful shaping around the chest which provides an incredible fit on any size. There are several elements in this pattern that you can adjust to your liking.
Yarn Used: WeCrochet Twill or any similar, fingering weight yarn.
By Aimee Wagner
A lovely waist length summer crop top that works up quickly in chunky yarn.
This top is worked bottom up in straight rows that are then folded in half and seamed.
It has a slightly oversized/loose fit.
Yarn Used: Bernat Beyond yarn - 160-320 yds (2-4 balls) or similar weight chunky yarn.
This lovely casual crochet top is just lovely for a hot summer!
You can keep it short as in this pattern, or make it longer if you prefer by adding a few more rows.
You can find the written pattern here and the Video Tutorial here.
Yarn Used: Elastic Yarn: Nako Comfort Stretch /90% Microfiber, 10% Polyester/211 yards / 50 grams – 2 skeins
The crochet top is mad up of 8 squares and 5 triangles joined together.
The straps are made with puff stitches. 2 rounds of single crochet are then worked along the bottom to make the top more fitted.
The front has a v-neck and the back has a halter. The coolest thing? This top is reversible and can be worn both ways!
You'll find the written pattern for Tulip Granny Square Crop Top here.
Yarn used: Lionbrand Coboo (50% cotton and 50% Bamboo).
By Ned & Mimi
The Flamingo Tank is a perfect garment for beginner crocheters because the front and back panels are exactly the same, it requires no shaping and only minimal seaming..
This is a simple summer crochet top with a gorgeous lace feature along the neckline.
Yarn Used: Comfy Fingering Yarn in Flamingo
Frequently Asked Questions About Crochet Top Patterns
Can you crochet clothes with acrylic yarn?
Yes! You can definitely crochet clothing using acrylic yarn. You can even use it for summer clothing items. It's great because it's affordable, breathable and comes in so many bright and beautiful colors! For a lot of crocheters out there, acrylic is their #1 choice.
Does acrylic yarn soften after washing?
Yes, you can soften your acrylic yarn either before you work it up (without unraveling though) or after you've finished crocheting your project.
Try either of these 2 methods to soften your yarn:
1. Soak in cold water with fabric softener or conditioner; or
2. Soak in cold water with vinegar.
You can then toss your project into the dryer with a dryer sheet. Best to put it into a lingerie bag to keep it contained.
You only have to do this process once, but your project will also continue to get softer with every wash thereafter.
Is acrylic warmer than wool?
Actually, no. Wool is definitely the yarn of choice for cooler weather, although acrylic is also weather resistant.
The stitch you use will also make a difference of course, but keep in mind that wool will be more expensive, more delicate and you'll need to pay more attention to caring for the garment. You'll have to protect it from moths and make sure you dry clean it.
Don't wash your wool garment in the washing machine! It'll shrink, go hard and felt the wool!
Is polyester warmer than acrylic?
In most cases, acrylic is warmer than polyester, but this will also depend on what stitch you use for your garment. For summer clothing, try to use a looser weave to make it more breathable.
Are acrylics itchy?
Some acrylic yarn can be quite soft, but others, with a high percentage of acrylic can be quite itchy and irritate your skin because it doesn't breathe as well as natural fibers and can make you sweat. It could also be the dye used in the acrylic yarn that can cause your skin to get a rash.
If you have sensitive skin, you're probably better off using a cotton blend yarn. It's also great for summer clothing items as it will keep you cool, absorb sweat and you can easily wash it in your washing machine.
Learn about different crochet stitches with these awesome Online Crochet Classes for Beginners.
What is the best crochet stitch for a top?
Since we're talking about summer tops here, I'd go for loose stitches to create an airy texture to your top. I'd personally choose one of these:
- Half Double Crochet Stitch
- Double crochet stitch
- Treble Crochet Stitch
- Half double crochet Back Loop Only
- Lemon Peel stitch
- Moss Stitch
- Shell Stitch
- Offset Filet Net Stitch
- and many other beautiful stitches you can find in the Stitch Guide Here.
How much yarn do I need to crochet a top?
Your pattern should state how much yarn you'll need, but you'll probably need 1-2 skeins of yarn for a crochet top, an average of about 4.5 ounces (127.5 g) or 227 yards (208 m) in length. It's best to buy an extra skein just in case. It's always better to have too much yarn than too little!
And if you don't use up the whole skein, you can either make smaller projects to complement your top like bracelets or hair scrunchies, or you can return your unused skein back to the craft store you bought it from.
The Last Thing You Need To Know About Summer Tops Crochet Patterns
You'll notice that Summer Tops Crochet Patterns are quite easy and ideal projects if you're a beginner crocheter. They're so versatile and can be worn with jeans, shorts and skirts. Choose your favorite from this list and....
here are some more Kickass Summer Crochet Patterns for you!
And if you're into Crochet Granny Squares, check out all these wonderful Granny Square Tops trending on TikTok this summer.
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