Alabama Crochet Crop Top

Today I’m sharing a very easy crochet crop top for beginners. This top is made out of a rectangle folded in half. Perfect for beginners who want to make a handmade crop top for the festival season. This pattern is available in size XS up to 5XL and includes a video tutorial.

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Super easy crochet top for summer and festivals for beginners made from a rectangle with Katia Alabama yarn

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About the pattern

This summer top is a beginner-friendly pattern worked in one piece: a big rectangle folded in half with the sides crocheted together.

The straps are made using a simple i-cord technique.

This top is completely made with the half double slip stitch, also known as the yarn over slip stitch, which is a simple stitch with a thick ribbed texture.

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About the yarn

For this top I’ve used Katia Alabama, an acrylic cotton yarn with a matt finish and a large color range. Alabama is a bit stretchy and perfect for making garments such as summer tops.

Super easy crochet top for summer and festivals for beginners made from a rectangle with Katia Alabama yarn

Alabama Crop Top
free crochet pattern

Materials

– Katia Alabama (Weight 3/light, 115yds/1.75oz, 105m/50g),
2 (3, 3, 4, 4) (5, 5, 6, 6) balls in color 48
or 95 (115, 135, 170, 195) (235, 255, 300, 325) grams of similar yarn

*I highly recommend using stretchy yarn, e.g. acrylic or cotton/acrylic.

– Crochet hook 6mm (J/10)

– Tapestry needle

– Measuring tape

– Scissors

Measurements

Measurements are in size XS (S, M, L, XL) (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X).

INCH
To fit bust:
28-30 (32-34, 36-38, 40-42, 44-46) (48-50, 52-54, 56-58, 60-62)”
Actual bust: 30 (34, 38, 42, 46) (50, 54, 58, 62)”
Width: 10 (12, 14, 16, 18) (20, 22, 24, 26)”
Length: 10 (10, 10, 11, 11) (12, 12, 13, 13)”

CM
To fit bust size: 28-30 (32-34, 36-38, 40-42, 44-46) (48-50, 52-54, 56-58, 60-62)”
Actual bust: 76 (86, 97, 107, 117) (127, 137, 147, 157) cm
Width: 25 (30, 36, 41, 46) (51, 56, 61, 66) cm
Length: 25 (25, 25, 28, 28) (30, 30, 33, 33) cm

  • For reference, model is 1.63m/5’4β€³ tall with a 34” bust wearing the top in size S.
  • Pattern is made for adult women’s sizes XS – 5XL based on bust sizes. This top is designed with a 10-12” negative ease so it fits nice and snuggly.
  • Measure your bust and choose the size that is closest to your measurements. If you are between sizes, I suggest to size down.
  • This top can easily be adjusted to make the perfect size for your body/bust by adding or removing rows.

Gauge

With hook size 6 mm:
13 hdss x 13 rows = 4 x 4″ / 10 x 10 cm

Stitches & abbreviations

– st: stitch

– ch: chain

– hdss: half double slip stitch = yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop and pull directly through two loops on your hook

* *: repeat what is between the asterisks as many times as directed

< >: amount of stitches you should have at the end of a row

Notes

– This pattern is written in US terms.

– This top is worked flat in one piece: it’s a big rectangle folded in half with ends joined together on the back and i-cords for the straps.

– The chain runs the length of the top and the number of rows determines the width.

– If you want to change the length, add or remove chains/stitches.

– If you want to change the width, add or remove rows.

– Turning chains do not count as a stitch.

– Pattern contains instructions for size XS with (S, M, L, XL) (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X) in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.

Video

Below you can find a video tutorial of my ‘Alabama Crop Top’.

Click here to watch the video on YouTube

Written pattern

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With hook size 6mm, ch 36 (36, 36, 40, 40) (43, 43, 46, 46)

Row 1:
1 hdss in 3rd ch from hook and each ch across, turn <34 (34, 34, 38, 38) (41, 41, 44, 44) hdss>

Length should measure approx. 10 (10, 10, 11, 11) (12, 12, 13, 13)” or 25.5 (25.5, 25.5, 28, 28) (30.5, 30.5, 33, 33) cm.

Row 2:
ch 2, 1 hdss in each st across, turn <34 (34, 34, 38, 38) (41, 41, 44, 44) hdss>

Repeat row 2 until row 66 (80, 94, 106, 120) (134, 146, 160, 174) or until rectangle measures 20 (24, 28, 32, 36) (40, 44, 48, 52)” / 51 (61, 71, 81, 91) (101.5, 111.5, 122, 132) cm after fitting around your body. Please keep in mind that your top will stretch.

If you want your top to be looser, add extra rows. To make a tighter top, remove rows.

Assembly

Fold rectangle in half and work the sides together with hdss. Fasten off, weave in the ends. Turn top inside out.

I-cord straps

Try on your top and use stitch markers to mark the place where you want to add straps. I placed mine 3” from the outside.

Make a slip knot and leave a long tail end which measures about 40″ / 1 meter. Make an i-cord (see video) until your strap is about 12″ / 30 cm long. Fasten off and join to top. You will need a total of 4 straps: 2 on the front and 2 on the back. Tie a knot with two straps on both sides.

End of pattern.

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