Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Crochet Top

What is better than an Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Crochet Top?  A beautiful warm summer day to wear it of course.  Summer is around the corner and I can’t wait. I love to crochet and knit but with warm weather,  it is sometimes a challenge.  I have tricks I use to help me combat the heat.  One way to get around that is to create and design items that use lighter weight yarn or are easier to handle in the heat.  I wanted to create something that would be ideal for wearing on those hot summer days.  I designed this crochet halter top using cotton yarn.  Cotton breathes and is more comfortable to wear during warm weather.

This cotton is made by Yarnspirations  It is called Peaches & Creme and I used a solid white color for my top.  I love using this yarn because it’s easy to find and easy on the wallet.  I purchased my yarn at walmart but it can be purchased at other retailers.   I also created a video tutorial if you are more of a visual learner.   It can be crocheted in Woman sizes S – XL.

You can purchase an Ad-Free PDF pattern/instructions here:   Summer Top PDF Summer Top PDF

Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Crochet Top

Crochet Summer top – Yolanda Soto-Lopez

 

(supplies) Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Crochet Top

1 cone of Peaches & Creme cotton yarn  (solid color ) or cotton yarn remnants in the colors of your choice.  (Enough to make 7 granny squares of required size)

Crochet Hook  I / 5.5mm

scissors

yarn needle

measuring tape

Tassle maker (or study piece of cardboard 8 inches long)
You will need to crochet 7 Granny squares.   For sizes Small-  You will be making your squares 6 inches (16cm)

Small–  You will be making your squares 6 inches (16cm)

Medium – You will be making your squares 6 1/2 inches  (16 1/2 cm)

Large – You will be making your squares 7 inches (18cm)

X-Large – You will be making your squares 8 inches (20 cm)

This top can be made using any type of yarn however,  I recommend cotton.  You can even use crochet thread just make sure you add enough rounds to get the correct size square.    I made a total of 5 rounds to get an 8 inch square.  Please experiment with different hook sizes until you can match the gauge.

Gauge = 4 double crochet = 1 inch.

Granny Square:

To Begin:

chain 6 (you can also use magic circle method),  slip stitch into the 1st chain, chain 3 (counts as double crochet here and thru-out), 2dc, *ch 3, 3dc, ch3 * Corner made, rep from * to * until you have 4 sections of 3dc clusters.,   slip stitch into 3rd chain

Rnd 2:   slip stitch 3 times (to get inside of the chain 3 space – corner), chain 3, [2dc, ch 3, 3dc] all into chain -3 corner space, chain 2, *[3dc, chain 3, 3dc] all into ch-3 corner space*,  repeat from * to * until you have all 4 corners made, slip stitch into 3rd chain

For additional rounds:  You will be working corners as follows = 3dc, ch 3, 3dc all into chain -3 corner space of previous row.

3 double crochet clusters in centers of rounds will be separated by 2 chains and worked into the previous rows chain 2 spaces.

Rnd 3:  slip stitch 3 times (to get inside of the chain 3 space – corner), chain 3, [2dc, ch 3, 3dc] all into chain -3 corner space, *chain 2,  3dc, ch 2, [3dc, chain 3, 3dc] all into ch-3 corner space*,  repeat from * to * until you have all 4 corners made, slip stitch into 3rd chain

Continue adding rounds until you get the square measurement you need for the size garment.  

 sewing it together – Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Crochet Top

You will be sewing your squares on a diagonal.  I first sewed 3 sets of 2 squares each.   I lined up my squares with right sides up.   I  began sewing in the center chain (chain 2) of the corner and into each square lining up my stitches until I reached the 2nd chain of the corner at those squares.

Don’t worry, I’ve filmed a YouTube video to help you understand the process.   Below you will find a diagram that explains how to sew up your squares.

Square placement

Diagram on how to sew up your squares

The 7th square is sewn last.

After your squares are all sewn together you will join your yarn along the edge. (doesn’t matter where you start),

Join yarn, chain 2, half double crochet in each stitch all around the edges.  (Chains count as stitches), slip stitch into the 2nd chain, fasten off and sew in all tails.

Your piece will have on edge with 4 points and the other edge with 3 points.   The edge with 4 point goes to the top.  The edge with the 3 points goes to the bottom / waist.

Now you will fold your piece over.. lining up squares 1 and 3 on top of each other.   Now fold the other edge with square 7 and 5 on top of each other.

Join yarn in your center stitch of square 7, chain 1, sc back into the same stitch.  Crochet a chain approximately 6 inches long, attach onto center stitch of square 5, sc into same stitch,  slip stitch back into each chain, fasten off..tie tails into a small knot.. sew in tails

Repeat for other side.. lining up the corners of square 1 and square 3.

For back tie.,  chain 80, slip stitch back into each chain, fasten off and sew in tails.  –  Slip the back tie thru the center of corners of squares 1 and 7, tie into a bow.

Fringe is Optional:  Cut strips of approximately 16 inches.  (I put 3 strands in each fringe/tassel.)  fold strands and using a crochet hook place on every other stitch,  pull the ends thru the center fold of tassle.   Trim tassel as needed.  Enjoy!

Click on the link below to watch the YouTube Video Tutorial on how to crochet your very own Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Crochet Top:

YouTUbe Video YouTUbe Video

 

 

 

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