Easy Crochet Top Pattern For Beginners

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You’re going to love this easy crochet top pattern for beginners!

It’s truly made with the beginner crocheter in mind, & because of that you’ll only need to know basic crochet stitches.


Seaming? If you hate it or love it, there’s just some basic seaming needed for this pattern. You can even use your crochet hook & make slip stitches to assemble this quick & easy crochet top.

This crochet top is definitely one of my favorite crochet tops to wear during summer. It’s lightweight & fits well over a bikini top or wear it with jeans.


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Easy Crochet Top Pattern For Beginners

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Easy Crochet Top Pattern For Beginners


Easy Crochet Top Pattern For Beginners





When designing the easy crochet top pattern for beginners, I wanted to use cotton yarn. I used a yarn from Drops, that was available for a limited time.

Luckily I’ve been able to get my hands on a yarn that’s exactly the same.

This yarn is from Scheepjes Yarn & is called Cotton 8. I love it!

Cotton yarns of this quality is perfect for summer garments such as cardigans, dresses, shrugs, & obviously crochet tops.

Honestly, I want to make lots of crochet garments with it.


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You’re going to love the easy crochet top pattern for beginners because it’s to easy & quick to crochet. However that’s not the only reason.

  1. It only requires you to know single crochet stitches, treble crochet stitches & chains.
  2. You don’t have to use a lot of yarn. Just a few skeins. Turns out this top is “cheap”.
  3. It’s the perfect project to bring when traveling. It doesn’t require a lot of concentration & you can keep going easily.

Sounds good?


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How long it takes to crochet something varies depending on your skill & how fast you crochet. But that isn’t a helpful answer is it?

Well, I’ve developed a yarn calculator to help you get the answer to this question.

It will help you calculate exactly how much time you’ll spend crocheting a project.

All you need to know is how much yarn you will use on the project in either meters, yards or skeins. Then crochet your test square & time it.

Calculate how long it takes to crochet that. 




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About the pattern:

The easy crochet top pattern for beginners is a great beginner friendly crochet pattern. It’s made up of just two crocheted “scarfs”, which makes it easy to make. The scarfs is then assembled to make it into a top.

It’s designed with cotton yarn, & makes it a light top for the warmer months. However with the right color it will also easily translate into fall.


Related: Beginner friendly crochet garments


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Materials Needed:

  • Crochet hook size 6 mm / US: J – 10 / UK: 4
  • Cotton Yarn -1 Super Fine Yarn:
    • Yarn I used: Scheepjes – Cotton 8
    • Amount needed:
      • XS: 2 skeins / 88 grams / 298 meters / 326 yards
      • S: 3 skeins / 104 grams / 354 meters / 387 yards
      • M: 3 skeins / 125 grams / 425 meters / 465 yards
      • L: 3-4 skeins* / 148 grams / 503 meters / 550 yards
      • XL: 4 skeins / 169 grams / 574 meters / 628 yards
      • 2XL: 4 skeins / 195 grams / 664 meters / 726 yards
      • 3XL: 5 skeins / 219 grams / 774 meters / 814 yards
      • 4XL: 5-6 skeins* / 249 grams / 845 meters / 925 yards
      • 5XL: 6 skeins / 275 yards / 936 meters / 1023 yards
    • *On size L & 4XL the amount of yarn needed is close to full skeins, I would recommend purchasing 1 extra skein.
  • Needle:



Measured in with treble crochet stitches in rows.

1.2 stitches and 0.4 rows per cm // 12 stitches & 4 rows per 10 cm.

3 stitches and 1 rows per inch // 12 stitches & 4 rows per 4 inch.


Find our gauge calculator here.


Size & Measurements:



  • This pattern is written to have a standard fit, that means about 5-10 cm ease.
  • Take measurements to find the size that fits the best.



  • Note: Any size adjustments affects yarn usage & you might need more/less yarn than suggested.
  • For all sizes: Adjust length by adding or reducing rows.
  • For all sizes: Start with fewer/more stitches, added/reduced by 1 stitch at a time to adjust fit.


Easy Crochet Top Pattern For Beginners



Ch = chain (s) (tutorial)

Prev = previous

Sc = single crochet (tutorial)

Sl st = slip stitch (tutorial)

St = stitch (es)

Tr = treble crochet (tutorial)



  • This crochet pattern is written in US terms (more details).
  • All measurements given are unblocked, final size might get bigger when blocked.
  • Note that measurements are given as exact as possible. But crochet tension & technique might give variations in the result, that changes from person to person.
  • Make a swatch that measure at least 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4 inches using the stitch the gauge is given for. If your swatch matches the gauge, you’re good to go. If the gauge is wrong, you might need to change your hook. Go up in crochet hook size if your stitches are smaller & go down in crochet hook size if your stitches are bigger (more details).
  • At the end of each row, the stitch count is given in parenthesis. It includes starting chain(s).
  • This pattern is written for 9 sizes, where the different sizes is given in parenthesis like this: XS (S) M (L) XL (2XL) 3XL (4XL) 5XL. If just one number is given, it applies to all sizes. I recommend that you highlight or circle the size you’re making before you begin to make the pattern easier to follow. Size adjustments are added under “Size & Measurements”.


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Repeat instructions to times to make both sides of the crochet Caeli top.


Ch 27 (30) 33 (36) 39 (42) 45 (48) 51 st.


Row 1: Tr in 4th st from hook, crochet 1 tr in each ch you just made, turn (=25 (28) 31 (34) 37 (40) 43 (46) 49 st).

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1st tr), tr 1 in each st from prev row, turn (=25 (28) 31 (34) 37 (40) 43 (46) 49 st).

Row 3: Rep row 2.

Row 4: Ch 1 (counts as 1st sc), sc 1 in each st from prev row, turn (=25 (28) 31 (34) 37 (40) 43 (46) 49 st).

Rows 5-7: Rep row 2.


Repeat rows 4-7 until you have repeated  10 (11) 12 (13) 13 (15) 15 (16) 17 more times, or until your crochet project measures:


XS: 99 cm / 39 inches

S: 105 cm / 41.3 inches

M: 114 cm / 44.9 inches

L: 123 cm / 48.4 inches

XL: 129 cm / 50.8 inches

2 XL: 138 cm / 54.3 inches

3XL: 144 cm / 56.7 inches

4XL: 153 cm / 60.2 inches

5XL: 159 cm / 62.6 inches


or desired length.


In the next row: Ch 1, sl st 1 st in each st from prev row, fasten thread.


Fasten off & cut yarn.



Fasten threads & weave in ends.

Follow the diagram to assemble the crochet top. All seams are made with the wrong side facing you.

  1. Seam the center front (A in diagram) with the yarn used, with either slip stitches & hook or stitching with a needle. Starting from the bottom & moving up.
    • Leave the measurements given below unseamed between seam A & B or adjust to your needs:
      • XS: 33 cm / 13 inches
      • S: 35 cm / 14 inches
      • M: 38 cm / 15 inches
      • L: 41 cm / 16 inches
      • XL: 43 cm / 17 inches
      • 2XL: 46 cm / 18 inches
      • 3XL: 48 cm /19 inches
      • 4XL: 51 cm / 20 inches
      • 5XL: 53 cm /21 inches
  2. Repeat step 1 for center back (B in diagram).
  3. Repeat step 1 for to make armholes (C & D in diagram). Leave the same measurements unseamed to make armholes.


Easy Crochet Top Pattern For Beginners


easy crochet top pattern for beginners



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6 thoughts on “Easy Crochet Top Pattern For Beginners”

  1. I’ve been working on this for a week or so and almost have the first panel done. It’s a super easy pattern!
    I’m thrilled that I found you, Janne – I searched and searched to find chic and interesting crochet patterns and kept coming up empty handed. Janne – your Scandinavian sensibilities shine through in your patterns and I can’t wait to crochet more of your designs.

  2. I am super excited to try this pattern. I’ve had such a hard time finding patterns that even looked like they would look nice on me. Medical issues have left me with an awkward body shape and issues.

    I was wondering, if I extended the ends of the scarf pieces, do you think this would look good as one of those shirts that cover the “bootie” and everything above. That’s how long it’s been since I’ve been shopping or found clothing I could make myself. I don’t even know the lingo. I’m so embarassed right now!

    • Hi Donna,

      So glad you like the pattern.
      I think extending the scarf pieces would work as you describe.
      The only thing I would advice you is that the circumference you go for fits comfortably for your hip / “bootie” measurements, because that tends to be the widest part on our body.

      As an example I would personally need to go up one size than I usually do for it to fit comfortably on mine 😉
      That is if it was made longer in both the front / back.

      Otherwise you could extend the back part only or make a split on each side.

      Hope this helps.



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