Hi maker! My name is Claire, and I’m the designer behind the crochet blog E’Claire Makery and the E’Claire Makery Video Podcast. I love creating free crochet patterns, tutorials, sharing business or design tips, and making things to help give other crocheters the confidence to create.
Summer and warm weather is upon us, which means it’s time to make some cute crochet summer tops! I’m excited to be back on the Joy of Motion blog and get to share my new favorite summer top design: the Ocean Waves Halter Top. This simple and beginner friendly crochet top is made from lightweight cotton, so that it is lovely to wear during the hot summer months. Even if you’ve never made a crochet garment before, you can make this since it is worked flat and there are barely any seams! It’s a fun top you’ll want to all summer long.
For this halter top pattern, I used Lion Brand Yarn – Comfy Cotton Blend .
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This cotton polyester blend is super popular in the crochet world right now because of how awesome it works up for garments. Not only does it have amazing drape, but it also is super soft.
It comes in some super fun colors such as the blue combo that I used, or even a solid white. If you don’t have access to that yarn, I definitely recommend using a cotton weight 3 yarn, because that way you can wear this during the hot days of the summer!
A FLATTERING AND FUN HALTER TOP
I live in the Central Valley of California where it gets super super hot, so one thing I want to make sure that I have is light and airy tops to wear. Recently I discovered how fun creating lace patterns are, and I found that I love the combination of shell stitches and horizontal puff stitches. This creates a beautiful lace pattern that gives this top lots of breathability.
This top is super fun to wear with jeans or shorts during the summer or spring! The lace pattern gives it a flittery look that adds a splash of fun to you wardrobe. The back of the top has criss cross straps that create an open back. It’s also sized from sizes XS-3X so that all types of body shapes can wear it! I’m all about inclusive sizing, because I totally believe that any body type can look fabulous in handmade clothes!
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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CROCHET THAT?
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.
OCEAN WAVES HALTER TOP – THE FREE CROCHET PATTERN
ABOUT THE PATTERN:
This pattern comes in sizes XS-3X and is great for wearing all summer long! It looks great with jeans or shorts, and would make a fun piece to layer with.
Size 6 mm / US: J/6 / UK: 6mm
Find it here.
Yarn amount used:
XS-S: 1 skeins / 7 oz / 200 g / 358 m / 392 yards
M-L: 2 skeins / 14 oz / 400 g / 716 m / 784 yards
XL-3XL: 3 skeins / 21 oz / 600 g / 1,074 m / 1,176 yards
- 3 light yarn, DK yarn.
- 50 % cotton, 50 % polyester
OTHER MATERIALS NEEDED:
- Needle, find one here (if you don’t already have one)!
- stitch markers
Measured with Double crocheted in rows/rounds:
13 stitches & 8 rows per 10 cm / 4”.
- This crochet pattern is written in US terms (more details).
- All measurements given are unblocked.
- 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.
- Read pattern instructions carefully before beginning to make sure you understand everything. It might save you hours!
- 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).
- Check yarn info if you want to find an alternative or test your yarn against the gauge (more details).
- This pattern is written for 1 size, however size adjustments are suggested under the heading “Size & Measurements”.
- At the end of each row, the stitch count is given in […].
Sizes are listed in pattern from XS-5X with reference to the stitch amounts.
XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL
For example “dc 26 (34, 42, 50, 58, 62, 66)” the first number being the XS, the the first number in parentheses being S and so forth.
- Ch 2 at beginning of rows does not count as a stitch.
SIZE & MEASUREMENTS:
XS: 28″ XL: 44″
S: 32″ 2XL: 48″
M: 36″ 3XL: 52″
Pattern is made with 2″ of positive ease that is added to each of these measurements
- If you would like the halter top to be longer, repeat rows 21-22 on the front panel, and rows 5-6 on the back panel, till you get the desired length of top.
- St = Stitch (s)
- R = Row
- Ch = chain
- sc = single crochet
- dc = double crochet
- ( ) = stitch amounts for different size
- ** = do all that’s between two *
- [ ] = stitch count at end of round for each size
- horizontal puff stitch =*ch 1, yarn over, yarn over around post of dc* repeat 2 more times, then yarn over and pull through all loops on hook. If you’ve never done this stitch before, check out the Horizontal Puff Stitch Tutorial on my blog.
STITCHES YOU WILL NEED:
STITCH: Horizontal Puff Stitch
- Horizontal puff stitch =*ch 1, yarn over, yarn over around post of dc* repeat 2 more times, then yarn over and pull through all loops on hook. For a tutorial on how to do it, see the Horizontal Puff Stitch Crochet Tutorial on my blog.
R 1: ch 27 (27, 35, 35, 43, 51, 55), starting in 3rd ch from hook, dc 25 (25, 33, 33, 41, 49, 53) [25 (25, 33, 33, 41, 49, 53]
R 2: ch 2, turn, dc 25 (25, 33, 33, 41, 49, 53) [25, 25, 33, 33, 41, 49, 53]
R 3-14 (3-16, 3-14, 3-16, 3-16, 3-16, 3-16, 3-16): ch 2, turn, dc 2 in first st, dc across to last st, dc 2 in last st
R 17-20: ch 2, turn, dc 49 (53, 61, 61, 69, 77, 81) across [49, 53, 57, 61, 69, 77, 81]
R 21: ch 1, sc 1 in first dc, *sk 1, dc 5 in next st, sk 1, sc 1 in next st, repeat from * across 11 (12, 13, 14, 16, 18, 19) more times (12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 20 shell stitches)
R 22: ch 2, *dc in sc from previous row, horizontal puff st around dc, ch 3, sk across shell stitch to sc from previous row* repeat 11 (12, 13, 14, 16, 18, 19) more times (12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 20 horizontal puff stitches)
R 23-30: Repeat R 21-22 (If you would like the length of your tank top to be longer, keep repeating these rows till you have the desired length.)
R 31: Repeat R 21
Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.
R 1: ch 39 (47, 55, 55, 63, 71, 75), starting in 3rd ch from hook, dc 37 (45, 53, 53, 61, 67, 73) across [37, 45, 53, 53, 61, 69, 73]
R 2-4: ch 2, turn, dc 37 (45, 53, 53, 59, 69, 73) across [37, 45, 53, 53, 59, 67, 73]
R 5: ch 1, sc 1 in first dc, *sk 1, dc 5 in next st, sk 1, sc 1 in next st, repeat from * 8 (10, 12, 12, 14, 16, 17) more times [9, 11, 13, 13, 15, 17, 18 shell stitches]
R 6: ch 2, *dc in sc from previous row, horizontal puff st around dc, ch 3, sk across shell to sc from previous row* repeat 8 (10, 12, 12, 14, 16, 17) more times [9, 11, 13, 13, 15, 17, 18 horizontal puff stitches]
R 7-12: Repeat R 5-6
R 13: Repeat R 5
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Ch 50 (50, 60, 60, 65, 65, 70), fasten off and leave a tail for sewing.
Fasten off & cut yarn.
When you’re finished crocheting you have 3 parts:
- Front Panel
2. Back Panel
To assemble the top together, do the following:
1. Sew front panel to back panel by lining up the sides together with the shell stitches positioned at the bottom, and sewing along them.
2. Then position the straps in the form of an x the same distance from the sides. Sew them to the top of the front panel, and top of the back panel. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Fasten threads & weave in ends.
BY GUEST DESIGNER CLAIRE GOODALE FROM E’CLAIRE MAKERY!
Claire Goodale is the owner, designer, and maker behind E’Claire Makery. When she’s not obsessing over yarn and coming up with patterns, you can find her out exploring, baking, watching superhero shows, and enjoying her newly married life with her husband Stephen. As a maker, her goal is to create patterns, tutorials, and share design and business tips to help give crocheters the confidence to create.
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