Crochet crop top, a size inclusive free Pattern with detailed instructions and step-wise photos to help you make your own version.
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Doli crochet crop top free pattern

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Meet Doli, a beautiful crochet crop top that is a free pattern. This beautiful piece was designed by the talented Katrina the designer behind Crochetwithfrankiekate as the guest blogger on the blog today.

Crochet crop top, a size inclusive free Pattern with detailed instructions and step-wise photos to help you make your own version.

Crochet crop tops are perfect for warmer days. A beautiful way to enjoy the sun and still dress in your favorite make.

With the sun getting stronger, I always become inspired to combine various bright colors in a design! So I just picked up some of the cotton blend yarn that I had and followed that, a bit vintage, vibe.  Doli Top is a great everyday, lightweight, casual tank top for warm, summer days spent outside. It is a quick-to-make, pretty simple garment with a boatneck. Doli Top is made in several different and mainly basic stitches with minimal shaping. 

Crochet crop top, a size inclusive free Pattern with detailed instructions and step-wise photos to help you make your own version.

Skill Level: Intermediate

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Measurements for this crop top

Doli crochet crop Top

The doli crochet crop top is a free pattern, scroll down for the detailed instructions to help you make your own version. For a print-friendly version and as a support for the designer, get the ad-free copy on Ravelry, or Etsy.

Gauge: The gauge for the Lower Body (in hdc worked in 3rd loop) and for the Upper Body (in double crochet) is given separately. The reason for that is that hdc worked in 3rd loop has a lot of stretch in it and it has a lot to do with the tension. So, in order for you not to struggle to maintain the tension, I recommend following the sizes given in the table for the Lower Body.

Also, you may want to adjust the hook size for the Upper Body.

Lower Body:22 hdc worked in 3rd loop and 15 rows = 10 cm / 4 in square

Upper Body: 16 dc and 10 rows = 10 cm / 4 in square

Materials needed for this crochet crop top:

Yarn Weight: #3 light worsted / DK weight yarn / 14 WPI, 2 or 3 different colors.

I used Alize Cotton Gold, Cotton (55%), Acrylic (45%), 100 g / 3.53 oz; 330m / 361 yds per skein. I find the cotton/acrylic blends are excellent for light garments and they are pleasant to wear.

You will need approximately 800 – 1600 m / 875 – 1750 yds

Here’s the color scheme I used, but this pattern leaves so much room for your creativity when it comes to color combinations.

Suggested alternatives when making the Doli crochet crop top includes;

Cascade Yarns

SarasotaRico Design

Creative Sport DK

Sirdar, Snuggly Replay DK,

Lion Brand, Cotton Fetti  Blend,

Premier Yarns,

Cotton Fair, Yarnart, Jeans

Sample1:

MC – Turquoise 287

C1 – Petrol 17

C2 – Red 56

Sample 2 

Crochet crop Top Pattern

MC – Lime Yellow 668

C3 – Gray Batik 2905

Hook: 4 mm (US G/6) or hook needed to obtain the gauge.

You will also need some stitch markers, scissors, a tapestry needle, measuring tape, and a blocking mat (optional, but highly recommended).

Abbreviations, stitch knowledge:

The pattern is written using standard US crochet terminology.

ch – chain

sl st – slip stitch

sc – single crochet

sc FLO – single crochet front loop only

SP sc – spike single crochet

hdc in 3rd loop- half double crochet worked in 3rd loop only

Hhdc – herringbone half double crochet

dc – double crochet

dc2tog- double crochet 2 stitches together

st(s) – stitch(es)

yo – yarn over

RS – right side

C1 – contrasting color 1 (for the 1st sample only)

C2 – contrasting color 2 (for the 1st sample only)

C3 – contrasting color 3 (for the 2nd sample only)

WS – wrong side

MC – main color (for both samples)

 ( ) – additional explanation

[ ] – work as many times as directed

SIzes included in this crop top pattern

XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)

Special Stitches

Sc FLO – insert hook under the front loop only of indicated stitch (the loop closest to you, not under both loops), and pull up a loop, yo and pull through both loops on hook.

Hdc in 3rd loop – yarn over and insert hook under the 3rd loop (it is the very first loop in front of you, often referred to as a horizontal bar) of the hdc you are working into, yarn over, and finish the stitch as you usually would, pulling through all 3 loops on hook.

Hhdc – yo, insert hook into next stitch and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), pull the first loop through the second (like when you make a slip stitch), yo and pull through two remaining loops on hook.

Dc2tog – (decrease stitch) work 2 dc as one stitch as follows: yo, insert hook in st, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops. Yo, insert hook in next st, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, pull through all 3 loops.

SP sc – single crochet worked in the stitch from the previous row(s): insert hook in indicated stitch two rows below, pull up a loop to height of working row, yo, pull through both loops on hook.

Crochet crop top steps

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Pattern instruction for the Doli crop top

Notes:

·        If the top is made in 3 colors, the Lower Body is worked with the main color (MC) and the second color (C1). The third color is used only in rounds 6 and 8 and the armhole borders. The instructions for the third color are given in parenthesis as (C2).

·        If the top is made in 2 colors, the Lower Body is worked with the main color (MC) and the second color is used only in the Upper Body and the borders (C3).

·        Lower Body of the top is worked flat in rows, then joined to form a tube-like shape. 

Summer crochet crop top pattern
  • The upper body is worked first in rounds on top of the Lower Body (insides of hdc rows), and then in rows, in two separate panels (front and back), joined at the shoulders.
  • Skip 4 (4, 4, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6) sts between the front and back panels on each side.
  • Ch1 at the beginning of row/round does not count as a stitch.
  • Ch3 at the beginning of row / round counts as dc.
  • Turn your work at the end of each row/round.
  • The border is worked at the end, around the armhole openings, neckline, and bottom.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CROCHET CROP TOP FREE PATTERN

Lower Body (Single Color)

WITH MC

Ch 61 (61, 61, 61, 69, 69, 69, 69, 69)

Row 1: hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in each ch across, turn – 60 (60, 60, 60, 68, 68, 68, 68, 68) sts

Row 2 – 112 (124, 140, 158, 174, 190, 206, 220, 236): ch1, hdc in 3rd loop in each st across, turn – 60 (60, 60, 60, 68, 68, 68, 68, 68) sts

Lower Body (2 colors) Color Scheme 

Color scheme for the doli crop top

WITH C1

Rows 1 – 23 (26, 30, 34, 39, 42, 46, 50, 54)

WITH MC

Rows 24 (27, 31, 35, 40, 43, 47, 51, 55) – 56 (62, 70, 79, 87, 95, 103, 110, 118)

WITH C1

Rows 57 (63, 71, 80, 88, 96, 104, 111, 119) – 79 (88, 100, 113, 126, 137, 149, 160, 172

WITH MC

Rows 80 (89, 101, 114, 127, 138, 150, 161, 173) – 112 (124, 140, 158, 174, 190, 206, 220, 236

At the end of your last hdc in the 3rd loop row, turn and (matching the stitches from two rows) sl st to join to the first hdc row made. Turn with the seam on the inside of the work (this becomes the wrong side of the top).

Do not fasten off. Turn on the right side. Proceed to Upper Body.

Since you are here, check out Iris crochet summer top, a free pattern here on the blog

Upper Body

Worked in rounds and rows

WITH MC

Rnd1:  Ch1, work sc evenly spaced across the side rows of the Lower Body, sl st to join in 1st sc made, turn – 112 (128, 144, 160, 176, 192, 208, 224, 240) sts

Rnd 2: ch1, sc FLO in same st and in each st around, sl st to join in 1st sc made, turn – 112 (128, 144, 160, 176, 192, 208, 224, 240) sts

Rnd 3-5: ch1, sc in same st and in each st around, sl st to join in 1st sc made, turn – 112 (128, 144, 160, 176, 192, 208, 224, 240) sts

WITH C2 (3)

Rnd 6: ch1, [sc, SP sc] around, sl st to join in 1st sc made, turn – 112 (128, 144, 160, 176, 192, 208, 224, 240) sts

WITH MC

Rnd 7: ch1, sc in same st and in each st around, sl st to join in 1st sc made, turn – 112 (128, 144, 160, 176, 192, 208, 224, 240) sts

WITH C2 (3)

Rnd 8: ch1, sc in same st and in each st around, sl st to join in 1st sc made, turn – 112 (128, 144, 160, 176, 192, 208, 224, 240) sts

WITH MC

Rnd 9-12: ch1, Hhdc in same st and in each st around, sl st to join in 1st Hhdc made, turn – 112 (128, 144, 160, 176, 192, 208, 224, 240) sts

WITH C1

Rnd 13: ch1, sc in same st and in each st around, sl st to join in 1st sc made, turn – 112 (128, 144, 160, 176, 192, 208, 224, 240) sts

WITH MC

Rnd 14: ch3, dc in each st around, sl st to join in top of ch3, turn – 112 (128, 144, 160, 176, 192, 208, 224, 240) sts

At the end of Rnd 14 do not fasten off. Start working in rows for the Front Panel.

Note: If you are making the Lower Body in two colors, mark 4, (4, 4, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6) middle sts above the C2 section on both sides of the piece. They will remain unworked for the armhole opening.

Crochet crop top pattern

Join yarn before 1st marked st and work your panel.

FRONT PANEL OF THE DOLI CROCHET CROP TOP PATTERN

WITH MC

Row 1 (RS):  Ch3, dc2tog, dc in next 46 (54, 62, 68, 76, 84, 92, 100, 108) sts, dc2tog, dc in next st, turn – 50 (58, 66, 72, 80, 88, 96, 104, 112) sts

Row 2 (WS): ch3, dc2tog, dc in next 44 (52, 60, 66, 74, 82, 90, 98, 106) sts, dc2tog over next 2 sts, dc in top of ch3, turn – 48 (56, 64, 70, 78, 86, 94, 102, 110) sts

Row 3: ch3, dc2tog twice, dc in next 38 (46, 54, 60, 68, 76, 84, 92, 100)  sts, dc2tog twice, dc in top of ch3, turn – 44 (52, 60, 66, 74, 82, 90, 98, 106 sts

Row 4: ch3, dc2tog twice, dc in next 34 (42, 50, 56, 64, 72, 80, 88, 96) sts, dc2tog twice, dc in top of ch3, turn – 40 (48, 56, 62, 70, 78, 86, 94, 102) sts

Row 5: ch3, dc2tog twice, dc in next 30 (38, 46, 52, 60, 68, 76, 84, 92) sts, dc2tog twice, dc in top of ch3, turn – 36 (44, 52, 58, 66, 74, 82, 90, 98) sts

Row 6: ch3, dc2tog, dc in next 30 (38, 46, 52, 60, 68, 76, 84, 92) sts, dc2tog, dc in top of ch3, turn – 34 (42, 50, 56, 64, 72, 80, 88, 96) sts

Rows 7- 18 (18, 19, 20, 21, 21, 22, 23, 24): ch3, dc in each st across – 34 (42, 50, 56, 64, 72, 80, 88, 96) sts

Note: in the second sample, C3 is used starting from Row 8.

Fasten off.

BACK PANEL

Skip 4 (4, 4, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6) sts of the Rnd 14 (for the armhole) from the Front Panel and join yarn at the next available st for the back.

WITH MC (C3)

Repeat Rows 1 – 18 (18, 19, 20, 21, 21, 22, 23, 24) of the Front Panel for the back.

Do not fasten off.

Shoulder Seam

Continuing on Back Panel:

Row 19 (19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26): ch3, dc in next 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5) sts. Fasten off.

Join yarn at the 4th (4th, 4th, 5th, 5th, 6th, 6th, 6th, 6th) st at the opposite end of the same row. Ch3 and work dc in the last 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5) sts. Do not fasten off. 

Turn the piece to the wrong side (front and back panel facing each other), align the stitches, and sl st in the first 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6) sts to join. Fasten off.

Repeat on the other side for the last 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6) sts. Fasten off.

EDGING

Armholes – the number of sc around the armholes depends on your tension. If the border starts to “curl” a bit, decrease the number of sts. I suggest placing 3 sc per 2 dc.

WITH MC and right side facing, join yarn at the bottom of the armhole.

Rnd1: ch1, sc evenly around, sl st to join in first sc made.

Rnd 2: ch1, sc in each st around, sl st to join in 1st sc made.

WITH C1 (C3)

Rnd 3: [sc in next st, SP sc in next st] around, sl st to 1st sc made.

WITH MC

Rnd 4: ch1, sc in each st around, sl st to join in 1st sc made.

WITH C2 (C3)

Rnd 5: ch1, sc in each st around, sl st to join in 1st sc made.

Fasten off. Repeat for the other armhole.

Bottom Border

WITH C2 (C3) and RS facing join yarn at the bottom.

Rnd1-2: ch1, sc evenly around, sl st to join in first sc made – 112 (128, 144, 160, 176, 192, 208, 224, 240) sts

Fasten off.

Neckline Border

WITH C2 (C3) and RS facing join yarn at the neckline opening and ch1. Sc evenly around, sl st to join in first sc made.

Fasten off.

FINISHING FOR THE DOLI CROP TOP PATTERN

Weave in all the ends and block the top.

The blocking is always optional, but for me, that’s like the cherry on top. It makes your piece look more professional and beautiful. I’d love to see your colorful makes and combinations. Have fun and enjoy crocheting the Doli crochet crop Top.

Meet the Designer

Hello, I’m Katarina, a designer, and maker behind Frankie Kate. I’m a mom of two boys and a wife. I’m a self-thought crocheter who fell in love with everything crochet-related from the day I picked up the hook. I adore crochet texture, post, and cluster stitches and use them a lot. I started designing about a year and a half ago and hope I’ll never stop. You can find me on my blog (I’m still learning how to do that ), Ravelry, Etsy, and, if I finally manage to add my patterns there, on Lovecrafts too. And, of course, Instagram and Facebook.

Come say Hi and see what my designing process looks like.

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