This week’s project is a crop top I made, per request. This was one of those projects you start and aren’t convinced you like it, until you finish it. Then it all comes together and it looks much nicer than you anticipated.
Let’s break this project down:
First off, this is a bespoke pattern. Crochet this to your size, and add as many, or as few flowers as you want. There is a liner on the inside, too. Also, this is not a beginner-friendly project. You’ll need to be comfortable working with a magic circle, and SC/HDC/DC/TC.
You’ll need 3 different sized hooks; 2 regular, 1 Tunisian. I used a 4.25 mm and 2 mm regular hooks, and a 3 mm Tunisian hook. It’s what you will see in the tutorial, too. You can. however, use different-sized hooks.
Which brings us to the yarn. I used a #3 DK yarn for the flowers, and a #1 fingering yarn for the liner. Know, as I mentioned in the tutorial, that this will not be a lightweight, airy summer top. It has some body to it, and a little weight. If you want a lighter top, try using a sport yarn (#2) for the flowers, or just go all out and use fingering yarn or crochet thread for the entire project. If you have questions about your yarn, or hooks, email me. I’m here to help!
So…let’s get to the pattern, yeah?
The ad-free, PDF pattern is available for this crop top. It includes photos, notes, and describes the abbreviated stitches. The tutorial is also available! Check it our on the Mode Bespoke Channel on YouTube!
Yarn: #3 DK yarn (for the flowers)
#1 fingering yarn (for the liner)
Hook: 4.25 mm (for the flowers)
2 mm regular hook (for the liner)
3 mm Tunisian hook
Additional materials: scissors, stitch markers, and a yarn needle.
|Sizing: This is a bespoke garment made to fit you.|
Ch – Chain
SC – Single Crochet
HDC – Half Double Crochet
DC – Double Crochet
TC- Triple Crochet
RP – Return Pass KS – Tunisian Knit Stitch
For this next part of the pattern, you will need your DK yarn, and your 4.25 mm hook.
Flower: Make a magic circle, and CH 4. SC into the center of the circle. CH 4, then SC into the center of the circle. Repeat 3 more times, until you have 5 chain loops around the magic circle.
In the center of the chain loop, next to your hook, crochet: SC, HDC, HDC, DC, DC, TC, DC, DC, HDC, HDC, SC.
Repeat in each of the chain loops to create 5 petals.
To tighten the flower, pull on the center thread of the magic circle. CH 1, then cut your yarn and tie both ends together before weaving them in.
To Add Flowers to the Top: Lay your first flower and your guide on your work table, as seen in the photo on the right. Note where the petals touch. This is where you will need to crochet the flowers together.
Make a third flower, but crochet only 4 of the 5 petals. We’ll be crocheting the flowers together on the 5th petal so that both flowers are joined.
To make the flower: Create your magic circle and make the 5 chain loops (just like you did for the first two flowers). Then crochet 4 petals, leaving the 5th chain loop without any stitches.
In the 5th chain loop, crochet: SC, HDC, HDC, DC, DC, TC. Insert your hook into the bottom, right stitch of the first flower (where you want the flowers to attach), yarn over, and pull through all the loops on your hook. Now complete the rest of the petal: DC, DC, HDC, HDC, SC.
Continue to add flowers to your top, until you have three rows (6-7 flowers crocheted together, as seen in the photo on the left). Remember to use your guide before attaching a new flower, and attach each flower wherever any petals meet.
Once you have 3 rows, create a second 6-7 flower triangle. When you complete both triangles, pin them to your shirt (where you want them to fit when the top is completed). Ideally, the two triangles should touch at the center, and create a piece resembling a bra, but the fit will depend on your bust size.
For an A – C cup: If you try on the triangles and notice that they meet at the cleavage (and the center flowers actually touch), sew the two triangles together and move onto the next part of the pattern .
For a D + cup: If you try on the triangles and notice that your triangles do not meet at the cleavage, add another row to each triangle and measure again. Once the triangles touch at the cleavage (and the center flowers actually touch), sew the two triangles together and move onto the next part of the pattern.
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Once you’ve finished measuring and adjusting the triangles, it’s time to add length to your crop top.
Add additional flowers to your top in rows that span across both triangles. Add as many rows as you need to create the length and width you want for your top.
Sewing in the flower centers (optional): Thread a piece of yarn, in whichever color you want the center of the flower to be, through your yarn needle and tie a knot at the end of one of the threads. Sew a French Knot into the center of each flower.
To Sew a French Knot: Insert the needle through the center of one flower, so that the knot is in the back of the flower. Holding the needle as close to the front, center part of the flower, wrap the yarn around your needle 6 times. Then make a small stitch along the front, center part of the flower (stitch along the front of the flower, do not insert the needle through the flower and into the back). Pull the needle through SLOWLY until you are left with a small loop at the end of the thread . Insert the needle through that loop and pull to tighten the knot.
Repeat in the center of each flower.
For this next part of the pattern, you will need your fingering yarn, the 2 mm hook, the 3 mm Tunisian hook, and a stitch marker. .
Using your 2 mm hook, crochet a chain that measures the width of your top in an even number of stitches.
Switch to your 3 mm Tunisian Hook, to crochet the rest of the liner.
Foundation Row: Beginning on the second chain from your hook, cast on a stitch for every stitch of your chain. Insert your hook into the second stitch from your hook, yarn over, and pull up a loop. Leave this loop on your hook. Repeat with every stitch of the chain so that you end up with one loop on your hook for every stitch you chained.
Complete a RP.
Row 1: Beginning in the second vertical stitch from your hook, KS into every stitch of the row.
Complete a RP.
Repeat Row 1 until you crochet a fabric that matches the rectangular part of your top. Then crochet the triangles.
Triangles: Fold your fabric in half, and place a stitch marker in the top, center stitch. Count your stitches to make sure your stitch marker is in the center-most stitch.
*Row 1: On the second vertical stitch from your hook, insert your hook behind the top loop (leg) of the stitch then immediately KS into the third stitch (as seen in the photo on the left). KS every stitch of the row until you reach the last two vertical stitches before the stitch marker.
In the second-to-last vertical stitch, insert your hook behind the top loop (leg) of the stitch then immediately KS into the last vertical stitch. KS into the stitch with the stitch marker.
Complete a RP.
Repeat Row 1 until the triangle of the liner matches the corresponding triangle on your flower top.
Bind Off: This bind off is worked as a series of SCs along the top of the triangle.
Insert your hook between the front and back loops (legs) of the second vertical stitch from your hook (just like if you were casting on a KS). Yarn over and pull up a loop. Once you have two loops on your hook, yarn over and pull through two loops (just like you would a SC). Repeat with every vertical stitch of the row, including the final end stitch.
Once you complete the bond off, CH 1, cut your yarn, and weave in all of your ends. Repeat from *Row 1 on the other half of the liner to complete two matching triangles.
To Sew: Lay and pin the liner onto your flower top. Using your yarn needle and your fingering yarn, sew along the edges of the liner and through the flowers to join the liner and the top.
Back: CH 6, turn your work around. SC into the second stitch from your hook, and into every stitch of your chain.
CH 1, turn your work around. SC into the first stitch from your hook, and into every stitch of the row.
Repeat until you crochet a length that you can wrap around your chest, just below the bust. Count your rows!
Crochet 3 more ties, so you have 4 total.
Neck: Ch 4, turn your work around. SC into the first stitch from your hook, and into every stitch of your chain. Crochet the same number of rows as your Back ties.
Crochet 1 more tie, so you have 2 total.
Sewing the ties:
Pin a Neck tie on each of the two triangle tips. Then pin two Back ties to each side of the crop top (as seen in the photo on the right).
Using the same yarn you used for the flowers, and your yarn needle, sew the ties securely onto your top.
Weave in any remaining ends on your crop top, and you are finished!