I love this modest crop top made from breathable cotton yarn and constructed from just two panels! It’s a true “summer sweater” that can be worn as a layering piece year-round.
The Inspiration & Design
I wanted to create a simple sweater with a nice flattering shape that would be appropriate to wear throughout the year. Though this top is cropped, it provides a lot of coverage. You can also add rows to make it a little more modest!
The crossed double crochets at the bottom are just a result of me getting carried away with a few stitch books! When I see a stitch I like, I want to incorporate it in a new pattern ASAP – and thus the “crossed” part of this shirt was born. If you don’t know how to do this stitch, I’ve included a video tutorial in the pattern notes to help you out.
I now understand how I Love This Cotton! yarn got its name! I do indeed love this cotton. It has a great sheen, it’s soft, and it doesn’t split easily. The color “Rosy” is the perfect “grown woman pink” too. I Love This Cotton! is sold at Hobby Lobby. I highly recommend it!
My lovely testers for this pattern used their own stash yarn, including an old favorite – Caron Cotton Cakes, and they loved the results. I say go with a soft yet sturdy cotton yarn for this top and you’re in business.
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-I Love This Cotton/Rosy (180 yards per skein, need 360-1080 yds)/ (2,3,3,4,4,4,5,5,6 balls) (Any cotton weight 4 yarn will work)
-Size G hook (4.00 mm) (Make a gauge swatch – you may need to go down a hook size!)
Abbreviations (US terms):
CH – chain
SC – single crochet
DC – double crochet
CRDC – crossed double crochet
SS – slip stitch
Easy – must be familiar with basic stitches.
13 stitches x 7 rows of DC = 4in x 4in (CHECK YOUR GAUGE – I crochet loosely, so you may need to go up a hook size)
Special Stitch: Crossed Double Crochet (CRDC) – Skip next stitch, DC in next stitch, DC in skipped stitch. Watch a video of the Crossed Double Crochet.
CH3 at the beginning of the row does not count as a stitch.
XS: Length 15in, Bust 34in
S: Length 16in, Bust 38in
M: Length 17in, Bust 42in
L: Length 18in, Bust 46in
XL: Length 19in, Bust 50in
2X: Length 20in, Bust 54in
3X: Length 21in. Bust 58in
4X: Length 22in, Bust 62in
5X: Length 23in, Bust 66in
Model is 5’8 with 52in bust.
Designed to have an oversized fit.
If you want a longer top, add more rows of double crochet to the body section on both panels.
Pattern is worked from the top down, in two panels.
Pattern is written in XS, all other numbers reflect sequential sizing. (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
PANEL (make two)
CH 59 (65,72,78,85,91,98,104,111)
Row 1: DC in 3rd chain from hook, DC across. (56)(62,69,75,82,88,95,101,108)
Row 2:Turn, Chain 3. DC across.
Repeat Row 2 until row 17 (18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25) *If you want a longer shirt, make more rows here.*
Rows 1-7: CRDC across.
Fasten off, weave in ends.
Here’s a chance to customize the fit of this top! Place the two panels together. Whipstitch halfway up each side to create arm holes. For a wider neckline, whip stitch the shoulders together by sewing the foundation chains together (measure 3in (XS), 4in (S), 5in (M), 6in (L), 7in (XL), 8in (2XL), 9in (3XL), 10in (4XL), or 11in (5XL) on each side), leaving a space for a neck hole.
Attach yarn at the bottom of the left armhole. SC around the armhole to even out stitches.
Do the same for the right armhole and neckline.
Fasten off, weave in ends.
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