Easy open back crochet top – the twisted chains crochet top pattern

By June 21, 2019August 12th, 20192 Comments

Do you love a quick and easy project? I know you do. Summer is a great time for crochet garments and especially those lovely open-work, light and lacy type tops, tanks, dresses and light sweaters. I might be a little late in the game, but trust my I have lots of summer stuff up my sleeve. So in the interest of getting as many designs out to you before the summer comes to an end; lets just get to it!


When Lion Brand released this Beautiful you yarn, I loved that it was a 2 weight but had the same texture and ply as my beloved ZZ twist! Oh the possibilities, as usual, I loved the color palette so I bought a bunch of colors! This top is my rendition of the amazing color palette. Click here to get your Beautiful you so we can get started!

The Pattern

If you’re looking for an easy beginner friendly design, you’re in the right place. This top consists of the main stitches, double crochet, chain and single crochet. There is no shaping so no increasing or decreasing. Let’s go!

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Finished Measurements Per front/back panel in sizes xs/s (m/l, xl)

Width: 19 (23, 25) inches – 48 (58, 63) cm. 

Length: 25 inches all sizes – 63 cm. 


1 (1, 2) balls each in colors Sugar Swizzle, Arrowwood, Capri and Roobios Tea AND 2 (2, 3) balls in color Aquatic.

  • Size G/4 mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle


18 dc x 9 rows = 4 inches (10 cm.)



  • Model is 5’ 3” tall with a 34 inch bust, shown wearing size XS/S.
  • Top is worked in 6 separate panels. Each stripe that makes up the back panel is worked separately, twisted, then sewn together. Front panel is worked in one piece, changing color. 
  • To change yarn color, work last stitch of old color to last yarn over. Yarn over with new color and draw through all loops on hook to complete stitch. Fasten off old color and proceed with new color.


Sc- single crochet

dc- double crochet

ch- chain

sl st- slip stitch

Pattern Instructions

Back Panel

With color Aquatic Ch 88, 104, 116.

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook (3 skipped chs count as 1st dc) and in next 18 (24, 28) chs, ch 46 (50, 54) skip next 46 (50, 54) chs, dc in next 20 (26, 30) chs – 40 (52, 60) dc and 46 (50, 54) ch sts.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc here and throughout), turn, dc in next 19 (25, 29) dc, ch 46 (50, 54), skip next 46 (50, 54) ch sts, dc in next 20 (26, 30) dc – 40 (52, 60) dc and 46 (50, 54) ch sts.

Rows 3-8: repeat row 2.

Row 9: Ch 3, turn, dc in next 19 (25, 29) dc, ch 46 (50, 54), twist the chain rows by flipping the left side so that Row 1 is now at the top of the left side of the panel while Row 1 remains at the bottom of the right side of the panel as shown below. Working in the opposite end of the beginning ch, dc in next 20 (26, 30) chs. 

Fasten off. 

Repeat all previous steps 5 times (Once in each of the following colors.)

Aquatic, Capri, Rooibos Tea, Arrowwood and Sugar Swizzle.

You will have 6 separate small pieces total.

Front Panel (worked from lower edge upwards)

With color “Capri” Ch 88, 104, 116

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook (3 skipped chs count as 1st dc) and in next 84 (100, 112) chs – 86 (102, 114) dc.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), turn, dc in each st across – 86 (102, 114) dc.

Rows 3-9: Repeat row 2 for pattern.  

At last yarn over of last stitch of row 9, change to “aquatic.”

Rows 10-18: Continue in pattern.

At last yarn over of last stitch of row 18, change to “Arrowwood.”

Rows 19-27: Continue in pattern.

At last yarn over of last stitch of row 27, change to “Sugar Swizzle.”

Rows 28-36: Continue in pattern.

At last yarn over of last stitch of row 36, change to “Rooibos Tea.” 

Rows 37-45: Continue in pattern.

At last yarn over of last stitch of row 45, change to “Aquatic.”

Rows 46-49: Continue in pattern

Left Shoulder

Row 1: Ch 3, turn, dc in next 19 (25, 29) dc, leave remaining  sts unworked for neck and right shoulder – 20 (26, 30) dc. 

Rows 2-4: Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across – 20 (26, 30) dc.  

Fasten off.

Right Shoulder

From right side, skip first 46 (50, 54) unworked dc following last stitch of Row 1 of left shoulder, join new yarn in “aquatic” with a sl st. 

Row 1: Ch 3, dc in next 19 (25, 29) dc – 20 (26, 30) dc.

Rows 2-4: Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across – 20 (26, 30) dc.

Fasten off.

Joining pieces

Note *Make sure Row 9 is at the top of each small piece before you sew together. (See photo below.)

Join together the 6 smaller pieces that make up the back panel using the mattress stitch. You will only sew the sides made up of dc stitches not the middle chain stitches. 


With wrong sides facing up, place Front and Back together, with top edges aligned and sew shoulder seams as shown. 

With wrong side facing, sew side seams using the mattress stitch. Leave 8.5 (9.5, 10.5) inches unsewn below shoulder seams for armholes.  

Leave 2 inches unsewn at bottom edges for both side slits. 

Fasten off. 

Sleeve Edging


-Sleeves are worked in rounds and joined with a sl st to beg ch 1 of each round.

-When working in sc rounds, I recommend placing a stitch marker in the first ch-1 of each round to highlight where to join. Move the stitch marker up with each subsequent round.

-Aim to work approximately 2 sc sts in each dc row end. The exact amount of sc sts worked into the armhole will vary by size. What is crucial is that the sts are evenly spaced and not too crowded around the armhole. 

With right side facing, join “sugar swizzle” with a sl st to underarm. 

Round 1: Ch 1, sc in same stitch, work sc stitches evenly around entire armhole opening, sl st to beg ch-1 to join. 

Rounds 2-4: Ch 1, sc in each stitch around, sl st to beg ch-1 to join. 

Fasten off. Repeat for other side. 

Weave in all ends. You’re done!

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  • Avatar Becky D. says:

    You have so many pretty patterns. I just discovered your site today. I am so thankful!!! I think I finally found some things to make for my daughter in law. Thank you.
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    • liz liz says:

      Thank you! Im thrilled you like the patterns. Im so grateful to Janne from because she has been helping me and other crochet designers to get their patterns out there! Keep an eye out for me as a featured designer again on in September. And I’ll be adding lots of new free patterns to my website. Thank you for your support.