Sorry if you are expecting a long drawn out post about this latest crochet pattern! I have so many more designs to get written up and on the blog for you guys to enjoy, so this will be a quick one.
In short, this is a fun, quick and easy crop top for summer. I love ruffles and I’ve noticed them all over the place lately so I wanted to design something with fun and flowy ruffles.
I had gone through a trial an error process with this design. Starting out with a 100 % aran cotton yarn. But the end result was just too stiff and I wasn’t happy with the drape.
Second try, I used Lion Brand’s touch of merino which I had had in the stash since winter and I knew it was super soft and silky. Touch of Merino did the trick and I think you’re going to love the end result.
Check out the free pattern below, I think you’ll find it’s pretty simple and quick to work up.
Grab your yarn right here.
You can also get the ad-free PDF printable pattern at my Etsy shop.
or here at love crochet.
Finished Measurements Per panel in sizes xs (s, m, l, xl)
Width per panel – 16 (18, 20, 22, 24) inches/ 40 (45, 51, 56, 61) cm.
Length – 12. 5 (12.5, 13, 13.5, 14) inches/ 32 (32, 33, 34, 35) cm.
- Tapestry needle.
- Size G (4 mm) crochet hook.
- 4 stitch markers
- 2 (2, 3, 3, 4) balls lion brand’s touch of merino yarn in color Swedish Blue. Light- 3 weight. 3.5 oz/100g, 257 yards/235m per ball.
16 hdc x 13 rows = 4 inches (10 cm)
Model is 5’ 3” tall shown wearing size S.
hdc- half-double crochet
sl st(s)- slip stitch(es)
Back and front (worked from top down and identical)
Ch 26 (34, 42, 50, 58)
Row 1: Hdc (does not count as a st) in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. – 24 (32, 40, 48, 56) hdc.
Rows 2-3: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), turn, hdc in each st across. – 24 (32, 40, 48, 56) hdc.
Row 4: (inc) Ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first st, hdc in each st across to last st, 2 hdc in last st. – 26 (34, 42, 50, 58) hdc.
Rows 5-8: (inc) Repeat row 4, increasing by 2 sts per row. 34 (42, 50, 58, 66) hdc.
Row 9: Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across. 34 (42, 50, 58, 66) hdc.
Rows 10-26: Repeat rows 4-9 twice, then repeat rows 4-8 once. 64 (72, 80, 88, 96) hdc.
*place a stitch marker at the beginning and end of last repeat row (row 26) to mark the edges to be seamed.*
Rows 27- 40 (40, 42, 44, 46): Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across. 64 (72, 80, 88, 96) hdc.
*At this point you can adjust the length of your top by working more/less rows even in pattern.*
Join front and back panels at sides
Using the mattress stitch, seam panels at sides, starting from the marked stitches and ending at the bottom bottom edges. *do not remove stitch markers*
Join front and back panels at shoulder (create straps)
*You will now be working into the row ends of the increase rows to create the ruffle. A ch of 22 will be made to create the straps and also to join both panels at the shoulders.*
Join a new strand of yarn with a slip stitch at any of the 4 stitch markers.
Row 1: Ch 2, work 3 hdc stitches into each hdc row end until you reach top corner (starting row) of panel. Do not fasten off. Ch 22 to create shoulder strap, then continue working 3 hdc stithces into each row end of opposite panel until you reach the next marked stitch.
Row 2: Ch 2, turn, *hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st; repeat from * until you reach shoulder strap, sl st into next 22 ch sts, **hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st; repeat from ** across.
Row 3: Ch 2, turn, hdc in each hdc across, sl st in next 22 sl sts, hdc in remaining hdc sts.
Repeat on other side.
Fasten off, weave in ends.