Boho Crochet Top Pattern
This boho crochet top pattern was inspired by all these super adorable tasseled vest patterns I have been seeing all over my Pinterest and Instagram. It made me think of how cute a halter top would be with a similar tasseled bottom. I sat in my bed with supernatural on netflix in the background and began to crochet away working on this pattern. My first attempt was almost exactly what I wanted, but I made a few tweaks to the pattern to help you all reach complete perfection on your first attempt with this top.
Paired with some cute jean shorts and some boots and you’ll be festival ready my friends. Making this top made me want to make a bunch of dream-catchers and dangle them everywhere in my room. It is so super cute. Let’s just buy a camper van, drive out into the middle of no where and crochet on a blanket in a field or by a river. Sounds dreamy doesn’t it? Try out the pattern and let me know what it inspires you to do!
Sales Tip: I wore a few tops I made myself to the festival and passed out cards with my business email on it to people when they asked about them. Never miss an opportunity to market your crochet items ladies! I used Canva.com to make up a quick business card and got business card cardstock offline. Super easy, cute, and affordable… just like this top I made 😉 Whenever you wear one of your items to the beach, a party, anywhere really, just throw a few cards in your back pocket and hand them out when people ask about your top! You’ll be surprised by how many cards you hand out that can lead to potential sales!
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Materials You Will Need
Yarn: I used two different types of mercerized cotton yarn for this boho crochet top. I used a green ICE brand yarn which amazon seems to have stop carrying ICE’s mercerized cotton yarn for some reason, but I will link a substitute yarn in a very similar color below. The second brand I used was lion brands 24/7 mercerized cotton in a cream color. If you plan on wearing this top in the water you will want to use a cotton based yarn. Acrylic yarn does not dry as nicely or as easily as the cotton yarn would.
Lion Brand Yarn mercerized cotton 24-7 Cotton Yarn, Ecru (cream color used for trim)
Lion Brand Yarn mercerized cotton 24-7 Cotton Yarn, Jade (substitute for the green ICE yarn I used).
Crochet Hook: I used a 3.25mm Clover Brand Hook. If you use a lighter weighted yarn you’ll want to use the hook size suggested for that yarn.
Tapestry Needle: This is a yarn needle to weave in your ends.
Scissors: to cut your yarn. The scissors below are the ones I use and keep in my crafting bag. They are super sharp and compact enough to carry with me and my projects!
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Stitches Used in This Pattern
I will be using abbreviations (beginners check out my printable abbreviation cheat sheet) in this written pattern so here is a list of the names/abbreviations and brief directions for each:
Stitch (ST) – Next chain or stitch you are going to work into
Yarn Over (YO) – wrapping yarn around hook
Chain (CH) – After having an slip knot on your hook, YO and pull through your slip knot. That is a chain 1. YO again and pull through loop on hook. That is your chain 2, and so forth.
Slip Stitch (SS) – Insert hook into next chain/stitch and yarn over. Pull through chain/stitch and continue to pull through the loop on your hook.
Single Crochet (SC) – Insert hook into next chain/stitch and YO then pull through the chain/stitch. YO and pull through both loops on hook.
Half Double Crochet (HDC) –
Picot (p) – Perform a single crochet, chain 3, and then slip stitch back into the front of the first single crochet.
If you love this boho crochet top you also may be interested in checking out my Peek-a-boo halter Top Pattern pictured below.
Boho Crochet Top Pattern
This boho crochet top is made in a size medium. the other sizes will be written as follow M (S,L) for example Ch 4 (2,6). For a medium it would be ch4, ch2 for a small, and ch6 for a large.
CH 13 (12,16)
Round 1: HDC in the third CH from hook. HDC 1 in each Ch. In the last chain you will want to do two HDC in the same stitch. Ch1 and again do 2 more HDC’s in the same ST. Now on the back side of the CH you will do 1 SC in each ST down the row. Refer to chart below for further clarity.
Start at black dot. Chain 14 and turn. HDC in 3rd CH from hook. HDC in every CH and HDC 2 in the 14th CH. CH 1, HDC 2 more in that same CH. Continue to HDC down the back side of the CH.
Round 2: CH 2 (does not count as first HDC) and turn. HDC in each HDC from the previous round until you get to the CH1 space in previous round. In that CH1 space, HDC, CH1, HDC and then do 1 HDC in each of the next HDC from previous row.
Round 3-11 (11,13): Continue round 2 until you reach your desired width and height for your cup keeping in mind that for the border you will be adding one more additional row of SC’s around the entire cup. For this step just hold the cup against yourself and stop adding rows when you feel there is sufficient coverage. The number of rounds listed are just a rough suggestion for sizing.
Bottom of cup: CH1 at the end of your last round and turn so you are working across the bottom of the cup. SC as evenly as possible along the bottom of the cup. *HINT: SC one for each row of SC’s*
Repeat: Tie off and repeat exactly for the second cup making sure that you end up with the same number of SC along the bottom of both cups (I ended up with 36 SC on each cup).
Piecing It Together
Connecting the cups
lay the cups on top on eachother, right sides together. Starting at the bottom corner connect the two tops together with a SC by sticking the hook through the bottom corner stitch of both cups, pulling up a loop, YO and pull through all loops on hook. and continue up the side of the cup for 6 SC’s to connect the cups.Tie off.
Tie onto the outer corner of one cup. Now make a row of SC along the bottom of your cup, cut yarn and tie off.
Making the back strap
I used a chainless HDC foundation chain (Option 1) for this step (check out this super quick YouTube tutorial to learn how, beginners don’t be afraid to try this! It is just another crochet stitch to add to your arsenal), but if you work up a chain and SC back down (Option 2), it will have the same effect. I just think the chainless foundation is a neater option and a bit quicker for me. 🙂
I changed yarn color to cream at this point for the trim.
Make 85 Chainless HDC foundation stitches and connect to corner of one cup.
HDC in each stitch across and once you reach the other end of the boho crochet top, again make 85 chainless HDC foundation stitches. Tie off and weave in ends.
Tie onto corner of top. CH 85 and SC back down in each chain.
HDC across the bottom of the boho crochet top. When you reach the opposite corner again CH 85 and SC back down the chain. SS and tie off when you reach the first CH.
Adding Lace Detail to Boho Crochet Top
You will want to use a stitch marker on the middle of the top. Count over 3 from the middle on both sides and mark those stitches. Now you can count out by seven’s until you are one unit of seven past the corner of the cup and mark that stitch. Do the same number of 7 units on the other side and mark it. This is where your lace bottom will start and stop. Feel free to increase or decrease the length that the lace will go around your top by adding or subtracting 7 stitches for each increase or decrease of length.
Lace Row 1: Tie on where you put your outside marker and make a SC. *CH 6, Skip 6 St(s) and SC in the 7th.* repeat this until you reach the middle of your top. Still make 6 chains but only skip as many stitches as you need to make sure the middle lace is centered. Then repeat the steps between the * * until your stitch marker on the other end. CH1 and turn.
Lace Row 2: SS into the CH6sp (chain 6 space) from the row before. CH 3. Do 3 DC in the CH6sp, CH 2, and Do 4DC in the same CH6sp. Now in the next CH6sp do 4DC, CH2, 4DC. Continue that in every CH6sp across the row. CH 3 and tur.
Lace Row 3: You are essentially making three loops of chains in the top peak of the ch2sp(s) from the previous row. SC in the ch2sp from the previous row. CH 12 and SC in the ch2sp again, CH 14 and SC back into the same ch2sp, then again CH 12 and SC in the same ch2sp. CH 3and SC in between the two clusters of DC in the previous row (see picture below). *CH 3 again and SC in the next ch2sp from the previous row, CH 12 and SC back to CH2sp, CH 14 and SC back to Ch2sp, CH 12 and SC back to CH2sp, CH 3and SC in between the two clusters of DC in the previous row* repeat between the * * across the row. When you reach the end of the row CH 6 and turn.
Lace Row 4: Complete *3 SC in the CH12sp you made in the previous row. In the CH14sp do 4DC, CH2, 4DC. In the next CH12sp again do 3SC. * repeat that starting with 3sc in the next CH12sp in the row and continue until you reach the end of the row. The picture below is what your trim should look like after completing this step.
Trim and Neck straps
You will tie onto the corner of the cup where the picture below points to. You will do a series of sc’s and picots. As cup sizes will vary, so will the number of picots. You could do every other as a picot, or do 3-4 SC’s between picots. I will describe what I did.
Once you’ve tied on, SC in the next 4 stitches along the side of the cup, then make a picot(p). *SC in the next 4 stitches, make a picot(p).* Repeat between the * until you reach the top of the cup.It may not be exactly four stitches for a picot left depending on the number of chains you started with and the amount of rounds you made. That is fine, we will just match it to the other side when we get there.
Neck Strap: Once you reach the top of the cup CH80. Then SS all the way down the CH until you reach the first CH again.
Inside Cup Border: SS to the top stitch. Now you will want to see how many SC stitches you did on the outer side until you reach your top picot and do the same amount so the picots are at the same heights on either side of the cup.
For example if from the top of your cup you only have 3 SC then your Picot, on this side you will SC 3, p, then continue with the SC 4, p, SC 4, p until you reach the middle of the cups
When you reach the middle of the cups you can either just SC in the top stitch connecting the two cups, or you could center a picot there like I did. Again you will want to make sure the picots match with the other cup so match your bottom picot up and follow the sc4, p repeatedly. Repeat the directions for the inside cup and outside cup border and making your strap at the top of the second cup.
>>> If this seems too complicated and you would like a video representation of what I am talking about, check out my Simply Cute Bikini Top video tutorial and fast forward to the part where I add the border (around 9:25 minute marker). It is almost identical to this border I added on this top because lets be honest, I love the picot border style, but who doesn’t right??<<<
Tassel Here, Tassel There…
Every good boho crochet top needs tassels! I did my tassels at the peak of every lace unit meaning I had 13 tassels. You could add more tassels in between the peaks as well if you wanted.
I cut 39 stands of the trim colored yarn about 18 inches, and 13 strands of the green yarn the same length. I used three strands of the trim color and one green for each tassel. Fold strand in half and pull partially through the peak where you are tying it on. Then pull the tail ends through itself. Check out the picture below for clarification.
Never in my life have I had such strong urge to quit my job and become a traveling gypsy as I did when I put on this boho crochet top and looked in the mirror. It turned out even better then I could have imagined! I now will have to search the internet for a festival in August that I can go to just to wear this top! I hope you all are just as happy with your finished projects as I am. If you have ANY QUESTIONS about this crochet top pattern, or about anything at all honestly, please please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you ASAP!
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