This Breezy Summer Crochet Halter Top would be perfect for hanging out on those hot sunny days. This top is super cute and doesn’t take too long to make. You could make it all in one color, or use multiple colors like I did! Make one for yourself, your friends, and maybe a few more to sell! This is more of an intermediate pattern, but don’t let that intimidate you from trying it if you are just a beginner! Let me know what color combinations you guys end up trying 🙂
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Materials You Will Need
Yarn: I used for the Bernat Maker Home Dec in Aqua, Woodberry, and Clay. Any weight 4 or 5 yarn should work for this project though. If you plan on using this top in water, as a swim top for example, you will want to use a cotton based yarn. Acrylic yarn does not dry as nicely or as easily as the cotton yarn would. How much yarn you will use will depends on how long you make the the halter top and straps. One Skein each (315 yards) should be more than enough for multiple tops in this size.
Crochet Hook: I used a 6mm Hook (also referred to as size J or 10). You could use a 6.5mm hook for a looser stitch, or a 5mm or 5.5mm for a tighter stitch as well.
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!
I have some other great summer patterns like this one you may want to check out like my Festival Tassel Crop Top or my Simply Cute Bikini top (Pictured below).
Stitches Used in This Pattern
I will be using abbreviations 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.
Chain 1 Space (ch1sp) – The space in the row before where a “bridge” was created by one or more chains.
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.
Double Crochet (DC) – YO and insert hook into next chain/stitch and YO and pull back through the Chain/Stitch. YO and pull through 2 loops, YO and pull through last two loops on hook.
Cups for Halter Top
Start with the color yarn you plan to use for the cups of the tops. You will work in a U pattern working from one end of the U and around to the other then back.
This top would be about a size medium (B/C cup). Pattern can be increased/decreased in size by increasing/decreasing the number of rows in the cups, increasing/decreasing hook size, or number of chains to begin the cup.
Round 1: DC in the second CH from hook. DC in the next 9 CH’s. In the last CH, DC2, Ch 2, DC 2. Continue to DC in each CH along the back of the chain.
Round 2: CH 2 and turn (This counts as first DC of row). DC in each ST from the previous row until you reach the ch1sp. In the ch1sp DC 2, CH1, DC 2. Continue to DC in each ST for the rest of the row.
*Repeat Round 2 until your cup is the desired size. I did 6 rows total for my top.
Now SC across the bottom of the cup as evenly as possible.
Repeat the exact same thing for the second cup making sure that the same number of SC’s are made along the bottom of the cup.
Joining Halter Top Cups
On one cup (Cup A) count 3 stitches from the last ch1sp made and tie on. SC in the space, CH 1, Join with a slip stitch in the 3rd ST from the ch1sp on the other cup (Cup B). Now SS into the ST above (2 stitches from the ch1sp on Cup B), CH 1, SS to the 2nd ST from the ch1sp on Cup A. Repeat the SS, CH1, SS to other cup until you have attached the cups together at the 3rd stitch on the other side of the ch1sp.
Below is a roughly made chart to help show visually how you will connect the tops.
Top Section of Halter Top
I switched to Clay colored yarn at this point. Tie on to the top right corner.
Row 1: CH 3, skip one ST and DC in the next, CH 1. Skip a ST and DC 1 then CH 1, skip every other stitch until you get two stitches from where you joined the cups. DC in those two stitches skip over the stitches you used to connect the tops and do two DC’s in the next 2 stitches on the cup.DC in every other stitch across ending with one DC in the last ST. (If your last DC lands 1 short just skip two stitches at the end (hint: Should be 8 chain space gaps on either side if you did your cups exactly like mine. Look at picture above for further clarification.)
Row 2: Ch 3 and turn. Skip one ST and DC in the next. CH 1. DC 1 and CH 1 in every other stitch stopping one ST before the middle (after 8 chain gaps are made). Skip over the middle two stitches and DC in the next. DC1, CH 1 in every other ST until you reach the end.
Row 3: Repeat row 2 (this row you will make 7 chain gaps on each side)
Row 4: I switched to my Aqua yarn at this point. Ch 1 and turn. SC in the top of the DC from previous row, SC in ch1sp, *SC in next ST then SC in ch1sp* repeat across row.
Row 5 – 6: I switched back to the color clay at this point. Repeat row 2.
Row 7: Repeat row 4. Tie off.
Bottom Section of Halter Top
Tie onto bottom corner of either cup and repeats rows 1 and 2 on the top of the halter top.
Once you’ve completed the second row on the bottom of the top, turn and SC as evenly as possible along the entire side of the top. When you reach the corners SC up to the corner, CH 1, then continue to SC along the next side. I chose not to do this border along the bottom of the top but you can do it with or without the bottom SC’s.
I changed to my Aqua colored yarn at this point.
Tie onto the side bottom of the top.
Side Row 1: SC in the next 21 ST
Side Row 2: Turn and skip the first ST. SC across.
Side Row 3-22: Repeat row 2 until there is only one SC in the row
Tie Side of Strap: CH 55 and then SS back down until you reach where you began chaining.
Repeat on the other side.
Tie on right above where your side trap ends. SC along the side until you reach the top corner of the halter. Then Ch 55. Tie off.
Repeat on other side.
Weave in all ends.
Thats it! you’ve completed your top!
If you have ANY QUESTIONS please please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you ASAP! Also if you would be willing I would love for you to share your finished projects (and you wearing them out doing fun summer things!) on my blog’s Facebook Page! Thank you so much! If you have any suggestions for future projects or tutorials please comment below!
XOXO Taylor Lynn
Hello! What size hook and yarn did you use??
Im so sorry! I didn’t read the intro i see you explained all of that 🙂
I put a “Materials Used” section in all my posts that has all the hooks and yarns I used as well as links to them 🙂
I saw that after i hit send! Thanks ?One more question…
Round 1: DC in the second CH from hook. DC in the next 9 CH’s. In the last CH, DC2, Ch 2, DC 2 (what stitch do i put my dc2 into?). Continue to DC in each CH along the back of the chain.
you will do two DC, ch2, and another 2 DC all in the last chain in the row. Then instead of turning your work you will continue to work along the back side of the chain that you just worked into. so basically you will work in a U pattern around the Chain
I’m much smaller than a B/C cup, but I’m not sure how to decrease the patter, could you maybe give a rough idea on how to work it out
Maybe try starting with 11 chains and making 5 rows instead of six for the cups and then hold them against yourself and check coverage.
I’ve done everything but I can’t find the part that goes around your neck? I can’t find it :(((((((
“Tie on right above where your side trap ends. SC along the side until you reach the top corner of the halter. Then Ch 55. Tie off.
Weave in all ends.” It was the very last 2 lines of the pattern, I hope that helps!
I had the same problem, and can’t find any photos to show the neck part. You’re just chaining 55 on one side and tying off? Is it supposed to tie to another side, or be a solid strap from corner to corner that just goes around your neck?
you want to tie on where the waist strap band is attached to the side of the top. SC up the side of the top and then when you reach the top of the netting like section, ch 55 and tie off. Tie onto the other side and repeats
I added a picture in there and I hope that helps clarify it!
I am having a hard time figuring out connecting my two cups.
“On one cup (Cup A) count 3 stitches from the last ch1sp made and tie on. SC in the space, CH 1, Join with a slip stitch in the 3rd ST from the ch1sp on the other cup (Cup B).”
Am I supposed to ch1 after tying on or just sc into the ch1sp? I keep ending up with only 3 or 5 stitches to connect the two pieces and can’t seem to figure it out. Much appreciated!
You should be tying on to the third stitch from the ch1sp, and making a SC in that same ST. Then CH 1, then SS to the 3rd stitch from the CH1sp on the other cup. Does that help clarify?
I love the way this halter looks, but the pattern could use some (more?) testing. I’ve been crocheting for nearly 10 years and found the instructions a bit clumsy and unclear.
Hello and thank you for your feedback. This is one of my first few patterns I made while I was still navigating this new hobby. Hopefully one day soon I will have some time to re-vamp some of these older patterns to make it easier to follow for you all. I leave these patterns up because while they may be a little harder to follow than other patterns, it is free for anyone who wants to try it out.
I don’t understand row 3 where it says you will make 7 chain gaps
The DC, CH 1, SK 1, DC will create 7 chain gaps (or chain spaces) on either side of the top. Meaning there will be 15 holes or chain spaces made once that row is complete. 7 on either side and one center space. I hope that helps.
I’m larger than a medium (I’m a DD) and am wondering how to enlarge it to fit me. Thank you
I would try starting with 15 beginning chains and increasing the number of rounds until you feel there is enough coverage, I hope that helps!
Thank you hon
Thank you for the free pattern! I had a great time working with this yarn and the pattern is beautiful. Out of everything I’ve crocheted so far (I started less than a year ago), this project looks the most like the pattern photo. I will post photos when I wear it out to the Atlanta festivals this summer.
I am so happy to heat that! I cannot wait to see your photos! I am saving up a lot of my tops for some summer festivals I have planned as well! <3
i’m having a really hard time tying on to connect the cups for some reason. how do you do this?
If you’re struggling with the current way I connected the tops, you. An look at kt beginner bando pattern and copy how those cups are connected. It’s muxh simpler!
I am confused. On row 1 it says 2 dc, 2 ch, 2 dc but in row 2 it says make same stitch in ch1 space . And the stitch then says only ch1. In row 1 should it be just a chain 1 not chain 2 thanks so much
You can do either honestly! It will work out both ways
Is there just one tie for the neck? Not one for each side? I’m confused about that part. Thanks so much.
There should be a strap attached to the top of each cup for the neck, and to the side of each cup to tie around the back. I hope that helps.