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Free Step by Step Festival Crop Top Pattern
Hey guys, the weathers warming up which means Festival Season, aka Festival Crop Top season, is right around the corner! I just finished up these crop tops this weekend! After showing them off on Facebook I had several people offer to PAY me for them! Unfortunately I don’t have enough time to make as many as were requested, BUT I knew I could help people learn to make their own. That is why I am sharing this tutorial/pattern with you! You only need to know a few basic crochet stitches, have some yarn, a hook, a tapestry needle, and some free time. So lets hop to it shall we!
Want something with a little more patriotic, or maybe something to wear in the water? Check out my American Flag Halter Top which would be perfect for day two of any summer festival 😉 Also check out Simply Cute Bikini Top Tutorial (Both pictured below).
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Materials You Will Need
Yarn: I used Caron Simply Soft for both tops pictured above. You can purchase this super soft yarn here which I absolutely LOVE! If you want to use acrylic yarn, I highly suggest this brand. You can read my Best Acrylic Yarn post to find out more about Caron Simply Soft and why I love it. Regardless, any weight 4 yarn should work for this project. If you plan on using this top in water, as a swim top for example, you will want to use 100% cotton yarn. Acrylic yarn does not dry as nicely or as easily as the cotton yarn would. My skein of Caron Simply Soft was 315yds and I only used about half of that. How much yarn you will use will depends on how long you make the tassels, straps, and the size of the cups. One Skein should be more than enough for any size top though.
Caron Simply Soft yarn modeled by Bella.Crochet Hook: I used a 4.5mm Hook (also referred to as size G or 7). You could use a 5mm hook for a looser stitch, or a 3.75mm for a tighter stitch as well.
Tapestry Needle: This is a yarn needle to weave in your ends.
Scissors: to cut your yarn.
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.
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) – YO and insert hook into next chain/stitch and YO and pull back through chain/stitch. YO again and pull through all three loops on stitch.
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.
That’s it! With those five simple stitches you can make your own festival crop top to rock at any summer festival or concert!
Festival Crop Top Pattern
So here it is! If you have any questions or need further clarification on anything with this pattern please leave me a comment and I will get back to you as soon as possible!
To help you with your own sizing, I am roughly a 36B or a 34C if you are looking for size comparison for your own top. I often decide on size by holding it up to myself and checking coverage. Remember that there will be a trim around the cup that will over a little more coverage on the edges. If you used a larger hook size you may be able to get away with doing one less row, and if you used a smaller hook size, you may need to add 1 to 2 more rows.
YAY! Now you’ve finished one cup and you are that much closer to your own festival crop top! You are now going to repeat the exact same steps to make a second cup the same size! Don’t cut the yarn at the end of the second cup, but if you did that is totally fine, just tie back on the bottom corner of the cup. I would say we are about half way done after the second cup, good work! Now would be a good time to take a small break and stretch your hands for a few minutes before starting again.
Connecting the Tops and Making Ties
I chose to do a little embellishment on the end of my strings. Here is a link to a video showing how I did it. Embellishment Video (sorry about the poor quality! I’ll work on it and hopefully update it to a clearer one in the near future). Also if you wanted to add beads (which would be super cute BTW!), before you turn and SS down your chains, you could add them at this point to be on the end of your ties.
Onto the Trim!
I decided for this blue top to skip this extra trimming step because I liked the way it looked without it. The pink top in the cover photo (I posted a comparison photo at the end of the post as well) does have this extra trim detail if you want to see the difference between the two.
Almost done! This would be a great time to weave in your ends and make it look all neat and pretty. Now you can see the sunshine at the end of the tunnel with your festival crop top being almost complete. Just one more quick easy thing that makes a huge visual impact, and you are ready to show off all your hard work!
Festival Crop Top? CHECK!
All done! If you noticed I added a lace up detail in the front of my top blue festival crop top. I just made a long chain and laced it up like a shoe! Be creative, and don’t be scared to go off pattern and put your own twist on things! Please leave comments telling me how your projects turned out! If anything needs clarifying, again leave a comment and I will get back to you! Thank you so much for visiting my blog! Now go strut your stuff in your gorgeous new festival crop top! Get it girl!
XOXO Taylor Lynn XOXO