I heard crickets chirping for the first time in months last night. That means spring is finally here in Michigan. I woke up to birds chirping and I am now hopeful that summer is just weeks away. Ya’ll know that summer is my favorite time of year, I wanted to get this pattern out to give you plenty of time to whip it up before the real warm weather gets here.

What better way to release a pattern than to do it while collaborating with my fellow designers. We are doing a Spring Blog Hop which means I will be sharing 10 other spring designs with you! These are all free patterns made for spring by some very very talented ladies. Check out the links below with these amazing patterns!

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One of my BEAUTIFUL followers on Instagram @KaylaMayKnits shared this photo of her wearing her finished Springtide Halter top made with caron cakes!

Linked are the dates the patterns will be released. Click the designers name to go to their pattern:


April 7 – 3amgracedesigns
April 7 – Hooked Hazel
April 8 – EvelyandPeter
April 9 – Divine Debris
April 9 – Crochet By Ellen
April 10 – Life and Yarn
​April 10 – Crazy4CrochetMomma
April 11 – HookedOnTilly
April 11 – Taylor Lynn Crochet
April 12 – A Crafty Concept


Pattern Notes and Information

This Springtide Halter Top is made up of simple stitches (practically all SC and HDC) so it is beginner friendly. There are a few increasing and decreasing stitches uses, but with 1 or 2 YouTube tutorials, you’ll have those conquered in minutes. This is an advanced beginner or easy intermediate pattern.

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SIZING – Increasing or Decreasing outside of patterns listed sizes

To increase the width of the top, every 4 starting chains you add (to both the front and back side of the pattern), should increase the with by 1 inch. For example if you wanted to make the top 3 inches wider you would add 12 more chains to your starting chain for the front and back piece of the top.

3 Inches X 4 Stitches/inch = 12 additional Chains

To increase the length of the top, every 3 rows will increase the top roughly 1 inch in length. So if you wanted to make the top 2 inches longer, you would add 6 more rows to both the front and back pieces of your project. I will note in the pattern at which point you will want to add these additional rows.

2 Inches X 3 Rows/inch = 6 additional Rows

To decrease the width or length of the top, use the same directions as you would to increase the length or width, but take away starting chains/rows instead of adding them. For example if you wanted to decrease the width by 3 inches instead of adding 12 chains to both sides, you would deduct 12 chains from both sides.


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Materials

  • Lionbrand Cotton Bamboo
    • How much?
      • Size Medium and Smaller one 3.5oz skein will be just enough. If you plan to add length or width to these sizes, get 2 skeins.
      • Sizes Large and above, you will need 2 skeins.
    • Yarn Info:
      • Weight 3 (light)
      • 245 yards per skein
      • 52% cotton, 48% rayon from bamboo
    • Substitutes
  • 3.75mm Hook
  • Hook and Eye Closure
    • These are essentially the same hooks you have on your bra’s. I used one from an old Bra and just cut it out. However, they sell these hooks and clasps at almost every craft store.
    • Buy a variety pack here on Amazon for less than $6

Stitches Used

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

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 pull up a loop. YO and pull through all loops on hook.

Half Double Crochet Decrease (HDC2tog) – YO and insert hook into next chain/stitch and pull up a loop. YO and insert into the next chain/stitch and pull up another loop. You have 5 loops on hook at this point. YO and pull through all 5 loops.


Springtide Halter Top Crochet Pattern

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FRONT

DIRECTIONS ARE WRITTEN FOR SIZE MEDIUM. THE REST OF THE SIZES ARE WITHIN THE PARENTHESIS

CH 28 and turn ( S- 22 | L – 36 | XL – 44)

Row 1: HDC in 3rd CH from hook (first ch 2 does NOT count as first HDC). HDC in each CH across. CH 2 and turn. (M -26 sts | S- 20sts | L – 34sts | XL – 42sts )

Row 2: HDC in each stitch across. CH 2 and turn.
(M -26 sts | S- 20sts | L – 34sts | XL – 42sts )

Row 3-4: repeat row 2

Row 5: Make 2 HDC in the first stich. HDC in each stitch across. Make a second HDC in the last st of the row (that means you will have 2 HDC in the first stitch and 2 HDC in the last stitch of the row) CH 2 and turn.
(M -28 sts | S- 22sts | L – 36sts | XL – 44sts )

Row 6 – 19: repeat row 5. (Your row 22 will end with M – 56 sts| S – 50sts | L – 64sts | XL – 72sts )

Row 20 – 39 (size large go to row 45, XL go to row 51): HDC in each ST across. CH 2 and turn. (M – 56 sts | S- 50sts | L – 64sts | XL – 72sts )

If you want to increase the length this is the section of the pattern where you will add additional rows. Consequently, make sure how ever many rows you add on the back side, you add to the front piece as well.

Row 40 (L – Row 46 | XL – Row 52): HDC in each ST across.


BACK

CH 58 and turn ( S- 52 | L – 66 | XL – 74)

Row 1: HDC in 3rd CH from hook (first ch 2 does NOT count as first HDC). HDC in each CH across . CH 2 and turn. (M – 56 sts | S- 50sts | L – 64sts | XL – 72sts )

Row 2 – 21 (Large Row 2 – 27, XL Row 2 – 33): HDC in each ST across. CH 2 and turn. (M – 56 sts | S- 50sts | L – 64sts | XL – 72sts )

If you want to increase the length this is the section of the pattern where you will add additional rows. Consequently, make sure how ever many rows you add on the back side, you add to the front piece as well.

Row 22 ( L – Row 28 | XL – Row 34 ): Row 40: HDC in each ST across. Tie off. (M – 56 sts | S- 50sts | L – 64sts | XL – 72sts )

Count 17 stitches (for a SIZE SMALL only count 15 stitches in) in from both ends of the last row and mark with a stitch marker.

Please note my stitch markers may be further in than the pattern states. This was an edit made in testing. Please use stitch counts suggested above.

Row 23 ( L – Row 29 | XL – Row 35 ): Tie onto the right side stitch marker. CH 2. HDC in the same ST as the CH 2. HDC across, stopping once you have crocheted into the stitch that your other stitch marker is located in. CH 2. (24 sts)

Row 24 ( L – Row 30 | XL – Row 36 ): HDC in each ST across. CH 2 and turn. (24 sts)

Row 25 ( L – Row 31 | XL – Row 37 ): HDC2tog the first 2 sts in the row. HDC across. HDC2tog in the last two stitches of row.  CH 2 (22 sts)

Row 26 – 29: ( L – Row 32-35 | XL – Row 38-41 ) Repeat row 25

Row 30 – 35 ( L – Row 36-41 | XL – Row 42-47 ): HDC in each ST across. CH 2 and turn.

Count the number of stitches in the row. Put a stitch marker on the middle two stitches.

Row 36 – 39 ( L – Row 42-45 | XL – Row 48-51 ) : HDC to stitch marker, CH 2 and turn.

Please note that the stitch count pictured above may vary from your top due to it being a different size than pictured.

Row 40 ( L – Row 46 | XL – Row 52 ): HDC in each ST across. Tie off.

Tie back onto row 35 ( L – Row 41 | XL Row 47) on the opposite side. HDC across to stitch marker. CH 2 and turn. Tie off when you complete row 40.


Seaming Springtide Halter Together

I figured a video was the best way to show you guys how to put this all together! It is super quick and hopefully it answers any questions you have about the construction of this top. However if you do still have questions, leave them in the comment section at the end of this post and I will respond as quickly as I can!

You will CH 20 for both shoulder straps. That should work with every size, but if you’re unsure, after you SC across the top, do your CH 20, SC across the back and CH 20 and tied off, just slip the top over your head to make sure its a comfortable fit. If it is too tight try adding 3-5 chains on each side of the strap. Meanwhile, if it is too loose (keeping in mind that there will be a hook or button closing the back together in the next step) decrease it by 3 – 5 chains.

AFTER you seam up your top, you will then want to add your hook and eye closure. I cut these ones out of an old bra, but you can find these hooks at most craft stores. You can buy a multi pack here on Amazon.

Similarly, a button could also work as a closure option if you have some laying around you’d like to try.


Spring to Summer Fashion

This top will be a perfect transitioning piece from spring to summer. I even think it would look cut in the fall with a flannel. Altering the length of this top makes it something you can wear out, wear to work, or wear to the beach. In other words, it’s AH-mazing. There is nothing better than when someone asks where you bought your shirt, and you get to tell them you made it!

If you have any questions about this pattern please leave a comment below and I will help you best I can! Thank you so much for following along with me and my patterns XOXO Tay

21 Comments on Springtide Halter Top – Free Crochet Pattern

  1. Shouldn’t line one of both the front and back include the words “and each chain across”?
    That would make more sense. Cute top. Thanks so much for your pattern.

  2. You are very kind to share your free patterns. Anyone with half a brain should be grateful knowing it takes many hours making sure patterns are precise. Anyway Thank you so much for your generosity.

  3. Hi there just looking for some clarification.

    Rows 4-19 says to repeat Row 3. However this doesn’t increase the stitches just repeating the HDC across. Also, it says “your row 22 will end with M – 56 sts “ but this just confuses me since it’s only for rows 4-19.

    I’m newer to crocheting so I think I just need some help!

    Thanks in advance

  4. Hello. Love your pattern. Had a quick question. I’m working in the back. It looks as though you have decreased your count for a couple rows but from what I am reading you indicate to decrease one row (row 25) and then continue as you would normally in each stitch across from row 26 to 35. Are rows 26-29 decrease rows?

  5. Hi, I have a question, how many SC do you do when you SC around the sides when seaming the pieces? Like one or two for each row. I hope you can understand my doubt

  6. I have a quick question concerning the yarn for this pattern. I couldn’t find the recommended but I was able to find the Lionbrand Jean yarn. However, the yarn was weight 4. Elsewhere in your pattern you say to use weight three. Is this a change on the part of Lionbrand or will it still work for your pattern?

    Thank you so much!!

  7. Hi! Thank you so much for your pattern! I’m making this for my son’s girlfriend and her waist measurement is a 31, but bust is 41. Would you recommend stating with the medium and increasing at the bust? Thanks so much.

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