How to crochet a summer crop top using 2 granny squares
The start of the summer is here and this is my kids last week in school! I can’t wait to go to the beach with them and take trips to the waterpark and playgrounds.
This crop top will be perfect for those really hot summer days. Just throw it over a skirt or shorts and you are ready to go. And the best part, it is really easy to make! Even though it looks intricate, it is essentially made of just 2 identical granny squares! Why does it not look like granny squares you might ask? Because you are crocheting only 3 sides of the granny square and the 2 pieces are connected on both ends. Those ends are the front and back center of the top. Does that make sense? Read the detailed crochet pattern below and watch the step by step video tutorial to see just how easy it is to make your own intricate looking crop top.
For the yarn, I used fingering weight 8/4 cotton so it is nice and airy to wear all summer long. Even though it is a thin yarn, this crochet crop top works up pretty quickly and only uses 3 balls of yarn. So if you start now, you can wear it in time for the next beach trip!
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Summer Crop Top Materials:
- any fingering weight 8/4 cotton yarn will work. I used the Rainbow yarn from Hobbii and it works up easily and feels light and airy for this summer top!
- Hobbii, Rainbow Cotton 8/4 Print – Nanna 43 – 3 balls
- Crochet Hook Number 4mm
Crochet Terms (US):
- Ch- Chain
- Sp – Space
- St – Stitch
- SC – Single Crochet
- DC – Double Crochet
- BLHDC – Back Loop Half Double Crochet: Instead of working the stitch through both loops of the stitch you are working through the back loop only.
- Sl St- Slip Stitch
21 sts (blhdc) x 12 rows = 4“ x 4“ (10 x 10 cm)
This crop top is made up from 2 granny squares. But instead of making all 4 sides of the square, 1 side is left out. This will become the arm hole. So instead of working in the rounds, you go back and forth between the 3 sides of the granny square.
The 2 pieces are then joined on the sides to create a tub.
Finally, ties are added to the top to create the arm holes.
Aquaria Crop Top Crochet Pattern:
Main Part (make 2 for front and back)
Row 1: Ch2, 2dc into ring, ch2, 3dc into ring, ch2, 3dc into ring, turn
Row 2-4 (6,8,10): Ch2, 2blhdc into 1st ch, 1blhdc into each ch to 2ch sp, (2blhdc, ch2, 2blhdc) into ch2 sp, blhdc into each ch to 2chsp, (2blhdc, ch2, 2blhdc) into ch2 sp, blhdc into each ch to end, 2blhdc into last ch, turn
Row 5 (7,9,11): ch2, *skip 1ch, dc into next ch, dc into previous ch, rep from * to 2ch sp, (2dc, 2ch, 2dc) in 2ch sp, *skip 1ch, dc into next ch, dc into previous ch, rep from * to 2ch sp, (2dc, 2ch, 2dc) in 2ch sp, *skip 1ch, dc into next ch, dc into previous ch, rep from * to end, turn
Row 6-8 (8-12, 10-15,12-20) : Rep row 2
Row 9 (13, 16-17, 21-22) : Ch2,1blhdc into each ch to 2ch sp, (2blhdc, ch2, 2blhdc) into ch2 sp, blhdc into each ch to 2chsp, (2blhdc, ch2, 2blhdc) into ch2 sp, blhdc into each ch to end, turn
Row 10 (14, 18, 23) : rep row 9
Row 11-15 (15-20, 19-24, 24-31) : rep row 16
Row 16 (21, 25, 32) : Ch2,1blhdc into each ch to 2ch sp, (2blhdc, 3dc) into ch2 sp, 2dc into each ch to 2chsp, (2blhdc, 3dc) into ch2 sp, 1blhdc into each ch to end, fasten off
Wip stitch both pieces together along the parallel straight edges to form a tub
(RS) cast on in the center of the magic ring, ch1, *sc evenly along the edge to row 16, ch30, slst into each ch back down, sc in same st as last sc, sc evenly across to other row 16, ch30, slst into each ch back down, sc in same st as last sc, sc evenly along edge to magic ring, rep from * slst to start, fasten off
Now the top is complete and you can tie a bow with the strings you created at the height that fits you best.
I hope you will enjoy this Aquaria Crop Top Crochet Pattern as much as I do. Comment below if you have any questions and show off your own crochet crop top here and on Instagram #kaileacrafts
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