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Crochet Lacy Summer Top

It’s been another week of blistering heat here in MN so I’m forced to make another cute summer top :).

Luckily, the tank top I was planning on releasing this weekend became a nightmare to figure out the sizing, so I had to dig deep into the creative vault.

What I ended up with was this awesome lacy top that my husband drew on a note pad while we were having coffee. I was really stressing about that tank top.

It’s funny how the most amazing things can come from the most trying situations. I hope everyone enjoys this one. It’s gonna look amazing on you this summer 🙂

This free written pattern is available in US women’s sizes XS-XXL. If you’d like to support this blog and have the full, printable PDF version with detailed photo instructions, it’s available to purchase on my Etsy store as well as Ravelry and Love Crochet. There’s also a video tutorial as usual on my YouTube channel.

If you’re enjoying the light and breezy tops, you may also like this Happy Hour Crochet Top or Crochet Breeze Cardi

Materials

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Stitches used & code

  • ch = chain
  • st = stitch(es)
  • sc = single crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • sk = skip
  • sp = space
  • rep = repeat
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • rs = right side
  • ws = wrong side
  • YO = yarn over hook
  • ” = inches
  • picot = ch 3, sl st into the back bump of the first ch that we did
  • v = v stitch: 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc, All into same st
  • pf = puff stitch: *YO insert hook into the st, pull up a loop* rep from *to* 2 more times ( 7 loops on hook ), YO pull through all the loops on hook and ch 1
  • fpf = fan puff stitch: 1 pf, ch 1, 1 pf, ch 1, 1 pf, All into same st

Notes :

  • This pattern made as us women’s XS( S, M, L, XL, XXL )
  • This top is made in 2 separate pieces and then sewn together( 2 panels are made the same )
  • This pattern is a 4 rows repeat *row 2-5
  • This pattern is in multiples of 6+3
  • in this picture I have demonstrated with size small

Gauge blocked : 18 dc X 8.5 rows in st pattern = 4″

Measurements across the back ( After blocked )

  • XS = 16.22″ Body, 32.22″ Cuff to cuff width X 13.64″ Length (920 yards of yarn)
  • S = 17.55″ Body, 33.55″ Cuff to cuff width X 13.64″ Length (950 yards of yarn)
  • M =20.22″ Body, 36.22″ Cuff to cuff width X 15.52″ Length (1,010 yards of yarn)
  • L = 21.55″ Body, 37.55″ Cuff to cuff width X 15.52″ Length (1,040 yards of yarn)
  • XL = 24.22″ Body, 40.22″ Cuff to cuff width X 17.41″ Length (1,100 yards of yarn)
  • XXL = 25.55″ Body, 41.55″ Cuff to cuff width X 17.14 Length (1,130 yards of yarn)

Panels ( Make 2 )

Row 1 ( rs ) : ch 75( 81, 93, 99, 111, 117 ), sk 3 ch ( count as 1 dc ), 1 dc into next ch and each ch across. Total of 73( 79, 91, 97, 109, 115 ) dc

Row 2 ( ws ) : Turn, ch 1 ( do not count as a st ), 1 sc into first st, ch 2, *sk 2 st, 1 v into next st, ch 2, sk 2 st, 1 sc into next st, ch 2* rep fron *to* across, make 1 sc into last st ( The last st is a third ch ). Total of 12( 13, 15, 16, 18, 19 ) v st

Row 3 : Turn, ch 3 ( count as 1 dc ), 1 fpf into the v st/ch 2 sp, *ch 1, 1 fpf into the v st/ch 2 sp* rep from *to* across, 1 dc into last st ( The last st is a sc st ). Total of 12( 13, 15, 16, 18, 19 ) fpf st

Row 4 : Turn, ch 4 ( count as 1 dc and 1 ch sp ), *1 dc into 1 ch sp, ch 1* rep from *to* across, 1 dc into the last st ( The last st is a third ch ). Total of 37( 40, 46, 49, 55, 58 ) dc and 36( 39, 45, 48, 54, 57 ) ch 1 sp

Row 5 : Turn, ch 3 ( count as 1 dc ), *1 dc into 1 ch sp, 1 dc into the dc st* rep from *to* across, make the last dc into the third ch. Total of 73( 79, 91, 97, 109, 115 ) dc

  • XS = rep row 2-5 2 more times. Total of 13 rows
  • S = rep row 2-5 2 more times. Total of 13 rows
  • M = rep row 2-5 3 more times. Total of 17 rows
  • L = rep row 2-5 2 more times. Total of 13 rows
  • XL = rep row 2-5 3 more times. Total of 17 rows
  • XXL = rep row 2-5 3 more times. Total of 17 rows

*If you want a shorter top, just rep row 2-5 less time. If you want a longer top, or even a cute dress, just rep row 2-5 more.

Set up row for the sleeves

After you reach the end of row 13( 13, 17, 13, 17, 17 ), Make 36 ch for all the sizes and then cut the yarn, add a new yarn into the last st on the other side and make 36 ch for all the sizes and then cut the yarn. ( Check picture below )

*If you want shorter or longer sleeves, just add more or less ch in multiples of 6 ch ( Make sure both are even )

Row 14( 14, 18, 14, 18, 18, ) : Turn the ws facing up, add a new yarn into first ch and make 1 sc into first ch, ch 2, *sk 2 ch, 1 v into next ch, ch 2, sk 2 ch, 1 sc into next ch, ch 2* rep from *to* across ( When you reach the normal st/dc st just keep rep the same ). Total of 24( 25, 27, 28, 30, 31 ) v st

Row 15( 15, 19, 15, 19, 19 ) : rep row 3. Total of 24( 25, 27, 28, 30, 31 ) fpf st

Row 16( 16, 20, 16, 20, 20 ) : rep row 4. Total of 73( 76, 82, 85, 91, 94 ) dc and 72( 75, 81, 84, 90, 93 ) ch 1 sp

Row 17( 17, 21, 17, 21, 21 ) : rep row 5. Total of 145( 151, 163, 169, 181, 187 ) dc

Row 18( 18, 22, 18, 22, 22 ) : rep row 2. Total of 24( 25, 27, 28, 30, 31 ) v st

Row 19( 19, 23, 19, 23, 23 ) : rep row 3. Total of 24( 25, 27, 28, 30, 31 ) fpf st

Row 20( 20, 24, 20, 24, 24 ) : rep row 4. Total of 73( 76, 82, 85, 91, 94 ) dc and 72( 75, 81, 84, 90, 93 ) ch 1 sp

  • XS = rep row 17-20 2 more times. Total of 28 rows
  • S = rep row 17-20 2 more times. Total of 28 rows
  • M = rep row 21-24 2 more times. Total of 32 rows
  • L = rep row 17-20 3 more times. Total of 32 rows
  • XL = rep row 21-24 3 more times. Total of 36 rows
  • XXL = rep row 21-24 3 more times. Total of 36 rows

Row 29( 29, 33, 33, 37, 37 ) : Turn, ch 3 ( count as 1 dc ), *1 dc into 1 ch sp, 1 dc into the dc st* rep from *to* until you have 50( 53, 58, 61, 66, 69 ) dc ( Includes the first 3 ch ), cut the yarn and leave 24-40 inches long, sk 45( 45, 47, 47, 49, 49 ) st at the middle for the neck hole, add a new yarn into next st and ch 3 ( count as 1 dc ), *1 dc into 1 ch sp, 1 dc into the dc st* rep from *to* across, cut the yarn leave 24-40 inches long. ( Check picture below )

*While the front and back panels are made the same, you only need to leave the tails on one panel.

Sew the front and back panels together

Sew the shoulders and tops of the sleeves together

Place your panels right side facing down. We’ll sew on the wrong side, using the tails that we left earlier. Use which ever method you prefer to sew. ( Check picture below )

Sew the side seams and the bottom sleeves together

Fold your top in half at the shoulder seam right side facing each other, we’ll sew on the wrong side. Cut a new strand of yarn 50-70 inches long, enough to sew the side and the sleeve. Start sewing from the bottom up to the side seam until you reach the armpit and continue sewing the sleeve side seam until you reach the end of the sleeve, cut the yarn and weave the end. ( Check picture below )

crochet around the neck hole edge ( Optional )

Turn your work right side out, we’ll crochet on the right side. Add a new yarn at the corner, *1 sc, picot, 1 sc* All into same sp rep from *to* into each 1 ch sp around and when you reach the shoulder/the dc just treat them like 1 ch sp, cut the yarn and weave the end. ( check picture below )

Crochet around the sleeve cuff edges ( Optional )

For the sleeve cuff edges, we’ll crochet into the end of each row ( sp for reference ). Add a new yarn any where you like, *1 sc, picot, 1 sc* All into same sp rep from *to* into each sp around, cut the yarn and weave all the end. ( Check picture below )

Congratulations, you did it! I’d love to see everyone’s work. If you want to share with me, just tag me on IG or FB. Happy crocheting 🙂

marina

Sunday 28th of August 2022

hi I can't help but to appreciate your work and your generosity that comes with it. I have retired from my work and I want to make money from crochet to be of help from someone in need. So thank you for putting the details of your creation in your blogs.

Knitcroaddict

Sunday 28th of August 2022

You're very welcome, thank you for the kind feedback. Best of luck to you in your future crochet journey, happy crocheting!

Mari

Saturday 27th of August 2022

Hello! I'm a fan of your patterns and I love this one! I already want to start it but I can't understand the gauge you used, is it 18 chains long and rows 2 to 5 by 8 and a half turns? I'm so confused sorry haha

Mari

Sunday 28th of August 2022

@Knitcroaddict, Thank you very much for taking the time to answer me! you are a great crochet professional and definitely one of my favorites! a hug from Argentina!

Knitcroaddict

Sunday 28th of August 2022

This pattern is in a multiple of 6+3 chains, so that means you can make the chain as long as you like, just make sure it's in a multiple of 6 ch +3 ch at the end. Then follow the pattern from row 1 to row 13. When you measure the gauge for the width, you're going to measure on the dc row. The length is the pattern that you just made. Hope that makes sense!

Karen Springer

Friday 5th of August 2022

I made this in a medium but added rows for length due to the sleeves adding to length. I ended up cutting some rows off! All in all it was a nice pattern and easy to follow (especially the video tutorial). I made it in black so it was really hard to see what I was doing, especially at night.

Knitcroaddict

Saturday 6th of August 2022

Thank you Karen! I love black but I don't usually use it for that reason, it's tough to see in the video tutorials. Sounds like you did some nice work, thanks for watching and for the kind feedback.

Marianne

Monday 1st of August 2022

Hi, thank you very much for your crochets! I will make the first summer blouse with my favourit yarn - fibra natura Papyrus. It's 78% cotton and22 % silk - a very fine and beautiul yarn.

Have a nice week!

Marianne

Knitcroaddict

Monday 1st of August 2022

Sounds like a gorgeous yarn Marianne, good luck and hope you enjoy! Have a great week as well.

Karen

Monday 18th of July 2022

Hi. I am making this crochet lacy summer top. I am confused on the sleeve. In your example of the small it looks like you have way less rows than you said to do. For the small you show the pattern 4 times which would be 16 rows before starting sleeve. On the pattern you say total of 28 rows for small before starting neck. I am making size medium and pattern says to do a total of 32 rows which is almost 8 times of the pattern of 4 rows. The sleeve is way too big if I do this.

Knitcroaddict

Wednesday 20th of July 2022

For size small, before you start the sleeve, you need to repeat row 2 to row 5, 2 more times and that'll be a total of 13 rows (start count from row 1). I'm not sure where you get 4 times from? Mabey you got the it confused with different pattern? I've looked at it but I'm not really sure, if you have some info on how you arrived there I can try to clarify more.