I seem to have a real focus on crocheting clothes at the minute. I’ve got so many projects I want to start, but I can’t seem to get through my cotton stash with ideas for festival fashion tops.
I’ve made two 100% cotton crochet tops recently, but unfortunately one of them now faces the frogging bullet as I just don’t think I can recover the shape.
However this black number is definitely here to stay, and I’m happy to share the pattern.
I like how different it is from other wrap tops that I’ve seen, and I also like how the finished design was purely accidental. This started off as a pattern for a waistcoat, and with the addition of two little buttons it became a top in its own right. However, if you would rather have a waistcoat than a wrap then the pattern is still the same (just don’t add the buttons and finish at step 14)
As with most of my patterns at the minute, I either jot them down as I go, or I work them out retrospectively. I’ve not put them through any rigorous testing, so please go easy on me if I give you a bum steer.
Free Crochet Wrap Top/Waistcoat Pattern
I used a 3.5mm hook, and 5/6 skeins of Rico Design creative cotton aran from Love Crochet – this was enough to make the top in a rough size 10.
Step 1: chain (ch) 150
Step 2: work 1 double treble crochet (dtc) into the 4th ch from the hook, then work a further 34 dtc along
Step 3: ch 4 and turn
Step 4: continue to work 34 dtc along, finishing each row with a ch 4 and turn, until you have worked 11 rows
Step 5: attach your yarn to the 36th chain of your 150 ch
Step 6: ch 4 and work 79 dtc along
Step 7: ch 4 and turn
Step 8: continue to work 79 dtc along, finishing each row with a ch 4 and turn until you have worked 11 rows
Step 9: attach your yarn to the 116th chain of your 150 ch
Step 10: ch 4 and work 34 dtc along
Step 11: ch 4 and turn
Step 12: continue to work 34 dtc along, finishing each row with a ch 4 and turn until you have worked 11 rows
Step 13: ch 4 and turn, work 150 dtc across, connecting your work to create arm holes at stitches (st) 35, and 116
Step 14: ch 4 and turn, work 150 dtc across into every st, continue until you have worked a further 8 rows
Fasten off and weave in loose ends.
You now have a lovely festival inspired waistcoat, but if you want to turn the top into a wrap carry on reading…
Step 15: attach a small button at the top of each arm hole, and make two small button loops at each end of your initial 150 ch
Wrap the top around you and test the button holes are tight enough.