36 Free Crochet Top Patterns for Summer

If you are looking for a great collection of the best free crochet crop tops and crochet tanks to make for the warmer months like Spring and Summer, then this is the place for you. Crochet isn’t just for winter!

These easy crochet tops are wonderful for the Summer months, and mostly are all simple crochet top patterns that are perfect for everyone from beginners to experts.

Free Crochet Top Patterns for Women

If you love crocheting sweaters, then you’ll also love making these summer tops because they work up so fast, and they are all super cute too!

Why You’ll Love Crocheting a Top Pattern

Crochet tops are a great way for beginners to move into the space of crochet garments. They are quicker to make than crochet sweaters and are usually less complicated to crochet.

If you’ve never crocheted a top before, then don’t worry, these cute crochet top ideas like trendy crochet tanks and crochet crop tops are the perfect first step into learning about crochet wearables.

What are The Different Types of Crochet Tops?

  1. Tank Tops: These are perfect for warm weather, featuring open and breathable designs. Most designs are crocheted with a breathable yarn, such as cotton.
  2. Off-Shoulder Tops: Trendy and flirty, off-shoulder tops add a touch of elegance to your wardrobe.
  3. Crop Tops: These shorter tops are youthful and playful. They can be simple or intricate, making them great for experimenting with different stitches.
  4. Tunics: Longer and versatile, tunics can be worn as beach cover-ups or layered with other clothing.

Beginner Tips for Crocheting Tops

If you’re a beginner looking for a project to make, crochet tops are a great option to consider. While sweaters can be harder to make, tanks and crop tops can be beginner-friendly projects. Here are some tips for choosing a pattern that’s right for you.

  1. Pick the right yarn: This is the most important thing to get right when you are crocheting a top. For example, when crocheting a summer top, you’ll want to pick a lightweight yarn that is breathable and comfortable to wear. 100% cotton yarn is a good choice because of its breathability.
  2. Use a simple stitch pattern: As a beginner, it’s best to stick with simple stitch patterns, such as the single crochet or double crochet stitch.
  3. Start with a basic shape: It’s best to start with a basic tank top shape that doesn’t require shaping or complex construction. You can find many simple tank top patterns online or in beginner crochet books.
  4. Measure yourself: Before you start crocheting, take accurate measurements of your bust, waist, and hips. This will help you choose the right size and ensure that your tank top fits perfectly.
  5. Try it on as you go: As you crochet, try the tank top on to make sure it’s the correct length and fits properly. This will help you make adjustments as needed.
  6. Practice seaming: Many tank top patterns require seaming, which can be challenging for beginners. Practice seaming on swatches or small projects before you start on your tank top.

The top patterns are all easy to make, and some even have video instructions for those who learn better with video as well. I hope these tips help you pick a beginner-friendly pattern for your next crochet top project. Happy crocheting!

New to Crochet? No worries if you don’t! I have a how to crochet guide as well as a whole section with beginner crochet stitch tutorials.

Best Yarn for Summer Tops

Most of these airy summer tanks and tops such as bralettes and halters use cotton yarn, which makes them lightweight and breathable when worn during the warm days. Take a look below at my favorite cotton yarn for crocheting tops, Lion Brand 24/7 cotton.

Not only will you see tanks being made with 100% cotton yarn, but you will see in these easy top patterns below that some will also use a cotton blend yarn as well.

How Much Yarn Does it Take to Crochet a Tank Top?

Since crochet tops can be made in many styles and sizes, there is no definite answer to this question, except that the amount of yarn required will depend on the size, yarn weight (example: worsted weight) and stitches used in the pattern.

You will find that these top patterns take a couple of skeins of yarn (between 2 and 6 skeins) at most to make.

My Favorite Crochet Top Patterns

These women’s crocheted top patterns below were chosen with beginner to intermediate crocheters in mind. Each of the 36 top patterns will be labeled with the skill level, so you’ll be able to sort through the list to find the perfect crochet top for you at the level you are at right now.

Related: Crochet Spring Tops

More Free Crochet Tops, Sweaters, and Shawls

If you loved the collection of free crochet patterns for all the crochet top patterns above, then you’ll probably enjoy our other crocheted garment patterns as well.

Best Crochet Tops for Women


  1. Thank you for these patterns. My oldest daughter and I both love to crochet. These top are beautiful!

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