36 Free Crochet Top Patterns for Beginners & More

If you are looking for a great collection of 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 to make. If you love crocheting sweaters, you’ll also love making these tops because they work up so fast!

Free Crochet Top Patterns for Women

Below you’ll find women’s crochet tops, crochet tank tops and crochet shirts that are all great to beat the heat in during the hot Summer days as well as for layering in the colder months too! I can’t wait for you to pick out your new favorite summer top to crochet!

Plus, the best part is that these tops are all free crochet patterns, so you won’t have to spend a dime extra to make them.

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 gateway 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.

Tips for Crocheting Tops As A Beginner

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: For a tank top, you’ll want to choose a lightweight yarn that is breathable and comfortable to wear. Look for yarns labeled as “worsted” or “aran” weight. Cotton yarn is also a great choice for 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. You can add interest to your tank top by using a combination of different stitch patterns, but keep it simple.
  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’d recommend before crocheting a top below that you have knowledge of basic crochet skills as well as some beginner crochet stitches.

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.

Materials for Making Crochet Tops

To make a crochet top, you’ll want to have a few crochet supplies on hand.

  1. Crochet Hook (My favorite crochet hook set is linked up!)
  2. Yarn
  3. Scissors
  4. Stitch markers
  5. Measuring Tape
  6. Yarn needle (aka tapestry needle)

You’ll find below that all the top patterns will have a recommend crochet hook size and yarn weight. Before committing to a pattern, be sure to read through to find out what the pattern requires. This way, you’ll have everything you need on hand.

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.

List of Free Crochet Top Patterns

These women’s crocheted top patterns below were chosen with beginner to intermediate crocheters in mind. Each top pattern 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!

Once you’ve reviewed the materials list above, you are ready to pick a new crocheted top to make from the collection below.

Enjoy, and I hope you enjoy these free crochet tanks and crop top patterns!

The Best Crocheted Top Patterns

Below you'll find the best crop top and tank crochet designs that are all free crochet patterns. I've included the recommended yarn and skill level for each top, so you can pick the perfect top for you! Enjoy and happy crocheting!

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

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