The “Olivia”, A Free Crochet Top Pattern
Are you looking for an easy crochet top pattern or crochet clothing to make? The Olivia top is a simple 2-panel design that works up fast, drapes beautifully, and is excellent for beginners!
Since the Olivia crochet top is a basic two rectangle design, it makes it a lovely pattern for those wanting to try a crochet garment for the first time! And I promise with the free pattern below you can learn how to crochet a sweater top in no time at all!
Read on down to learn how to crochet a top today… I can’t wait to see what yours looks like!
Easy Crochet Pattern Top to Make
This pattern is a unique one for me because it is officially my first ever crochet top design! I am so proud of this piece and the hours it took to figure out sizing, yardage and photographing it! I see many more crochet sweater tops in Easy Crochet future.
I am so happy and proud to share this lightweight crochet sweater top with you! I hope you like it, and please let me know if you do decide to make this for spring!
The Perfect Yarn for this Crochet Sweater
For the entire design, you will be using the Lion Brand Jeans Cotton, which is just a fantastic extension of their Jeans acrylic yarn line! It is a DK lightweight yarn but is amazingly soft and works up beautifully in sweaters, baby blankets and even for a comfy crochet summer throw!
You will need two colors of this yummy yarn (or even one if you prefer fewer ends to weave in) and then you are good to go!
Jeans yarn is a great substitute if you can’t find the cotton yarn.
Another thing you will love about this yarn is the drape! The top needs little to no shaping and drapes beautifully when worn! Once you crochet the first few rows, you will see just how amazing the way this yarn works up.
This top is probably one of the most flowing and softest pieces I have ever designed. If you do make this piece, then you will know what I mean!
Easy to Construct Crochet Top
This crochet piece uses just TWO basic rectangles and is super easy to put together! You will need to know how to do the mattress stitch & a slip stitch to finish. That’s it!
The process of putting together the crochet panels is super easy, and you’ll want to make a few of these in different sizes when you see how simple it is!
Grab the PDF Crochet Pattern Instead
I have put together a PDF of this crochet top if you would prefer a printable version of this pattern. Pattern sales help support my family, which means I can continue to offer FREE crochet patterns and to keep designing.
If you are ready to get started on this design, scroll on down for the free pattern, or purchase an inexpensive PDF version.
You will love how easy this lightweight top feels when worn. The soft drape and the way it wears will have you going back to this piece time and time again! Enjoy and happy crocheting.
The Olivia Crochet Top Pattern
Skill Level: Intermediate
- LB Collection Jeans Cotton Yarn (Weight: 3: Light / 218 yards 3.5 oz or 100 g)
- Color: Sun Bleached & Classic Indigo if doing the color-blocked look or just one color of choice from the LB Collection Jeans Cotton Yarn Line.
- S = 700 yards or 4 skeins total
- M = 850 yards or 4 skeins total
- L = 1000 yards or 5 skeins total
- XL = 1100 yards or 6 skeins total
- 2XL = 1350 yards or 7 skeins total
- 3XL = 1500 yards or 8 skeins total
- Yarn needle
- H 5.00 mm crochet hook
- F 3.75 mm crochet hook (For lace scalloped details)
- Measuring tape or ruler
- Ch = Chain
- Dc = Double Crochet
- Sk St = Skip Stitch
- Sc = Single Crochet
- 6 st(s) = approx. 2 inches & 2 rows of sc & dc is approx. 1 inch
- Bust: 34 (38, 42, 46, 50, 54)”
- Length: 24 (24, 25.5, 25.5, 26.5, 26.5)”
- Neckline: 11 (11, 12,12, 12.5, 12.5)”
- Armhole: 7 (7, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5)”
- The pattern is written in standard US terms
- The top sizes are in parentheses (S) (M) (L) (XL) (2XL) (3XL) at the end of each row.
- The color block look is optional. If you’d prefer one color, that is totally fine. (fewer ends to weave in!)
- I changed my color on row 34, but this is totally optional, and you can change colors on any row or even make stripes!
- If you are between sizes, please size up.
- To follow the pattern more easily, highlight all numbers for your size before beginning.
- Starting with row 1: The turning Ch 1’s & Ch 2’s at the beginning of the rows do NOT count as a st.
The Crochet Top Steps
Note: This makes two panels:
- 1 Front Panel
- 1 Back Panel
Foundation Row: Ch (53 ) (63) (73) (83) (93) (103)
Row 1: Ch 1, starting in the second ch from the hook sc, sc into each ch across, turn. (52) (62) (72) (82) (92) (102)
Row 2: Ch 2, dc, sk a st, dc, go back to sk st then dc, *sk a st, dc, go back to sk st then dc, repeat from * across ending with 1 dc in last st, turn. (52) (62) (72) (82) (92) (102)
Row 3: Ch 1, starting in the first st make 1 sc, sc into each st across, turn. (52) (62) (72) (82) (92) (102)
Row 4-33: Ch 1, Repeat row 2 & 3. (52) (62) (72) (82) (92) (102)
Row 34: Change color to Classic Indigo (optional, can do one color instead), repeat row 2 (52) (62) (72) (82) (92) (102)
Row 35 – 48: Repeat row 3 & 2 (52) (62) (72) (82) (92) (102)
Size Option: For size S & M
Row 49: Repeat row 3, fasten off (52) (62)
Size Option: For size L & XL
Row 49 & 50: Repeat row 3 & 2 (72) (82)
Row 51: Repeat row 3, fasten off. (72) (82)
Size Option: For size 2XL & 3XL
Row 49 – 52: Repeat row 3 & 2. (92) (102)
Row 53: Repeat row 3, fasten off. (92) (102)
Sides: With the wrong side of the front & back panel facing, start at the bottom of the garment and sew the side seam (use the mattress stitch) until the inches shown below are left according to the size made. If you would like more room at the hips, leave 3-4″ slit (unseamed) at the bottom, on each side of the body.
Arm Hole: Leave indicated space for armhole when seaming up the sides at the top of the piece.
- M: 7.5″
- L: 8″
- XL: 8.5″
- 2XL: 9″
- 3XL: 9.5″
Shoulders: Before you work the seams ( I recommend a slip stitch seam) across the top of the shoulders, try on the garment and mark off how wide you want your neckline to be.
*Use the 3.75 mm hook for this part of the top.
(optional) I suggest using a contrasting color but any color would work fine.
Working along with the sleeve opening work four sc’s in the side of the first dc row, in the next dc row work five double crochets along the side, repeat this process around the sleeve opening, finishing with a sl st to the first set of four sc’s.
One Last Step: Weave in the ends throughout the piece with a yarn needle, and you are done with your new crochet sweater top for spring & summer!
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Thank you so much for sharing your pattern. I was wondering if I could use a worsted weight 4 cotton yarn for this pattern instead?
Hi! You definitely could as long as the gauge is met, so the sizing will work out. 🙂
Hi! Just bought your pattern. Lovely blouse! If I wanted to make this for a 9 y/o girl, could I use a smaller hook? Maybe size F or G? Thank you! =)
You could, but I cannot guarantee it would work as written. Let me know how it turns out.
I love this pattern and I tried to purchase the PDF pattern. When I hit the “Get the PDF” button above and I go to the page where I will be purchasing it (My Cart), it tells me I will be paying $3.98 for the pattern. However, above where the “Get the PDF” button is, it indicates that the pattern is $2.99. I don’t mind paying $3.98 for the pattern because that is a reasonable price for such a cute pattern, however, if it says $2.99 and then changes to $3.98 in “My Cart”, something is wrong. Am I missing something? Help!
That was a mistake on my part! I wrote the wrong price down in the post. It is supposed to be $3.98. Thank you finding this mistake. I fixed it. 🙂
Hi! It’s a great pattern, what’s your suggestion about adding a small sleeve. Thank you.
Ok, gotcha! One other question. Is there another yarn that will work well for this pattern other than Jeans??? Thank you!
Hi! I think the new comfy cotton blend would be great with this pattern too or Heartland yarn would even work great too!
Hi Krista! I too love this pattern and can’t wait to make it! I am wondering how many skeins of each color?
Thank you! by the way I was born and raised in Pittsburgh but now live in North Carolina. :).
Hi! It would all depend on the size you are making. I figured out an overall yardage but left the color blocking width to the crocheter so every one made is unique. Hope that helps!
North Carolina is the next place I’d like to live! Pittsburgh is getting a little cold. lol
Thanks for the great pattern! Just one suggestion. Re-read your promo…there’s a quite noticeable typo under the caption, “Easy to Construct Crochet Top! This piece used just TWO triangles…”. It should be changed to ‘rectangles ‘
Lol. Thank you!
Hi the pattern is beautiful. I have one question, if you are using both colors how many skeins of each color?