Today I would like to share with you a free pattern that I put together for my California Crop Top. It’s a pretty straightforward knit that can become the perfect vacation project, as it doesn’t require much yarn, knits up fast and it’s very easy to make.
In the simple knit piece as this one, yarn will play the main role. I love the ribbon yarn for this project, because the thread is wide, which is very fast to knit, but because of the nature of the thread, it is very light. Plus, it creates a textured surface, even when used with the simplest stitch patterns.
As you can see in my previous post, I chose “purl” side as the right side of the fabric, but if you feel like it you can definitely use it as a reversible top and wear it with any side facing up – so many designers use the visible seam as the decorative element now. And at the end of a day, it is a casual crop summer top, it doesn’t have to be perfect 🙂
To see the fit of the top, check my modeled post here – The Gift Of Knitting – California Crop WATG Top.
How To Knit A Crop Top
32 (36, 40)” [81.5 (91.5, 101.5) cm]
Finished bust circumference: 34 (38, 42)” [86.5 (96.5, 106.5) cm].
Finished length from the armhole: approx 7 (7 1/4, 7 3/4)” [17.8 (18.4, 19.5) cm].
Please, keep in mind that the yardage recommended is approximate.
Needles. 5.5 mm (US 9)
4″ (10 cm) = 12 sts. The row gauge is not essential in this project.
- CO 51 (57, 63) sts, using a long tail cast on method.
- *K1, p1; rep from * to last st, k1.
- Repeat the last row 4 more times.
- Next Row (RS): Purl.
- Next Row (WS): Knit.
- Repeat the last 2 rows until the piece measures approximately 7 (7 1/4, 7 3/4)” [17.8 (18.4, 19.5) cm], finishing after WS row.
- Next Row (RS): Bind off 7 (9, 11) sts purlwise; purl to end – 44 (48, 52) sts.
- Next Row (WS): Bind off 7 (9, 11) sts knitwise; knit to end – 37 (39, 41) sts.
- Next Row (RS): K1, purl to last st, k1.
- Next Row (RS): K1, knit to last st, k1.
- Repeat the last 2 rows until the piece measures approximately 7 1/2 (7 1/2, 7 3/4)” [19 (19, 19.5) cm], finishing after RS row.
- Bind off all 37 (39, 41) sts knitwise.
- Make identical to the BACK.
- Block the pieces.
- Seam shoulders: Place the pieces flat, with bind off edges facing each other, RS of the fabric (in this case, purl side) facing up. Using a horizontal seam, sew shoulders together (each shoulder is approximately 1 1/2 – 1 3/4″ wide).
- Seam FRONT and BACK: Place the pieces flat, RS of the fabric (in this case, purl side) facing up, side edges next to each other. Make sure to align the pieces, with armhole edges being on the same level. Using a mattress stitch, sew edges together on both sides.
- Weave in the ends.
Note: As you can see, I chose “purl” side as the right side of the fabric, but you can flip it over and stay with the classic stockinette stitch – just seam the pieces on reverse, with knit side facing up.
Note: This is a free pattern. It wasn’t test knitted or tech edited. I tried my best to avoid any mistakes, but if you find one, please, let me know in the comments below.
I hope you will use this pattern this summer and create your own simple Crop Top. If you liked the pattern, please, share it on your Pinterest board, I would really appreciate it!.
Have a wonderful day today!