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How To Knit A Crop Top. Free Knitting Pattern.

Knit Crop Top. Free Knitting Pattern.

Today I would like to share with you a free pattern that I put together for my California Crop TopIt’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.

Knit Crop Top. Free Knitting Pattern.

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.

Knit Crop Top. Free Knitting Pattern.

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 🙂

Knit Crop Top. Free Knitting Pattern.

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

SIZE:

32 (36, 40)” [81.5 (91.5, 101.5) cm]

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS:

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].

MATERIALS:

Yarn

3 (4, 4) skeins of Wool and the Gang, Stone Washed, 100% cotton. 1.8 oz. (50 g), 82 yds. (75 m).

Please, keep in mind that the yardage recommended is approximate. 

Needles. 5.5 mm (US 9)

GAUGE

4″ (10 cm) = 12 sts. The row gauge is not essential in this project.

 

BACK

  • 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.

FRONT

  • Make identical to the BACK.

FINISHING

  • 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!.

Knit Crop Top. Free Knitting Pattern.

Have a wonderful day today!


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By | 2018-01-28T08:44:35+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Free Patterns and Tutorials, Knitting, Pattern, Tutorial|11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. autumngeisha July 26, 2017 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    What a great summery top! I love how it looks knitted up in the ribbon yarn. Thanks for the pattern 🙂

    • Alina July 31, 2017 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      You are very welcome, Tien! Isn’t it amazing how different a simple st st looks in ribbon yarn – so inspiring!

  2. Sue July 26, 2017 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    My nieces will love this! Thanks!

    • Alina July 31, 2017 at 3:17 pm - Reply

      Great to hear that, Sue! You are very welcome!

  3. Lisa July 29, 2017 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    Cute and quick idea. I’ll have to remember this next time I’m bored and need a quick pattern.

    • Alina July 31, 2017 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      Great you find it helpful, dear Lisa!

  4. Nicky July 30, 2017 at 6:47 am - Reply

    This is just amazing and it looks gorgeous on you! My body is not a cropped top wearing one 😀 but I have some ribbon yarn that I might use to make this a little longer so I could wear it with a shirt underneath for the Fall.

    • Alina July 31, 2017 at 3:15 pm - Reply

      Thank you, dear Nicky! You can definitely modify the length easily – just knit more inches up to the armhole 🙂

  5. Melissa July 30, 2017 at 6:53 am - Reply

    Great tutorial, Alina! I love the check-off list!! Wahoo!

    • Alina July 31, 2017 at 3:14 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Melissa! I am glad you like it – checklists make everything so much easier 🙂

  6. Julie August 4, 2017 at 10:04 am - Reply

    so cute! I’m not a crop top person, but I love how they look and are often super cute. This is lovely.

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