Free Crochet Top Pattern – All About That Drape

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Free Crochet Top Pattern - All About That Drape

Free Crochet Top Pattern – All About That Drape

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How To Crochet The Free Crochet Top Pattern – All About That Drape

Finished Sizes:

Instructions given to fit size X-small; changes for small, medium, large, X-large, 2X-large, 3X-large, 4X-large and 5X-large are in () 

XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL) 

Body Circumference: 27” (31 ½”, 36”, 40 ½”, 45”, 48”, 52 ½”,  57”, 60”)

Finished Length: Customizable.

Arm Circumference: Customizable

Materials:

I used Lion Brand Truboo, which is a 100% Bamboo, #3 DK weight yarn. 

Any yarn of similar weight would work. 

Approximately 650 (750, 850, 950, 1050, 1150, 1250, 1350, 1450) yds. 

5mm Hook

Stitch Markers

Yarn Needle

Scissors

Measuring Tape

Gauge:

See gauge swatch instructions below. Be sure to always check your gauge. It will save you much time and heartache.

Abbreviations:

RS = Right Side

WS = Wrong Side

Sk = Skip

St = Stitch

Ss = Slip Stitch

Ch = Chain

Sc = Single Crochet

Hdc = Half Double Crochet

Dc = Double Crochet

FDC = Foundation Double Crochet

Vst = V Stitch (See Notes)

BLO = Back Loop Only

FLO = Front Loop Only

3rd LO = 3rd Loop Only

Notes:

Ch1 and ch2 at the beginning of a row is never considered a stitch. 

Each ch1 between stitches is considered a stitch.

Ch3 at the beginning of a row is considered a dc. 

A Vst consists of a (dc, ch1, dc) all in one stitch.

The model above (that’s me) has a 38” bust and is wearing a size M. 

Choose your size according to your largest measurement (bust/waist) and how you would like the top to fit. For a close-fitting top, choose the size closest to your largest measurement. For a loose top, choose a size 2-3” larger. 

Free Crochet Top Pattern - All About That Drape

Free Crochet Top Pattern – All About That Drape

Gauge Swatch

The instructions below will create a gauge swatch that is 5” (9 ½”) wide by 5” (9 ½”) high. If you are making a larger size and/or you sometimes find your tension is off, I recommend making the larger swatch. But, of course, that is completely up to you. 

With 5mm hook. 

Ch 22 (40). 

  1. Dc in 4th ch from hook and each ch across. Turn.   – 20 (38) st
  2. Ch3. Sk 1 st, vst in next st. *Sk 2 sts, vst in next st.** Repeat until there are 2 sts left. Sk 1 st, dc in last. Turn.   – 20 (38) st
  3. Ch3. Sk 1 st, 3dc in next ch1 sp. *Sk 2 sts, 3dc in next ch1 sp.** Repeat from * to ** until there are 2 sts left. Sk 1 st, dc in last. Turn.   – 20 (38) st
  4. Ch3. Sk 1 st, vst in next st. *Sk 2 sts, vst in next st.** Repeat until there are 2 sts left. Sk 1 st, dc in last. Turn.   – 20 (38) st
  5. Ch3. Dc in next st and each st and ch sp across. Turn.   – 20 (38) st
  6. Ch1. Hdc in 1st st and each st across. Turn.   – 20 (38) st
  7. Ch1. Hdc in 1st st. Hdc in 3rd LO of each st until there is 1 left. Hdc in top loops of last st. Turn.   – 20 (38) st
  8. Ch1. Hdc in 1st st. *Hdc in FLO of next st. Hdc in BLO of next st.** Repeat from * to ** until there is 1 st left. Hdc in both loops of last. Turn.   – 20 (38) st
  9. Ch1. Hdc in 1st st. *Hdc in BLO of next st. Hdc in FLO of next st.** Repeat from * to ** until there is 1 st left. Hdc in both loops of last. Turn.   – 20 (38) st
  10. Ch1. Hdc in 1st st and each st across. Turn.   – 20 (38) st
  11. Ch3. Dc in 3rd LO of next st and each st until there is 1 st left. Dc in last st. Turn.   – 20 (38) st

Small swatch: Measure your swatch to check that you are on gauge and adjust your hook size if needed. 

Large swatch: Repeat rows 2 – 11 until you have a total of 22 rows. Measure your swatch to check that you are on gauge and adjust your hook size if needed. 

Instructions

This top is worked from the bottom up. We will begin by working the lower body in the round, turning at the end of each round. Then, we will work the upper front and upper back in rows. There will be a small amount of sewing done at the shoulders and underarms. Lastly, all of the edges will be finished off with a simple single crochet border. 

Lower Body

With 5mm hook (or the hook used to obtain gauge)

  1. (WS) Choose either A or B
    A) FDC 108 (126, 144, 162, 180, 192, 210, 228, 240). Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.
    B) Ch 110 (128, 146, 164, 182, 194, 212, 230, 242). Dc in 4th ch from hook and each ch across. Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.
    – 108 (126, 144, 162, 180, 192, 210, 228, 240) st
  2. (RS) Ch1. Hdc in 1st st and each st around. Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.   – 108 (126, 144, 162, 180, 192, 210, 228, 240) st
  3. Working this round in the 3rd LO: Ch1. Hdc in 1st st and each st around. Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.   – 108 (126, 144, 162, 180, 192, 210, 228, 240) st
  4. Ch1, Hdc in FLO of 1st st. Hdc in BLO of next st. *Hdc in FLO of next st. Hdc in BLO of next st.** Repeat from * to ** around. Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.   – 108 (126, 144, 162, 180, 192, 210, 228, 240) st
  5. Ch1, Hdc in FLO of 1st st. Hdc in BLO of next st. *Hdc in FLO of next st. Hdc in BLO of next st.** Repeat from * to ** around. Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.   – 108 (126, 144, 162, 180, 192, 210, 228, 240) st
  6. Ch1. Hdc in 1st st and each st around. Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.   – 108 (126, 144, 162, 180, 192, 210, 228, 240) st
  7. Working this round in the 3rd LO: Ch3. Dc in next st and each st around. Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.   – 108 (126, 144, 162, 180, 192, 210, 228, 240) st
  8. (Ch4, dc) in 1st st (counts as a vst). *Sk 2 sts, vst in next st.** Repeat from * to ** until there are only 2 sts left. Ss to join to 3rd ch of beginning ch4. Ss into next ch1 sp. Turn.   – 108 (126, 144, 162, 180, 192, 210, 228, 240) st
  9. (Ch3, 2dc) in 1st ch1 sp. *Sk 2 sts, 3dc in next ch1 sp.** Repeat from * to ** until there are only 2 sts left. Ss to 1st st. Ss into next st. Turn.   – 108 (126, 144, 162, 180, 192, 210, 228, 240) st
  10. (Ch4, dc) in 1st st (counts as a vst). *Sk 2 sts, vst in next st.** Repeat from * to ** until there are only 2 sts left. Ss to join to 3rd ch of beginning ch4. Turn.   – 108 (126, 144, 162, 180, 192, 210, 228, 240) st
  11. Ch3. Dc in next st and each st and ch sp around. Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.   – 108 (126, 144, 162, 180, 192, 210, 228, 240) st

Measurement Check: Lay your project flat and measure the width. Your project should be 13 ½” (15 ¾”, 18”, 20 ¼”, 22 ½”, 24”, 26 ¼”, 28 ½”, 30”) wide. 

Repeat rounds 2 – 11 until you have achieved your desired length, minus approximately 9 ¾” (9 ¾”, 11”, 11”, 11”, 11”, 11”, 11”, 11”). Be sure to end with a repeat of round 11. For reference, I worked a total of 31 rounds for the top pictured. 

Free Crochet Top Pattern - All About That Drape

Free Crochet Top Pattern – All About That Drape

Upper Front

Turn so that the right side of your project is facing you. Count the 1st 54 (63, 72, 81, 90, 96, 105, 114, 120) sts and place a stitch marker in the last st counted. 

  1. (RS) Ch1. 2hdc in 1st st. Hdc in each st until you come to the st marker. 2hdc in the st with the st marker. Turn.   – 56 (65, 74, 83, 92, 98, 107, 116, 122) st
  2. (WS) Ch1. 2hdc in 1st st. Hdc in 3rd LO of each st until there is 1 st left. 2hdc in top loops of last st. Turn.   – 58 (67, 76, 85, 94, 100, 109, 118, 124) st
  3. Work only the instructions marked with your size:
    Sizes XS, M, XL, 2X, 4X, & 5X: Ch1. 2hdc in 1st st. *Hdc in BLO of next st. Hdc in FLO of next st.** Repeat from * to ** until there is 1 st left. 2hdc in both loops of last st. Turn.  
    Sizes S, L, & 3X: Ch1. 2hdc in 1st st. Hdc in BLO of next st. *Hdc in FLO of next st. Hdc in BLO of next st** Repeat from * to ** until there is 1 st left. 2hdc in both loops of last st. Turn.
    60 (69, 78, 87, 96, 102, 111, 120, 126) st
  4. Work only the instructions marked with your size:
    Sizes XS, M, XL, 2X, 4X, & 5X: Ch1. 2hdc in 1st st. *Hdc in BLO of next st. Hdc in FLO of next st.** Repeat from * to ** until there is 1 st left. 2hdc in both loops of last st. Turn.
    Sizes S, L, & 3X: Ch1. 2hdc in 1st st. Hdc in FLO of next st. *Hdc in BLO of next st. Hdc in FLO of next st** Repeat from * to ** until there is 1 st left. 2hdc in both loops of last st. Turn.
    – 62 (71, 80, 89, 98, 104, 113, 122, 128) st
  5. Ch1. 2hdc in 1st st. Hdc in each st until there is 1 st left. 2hdc in last. Turn.   – 64 (73, 82, 91, 100, 106, 115, 124, 130) st 
  6. (Ch3, dc) in 1st st. Dc in 3rd LO of each st until there is 1 st left. 2dc in top loops of last st. Turn.   – 66 (75, 84, 93, 102, 108, 117, 126, 132) st
  7.  Ch3. Vst in next st. *Sk 2 sts, vst in next st.** Repeat from * to ** until there is 1 st left. Dc in last st. Turn.   – 68 (77, 86, 95, 104, 110, 119, 128, 134) st
  8. (Ch3, dc) in 1st st. Sk 1 st, 3dc in next ch1 sp. *Sk 2 sts, 3dc in next ch1 sp.** Repeat from * to ** until there are 2 sts left. Sk 1 st, 2dc in last. Turn.   – 70 (79, 88, 97, 106, 112, 121, 130, 136) st
  9. (Ch4, dc) in 1st st (counts as a vst). *Sk 2 sts, vst in next st.** Repeat from * to ** across. Turn.   – 72 (81, 90, 99, 108, 114, 123, 132, 138) st 
  10. (Ch3, dc) in 1st st. Dc in next st and each st across until you have 1 st left. 2dc in last st. Turn.   – 74 (83, 92, 101, 110, 116, 125, 134, 140) st
  11. Ch1. 2hdc in 1st st. Hdc in each st until there is 1 st left. 2hdc in last. Turn.   – 76 (85, 94, 103, 112, 118, 127, 136, 142) st
  12. Repeat row 2.   – 78 (87, 96, 105, 114, 120, 129, 138, 144) st
  13. Repeat row 3.   – 80 (89, 98, 107, 116, 122, 131, 140, 146) st
  14. Repeat row 4.   – 82 (91, 100, 109, 118, 124, 133, 142, 148) st
  15. Repeat row 5.   – 84 (93, 102, 111, 120, 126, 135, 144, 150) st
  16. Repeat row 6.   – 86 (95, 104, 113, 122, 128, 137, 146, 152) st
  17. (Ch3, dc) in 1st st. Sk 1 st, vst in next st. *Sk 2 sts, vst in next st.** Repeat from * to ** until there are 2 sts left. Sk 1 st, 2dc in last st. Turn.   – 88 (97, 106, 115, 124, 130, 139, 148, 154) st
  18. (Ch3, 2dc) in 1st st. *Sk 2 sts, 3dc in next ch1 sp.** Repeat from * to ** until there are 3 sts left. Sk 2 sts, 3dc in last st. Turn.   – 90 (99, 108, 117, 126, 132, 141, 150, 156) st
  19. Ch3. Vst in next st. *Sk 2 sts, vst in next st.** Repeat from * to ** until there is 1 st left. Dc in last st. Turn.   – 92 (101, 110, 119, 128, 134, 143, 152, 158) st
  20. Repeat row 10.   – 94 (103, 112, 121, 130, 136, 145, 154, 160) st
  21. Repeat row 11.   – 96 (105, 114, 123, 132, 138, 147, 156, 162) st

Sizes XS & S only: Skip rows 22 – 25 and proceed to row 26. 

All other sizes proceed to row 22. 

  1. Repeat row 2.   – n/a (n/a, 116, 125, 134, 140, 149, 158, 164) st
  2. Repeat row 3.   – n/a (n/a, 118, 127, 136, 142, 151, 160, 166) st
  3. Repeat row 4.   – n/a (n/a, 120, 129, 138, 144, 153, 162, 168) st 
  4. Repeat row 5.   – n/a (n/a, 122, 131, 140, 146, 155, 164, 170) st 
  5. Ch1. 2hdc in 1st st. Hdc in 3rd LO of each st until there is 1 st left. 2hdc in top loops of last st. Bind off, leaving a long tail for sewing the shoulder.   – 98 (107, 124, 133, 142, 148, 157, 166, 172) st

Your project should now look like Figure 1 below. 

Free Crochet Top Pattern - All About That Drape

Figure 1

Free Crochet Top Pattern - All About That Drape

Free Crochet Top Pattern – All About That Drape

Upper Back

With the right side facing you, join your yarn in the first unworked stitch on the back of your project. 

  1. Ch1. Hdc in 1st st and each st across. Turn.   – 54 (63, 72, 81, 90, 96, 105, 114, 120) st
  2. Ch1. Hdc in 1st st. Hdc in 3rd LO of each st until there is 1 left. Hdc in top loops of last st. Turn.   – 54 (63, 72, 81, 90, 96, 105, 114, 120) st
  3. Work only the instructions marked with your size:
    Sizes XS, M, XL, 2X, 4X, &5X: Ch1. Hdc in 1st st. *Hdc in FLO of next st. Hdc in BLO of next st.** Repeat from * to ** until there is 1 st left. Hdc in both loops of last. Turn.
    Sizes S, L, & 3X: Ch1. Hdc in 1st st. Hdc in FLO of next st. *Hdc in BLO of next st. Hdc in FLO of next st.** Repeat from * to ** until there is 1 st left. Hdc in both loops of last. Turn.
      – 54 (63, 72, 81, 90, 96, 105, 114, 120) st
  4. Work only the instructions marked with your size:
    Sizes XS, M, XL, 2X, 4X, &5X: Ch1. Hdc in 1st st. *Hdc in BLO of next st. Hdc in FLO of next st.** Repeat from * to ** until there is 1 st left. Hdc in both loops of last. Turn.
    Sizes S, L, & 3X: Ch1. Hdc in 1st st. Hdc in FLO of next st. *Hdc in BLO of next st. Hdc in FLO of next st.** Repeat from * to ** until there is 1 st left. Hdc in both loops of last. Turn.
      – 54 (63, 72, 81, 90, 96, 105, 114, 120) st
  5. Ch1. Hdc in 1st st and each st across. Turn.   – 54 (63, 72, 81, 90, 96, 105, 114, 120) st
  6. Ch3. Dc in 3rd LO of next st and each st until there is 1 st left. Dc in last st. Turn.   – 54 (63, 72, 81, 90, 96, 105, 114, 120) st
  7. Ch2 (does not count as st). Sk 1st st, vst in next st. *Sk 2 sts, vst in next st.** Repeat until there are 4 sts left. Sk 2 sts, (dc, ch1) in next st. Dc2tog over same st and last st. Turn.   – 54 (63, 72, 81, 90, 96, 105, 114, 120) st
  8. Ch2 (does not count as st). Sk 1st st, 3dc in next ch1 sp. *Sk 2 sts, 3dc in next ch1 sp.** Repeat from * to ** until there are 4sts left. Sk 2 sts, 2dc in next ch1 sp. Dc2tog over same ch1 sp and last st. Turn.   – 54 (63, 72, 81, 90, 96, 105, 114, 120) st
  9. Ch2 (does not count as st). Sk 1st st, vst in next st. *Sk 2 sts, vst in next st.** Repeat until there are 4 sts left. Sk 2 sts, (dc, ch1) in next. Dc2tog over same st and last st. Turn.   – 54 (63, 72, 81, 90, 96, 105, 114, 120) st
  10. Ch3. Dc in next st and each st and ch sp across. Turn.   – 54 (63, 72, 81, 90, 96, 105, 114, 120) st
  11. Ch1. Hdc in 1st st and each st across. Turn.   – 54 (63, 72, 81, 90, 96, 105, 114, 120) st

Repeat rows 2 – 11 until you have a total of 21 (21, 25, 25, 25, 25, 25, 25, 25) rows, ending on a repeat of row 11 (11, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5). 

  1. Ch1. Hdc in 1st st. Hdc in 3rd LO of each st until there is 1 left. Hdc in top loops of last st. Bind off, leaving a long tail for sewing the shoulder.   – 54 (63, 72, 81, 90, 96, 105, 114, 120) st

Your project should now look like Figure 2 below. 

Figure 2

Free Crochet Top Pattern - All About That Drape

Free Crochet Top Pattern – All About That Drape

Sewing

We will start off by sewing the shoulders in place. Lay out your project with the right side out and the front side up. Move the outer corners of the front piece so that they match up with the outer corners of the back piece and pin them in place with locking stitch markers. Use more locking stitch markers to pin the front and back together where you would like the shoulder to start. Be sure you have the same amount of stitches pinned together on both shoulders. For example, I sewed 24 sts together for each shoulder to make my top. Your project should now look similar to Figure 3. Turn your project wrong side out and whip stitch the shoulders closed. 

Figure 3

Next we will sew the underarms. You don’t have to sew the underarms if you don’t want to. You can make your armholes as big or as small as you like.  I like my armholes to be roomy, but these were a little too big for my taste. To make your armholes smaller, simply use a locking stitch marker to pin the front and back together where you would like the bottom of your armhole to be (see Figures 4 & 5), then sew up the remainder. Be sure you have the same amount of rows open on both armholes.

Free Crochet Top Pattern - All About That Drape

Figure 4

Free Crochet Top Pattern - All About That Drape

Figure 5

Edging

Lastly, we will finish off the edges. Turn your project right side out. 

Neck

With right side facing you, join your yarn anywhere on the back of the neck. 

  1. Ch1. Sc in 1st st and each st around. Ss to join to 1st st. Bind off. 

Armholes

With right side facing you, join your yarn near the bottom of the armhole. 

  1. Ch1. Sc around the armhole evenly, placing 2 sts in the end of each dc row, and alternating between 1 and 2 sts in the end of each hdc row. Ss to join to 1st st. Bind off. 

Bottom

With right side facing you, join your yarn anywhere along the bottom. 

  1. Ch1. Sc in 1st st and each st around. Ss to join to 1st st. Bind off. 

Weave in your ends, and you’re done! 

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Free Crochet Top Pattern - All About That Drape

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4 thoughts on “Free Crochet Top Pattern – All About That Drape”

  1. I love this pattern thank you so much for sharing!

    Can I ask what are the multiples if we wanted to make it larger / smaller?

    I have some cotton yarn that I think would look wonderful worked up in this but it’s quite thin so I may need to make it larger.

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