Crochet halter top made using colourful stripes. Has a tie-up neck and back straps resulting in this summer essential.
Since I began crocheting, I’ve not ventured much into making clothes. I have tried a simple granny square style poncho which was fun but made as a commission. I also tried a crochet croptop pattern a few years ago, but it was a Russian pattern with no English instructions (at the time). It was a challange and totally put me off.
Jeesh, I made so many mistakes watching the video, but I somehow managed to make a few copies; 2 for friends and one for myself. And as a result, each was completely different. 😂 (Updated pattern and pics coming soon …)
Always up for a crochet challange and as we are having a pretty beautiful summer here in the UK, I thought I’d try doing my own simple halter top with some leftover bits of yarn.
This needed it to be colourful and bright and I think I succeeded. 🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞
There are lots of different styles of crochet halter tops but I was getting a bit lost. Most importantly, I knoew I was looking to create one without any gaps that the stiches might leave. So, this halter top can be worn without a bra.
I used a combination of Drops Paris Yarn colours for this which is a cotton aran. Great colour selection, cheap and can easily be put in the wash.
STRIPED CROCHET HALTER TOP
I’m not sure what you’d call the shape I ended up with. Is it a diamond or square with one flat edge? Whatever the shape, it’s been designed to simple tie around the neck and above the waist.
The base of the top is made with TREBLE CROCHET and then DOUBLE CROCHET for the edging, with a CHAIN and SLIP STICHTs for the straps.
Start at the neckline and work down the halter top.
You will be increasing 5TR in the middle stitch of each previous row. This helps create the angle you see at the bottom of each row.
To start, create a MAGIC RING.
1st row = CH2 (to build height, this is NOT counted), work 7TR in the magic ring, TURN.
2nd row = CH2, 3TR, 5TCINC (in the 4th stitch from row1), 3TR.
COLOUR CHANGES (optional):
If you’d like to change colours between each rows, follow this guidance to have nice and neat colour changes. Create 2 rows per each new colour. You can choose whatever combo you like!
Step 1: Don’t finish the last stich of the previous colour, on the last pull through, this is when you attach the new colour.
(see image 1 and 2 below).
Step 2: Start to build your height, (when changing colours you can CH2 or CH3 depending how tight your tension is. I CH3 as I end up pulling the first CH really tight to make sure it doesn’t come loose)
Step 3: Continue with the TREBLE CROCHET stitches as per the pattern
(see image 4 and 5).
Now, repeat this process until you are reach across the collar bone or neckline, depending on where you would like it to reach (approx. 15cm = 8 rows).
Next, we will start to decrase at the ends of the rows.
DECREASING ROWs (2TOG):
Step 1: CH3, YARN OVER, inset hook into the same stitch, YARN OVER, PULL THROUGH so 2 hoops remain on the hook (see pic 2).
Step 2: (with 2 hoops still on the hook) YARN OVER, insert hook into the next stich across, YARN OVER, PULL THROUGH so 2 hoops remain on the hook, YARN OVER, PULL THROUGH last 2 hoops.
When the halter top has reached the desired size you will need to add a boarder.
You simple DOUBLE CROCHET evenly around each side.
For the straps, attach the yarn and work CHAIN STICHES to the desired length, then work back across the chains with SLIP STITCHES.
INSTRUCTIONS: *** UK TERMS ***
- 150G ARAN YARN (IF YOU WANT TO MIX COLOURS HAVE APPROX. 20G EACH COLOUR)
- 3.5MM (& 2.5MM FOR STRAPS) HOOK
- MEASURING TAPE
|R.1||7TR, TURN||= 7 ST|
|R.2||CH2, 3TR, 5TRINC (in the 4th stitch from row1), 3TR, TURN||= 11 ST|
|R.3||(colour change if desired)|
CH2, 5TR, 5TRINC, 5TR, TURN
|= 15 ST|
|R.4||CH2, 7TR, 5TRINC, 7TR, TURN||= 19 ST|
|R.5||(colour change if desired)|
CH2, 9TR, 5TRINC, 9TR, TURN
|= 23 ST|
|R.6||CH2, 11TR, 5TRINC, 11TR, TURN||= 27 ST|
|R.7||(colour change if desired)|
CH2, 13TR, 5TRINC, 13TR, TURN
|= 31 ST|
|R.8||CH2, 15TR, 5TRINC, 15TR, TURN||= 35 ST|
|R.9||(START TO DECREASE AT SIDES – cont. colour changes if desired)|
CH2, DEC(2TOG), 15TR, 5TRINC, 15TR, DEC(2TOG), TURN
|= 37 ST|
|R.10||CH2, DEC(2TOG), 16TR, 5TRINC, 16TR, DEC(2TOG), TURN||= 39 ST|
|R.11||(colour change if desired)|
CH2, DEC(2TOG), 17TR, 5TRINC, 17TR, DEC(2TOG), TURN
|= 41 ST|
|R.12||CH2, DEC(2TOG), 18TR, 5TRINC, 18TR, DEC(2TOG), TURN||= 43 ST|
|R.13||(colour changes if desired)|
CH2, DEC(2TOG), 19TR, 5TRINC, 19TR, DEC(2TOG), TURN
|= 45 ST|
|R.14||CH2, DEC(2TOG), 20TR, 5TRINC, 20TR, DEC(2TOG), TURN||= 47 ST|
|R.15||(colour change if desired)|
CH2, DEC(2TOG), 21TR, 5TRINC, 21TR, DEC(2TOG), TURN
|= 49 ST|
|R.16||CH2, DEC(2TOG), 22TR, 5TRINC, 22TR, DEC(2TOG), TURN||= 51 ST|
|REPEAT THE ROWS WITH 2TOG AT THE SIDES UNTIL YOU REACH DESIRED SIZE. EACH ROW SHOULD INCREASE BY 2 STITCHES.|
(My version was 36 rows in total)
|WHEN COMPLETE, GO AROUND THE HALTER TOP WITH DOUBLE CROCHET|
|CREATE STRAPS; CHAIN APPROX 60, TURN AND WORK BACK WITH SLIP STITCHES. DO THIS ON THE TOPS (for the neck) AND OPPOSITE SIDES (for the waist)|
|FASTEN OFF AND WEAVE ANY ENDS|
FYI – I have not been able to test this written pattern and have had to use math to work out the instructions. I pray it is correct but please leave a comment if you’re struggling or anything doesn’t feel right and I will try to resolve.
🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞 it is correct!
The colours are georgeous. My photo shoot for this project was a little OTT. The halter top looked so amazing outside with the greens and browns in the woods near my home, I couldn’t resist taking way too many pics.