Turns out I’m not the only one with a thing for DIY cropped tops! Made another since I posted about this one, seriously the obsession is real. But yes, a few of you messaged me and asked for a pattern to make one for yourselves, so here ya go! It’s very much in note form rather than a formal pattern, but I just made it up as I went along and jotted these down afterwards. Only in a UK size 8 for now, but thicker yarn would easily size it up a little.
Materials: 4ply / sock yarn (I used the majority of 1 ball of Lana Grossa Meilenweit Megaboots Stretch), 3mm and 3.75mm circular needles
Body: Cast on 160 stitches on 3mm needles
Work in 1×1 rib for about 9.5cm (or however long you want!)
Increase round: (k16, m1) to end – 170 sts
Change to 3.75mm needles
Work straight for 17cm
Divide for armholes: (Cast off 12, k73) twice.
Turn to work back and forth on only the back 73 sts.
Row 1: k1, p to last st, k1
Row 2: k2, k2tog, k to last 4 sts, ssk, k2
Repeat rows 1&2, 22 times more. Work row 1 once more. Cast off all back sts.
Rejoin yarn at right hand side of front (with RS facing)
Dividing row: k36, cast off 1, k36.
Now work on one side of the keyhole at a time (36 sts to begin with) starting with the right front.
*Shape armhole edge and keyhole neckline at the same time*
Work armhole decreases the same as the back throughout – 2 sts in from edge, and work the edge stitch in garter stitch.
Slip the edge stitch every other row at the keyhole edge.
Work keyhole neckline shaping as follows:
K2tog 2 sts in from edge every other row twice, then every 4th row twice.
Continue shaping armhole edge (decreasing every other row) whilst working straight at the keyhole edge for 20 rows (I think!!! Should have the RS facing ready for next row. Might be 21 rows not sure)
Next row (RS): s1, k1, m1, k to last 4, ssk, k2.
Next row (WS): k1, p to end
NR: s1, k to last 4, ssk, k2
NR: K1, p to end
Repeat last 4 rows twice more, then repeat increase row once more, then repeat purl row once more. Cast off.
Left front: Rejoin yarn at the left front and reverse all shaping – swapping k2tog for ssk and vice versa
Crochet edgings (always begin with RS facing)
Armhole edgings: Single crochet into 2 in every 3 sts along armhole edges, and into every stitch across underarm cast off. (No idea how many this should be in total, sorry!)
Work one row of single crochet back and fasten off.
Keyhole edging: Single crochet into every 2nd stitch along keyhole edge – the slipped stitch edging should make these quite clear. Work one row of single crochet and fasten off.
Neck edging and straps: Rejoin yarn at right front. Single crochet into every stitch across right front, make crochet chain for shoulder (I made mine 6.5 inches), single crochet into every stitch across back, make another crochet chain same length as first, then single crochet across left front.
Make a crochet chain however long you’d like neck ties to be. Turn and single crochet into this chain, then all the way around the neckline to the right front. Make another chain for other neck tie, single crochet back along it, and fasten off.
Ta da 🙂
Sorry if these instructions are a bit weird – I made it up as I went along so didn’t really take note! If you give this a go and find them to be utter gobbledegook then let me know, and I’ll try my best to help. 🙂
lily kate x