Free Granny Square Crochet Halter Top Pattern
Simple granny squares get a holiday overhaul with Sara Huntington’s free crochet crop top pattern.
If you're looking for the perfect crochet top for summer, or a handy way to use up all those squares you've made for Granny Square Day, this free crochet halter top pattern is a must-make! Even if you're relatively new to granny square patterns, this crochet crop top pattern only needs 5 squares and two half triangles, so is surprisingly quick to hook up! Also, if you wanted to add some fabric lining to protect your modesty (just to cover those little gaps), it's super-easy to do thanks to the flat geometrical shape - or you can just wear it over a strappy vest top too! Any don't forget, if you're new to granny squares and want to practice the basics, or are looking to vary the squares used in this top, you can find loads of options with our free granny square patterns!
You will need
Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton (100% cotton, 110g/200m) or alternative DK yarn 1 skein of each:
- Poppy Red (3751)
- Tangerine (3750)
- Paprika (3771)
- Buttercup (3748)
These yarn quantities apply to all three sizes
See table for measurements
Each motif measures 14 (16: 18)cm/ 5½ (6¼: 7)in square
You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. This crop top crochet pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using the guide.
Make sure you work your motif to the size stated to get accurate overall measurements, blocking each square to the measurements if necessary before joining.
Change colour in the last yrh (yarn round hook) of the prev st. *The Bust measurement of the garment is given as the width of the top two motifs. This is equal to half the Bust measurement, as it covers your front only.
Free crochet crop top pattern
Square full motif (make 5)
With Buttercup, ch5, ss to first ch to join into a ring.
Round 1 (RS) Ch1 (does not count as st), 8dc into ring, ss to first dc. [8 dc]
Round 2 Ch2, 2-tr cl in st at base of ch, 3-tr cl in each rem st around, ss to top of first cluster, change to Tangerine. [8 clusters]
Round 3 Ch2, tr in st at base of ch (counts as cluster), (2-tr cl, ch3, 2-tr cl) in each rem cluster around, omitting last cluster on final rep, ss to top of first cluster, join Poppy Red in any ch-3 sp. [8 ch-3 sps
Round 4 Ch3 (counts as tr throughout), (2tr, ch2, 3tr, ch1) in same ch-3 sp (corner made), *(3tr, ch1) in next ch-3 sp, (3tr, ch2, 3tr, ch1) in next ch-3 sp (corner made); rep from * twice more, (3tr, ch1) in next ch-3 sp, ss to top of beg ch-3. [4 corner tr groups and 4 side tr groups]
Round 5 Working into the ch-sps of the prev round, work (3tr, ch2, 3tr, ch1) in each corner sp and (3tr, ch1) in each side sp, replacing the first tr with a ch-3, ss to top of beg ch-3, join Paprika in a corner ch-sp. For Size 16-18 only, work an extra round as Round 5 with Poppy Red before joining Paprika.
Work 1 (2: 2) more rounds as Round 5 with Paprika.
Next round Ch2 (counts as st), htr in each st and each side ch-1 sp, working 5htr in each corner ch-sp, ss to top of beg ch-2. Fasten off. [24 sts each side]
Triangle half motif (make 2)
With Poppy Red, ch5, ss to first ch to join into a ring.
Row 1 (RS) Ch3, (3tr, ch2, 3tr, ch1, tr) into ring, turn. [1 corner tr group and 2 tr]
Row 2 Ch3, (3tr, ch1) in sp before first tr group, (3tr, ch2, 3tr, ch1) into corner ch-2 sp, 3tr in sp before last tr, tr in top of beg ch-3, turn. [1 corner tr group, 2 side groups and 2 tr]
Row 3 Ch3, (3tr, ch1) in sp before first tr group, (3tr, ch1) in each ch-1 sp and (3tr, ch2, 3tr, ch1) in the corner ch-2 sp, 3tr in sp before last tr, tr in top of beg ch-3, turn.
Row 4 Rep Row 3, change to Paprika. For Size 16-18 only, work an extra row as Row 3 with Poppy Red before changing to Paprika.
Row 5 Work 2 (3: 3) more rows as Row 3, do not fasten off.
Next row Ch2 (counts as st), htr in each st and ch-1 sp, working 5htr in the corner ch-2 sp. Fasten off.
With Poppy Red, and holding motifs WS tog, work a dc seam to join the motifs according to the Diagram below.
Cont a round of dc with Poppy Red around the entire edge of the piece, working 2dc in each corner st, and omitting a st at the bottom of the centre top ‘V’ so that the edge lies flat. Fasten off.
Rejoin Buttercup with RS facing at the seam of the 2 full motifs on the side (see Diagram above). Follow arrows on the Diagram to show the direction of working for edging: Working 1dc in each st, dc towards the first top point, *ch56 (60: 64) to make neck tie, dc in second ch from hook and in each ch back towards point of motif.** Cont working a dc in each st along the top edge, skipping a st at the bottom of the centre ‘V’ if necessary. Cont to top of second point and rep from * to ** for second neck tie.
Work the edging along the side of the two motifs to the next corner, ch42 (46: 50) for the side tie. Dc in second ch from hook and in each ch back towards main piece. Cont edging along the second side of the last full motif to be worked, then ch25 (27: 29), and slip stitch into first side tie, 10 (11: 12) sts away from the main piece. Turn and dc back into each ch of the 25 (27: 29) ch, and cont the edging along the bottom edge of the piece to the join between the right-hand half motif and the full motif. Rep the process for the side ties in reverse, so ch26 (28: 30), dc in second ch and each ch back to main piece, dc along edge of full motif, ch42 (46: 50) for tie, dc in second ch and each ch until there are 10 (11: 12) ch rem, ss to end of ch26 (28: 30) to join, dc in rem ch back towards main piece and dc in rem sts along second side of full motif to starting point ss to first st.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this free crochet crop top pattern. Don’t forget, if you need any help with your crochet stitches you can always check out our crochet for beginners guide. And if you’re looking to treat yourself, check out our list of the best crochet hooks and the best crochet kits for beginners.
Crochet designer, teacher and Editor of Simply Crochet magazine, Sara Huntington is a legend in the crochet community. Sara started as a crochet designer for Simply Crochet before becoming the editor in 2015. She still regularly designs for the magazine as well as teaching crochet in her spare time. You can keep up to date with Sara on Instagram at @crochetdeli