13 Best Free Crochet Bikini Top Patterns

13 Best crochet bikini top free patterns

Gone are the days when Crochet Bikini Tops were made with basic triangle bikini cups and a tie. Here are 13 different ways to make a crochet bikini top to match your crochet bottom. Explore different styles tailored to accommodate any size, making it the ideal addition to your sunny season wardrobe.

These free crochet bikini patterns also come with a step-by-step video tutorial giving you all the info you need, answering common questions, and giving you the tools to make a gorgeous crochet bikini top.
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These free crochet patterns are also available as a printable PDF pattern which you can find in my pattern store. They are inexpensive and loaded with plenty of guided images without the advertisement. Or you can just check out via my Etsy Shop or save them to your Ravelry queue for later.



Types of Crochet Bikini Tops


Crochet bikini tops come in various styles, each with its unique look and feel. The classic triangle top features individual triangles with a neck strap, while the bralette pattern usually comes with wider bands or straps.


rochelle triangle bikini top
Rochelle triangle bikini top

Additionally, you can find unconventional tops to go with your bikini bottom like this crochet crop top sweater.


Remy Croptop
Remy Crop Top Sweater

The halter bikini top looks somewhat like a sports bra, offering more coverage almost like a crop top.  Another great style is the crochet Bandeau which is strapless with a straight or twisted design across the chest, ideal for smaller chest sizes. 


Candy Twist Bralette
Candy Twist Bralette

The beauty of making your own crochet bikini top is its versatility, allowing you to choose a style that suits your taste and body type

Learn more about which style suits your body type here.



Yarn Recommendations


cascade yarns

When choosing the yarn for your crochet swimsuit, look for yarns that are specifically meant for swimwear.

Find a yarn type that is a sport weight yarn also known as a DK weight yarn that has both cotton and an elastic crochet material such as elastane or polyamide. This ensures they can handle being in the water and still keep their shape and color.

The best yarn to consider is Cascade Fixation Yarn. It’s a nice choice as it combines the softness of cotton with the stretch of elastane.

This cotton yarn will feel smooth on your skin and stretch just enough to make sure your swimsuit fits well. It’s durable, and its colors stay vibrant even after being in the water. Learn more here.

Another great option is Alize Diva Stretch yarns. These yarns have a mix of polyamide, which adds flexibility and comfort. Because of its stretchiness, it gives a nice snug fit, making it perfect for creating a swimsuit that moves with you.

With these yarns, consider using a smaller than the recommended hook size mentioned on their label to provide a tighter and closed-up stitch. I would usually juggle between a 2.0 mm to a 3.0 mm crochet hook. Always make a swatch gauge with different hook sizes to find the one that fits the best. 

When you’re picking yarn, think about comfort. You want yarn that feels good on your skin, especially when you’re in the water. The right amount of stretch is important for a comfortable and flattering fit, so keep that in mind as you make your decision. Here are some other great bikini yarn options to check out.


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Sizing Guide For Crochet Bikini Tops


Measuring Guide

When starting a crochet project, refer to the pattern’s size information to choose the right size based on your body type. Pay attention to bust, waist, hip, and length measurements for a proper fit, ensuring overall comfort in the finished piece. 

Adjustments can be made according to personal preferences and body shape, given the flexibility of these patterns with various sizes ranging from XS to 5XL to accommodate different body types. 

Additionally, consider specific details for achieving the perfect fit, such as cup size that offers a range for the best fit and patterns with adjustable straps for a secure hold and peace of mind.

As you work on your crochet tops, periodically try them on to check the fit. This allows you to make adjustments along the way, ensuring the top is not too tight or too loose in specific areas. Pay attention to how it sits on your body, enhancing your confidence in the final result.

And last but not least, always crochet a gauge swatch to assess your tension compared to the pattern’s gauge. This will enable you to adjust your tension or hook size for the correct or closest possible gauge. Use this easy-to-follow gauge tutorial and a free Gauge Calculator for assistance.



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Are Lining Necessary?

Blue crochet bralette
Sahara Bikini Top

Adding linings to your crochet projects is entirely optional, particularly if you’ve mastered the art of tight and accurate stitching.

When your stitches are well-executed, they inherently provide a level of coverage that might render linings unnecessary. 

However, if you opt to include a lining in your creation, consider using swimwear fabric that harmonizes with the crochet design. Choosing a suitable fabric ensures both visual cohesion and comfort. 

To seamlessly integrate the lining, carefully follow the pattern instructions for sewing it into the crochet piece. The detailed instructions will guide you on the appropriate placement and method, allowing you to incorporate the lining effectively. 

We usually do not use lining in our crochet bikinis, however, using a lining is a personal choice meant for aesthetic and comfort preferences.



Pro Tip:

crochet bralettes

For any skill level, start with a beginner-friendly and simple pattern that focuses on basic stitches like single crochet stitches and double crochet stitches. 

Look for a basic bikini pattern such as crochet bralettes or triangle tops that is quick and helps build your skill set with each stitch.

As your confidence grows, start looking at a more advanced pattern such as crochet halter tops, bandeaus, or even a crochet bikini top with frills.

These patterns often incorporate shaping techniques like increases and decreases, as well as textured stitch combinations, adding depth and dimension to your creations. 

While these may require mastering specific stitches or construction methods, the rewards are worthwhile. 

Additionally, you can personally customize each crochet pattern with different colors, textures, or embellishments.  Mix and match by pairing your crochet top with any of these bikini bottoms styles and experimenting with different patterns to create a unique and personalized look. 


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After Care Guide


1. Washing Instructions: Gently hand wash your crochet swimsuit using a mild detergent in cool water. Avoid using harsh chemicals or bleach, as they can damage the fibers and colors.

2. Drying Methods: After washing, it’s crucial to choose the right drying method. You can either:

  • Low Tumble Heat: If using a dryer, set it to low tumble heat to avoid excessive heat exposure. Keep in mind that high heat can damage the yarn and affect the shape of your swimsuit.

  • Lay Flat to Dry: Alternatively, lay your swimsuit flat on a clean, dry towel to air dry. This method helps maintain the shape and prevents stretching.

3. Storage Tips: Store your crochet swimsuit in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Avoid folding or compressing it for extended periods to prevent creases or misshaping. 

4. Rinse After Use: If your crochet swimsuit has been exposed to saltwater, chlorine, or sunscreen, it’s advisable to rinse it with cool water after each use. This helps remove any residue that may affect the color and integrity of the yarn.

By following these simple care tips, you’ll ensure your crochet bikini top basks in the summer sun for seasons to come. So, slip on your masterpiece, feel the ocean breeze, and celebrate the magic of hand-crafted beauty!

Check Out These Free Crochet Bikini Top Patterns:

festival crochet top

Festival Tassel Crop Top | Free Crochet Top Pattern

This Festival crochet crop top is fun and frilly and a great step up for any crochet beginner. The mesh V shape panel and frilly tassels are a fun addition giving it some serious bohemian and hippie vibe.


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I hope this list of free crochet bikini top patterns is able to bring out a sun-kissed masterpiece that reflects your unique style. Remember, the journey is just as rewarding as the destination.

If you have any questions about any of these patterns, do get in touch with me by dropping a comment below. 

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