3 Tips to Making your Own Crochet Crop Top + Video Tutorial

Arrowhead Crochet Halter Crop Top Pattern (1)
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The long-awaited Crochet Arrowhead Crop Top Pattern is here. This crochet halter top pattern is one of the most popular and beloved patterns available and I’m so happy it is still enjoyed by many.

The narrow neckline and “V” shape pattern at the front resemble the arrowhead tip hence is where it got its name! With its evergreen style and modern look, this perfect summer top serves as the quintessential summer outfit, perfectly suited for a myriad of occasions. 

Imagine yourself basking in the warmth of summer heat while reveling in the joyful atmosphere of summer festivals or leisurely beach days. The crochet Arrowhead Halter top effortlessly combines comfort, elegance, and a touch of bohemian allure, making it an exquisite choice for those seeking a stylish and on-trend ensemble.

For the convenience of making this pattern, you will be able to find the full Video tutorial on my YouTube channel where it is worked up in size Small. And if you would like a printable PDF copy of this written pattern with no distracting ads, and loads of guided images, it is available for purchase on my pattern store here. Or just add this to your Ravelry queue for later.

Crocheting a cropped top can be a lot of fun and definitely a fulfilling crochet project for those who enjoy creating their own crochet summer wardrobe. So if you want to try making your own crop top, here are some simple steps to follow:

 

Choosing the Right Yarn

 

cascade yarns

This goes without saying. The first step is to carefully choose the right yarn. And when I say right, I mean the best yarn. It has to be stretchy. It has to have some sort of spandex or elastane blend in it. 

You can find cotton and acrylic yarns that come with these blends which in my opinion will work really well. I highly recommend Cascade Fixation Yarn and Alize Diva Stretch. Both of these yarns have really good stretch and are lightweight yarns, perfect for summer months!

For this pattern, I am using the Cascade Fixation yarn in the color Ecru. This yarn has been tried and tested hundreds of times (by me of course) and it honestly lives up to its reputation. More about that here.

It does not sag or carry water weight. It is super stretchy and will hug your body nicely. It is also fast drying, but I would say the Alize Diva dries much faster. 🙂 Perfect for those warm weather.

The difference between Alize Diva Stretch and Cascade Fixation is that Alize Diva is an acrylic blend, it is much thinner being a fingering yarn and it is also a lot stretchier, almost like a rubber band. Tip: Remember to buy it with the word “Stretch” in it, or you’ll get another type of fiber.

It also has a beautiful sheen to it resembling a regular swimsuit, which is a plus!

Cascade Fixation on the other hand is a cotton yarn blend, it is a sportweight yarn and is not as stretchy or as glossy as Alize Diva. 

In comparison with these two yarns, some people might just enjoy one over the other. So don’t be afraid to try both and see which one works best for you. (And let me know!)

Overall, this crochet halter top pattern does not require much yarn for all sizes which is a bonus in my books!

 

Crochet Hook Size

 
Home-made polymer clay crochet hooks
Home-made polymer clay crochet hooks
When making anything form-fitting, remember to use a smaller hook size than the recommended size stated on the yarn sleeve.

For all my crochet swimwear, I would use a 2.25mm and 2.5mm crochet hook only. These sizes work really well to prevent large gaps between each stitch.

For this pattern, I am using a 2.5mm crochet hook using my handmade polymer clay in a rose gold hook. I think I should make a video tutorial on this one day! 

 

Gauge

 

how to measure your crochet gauge

In the world of crochet, beyond the essential supplies of yarn and a crochet hook, another vital element that is often overlooked yet simply determines the success of a project – a swatch gauge!

By achieving the correct gauge and understanding the importance of making a swatch can greatly impact the outcome of the final pattern. It is an ideal decision to decide to make one to ensure that your finished creation aligns with the measurements and proportions specified in the written pattern.

To attain the desired gauge, it is highly recommended to test the recommended yarn using different hook sizes. This experimentation allows you to observe how varying the size of your crochet hook affects the tension and overall appearance of your stitches.

By carefully comparing the results against the pattern’s specified gauge, you will be able to adjust accordingly to ensure that your stitches match the intended measurements.

Measuring your gauge may seem like a daunting task for a beginner or those unfamiliar with the concept. However, If you find yourself unsure about how to measure a gauge or are unfamiliar with what a swatch is, I have put together a guide that provides step-by-step instructions to help you understand further.

This guide offers fantastic information, ensuring that you truly understand the fundamentals of gauge measurement and its impact on your crochet projects.

Additionally, I have also designed a swatch gauge calculator available for anyone to use. This useful tool will be able to simplify the process by automating your calculations, making it easier for you to assess your gauge accuracy and make necessary adjustments.

This swatch gauge calculator eliminates any guesswork, allowing you to approach your crochet endeavors with confidence and precision.

Remember, learning how to crochet a crop top, such as the Arrowhead Halter Crop Top, is an attainable goal with a bit of practice and patience. So, take hold of your crochet hook, weave the yarn through your fingertips, and start crafting your very own Arrowhead Halter Crop Top. 

 

Watch the Video Tutorial Here

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Arrowhead Crochet Halter Crop Top Pattern 

Arrowhead halter top

Pattern Description:

 

This crochet crop top’s front panel is worked in 4 parts using basic stitches like the half double crochet from the bottom up. The first part is the length of the crop top, allowing you the convenience of customizing the length according to your preference.

Part two is where the middle pattern begins. The middle pattern section of the top features a repeat of chains and double crochet stitches.

Arrowhead Crochet top pattern

Part three is when the sides start to decrease in every row while working on the chains and double crochet stitch. And finally, Part four is when there are no more half-double crochet rows left, leaving you only with middle patterns to finish off. 

To ensure maximum comfort, the Arrowhead top is made using Cascade Fixation which is stretchy and breathable. This will ensure a perfect and comfortable fit. 

And when using this yarn, you will not need to worry about it being see-through, so you can confidently wear it without any concerns, even when wet! More about Swimsuit Yarns FAQ here.

arrowhead crochet halter crop top

The halter neck top design comes with a string tie closure at the top of the neckline and a wider back tie for additional support and comfort, ensuring the perfect fit all day long.

This pattern is versatile and can be customized to suit your preferences. You can experiment with different yarn colors to create a vibrant or subtle look. The lightweight and breathable nature of the top makes it a perfect choice and a great addition for hot summer days, allowing you to stay cool and comfortable while looking effortlessly chic.

Pair it with high-waisted shorts, a flowing skirt, or your favorite beachwear, you will look amazing in every style.

 

Size and Measurement

 

arrowhead crop top

This crochet top pattern is designed to accommodate a range of cup sizes, from A to F. This inclusive sizing ensures that everyone can find their perfect fit. Additionally, the pattern takes into account the chest circumference to further customize the sizing and achieve an ideal fit for everyone’s unique body type and shape.

When choosing the right size, it is recommended to consider both your cup size and chest circumference. By selecting the appropriate cup size, you can ensure a comfortable and supportive fit for your bust. 

The chest circumference/bust measurement ensures that the top will fit snugly around your torso while still allowing for the stretchiness that is characteristic of this crochet top. Optionally, I’ve had many larger bust gals requesting for added rubber bands at the base of the top.

 

elastic rubber band

It’s worth noting that the stretch of the yarn used in this pattern allows for a flexible and forgiving fit. However, before making the top, you should note that it should appear smaller than your actual measurement by 2 – 3 inches (5 – 8 cm) due to the stretchy nature of the yarn. (unless you’re using a different yarn)

Keep in mind that depending on the type of yarn you use, different yarn fibers tend to relax and stretch over time, so selecting the right yarn will help maintain the intended fit for much longer.

The pattern offers detailed instructions and guidance on how to adjust the size to suit your specific measurements. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced crocheter, you’ll find the step-by-step instructions and picture guide easy to follow. This pattern also comes with a full video tutorial

 

Tools and Materials:

 

arrowhead crochet top materials

Yarn weight: DK – Category 3
Brand: Cascade Fixation  
Color: Ecru
Hook: 2.5mm
Gauge: 24 Hdc Sts x 16 rows = 4”x 4”
No. yarns (balls): 2 balls for all sizes
Size: A – F Cup
Tools: tapestry needle, measuring tapescissors
Skill Level: Intermediate

 

Things to Note:

  • Prepare a pattern gauge swatch to get the right size. You may need to adjust your tension or change the hook size to achieve the same gauge.
  • Do note this top is stretchable when using mentioned yarn
  • Turning chain does not count as a St unless mentioned otherwise
  • Refer to the measurement chart here
  • Abbreviation page available in English US format
 

Here are More Summer Crochet Crop Top Patterns

 

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Happy hooking
Shaz 🌺


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