Crochet Summer Tops for Women: 15 Free Patterns!

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Time to bare arms! Lightweight tops, tanks, shells, and wispy layers are what’s needed now – or at least they will be soon. Expanding your summer wardrobe with signature crochet pieces is a fun way to show off your talents. In this roundup I’ve gathered 15 free patterns for crochet summer tops, with sizes from XS to 5X represented – something for just about everybody!

Crochet Summer Tops for Women of all sizes - 10 Free Patterns!

15 Free Patterns for Crochet Summer Tops for Women

  1. Light Layers Tank by Patons (XS/S, M, L, XL, 2/3XL, 4/5XL): Spiderweb patterns and mesh make a great tank!LIght Layers Tank  - Crochet Summer Tops for Women
  2. Sea Breeze Top by Lion Brand Yarn (S, M, L, 1X, 2X): This empire waist top is flattering to many, and solid stitches make it a stand alone layer!Sea Breeze Top  - Crochet Summer Tops for Women
  3. Casual Summer Top by Diane Moyer, on Caron (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X): Loose, cropped and breezy!Casual Summer Top  - Crochet Summer Tops for Women
  4. Floral Cami by Lisa Gonzalez, a Ravelry download (S, M, L): Perfect over a colored tank!Floral Cami  - Crochet Summer Tops for Women
  5. Lighthearted Tunic by Erika and Monika Simmons, on Red Heart (One Size 25″w x 25″l): This is so cute!  I love this look over a tee and jeans.Lighthearted Tunic  - Crochet Summer Tops for Women
  6. Airy Lace Shell by Lion Brand Yarn (XS, S, M, L, 1X, 2X): Lovely dressed up or down!Airy Lace Shell  - Crochet Summer Tops for Women
  7. Yasmin by DROPS design (S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL): A solid top, a lacy bottom, and feminine frills!Yasmin  - Crochet Summer Tops for Women
  8. Diamond Shell by Lesley Arnold-Hopkins, a Ravelry Download (28-52in chest): A simple shape that mixes and matches beautifully!Diamond Shell  - Crochet Summer Tops for Women
  9. Oceanside Dolman-Sleeve Top by FlexibleFashions (custom sizing): Great coverage with a perfect fit!Oceanside Dolman Sleeve Top  - Crochet Summer Tops for Women
  10. Cap-Sleeve Top by Mary Jane Hall, from Crochet That Fits (XS – 3X): No increases or decreases in this ingenious pattern!Cap-Sleeved Top  - Crochet Summer Tops for Women
  11. Crochet Bronze Beauty Top by Doris Chan, on Lion Brand (Finished chest: 33″, 36″, 39″, 42″, 45″): This oversized lace top is super cute with both short and long sleeves!Crochet Bronze Beauty Top  - Crochet Summer Tops for Women
  12. Black Openwork Summer Top by Elaine Phillips, on ABC Knitting Patterns (M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X): I love the vintage feel of this modern top!Black Openwork Summer Top  - Crochet Summer Tops for Women
  13. Lace-Inspired Crocheted Top by Valerie Kurita, on Better Homes and Gardens (S, M, L): Close-fitting at the bodice and looser at the waist, this is an intermediate level pattern!Lace-Inspired Crocheted Top  - Crochet Summer Tops for Women
  14. Ladies Crochet Top by Schachenmayr (One size): A lacy, loose fit with peek-a-boo shoulders!Ladies Crochet Top  - Crochet Summer Tops for Women
  15. Baby Doll Top by Erika and Monika Simmons, on Red Heart (To fit bust: 32, 36, 40”): Fun and flirty for summer nights out!Baby Doll Top  - Crochet Summer Tops for Women

How are you set for summer wardrobe options? Add a few crochet pieces is a great way to personalize your choices and dress up the usual tees and tanks. Have you made any crochet summer tops? Share your favorite pattern links in the comments!

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  1. 1


    Wow, number 14 is exactly what I’ve been looking for! I’ve been browsing Japanese patterns for a while but I can’t really get used to reading Japanese charts. Thank you!

  2. 4

    Maud says

    It would be nice if there were more sensible summer top patterns out there, tunics and such, not all this sleeveless, skimpy, more-holes-than-fabric nonsense. I was looking to find a top to crochet for my 65 yo mother but couldn’t find anything suitable.

  3. 6


    Thanks so much for these! Also for the “extra” link you provided above with the less “holey” version. I prefer making adult clothing & thanks to you, found a few patterns that I’d not seen before! 😀

  4. 7

    Didimalang Sebotho says

    Hello madam! I’m very impress with your patterns. I like crochetting, i used to crochet bedspread and shawls, but now i want to know more patterns, i want to know how to make tops and dress.

    • 9

      Tamara Kelly says

      Looks like the company changed the URL – I was able to find the new on on Ravelry and have edited the list to link to the new location. Thanks for letting me know!

  5. 11


    I haven’t made any crochet tops yet, but that lighthearted tunic would be PERFECT for my little sister! Maybe dark blue instead of pink, though. Ooo the possibilities!

  6. 14

    Liss says

    I tried to make number 14, but I’ve never done anything following a chart and I didn’t understand :-(

    Do you know of any we site that explains how to read them?

  7. 17

    Kerri says

    The pattern for number 14 starts with “Cast on 109 ch”. Does that mean it is Tunisian crochet, or does on just chain 109 and go from there?

    • 18

      Tamara Kelly says

      I believe they just mean ch – it’s either written by a knitter or there was a translation to English issue. :) It’s standard crochet though.

  8. 19

    MIndi says

    I’ve made #1 twice. I made it for my niece, and her best friend liked it so much that she asked me to make one for her, too, so I did. It’s pretty awesome.

  9. 21

    Rita Zimmerman says

    #2 and #6 are my favorites. Thanks for this list. I am hoping to make a summer top this spring, so this list is perfect!

  10. 23

    debbi says

    I have tried to make #7 so many times but I simply can’t get the hang of reading pictures. is it possible to get this pattern written form. I’m a self taught beginner crocheter and I’m feeling like a real dummy over this. please help,

  11. 26

    sara says

    I love #13 but I need plus size. I haven’t the time to adjust the pattern….. thankyou for sharing

    • 27

      Tamara Kelly says

      I got as much sizing variety as I could, at least half with plus sizes. Unfortunately that’s one that doesn’t offer them.

  12. 28

    Nila atkins says

    Where is the pattern for # 11 ? I have looked everywhere. It seems that this pattern is no longer available. . I am not happy with some of these patterns the dolmon top is not easily understandable. Too bad it looked really pretty.

    • 29

      Tamara Kelly says

      The Lion Brand site is under construction this summer with an update in the works. It should be available again soon. :)

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