I love it when a crochet design sneaks its way onto my hooks, totally unexpectedly, and with no pre-planning… and then I just run with it! 🙂
And that’s exactly what has happened with this new design of mine, the ‘Coastal Cove’ crocheted cropped halter neck top!
Scroll down for the full pattern… 🙂
The full pattern in both UK and US terms, together with photos and the link to a comprehensive YouTube tutorial, is below in this blog post. Just scroll down further… but first I’d like to tell you a little more about why this design came about! 😃💙
I went shopping with my teenage daughter a few weeks ago… ❤️ There we were in one of her favourite clothing stores and some little crocheted summer tops caught my eye. Always excited to see crochet when out and about, wherever we might be, on this occasion I found myself saying “I could crochet one of those…” and the challenge was set!
Crocheting a little summer top for my teenage daughter was no where near my long crochet to-do-list but there it came and it jumped straight to the top of the queue! 😃
I looked in my stash of yarns and decided on an Aran weight cotton because I wanted it to crochet up pretty quickly. I already had some Rico Creative Cotton Aran and it’s been a great choice – it crochets up beautifully… 😍
I’ve ended up crocheting three of these tops – the first for the pure design joy, the second to test my pattern and the third for recording a YouTube video tutorial.
I’ve absolutely loved crocheting them. Being cropped, a halter neck and with a lace up fastening at the back, the top really doesn’t have too much fabric so they crochet up super quickly!
I really enjoyed figuring out the design. Shall I crochet from the top down or bottom up? How should it fasten at the back? And what stitches to use? There are already thousands of designs out there for these little tops. We actually purchased a gorgeous top when we were in Corfu in 2019 from a local crochet guru! That was back in the day’s of travel pre-Covid! You can read more about that in a blog post I wrote here…
As I explored different design techniques I found myself saying “keep it simple”!
So yes, I’ve kept the design pretty simple although you could add embellishments if you like…
As I crocheted it and found that it was going well, I thought this could be a pattern I share with others. And in keeping it simple, it’s allowed me to design it so that it’s fully adjustable to fit all kinds of sizes… just add more rows where indicated to make it wider or longer. And the lace up back means it’s fully adjustable too.
I’m offering this as a free pattern… firstly because there are thousands of patterns for these tops already out there, many of which are being offered free. And secondly because I’ve recorded a comprehensive YouTube tutorial for this top and that is of course free… I’m hoping to reach out to younger audiences here who might want to make one for themselves! ❤️🙂
So there you go… enjoy and Happy Crocheting everyone! 🙂
Coastal Cove Top
Here are the written patterns in both UK and US crochet terms. Just click on the links for the printable PDFs…
And here’s the link to the full comprehensive YouTube Tutorial…😃
And here are plenty of additional photos that might help with the written pattern…💙😃
Will be making one of these for my nine going on nineteen granddaughter.
Lovely! You may need to make it a little smaller by doing shorter back panels…. 🥰🥰💖
I’m thinking of using 4 ply from mermaids purse and a smaller hook.
That will work! 🥰🥰
Fabulous design ..i love iit. alas i really dont know if i could get away with wearing one myself anymore …. 😁 … maybe on holiday !!
Would you consider doing more garment making tutorials , I’d love to see adult sweaters & cardigans please.
I love designing all kinds of things… I just need more hours in a day! 😃😃💙
Thats a maybe, I’ll take it . 🙂
Really pretty, love the pattern
Thank you! 🥰💙💙
Love it, perfect for an extra gift for a granddaughters birthday at the end of this week. Also love the red one will there be a pattern for this?
Enjoy making it! The red one was made by a lady in Corfu so it’s not my design…. 🥰❤️❤️
I will make one for my granddaughter or maybe a friend for next summer, we on the Southern Hemisphere going into winter now,
perfect for an extra gift for a granddaughters birthday at the end of this week. Also love the red one will there be a pattern for this?
Fabulous! The red one was made by a lady in Corfu so I don’t have the pattern for that… 🥰❤️❤️
granddaughters birthday at the end of this week. Also love the red one will there be a pattern for this?
Would cotton dk be too fine for this?
Hi Nelly… it will work but the top will come out smaller than mine although if you keep increasing then you’ll get to the size you need… give it a go! 💙
A lovelly easy design to teach my 19yr old grand daughter to crotcher. Thank you very much. Stay safe from Aus.
You’re very welcome! I was hoping this design would encourage the teens so very happy to hear your granddaughter has enjoyed it! 🥰💙💙
Hi love this pattern so much. What size would you suggest for a 36D bust size?
You could probably start with small/medium but just add extra rows where indicated in the pattern…. 🥰💙💙