#31 – RENÉE Crop Top

Okay, I know I’ve been on a little bit of a crop top spree, but this is the last one before summer ends. Pinky promise! I’m actually super excited to tell you about this crop top though, because it’s finally an original pattern! I love being able to experiment and try new stitches, and not to toot my own horn, but I really like how this pattern turned out. In fact, I would be honoured if you’d take the time to check it out.

  • 1/2 skein of Premier Yarns Cotton Fair – a fine weight (2) yarn (above: Cream)
  • Size F (3.75 mm) hook

Pattern by tick-tock hobbies

(abbreviations: HHDC = herringbone half-double crochet; SC = single crochet; HDC = half-double crochet; DC = double crochet; TC = treble crochet)

  1. Chain thirty-one stitches in the foundation chain. (31 stitches)
  2. Yarn over and insert into the third stitch from the hook. Yarn over again and pull through the first two loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through the remaining two loops. *Yarn over and insert into the next stitch. Yarn over again and pull through the first two loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through the remaining two loops*. Repeat from * to * (HHDC) for the rest of the row. (30 stitches – the two skipped stitches at the beginning also count as a stitch)
  3. Chain two stitches. HHDC into each stitch, starting from the stitch closest to the hook. Do an additional HHDC in the last stitch of the row. (32 stitches)
  4. Repeat step 3 nine more times. (34 / 36 / 38 / 40 / 42 / 44 / 46 / 48 / 50 stitches)
  5. Chain two stitches. HHDC into each stitch, starting from the second stitch from the hook. (50 stitches – the two chain stitches at the beginning also count as a stitch)
  6. Repeat step 5 eighteen more times. (50 stitches)
  7. Turn your work so that you are working along the side of the crop top and SC twenty-two times. The SC should finish at the very first row of fifty HHDC. (22 stitches)
  8.  Chain two stitches and HDC in the front loop of each stitch, starting from the second stitch in the row. (22 stitches – the two chain stitches at the beginning also count as a stitch)
  9. Repeat step 8 nine more times. (22 stitches)
  10. Chain two stitches. HDC decrease in the front loop over the next two stitches, starting from the second stitch in the row. HDC decrease in the front loop over the next two stitches. HDC in the front loop each stitch for the rest of the row. (20 stitches – the two chain stitches from the beginning also count as a stitch)
  11. Chain two stitches and HDC in the front loop of each stitch, starting from the second stitch in the row. (20 stitches – the two chain stitches at the beginning also count as a stitch)
  12. Repeat steps 10 and 11 six more times. Cast off, leaving a long tail for weaving in. Attach a button to this strap!  (18 / 16 / 14 / 12 / 10 / 8 stitches)
  13. Repeat steps 7 to 12 on the other side of the crop top, with one change! When starting the row that will have ten stitches, do the two HDC decrease stitches, then chain two stitches while skipping two stitches, then finish the row with four normal HDC stitches. This will create a buttonhole!
  14. Turn your work so that you are working along the bottom of the crop top, and SC one hundred and nineteen times. The SC should finish at the end of the strap with the button.
  15. SC into the second stitch from the hook. *Chain five stitches while skipping three stitches, then SC into the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * until the last two stitches. Chain two stitches while skipping one stitch, then DC into the last stitch.
  16. Chain one. SC into the first stitch from the hook, then skip two stiches. *DC into the next stitch. DC increase. DC. DC increase. DC. Skip three stitches and SC.** Chain five while skipping five stitches. SC. Skip three stitches.* Repeat from * to * until the last two stitches, with the last repetition ending at **. Chain two stitches while skipping one stitch, then TC into the last stitch.
  17. Chain one. SC into the first stitch from the hook. *Chain five while skipping four stitches. SC. Chain five while skipping three stitches. SC.** Chain five while skipping four stitches. SC.* Repeat from * to * until the last two stitches, with the last repetition ending at **. Chain two stitches while skipping one stitch, then TC into the last stitch.
  18. Repeat steps 16 and 17 three more times. Cast off, leaving a long tail for weaving in.

EDIT (04/07/2017) – RENÉE Crop Top Sizes – After receiving several e-mail requests for sizes, here are my proposed alterations to the pattern to adjust for S, M, L, XL sizes. I just want to say that I haven’t personally made any of these sizes, so I’m not sure how they’d turn out. If you try one of these sizes, please let me know! I’d love to see the finished product and to find out if I need to make any other further changes to the pattern to make it work better for everyone.

I got to try out new stitches on this pattern, which really made my day! I learned about them in the book I mentioned way back in January. One was the herringbone half double crochet, and the reason I was drawn to it is because I think it has such dimension to it, more so than a normal half double crochet or double crochet. I’m sorry that I forgot to take a closer picture of the details, but I encourage you to try it out for yourself! It’ll be worth it, I promise. The other stitch was the fan trellis stitch, which I used for the bottom half of the top. As I’ve mentioned countless times, I am a sucker for lace detailing, and this fit the bill 100%. If you know more lacy type stitches, please, send them my way. I’d love to try work them into new patterns in the future.

Again, while my steps make sense to me, I’m aware that they may not make sense to anyone else, so please let me know if there’s anything I can do to make things more clear! I’ve included the stitch diagram for the fan trellis stitch, which is steps 14 to 18, so I hope that helps clear things up for you.

I’m also a huge believer in the little details, so I was very thankful for the classy touches my BrickBubble labels and button lent this top! Packaging is everything.

This pattern is named after my friend Renée, who was my accountability partner over the last year. She never fails to make me laugh with her sense of humour, but more importantly, she also helps to keep me focused on my walk with God. For that reason, when she asked me to look into designing a crop top for her, I was super happy to do it. I really hope she likes it, because I had a lot of fun making it! I think she approves though, because Renée has now appointed herself to be my number one marketing expert. As a result, there may be exciting news in the future, fingers crossed! Renée also happens to be an amazing photographer, and she promised a fun photoshoot, so keep an eye on that #ticktocktogether page!

If you love the look of this crop top but don’t want to make it, I’ve made it available on my Etsy shop! It’s completely customizable in terms of colour and size, so feel free to check it out.

Until next time, happy creating!

This pattern is an original pattern by June Cheung at Tick-Tock Hobbies – please do not claim this pattern as your own or reprint it on another site or any other format. If you want to share this pattern (and I’d love it if you do!), just link to this pattern and give me the proper credit. You may keep a copy of the pattern for your own personal use but please DO NOT sell this pattern. Permission is NOT granted for any finished products to be sold for profit, or for mass production or for factory manufacturing of any kind. Thank you so much for your respect and understanding!

2 thoughts on “#31 – RENÉE Crop Top

  1. love the look for this top. I don’t see the directions for the other sizes. Can you please tell me where to find them,

    1. Hello RoseAnn!
      If you click on the link next to the EDIT section, it should allow you to download the sizes! I’ve also e-mailed you a copy just in case though.

      June

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