It’s still a little hot in Memphis, but the Honeycomb Mesh T crochet top is perfect for those hot summer days. I’ve been wearing this top all summer. For this free crochet pattern, I used Lion Brand 24/7 cotton. This is perhaps the easiest crochet crop top pattern you’ll come across this year.
I used 24/7 cotton because of the lovely colors and awesome durability (sweat, to be exact). The yarn is cool and breathable and has a great stretch to it. Another positive is it is completely machine washable.
For this pattern, I set out to create a simple mesh cropped tank that provides coverage but is also cool, airy and withstands all the summer elements. I took this canoeing, and it was perfect!
I hope you enjoy crocheting this easy pattern, and if you need pattern support or want to talk about crochet – I have a pattern support group called Stardust Gold Crochet & Friends.
I created a rainbow version of this pattern called the Rainbow Mesh Crochet Crop Top and you can make it by clicking the title link. It super cute too!
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+Skill Level Easy
Pattern Notes – Please Read!
- Because we are working with a mesh, we will count the squares, not the stitches.
- Pattern is made by completing two panels and sewing them together, working from the top-down.
Tip: Counting for sizing – count each square; because of the mesh pattern, we work into the ch spaces of each square.
- Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton in any color you choose.
- Hook size: 4.5 mm.
- Darning Needle
- Stitch Markers
This table shows how my chains you need to start for each size. Chain that number of chains, then follow along with the pattern below.
I have created a full video tutorial on how to create the Honeycomb Mesh stitch if you get confused or need help with it. You can find that link below.
Honeycomb Mesh Stitch Tutorial Video Tutorial Here
For all sizes:
Row 1: dc in 6th ch from hook, *ch 2, sk 2, dc in next chain* – repeat from * to * to end of row.
Row 2: ch 4, turn. *dc in next ch sp, ch 2* – repeat from * to * until you reach end of row.
Row 3 – X: Repeat Row 2 – until you reach the desired number of rows or height in the table below.
Note: The height of the rows listed in the table below is your armhole depth. If you’d like, you customize this armhole depth by adjusting the number of rows, or you can use the following table, which is a general guide for armhole depth taken from the yarn council guidelines.
Remember: this yarn and stitch will stretch about 2”- 3″ when worn, and I’ve accounted for the stretch in the tables; if it seems small when you put it on, give it a day – it will stretch to perfect fit.
Once you reach the number of rows or measurements you wish, tie off, and weave in tails.
Next, we will mark the neck hole opening and sleeves; this is where we will create the remainder of the body. You can use different colored stitch markers, one color for the neck and another color for the body.
+ Creating the Neck Opening:
Using the table below. Starting with the 1st square at each edge, counting inward. Mark the final square (in the chain space) with a stitch marker.
Use the neck hole width guide to get an idea of how wide your neck hole should be (these averages are taken from the yarn council guides). This will stretch; if it seems too tight, don’t worry ;).
|Sizes||Sqs||Neck hole width guide|
Place the garment with the neck opening side closest to you. Use the table below to find the number of squares you will need for your size – start with the 1st square on your right and count inward to the left. Mark that final counted square with a stitch marker. Repeat this working from the right side, counting in toward the left.
|Sizes||Sqs||Sleeve depth from edge|
+ Creating the Rest of the Body:
Attach yarn in the chain space with the 1st stitch marker (like photo below). Then work the following rows
Row 1: ch 4. *dc in next ch sp, ch 2* – repeat from * to * until you reach next st marker (the last dc of the row should be in the square with the stitch marker).
Row 2 – X (see table below): ch 4, turn. *dc in ch sp, ch 2* – repeat from * to * until you reach the number of rows in the table below.
Of course, the length of the top length is completely up to you! You can create more rows if you’d like, just remember to switch to a larger hook before your reach the top of the hips to give you a little more stretch on the hips.
The table below is how many body rows you’ll need to create a crop top.
You will have two panels. Lay on top of each other and sew along the dotted lines as pictured below.