Crochet Festival Top: Easy Pattern Using Granny Squares
If you love to crochet granny squares...and you love summer fashion- then you are really going to love this crocheted granny square festival top!
I am currently obsessed with all bohemian summer fashion and this cute top with fringe is my latest addition to my DIY’d summer style.
This crocheted (with fringe!) top is really easy. It’s made by repeatedly the same granny square over and over.
And if you watch my other tutorial, you might recognize this granny square from my crocheted crossbody bag- so if you have made that- then you are a step ahead on this project!
By the way, are you following me on Instagram? If you are you probably already saw me preview this top- and my coordinating macrame earrings over the weekend. It was my birthday so I decided to make myself some presents! (And if you aren’t following me…come on already! )
To make this top you need a medium weight cotton yarn, a second medium weight cotton yarn in an additional color if you want to make this two toned look like mine and a size H crochet hook. I have been using Lily’s Sugar’n Cream yarn because it is super cheap and easy to find but any medium weight 100% cotton yarn will work!
I am going to start by walking you step by step through how to crochet this pretty, lacy, medallion centered granny square pattern - but first - take a quick second and subscribe to my website and head over to my youtube channel at www.youtube/alloplum and subscribe there too! I have so many ideas for fun summer DIY tutorials that I honesty think my brain might explode - and I don’t think you are going to want to miss this!
While this pattern is very easy and repetitive, it is a little tricky to explain in writing. But, you can watch the full tutorial below.
Now how many granny squares you want to use - is up to you.
GRANNY SQUARE PATTERN:
Ch-5, join the last chain to the first chain with a slip knot
R1: Ch-3. 15DC around the chained circle (your first Ch-3 will count as the one of the 16 DC for your next round), sl st into the top of your beginning chain
R2: Ch-3, *Ch-1, DC in next stitch (do not skip a stitch because of the extra chain)*, sl st into the 3rd chain in your beginning chain (just as with any circle, your second row needs to double the number of stitches from the first round. This is accomplished in this case by doing a double crochet and a chain for every double crochet you had in the previous round) End with 32
R3: Ch-3, 2DC in chain space, 1 DC in space made from the DC in the row below, sl st into the top of the beginning chain. End with 48
Now the circle will start to square off beginning in the next round.
R4: *Ch-5, sk 2sts, SC into 3rd st, Ch-3, sk 2 sts, SC into 3rd st, Ch-4, sk 2sts, SC into 3rd st, Ch-3, sk 2 sts, SC into 3rd st* repeat 4 times with each sequence becoming one side of the square with each Ch-5 spot acting as a corner.
R5: Slip Stitch around the first chain just to start out in that chain, Ch-3, 4DC in Ch-5 space (the chain counts as the first stitch), Ch-3, 5DC in same Ch-5 space, SC in Ch-3 space, 7DC in Ch-4 space, Sc in Ch-3 space, *5DC in Ch-5 space, Ch-3, 5DC in same Ch-5 space, SC in Ch-3 space, 7DC in Ch-4 space, Sc in Ch-3 space* repeat 3 times, slp st into the top of the first chain
R6: Ch-2, *Ch-4, SC into the chain space that is making the corner, Ch-3, SC into same corner chain, Ch-4, DC into the SC from the row below, Ch-3, SC into 4th st (should be the middle of the arch of 7DC from the row below), Ch-3, DC into the SC from the row below*, repeat 4 times, slp st into the 2nd chain from the bottom in the chain that started this round
R7: Slp St into the Chain 4 to get a fresh start, Ch 3, 4DC, *3DC in corner chain, Ch-3, 3DC in same st, 5DC in next Ch-4 space, 3DC in next Ch-3 space, 3DC in next Ch-3 space, 5DC in next Ch-4 space* repeat 3 times, 3DC in corner chain, Ch-3, 3DC in same st, 5DC in next Ch-4 space, 3DC in next Ch-3 space, 3DC in next Ch-3 space, slp st into the top of the chain that started this round
PIECING THE TOP TOGETHER:
This top is really cute as a cropped top- which typically can be made in 8 granny squares (or less depending on your size).
However I made 10 for mine and made more of a high/low top.
To lay out the front of my festival top, I placed 5 of my granny squares diagonally out on the floor. You can see in the photo above that my straps will connect at the two top corners and my two most outer squares will fold over to attach to the squares at the back of my top.
Start by sewing those squares together with matching yarn and a tapestry needle (see the photo below of the completed top for reference).
Once you have sewn the front together, add three more squares to the back. I also added a square in the 4th and 5th place to give my top a longer back for a little bit more coverage!
Once I had the main shirt sewn together, I went around the entire top with my contrasting black yarn. This is just a basic single crochet all the way around except that I continued to add two extra stitches in each time I came up to corner so that it wouldn’t curl my piece in.
The straps are made from 3 pieces of 32 inch long yarn that I looped through the top of these neckline corners, braided together and then tied in the back.
Then looped a piece of my ivory yarn through each crochet stitch across the bottom to add my fringe.
Now, For your reference I’m about 5’8” tall and typically wear a small in clothes- or sizes 0-2. This top was a little big for me when I was done so I folded in a few little pleats in the back and tied them with yarn to give this top a little more of a fitted shape. It would also have worked to just use less squares too!
So there you have it! My easy granny square top. I made mine specifically to be a swimsuit cover up and can’t wait to start wearing it!
If you love this top, don’t forget to check out the rest of my bohemian inspired summer DIY projects on my youtube channel: www.youtube.com/alloplum ! I eventually try to get most of my tutorials over here to my blog - but sometimes I am really slow!!!
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Up next I’m showing you how to make these super easy macrame earrings.
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