I know your wondering, what!?! Is she really going to give us the deeds or is this just a ploy to get us here and only give the bare minimum. No, guys, I am spilling the deeds, the tea, the what you need to know to size your crop tops just right. I am so happy to finally share this with you and I’m not leaving anything out. If you are here to learn to size crop tops for friends and family and you don’t want to ask for measurements because its a surprise, no worries this chart will tell you all you need to know. If you are here because summer is coming and you want to get your side hustle on by crocheting crop tops, this is the place to be. When I started crocheting tops a year ago, I was basically guessing and checking. After doing so many, I finally came up with a chart that I refer to every single time for sizing help.
Start off with the Basics
Yes, halter tops are a great starter project and works up at a decent time. This specific top is my Jenna Halter Top. Pattern can be purchased here. Basically what you need is the waist measurement and from there you simply work your way up, decreasing as you go. I like my tops to go a little past my under arm so I add a few inches. That is the basic premise behind halters. The designs in the middle is what makes you’re top pop as well as playing with colors.
This is the same pattern as the image above except I played with colors to create a watermelon design and used a different stitch to show a little more cleavage. I love a little peekaboo cleavage. Not too much, not too little.
Things to keep in mind when crocheting a Halter
- Hook size and yarn size will change your starting chain amount.
- Stitches like DC and TC are more see through so be careful when using those. You don’t want a nipple poking through. Placement is key.
- There’s different ways to decrease. I try to use multiple ways in my patterns.
- It may work with one design but it may not work with another. Learn to adapt and adjust your crochet crop top as you work with different designs.
- Play around with different hooks. If you need a stitch to e tighter, go down a hook size, and vice versa.
The cups, the cups, the cups.
So much goes into the cups. You want to achieve a cup that is not flat. Please, do not sell cups that are flat and have the ladies breast sliding to one side. I will be doing a video on a simple bralette pattern that I will insert here. It will go all into the cups. Subscribe to my Youtube channel here to be notified when this video appears.
Things to keep in mind when crocheting a Bralette
- No flat cups. I can’t stress this enough
- The width of the cups should properly cover the chest.
- The space between the cups. A sl st for size XS, one sc usually does the trick for S and M. two is fine for L and XL. Crocheting too many in between will leave the breast too separated. No one wants that.
- Straps. Makes sure they are thick and long.
- Borders around your cups will help to make them stand out. But a plain one is good as well. You can give options.
- When adding a band, take into account the waist measurement.
If you are just starting out, open back open back open back, did I say open back? These two tops pictured below is one-two weeks work of testing and tweaking to get this pattern just right to fit from size XS-XL. The first thing you have to take into account is the waist, then the bust, then the straps then the shoulder detail. Although it was fun to create and looks amazing on anyone, it was a pain to write up a pattern.
Pattern for the Penelope can be purchased here
Pattern for the Madeline can be purchased here
This is all I use to make my crop tops. You may need to use half of a size but make it work for what you are making. I also use the width of my tops for the length as well. It’s been working for me so you can try that and see if it works for you. Please feel free to leave a comment with any questions that you may have or you can DM me on any of my social media pages here. I hope this chart helps you as much as it has helped me. Don’t forget to hit that subscribe button.