Crochet

Maya Crop Top Pattern

I learned to crochet July 4th, 2015. I had spent the 3 weeks prior just sitting and watching videos on Youtube with zero equipment, just watching and trying to soak it all in. I finally decided that ok, yeah, I think I can do this!  I ordered some hooks and yarn from Amazon.  Side note: I’m going to do a post on things I wish I knew when I started out, so look out for that coming soon!  But anyway, back to the story.  I was spending July 4th with my husband’s family at a lovely beach house in Connecticut. I was excited to spend time with family, but I knew I would need to find something to do in the downtime.

My husband brought a book and offered to bring one for me as well. That’s when I remembered the hook and yarn that arrived from Amazon just a few days prior. Perfect! I thought, I can relax by the water with my yarn and needle. I had no idea what I was doing.  I had never even practiced before so I was just doing any stitch that I could remember off the top of my head. I don’t think I remembered any to be honest with you but I was going to make a halter top. I’m going to look for that halter top and snap a picture because I was so proud of it.

Did it look amazing? Hell no, but I loved it.  I had made something with my two hands and the fit was decent. Almost two years later, and I’m creating patterns and designs, and collaborating with so many amazing people in the crochet community. The point is, I learned.  After trying it and slowly figuring out more and more after more, mistake by mistake, I can make anything that I put my mind to.

Most importantly, I want you to learn as well.  I want to make patterns that explain things, not only tell you what I’m doing.  I want to make video tutorials that spark ideas beyond what you’re learning.  I want you to take what I’m teaching and make it your own.  Put simply, I want you to know what I know and to evolve the way I did.  That is why I have this website, that is why I make video tutorials, and that is why I write patterns.  I want to share it with everyone, starting off with the Maya Crop top/Bikini.

Size: Medium

Materials:

2 Skeins of Lily Sugar N Cream Yarn 250-350 yards

Crochet Hook: 4 mm

Stitch Markers

Tapestry Needle

Scissors

Abbreviations: 

Chain (CH)

Slip Stitch (SL ST)

Skip (SK)

Single Crochet (SC)

Double Crochet (DC)

Pattern:

Row 1: CH 13

Row 2: Turn. DC in the 3rd CH from the hook. DC in the rest of the CHs in the row. DC again in the last CH space. CH 1. Place stitch marker in the CH 1 space. Crochet 2 additional DCs in the same space. You will start the next set of DC on the opposite side. DC in the rest of the spaces along the opposite side. You should have the same amount of DC before and after the CH 1 for every round.

Row 3: Turn. CH 2. DC in each DC until you reach the CH 1 space. Crochet 1 DC. CH 1 then another DC all in the CH 1 space. Place stitch marker in the new CH 1 space. DC in the remaining DC spaces on the opposite side.

Continue repeating Row 3 for 6 additional rows. Feel free to add or remove rows if you want less/more coverage.

Repeat the entire process to achieve two identical cups.

Do not fasten off on your last cup. Make sure both cups are facing right side up.

For size XS, SL ST to join to the next cup. For size S and M, CH 1 then join to the next cup. For Size L and XL, CH 2 then join to the next cup.

You are now going to work on the border and straps for the first cup.

Start by SL ST in the first two DC spaces. *CH 2. SL ST in the front loop of the first CH of the CH 2 then SL ST in the next two DC spaces*. Repeat between * and * until you reach the CH 1 space.

SL ST into the CH 1 space. CH 61. SC in the 2nd CH from the hook. SC back down to the CH 1 space. SL ST into the CH 1 space. Start the edging for the other side of the cup by crocheting the last thing that you did on the other side first. Working your way down the same way you worked your way up.

When you’ve reached the end of the other side CH 80-100 depending on how long you would like your strap that goes around your waist to be. If you also plan to do a long band, you should make a long chain so that you can have a corset back detail.

SC in the 2nd CH from the hook. SC in all the remaining CHs until you reach the first CH that you started with.

SC under your first cup until you reach the end of the next cup. The amount that you SC is not important just keep note of how many you crocheted under one cup so that you can crochet the same amount for the next cup. Do not forget to work 1 or 2 SC in the CHs that you used to join your cups.

When you’ve reached the end of the other side CH 80-100 depending on how long you would like your strap that goes around your waist to be. If you also plan to do a long band, you should make a long chain so that you can have a corset back detail.

SC in the 2nd CH from the hook. SC in all the remaining CHs until you reach the first CH that you started with.

You are now going to work on the border and straps for the second cup.

Start by SL ST in the first two DC spaces. *CH 2. SL ST in the front loop of the first CH of the CH 2 then SL ST in the next two DC spaces*. Repeat between * and * until you reach the CH 1 space.

SL ST into the CH 1 space. CH 61. SC in the 2nd CH from the hook. SC back down to the CH 1 space. SL ST into the CH 1 space. Start the edging for the other side of the cup by crocheting the last thing that you did on the other side first. Working your way down the same way you worked your way up.

When you’ve reached the middle, fasten off.

I made a two part video tutorial: Part 1 which shows how to to crochet a bikini without the band and Part 2 which instructs you on adding a band as well as the tassels.

To purchase the inexpensive PDF of Maya Crop Top with all sizes just click that link. Make sure that you’re subscribed to my Youtube Channel. Feel free to check out my recent blog post on Crop Top Sizing as well. It’s a must read if you want to start crocheting bikinis, crop tops and/or halters.

I wish you all the best in all of your crochet endeavors, big or small.  As always, if you have any questions or comments don’t hesitate to reach out!

Happy crocheting!

Love,

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