Crocheted butterfly tops are becoming increasingly popular for their quick workup and unique boho design. They're an attention-grabbing and versatile addition to your warm-weather wardrobe.
We've included free and paid halter patterns to ensure you can find the perfect butterfly crochet top for all your summer events.
What is a Butterfly Crochet Top?
A butterfly top is a crochet bralette shaped like butterfly wings and tied in the back. With simple adjustments, the basic butterfly top design can be used to create dresses or cropped tops with sleeves.
How to Crochet a Butterfly Top
Butterfly halters are worked starting with the body and adding the wings. Many top patterns utilize the half double or double crochet stitch to create the fabric portion with a simple chain stitch for the straps.
Some designs make two separate butterfly wings that connect in various creative ways.
Best Yarn for a Halter Top
The best yarn is lightweight cotton to make these crop tops for summer outings. A DK yarn, sport, or worsted-weight cotton blend will allow your halter to hold its shape while feeling cool enough for hot weather.
Here are some of our favorite cotton yarns for summer tank tops.
|LB Collection Cotton Bamboo Linen||Fine (#2)||40% Cotton, 35% Bamboo, 25% Linen|
|A Star is Born: Oh Baby Yarn||Fine (#2)||100% Organic Cotton|
|Truboo||Light (#3)||100% Bamboo|
|Coboo||Light (#3)||51% Cotton, 49% Rayon from Bamboo|
|Lion Brand Jeans||Medium (#4)||100% Acrylic|
|Touch of Linen||Medium (#4)||51% Cotton, 49% Linen|
|Lazy Days||Medium (#4)||100% Polyester|
More Free Patterns for Summertime
Just because the days are long doesn't mean your hook needs to hibernate. We love these stylish free crochet patterns for the summer months.
Butterfly Crochet Top Patterns
Free Butterfly Crochet Tops
The following butterfly tops include free written patterns or video instructions, and sometimes both. Several free patterns below explain how to make one size top and offer expanded sizing in the paid PDF version.
Beginner Butterfly Top
Quick Winged Crop
Lacy Halter Video
Colorful Butterfly Top with Plus Sizes
Solid Butterfly Halter
Monarch Strappy Tank
Bow Crop Top
Crochet Mariposa Halter
Crochet Mariposa Halter
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Butterfly Top Paid Patterns
The following paid halter patterns are available with excellent reviews and unique takes on the typical butterfly crop.
Butterfly Wing Corset
Related: 30 Free Crochet Dress Patterns
Shell Butterfly Top
Simple Butterfly Top Downloadable PDF
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Supplies You'll Need
The crochet supplies for butterfly tops are similar to other fast projects. In addition to lightweight yarn, you'll need:
- Crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- Stitch markers
A butterfly top is a great attention-grabber to wear to any event. You can easily dress down for casual wear by pairing the top with jeans or shorts. Dress up the butterfly halter with a fancy skirt for a formal event.
During cooler months, a lightweight jacket or simple cardigan can be worn with your crop without covering the butterfly shape.
Strappy crochet crop tops are a flirty way to add boho style to a summer outfit. Butterfly tops are often seen at casual events like music festivals, parties, and outdoor concerts.
Find Your Next Project
Ready to start something new? We've got plenty more free crochet patterns to keep you busy.
Learn a New Skill
When you're ready to master a new skill, check out our detailed guides that include everything you need to know to level up your crochet game.
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