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Lightweight Crochet Top – Free Pattern by Carpe Lana Co.

Woman standing outside in front of a white wall, wearing a lightweight crochet sweater with a black tank top underneath.

This lightweight crochet top pattern transitions between seasons beautifully and requires only basic stitches. Get the free pattern below.

Thanks to Lion Brand Yarns for supplying the yarn for this lightweight crochet top pattern. This post contains affiliate links.

Welcome back to the Make & Do Crew guest designer series where talented designers from across the internet share their free patterns with you, right here on Make & Do Crew.

Today Holly from Carpe Lana Co. is here with her free lightweight crochet top pattern! You can see lots of of Holly’s gorgeous feather stitch markers in her Etsy shop. And be sure to check her out on social media too: Instagram and Pinterest. Holly, take it away!

Girl standing outside in from of white wall. She is wearing a tan lacy crochet top with a black tank top underneath.

Why I Love This Easy Pullover Sweater

Hello everyone! I’m Holly, the designer behind Carpe Lana Co. and I am so excited to share my newest pullover design with you. A one piece, advanced beginner pullover seemed like the perfect piece to create for my guest post today.

Garments can seem intimidating at first but I wanted to show you that they don’t have to be. I created this piece with the advanced beginner in mind, because everyone needs a stylish pullover in their handmade wardrobe. You can never have too many, right?!

Whether it is in the middle of summer or a brisk fall evening, this versatile pullover is great to style all year round. Pair it with a cute tank and jean shorts for a day at the lake or a jean jacket, leggings, and those new cute boots for a fall evening by the bonfire. This pullover is sure to be a staple piece in your handmade wardrobe. Get the full free pattern below.

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A Trans-Seasonal Lightweight Yarn

The LB collection Superwash Merino yarn was a dream to work with. The soft feel, drape, and color options make it the perfect yarn for this design. You are sure to find a color option to fit your style with the amazing DK-weight yarn.

Lion Brand Superwash Merino yarn used for a free crochet sweater pattern.

I recommend blocking this pattern when finished to bring out the full potential of the beautiful fibers and allowing it to soften up.

Can a Confident Beginner Crochet This Top?

For The Poppy Pullover, I wanted to create a piece that could be worn multiple seasons, easy to create, and stylish to boot! To accomplish this, I used basic crochet stitches. If you can single crochet, double crochet, and make a chain you can make this pullover.

Woman standing outside in front of a white wall. She is pulling her hair up with her hands to show the back of her lightweight crochet top.

I started by creating the back panel, adding on the sleeves and shoulders, creating the front panel, and then seaming up the sides and sleeves. It’s as easy as that! Written in sizes XS-5X, this pattern is easily customizable to fit you just right!

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Poppy Pullover Lightweight Crochet Top Free Pattern

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Explanation: The Poppy Pullover is a simple, versatile, one-piece garment. Made with single and double crochets, it’s a great pattern for the adventurous beginner and advanced crocheter alike. Easily customizable to fit a wide range of sizes, this fun one piece construction will have you excited to create your own pullover! 

Supplies:
Lion Brand Superwash Merino (Weight: 3/DK – 306 Yds, 3.5 oz)
Hemp (#486-123) – X balls
U.S I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
• Yarn needle
Stitch markers
• Measuring tape
• Scissors

Sizes/Measurements:
Measurements in inches:
Size: (written with 4″ positive ease) XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
Bust: 29 (33, 37, 41, 45, 49, 53, 57, 61)”
Finished bust: 33 (37, 41, 45, 49, 53, 57, 61, 65)”

Gauge:
• 4″x4″ = 18 sts x 20 rows

Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
Ch- chain
sc- single crochet
dc- double crochet
sl st- slip stitch
st(s)- stitch(es)
RS- right side
WS- wrong side
sk- skip
slst- slip stitch
ChSp- chain 2 space
**- Repeat

Overall Pattern Notes:
• The Poppy Pullover is crocheted in one piece then seamed up the sides and sleeves. You will maintain the same repeats throughout the entire piece, single crochet section then mesh section, and do your shaping following this repeat as you go.

BACK PANEL

1: Ch 75 (84,93,102,111,120,129,138,147) + 1 for turning Ch.

2: (RS) sc in 2nd Ch from hook and each st across. Turn.

3: (WS) Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn.

4: Repeat step 3 4x for a total of 6 sc rows.

5: Ch 5 (counts as dc and Ch 2), sk2 sts, dc in next st, *Ch 2, sk2 sts, dc in next st*. Repeat to end. Turn.

6: Ch 5 (counts as dc and Ch 2), sk ChSp, dc in next st (on top of previous row dc), *Ch 2, dc on top of previous row dc*. Repeat until final chain space. Ch 2, dc in 3rd Ch of Ch 5. Turn.

7: Repeat step 6 until you have 4 rows of mesh openings.

8. Ch 1, *2sc in ChSp, sc in next st*. Repeat across to final ChSp. 2sc in ChSp, 1sc in 3rd Ch of Ch5. Turn.

9. Ch 1, sc in each stitch across. Turn.

10. Repeat step 9 4x for a total of 6 sc rows.

11. Repeat steps 5-10 until you have 6(6,6,6,6,7,7,7,8) solid rows and 6(6,6,6,6,7,7,7,8) mesh rows.

SLEEVES AND SHOULDERS

*You will drop yarn you were working with and leave joined for later, DO NOT fasten off. In 3rd Ch of Ch5 on opposite side (same row you just finished) slst a new ball of yarn to attach and begin working Ch for first sleeve*

1: Ch 72(72,72,72,72,75,75,75,75), break yarn, fasten off.

2: *return to yarn you dropped earlier and insert crochet hook to begin Ch for other sleeve*

3: Ch 72(72,72,72,72,75,75,75,75) + 1 for turning Ch.

4: Sc in 2nd Ch from hook and in each st across, continuing to sc 2x in each ChSp and sc on top of each dc. When you get to the end of back panel area sc3 in last ChSp since the 3rd Ch was already used to attach new ball of yarn. Continue to sc until you have reached the end of second sleeve. Turn. 219(228, 237, 246, 255, 270, 279, 288, 297)

5: Ch1, sc in each st across. Turn.

6: Repeat step 5 4x for a total of 6 sc rows.

7: Ch 5, sk 2 sts, dc in next st, *Ch2, sk2, dc in next st*, repeat to end. Turn.

8: Ch 5, sk ChSp, dc in next st (on top of previous row dc), *Ch2, sk ChSp, dc on top of previous row dc*. Repeat until final ChSp. Ch2, dc in 3rd Ch of Ch5. Turn.

9: Repeat step 8 until you have 4 rows of mesh openings.

10: Repeat in pattern (6sc rows/4 mesh openings) until sleeve width measures approx. 5.5(6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5)”.

*you can adjust sleeve width as needed if you would like to end at the end of a section instead of stopping in the middle*

11: Now we will work the neck hole and top of shoulders. Count in evenly from each side and find center 2 sts, mark with stitch markers. This will be the center of your neck opening. Including the right center st that is marked with a stitch marker, count over 18 sts to right, pm. Including the left center st that is marked with a stitch marker, count over 18 sts to the left, pm. Remove center markers. You should now have an approx. 8″ (36 sts) section marked off in center for neck opening. Continuing in pattern where you left off in section repeats, crochet over to first sm and turn.

*continue this shoulder section, in pattern, until shoulder area measures approx. 2.5(2.5, 2.5, 2.5, 3, 3, 3.5, 3.5, 4)”. Break yarn and fasten off.

12: slst yarn to other side of neck, one st beside sm, so we will have two matching shoulder sides on either side of neck hole opening. Repeat steps from opposite shoulder so you have the same amount of rows to match your approx. 2.5(2.5, 2,5, 2.5, 3, 3, 3.5, 3.5, 4)” from previous section.

*if you end this shoulder section on the outer edge leave yarn and continue to step 13. If your yarn ended by neck hole opening to match your other side, break yarn, fasten off, and attach by slst to outer edge.

WHETHER YOU END ON A SC ROW OR A MESH ROW THE NEXT STEPS WILL CONTINUE THE SAME.

13: Continue to crochet in pattern toward neck opening. After last st before neck opening Ch 42 (front neckline) and continue working straight across after sm on other side of neck opening.

14: Continue working across all sts until other half of sleeve width matches the first half, 5.5(6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5)”. You should now have 225(234, 243, 252, 261, 276, 285, 294, 303) sts across.
Sleeve + shoulder + sleeve width= total of approx. 13.5(14.5, 15.5, 16.5, 18, 19, 20.5, 21.5, 23)”
When above sleeve and shoulder width is reached, break yarn and fasten off.

FRONT PANEL

1: Count in 72(72, 72, 72, 72, 75, 75, 75, 75) sts from sleeve edge on both sides and place stitch markers. You will have 81(90, 99, 108, 117, 126, 135, 144, 153) sts between markers. These sts will be worked for your front panel.

2: Attach yarn by slst to first st between markers. Continue across, back and forth between markers, in pattern until you have one less sc section and one less mesh section han the back panel. This will give you high-low look on your side hem.

3. End after a sc section. Break yarn and fasten off.

FINISHING

1: Weave in ends and block to desired dimensions.

2: Fold in half with WS facing out. Line up sleeves and edges to begin seaming. Using a basic whip stitch, starting at one sleeve end, seam up sleeve and down side of front and back panels. Leave one sc section and one mesh section out of seam of front panel and two sc sections and two mesh sections out of seam of back panel. This will give you the split hem on the sides.

Weave in those ends and rock your Poppy Pullover!!

Thanks again to Holly from Carpe Lana Co. for sharing this free lightweight crochet top pattern! Be sure to check out Holly’s Etsy shop for lots more modern crochet and knit inspiration!

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