Rusty Road Crop Top – Free Pattern

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Our New Rusty Road Crop Top pattern is so easy to crochet and beginner-friendly! This is a free crochet pattern here on the Blog & Ribblr and includes a step-by-step how-to video tutorial on YouTube. Pattern includes sizing from XS-5X!

Size Medium crop top 48.5″ finished size modelled on 36″ Bust

Since my teenage daughters introduced me to high-waisted mom jeans, I’ve needed some new tops to fit the look. I have to admit I was a little skeptical at first. Now I love the baggy comfortable style. This Rusty Road Crop Top compliments any style of high-waisted jeans or shorts and is light and airy for Spring & Summer.

Rusty Road Crop Top

You can easily modify the crochet top length to suit your body. My daughters even suggested making it longer to wear as a bathing suit coverup. Whether you shorten or lengthen this crochet top, I know you’ll love it! The Rusty Road Crop Top is worked in two rectangular pieces with a simple crochet lace stitch. The crop top is completed by seaming the rectangles together, leaving a neck opening. It’s that easy!

Rusty Road Crop Top
Medium Size Long Cardigan in Brava Bulky Brindle

The Stitch Pattern

The lace stitch crochet pattern creates a beautiful open pattern that is light and airy with a beautiful drape. It looks especially gorgeous once it’s blocked. Blocking allows the stitches to become relaxed and stretched out so you can see the detail. You’ll love The one row repeat that’s easy to memorize and work up with ease.

Rusty Road Crop Top

The Yarn

Stroll Fingering Weight – 75% Fine Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon (231 yds/50g) Shown in pumpkin. $5.99/ball

This was my first time using stroll fingering yarn, and I was pleasantly surprised. It worked up quickly in the stitch pattern and is so soft and lightweight. It blocked really well and turned out exactly how I wanted it. I’ve been intimidated to use such a fine-weight yarn in the past, but I’m so glad I tried it. My Rusty Road Crop Top is so comfortable and will be perfect for warm weather.

Furls hooks and yarn

Substitute Yarns

There are lots of good yarn alternatives for the Rusty Road Crop Top pattern. Stroll has a great price point at $5.99 per ball with 231 yards. Here are some other options with prices listed. Browse all fingering options from WeCrochet HERE

Save $

Comfy Fingering – $3.99

Fiber Content: 75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic
Weight: Fingering
Crochet Gauge: 21 – 32 sc = 4” on B – E hooks (2.25mm-3.5mm)
Yards: 218
Grams: 50
Put Up: Skein
Care: Machine Wash Gentle/Tumble Dry Low

Comfy fingering

Spend $$

Lindy Chain – $6.99

Fiber Content: 70% Linen, 30% Pima Cotton
Weight: Fingering
Crochet Gauge: 21 – 32 sc = 4” on B – E hooks (2.25mm-3.5mm)
Yards: 180
Grams: 50
Put Up: Ball
Care: Hand Wash/Dry Flat

Lindy Chain

Splurge $$$ 

Hawthorne Speckle Hand Painted- $13.99

Fiber Content: 80% Fine Superwash Highland Wool, 20% Polyamide (Nylon)
Weight: Fingering
Crochet Gauge: 21 – 32 sc = 4” on B – E hooks (2.25mm-3.5mm)
Yards: 357
Grams: 100
Put Up: hank
Care: Machine Wash Gentle/Tumble Dry Low

Hawthorne fingering Speckle

Yarn Requirements

Buy the Ad free PDF crochet pattern on Ravelry, Etsy or Free digital pattern on Ribblr

Size Chart:   XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)

Bust Measurement:

inches  28-30 (32-34, 36-38, 40-42, 44-46, 48-50, 52-54, 56-58, 60-62)

Finished Bust:

inches    41.5 (45, 48.5, 52, 55.5, 59, 62.5, 66, 69.5)

Stroll yarn from weCrochet

 Knit Picks/WeCrochet Stroll– 75% Fine Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon (231 yds/50g) Shown in pumpkin.

Yards   500 (560, 625, 680, 740, 790, 875, 915, 1000)

# Balls   3 (3, 3 , 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5)

Crochet Hook Requirements:

I used Furls Odyssey Crochet hooks. They make working with fine yarns easy on the hands.

US E/4 (3.5mm) or size needed to obtain gauge

US G+/7 (4.5mm) or size needed to obtain gauge

Furls crochet hooks

Additional Supplies:

Yarn Needle 

Removable Stitch Markers

Blocking Mat and Pins

Gauge:

16 sts and 9.25 rows equal to 4″ in lace pattern with 3.5mm hook blocked

18.5 sts and 11.75 rows equal to 4″ in lace pattern with 3.5mm hook NOT blocked

Video Link:

https://youtu.be/9b0ErjfBEBE

Instructions:

The Rusty Road crop top is worked by making two rectangular pieces. The panel is worked from the side across in the 3.5mm hook. Next block the panels. The panels will stretch significantly when blocked.  Soak panels in lukewarm water for approximately 30 minutes in wool wash or a tiny amount of dish soap. After soaking gently wring out excess water and roll in a towel.  Lay pieces on blocking mats and pin to measurements. Allow to thoroughly dry.

Finish with a single crochet-edged border with a 4.5mm hook. Mark the neck opening and seam. The pattern is written for the smallest size with larger sizes in parentheses ( ). Step by step video tutorial is provided on our YouTube channel. 

Rusty Road Crop Top

Schematics:

A: Total Length 37.5 (39, 41, 41, 42) (42, 43.5, 43.5, 45)” 

B: Half Length 18.75 (19.5, 20.5, 20.5, 21) (21, 21.75, 21.75, 22.5)”

C: One Panel Width 10.5 (11.25, 12, 13, 14) (14.75, 15.5, 16.5, 17.5)”

D: Finished Width 20.75 (22.5, 24.25, 26, 27.75) (29.5, 31.25, 33, 34.75)”

E: Arm Hole 8 (8.5, 9, 9.5, 10) (10.5, 11, 11.5, 12)” 

F: Neck Opening 12″

easy crochet top schematic

Panel – Make 2

XS (S, M, L, XL) (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)

Notes: The panel is worked from the side across. The length equals the front and back of the top. To shorten the top, decrease the starting chain in multiples of 3. To lengthen the top, increase the starting chain in multiples of 3. Order an extra ball for a longer top.

Stitch Chart:

Lace stitch pattern chart
Rusty Road Crop Top

Row 1 (RS): With smaller hook, ch 151 (157, 163, 163, 169) (169, 175, 175, 181) work 1 sc in the back hump (leg) of the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn—150 (156, 162, 162, 168) (168, 174, 174, 180) sts.

Row 2 (WS): Ch 3 (included as a st here and throughout), sk the next st, work (1 dc, 1 sc) in the next st, *ch 2, sk 2 sts, next st work (1 dc, 1 sc); rep from * across, turn—50 (52, 54, 54, 56) (56, 58, 58, 60) clusters.

Row 3: Ch 3, sk sc, work (1 dc, 1 sc) in the dc of previous row, *ch 2, sk ch-2 and sc, work (1 dc, 1 sc) in dc; rep from * across, turn—50 (52, 54, 54, 56) (56, 58, 58, 60) clusters.

Rows 4 – 24 (26, 28, 30, 32) (34, 36, 38, 40): Rep Row 3.

Last Row: Ch 1, work 1 sc in first 2 sts, *work 1 sc in ch-2 sp, work 1 sc in next 2 sts; rep from * across, work 1 sc in turning ch, fasten off and weave in ends—150 (156, 162, 162, 168) (168, 174, 174, 180) sts.

Block: 

Use a blocking mat and pins.  Wet garment and pin piece to measurements.  Allow to fully dry.

Finishing:

Notes: Adjust hook size if the edging pulls the stitch pattern.

Round 1: With larger hook and RS facing, join yarn to first st at right corner. Ch 1, *work 1 sc in each st across, at corner work 3 sc, work 46 (50, 54, 58, 62) (66, 72, 76, 80) across, at corner work 3 sc; rep from * around, sl st in first sc to join. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Mark Neck Opening:

With RS facing, place the side of the panels together. Pm at the centre of panels. Measure 4″ to the back and 8″ to the front and place markers. Total neck opening of 12″. You can try on the top to make sure the neck opening is a good fit. Adjust markers if needed. 

Seaming:

Front/Back

RS facing with yarn needle whip stitch the front panels together. Start at the bottom and work up to the marker. Repeat for the back. Weave in ends.

Sides

With RS facing, fold garment together from shoulder measure down 8 (8.5, 9, 9.5, 10) (10.5, 11, 11.5, 12)” for arm opening and pm. With yarn, needle whip stitch the sides together. Start at the bottom and work up to the marker. Repeat for the other side. Weave in ends.

Rusty Road Crop Top

I hope you enjoy this simple lace crochet crop top pattern. I can’t wait to see your makes! You can purchase the digital PDF crochet pattern with sizing XS-5X HERE.

You might also love some of our other Spring/Summer Designs. Lacy Spring Cardigan and Mint to V Sweater

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