Crochet Summer Top – Starstruck

This sleeveless, crochet summer top is sure to become a wardrobe staple. Pair it with your favorite shorts or jeans for a breezy, casual look, or layer it over a tank for the office! Solid stitching conceals where needed, and open lace makes the rest of the top breezy and light.

Star Struck Top - free crochet pattern on Stitches n Scraps

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Over the Top Construction

I almost called this the “Over the Top Top” because of the unique construction. It starts at the bottom front edge, then works up, over the shoulder, and back down the the back!

Yarn choice

This pattern was originally published elsewhere. At the time, I had used Lion Brand Vanna’s Style yarn, but that has since been discontinued. Lion Brand Touch of Merino would be a good substitution, and I love the color options!

I saw it on Lion Brand!

Touch of Merino Yarn

Vanna’s Style is 100% acrylic. Substituting another DK yarn that is all or mostly acrylic will give you the closest look and feel. I would avoid bamboo or cotton as those fibers might sag more.

Check your Gauge

When making any garments, gauge is important for a good fit. Be sure to wash and block your gauge swatch in the same way that you plan to wash the finished garment. This way any stretching, sagging, or shrinking can be taken into account. Check out this post for more tips All About Gauge!

All about gauge - featuring the Clover Swatch Ruler - Stitches n Scraps

Starstruck Crochet Summer Top

CYC yarn symbol for Size 3 - Light
Project level Intermediate

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Materials

Project Level

Intermediate: Repeating pattern with special stitches. Some simple shaping.

Size

Pattern is written in size S, with changes for M, L, XL, and 2X in [ ]. The sample is shown in size S.
Finished Bust Size 37 [41, 45, 49, 53] inches to fit bust 34 [38, 42, 46, 50] inches.

Schematic diagram for Starstruck Top

Gauge

16 dc x 8.75 rows = 4 inches after blocking. Gauge is important for a good fit, be sure to check your gauge.

Abbreviations used

(Pattern is written in US terms)
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
inc = increase (see Special Stitches)
dec = decrease (see Special Stitches)
mod sc = modified single crochet (see Special Stitches)
sk = skip
st(s) = stitch(es)
sl st = slip stitch
yo = yarn over
RS = right side
WS = wrong side

Recommended Resources

Special Stitches

Increase (inc): Sc in back loop only of next st, then sc in both loops of the same st. See full tutorial here.

Decrease (dec): Insert hook into front loop only of both of next 2 stitches, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through both loops on hook. This is an alternative to a single crochet 2 together (sc2tog) stitch. If you prefer, you can use the standard sc2tog instead.

Modified Single Crochet (mod sc): Ch 3, insert hook under all three ch sps from the three previous rows, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through both loops on hook, ch 3.  

Instructions

Ch 3 at the beginning of a row counts as a dc throughout.

Front

Bottom Pattern section

Ch 99 [111, 121, 133, 145].

Row 1 (RS): Dc in 4th ch from hook and in next 2 [2, 1, 1, 1] chs, (ch 5, sk next 7 chs, dc in next 5 chs) 7 [8, 9, 10, 11] times, ch 5, sk next 7 chs, dc in last 3 [3, 2, 2, 2] chs. (41 [46, 49, 54, 59] dc, 8 [9, 10, 11, 12] ch-5 sps)

Row 2: Ch 3, turn, dc in next 2 [2, 1, 1, 1] dc, (ch 5, sk next ch-5 sp, dc in next 5 dc) across to last ch-5 sp, ch 5, sk last ch-5 sp, dc in last 3 [3, 2, 2, 2] dc. (41 [46, 49, 54, 59] dc, 8 [9, 10, 11, 12] ch-5 sps)

Row 3: Ch 3, turn, dc in next 2 [2, 1, 1, 1] dc, (mod sc, dc in next 5 dc) across to last ch-5 sp, mod sc, dc in last 3 [3, 2, 2, 2] dc. (41 [46, 49, 54, 59] dc, 8 [9, 10, 11, 12] mod sc)

Row 4: Ch 3, turn, dc in next 2 [2, 1, 1, 1] dc, (ch 7, sk next mod sc, dc in next 5 dc) 7 [8, 9, 10, 11] times, ch 7, sk next mod sc, dc in last 3 [3, 2, 2, 2] dc. (41 [46, 49, 54, 59] dc, 8 [9, 10, 11, 12] ch-7 sps)

Row 5: Ch 3, turn, dc in next 2 [2, 1, 1, 1] dc, (ch 5, sk next ch-7 sp, dc in next 5 dc) across to last ch-7 sp, ch 5, sk last ch-7 sp, dc in last 3 [3, 2, 2, 2] dc. (41 [46, 49, 54, 59] dc, 8 [9, 10, 11, 12] ch-5 sps)

Rows 6-35: Repeat rows 2-5 seven times, then repeat rows 2-3 once more.

Row 36: Ch 3, turn, dc in next 2 [2, 1, 1, 1] dc, (ch 5, sk next mod sc, dc in next 5 dc) 7 [8, 9, 10, 11] times, ch 5, sk next mod sc, dc in last 3 [3, 2, 2, 2] dc. (41 [46, 49, 54, 59] dc, 8 [9, 10, 11, 12] ch-5 sps)

Bust

Row 37: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 3 [3, 2, 2, 2] dc, (3 sc in next ch-5 sp, sc in next 5 dc) across to last ch-5 sp, 3 sc in last ch-5 sp, sc in last 3 [3, 2, 2, 2] dc. (65 [73, 79, 87, 95] sc)

Row 38: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.

Row 39: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 12 [15, 18, 20, 23] sts, inc, sc in next 7 [7, 7, 8, 9 ] sts, inc, sc in next 23 [25, 25, 27, 27] sts, inc, sc in next 7 [7, 7, 8, 9]  sts, inc, sc in last 12 [15, 18, 20, 23]   sts. (69 [77, 83, 91, 99] sc).

Row 40: Repeat row 38.

Row 41: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 13 [16, 19, 21, 24] sts, inc, sc in next 8 [8, 8, 9, 10 ] sts, inc, sc in next 23 [25, 25, 27, 27] sts, inc, sc in next 8 [8, 8, 9, 10]  sts, inc, sc in last 13 [16, 19, 21, 24]   sts. (73 [81, 87, 95, 103] sc).

Row 42: Repeat row 38.

Size L, XL & 2X only:

Row 43: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 20 [22, 25] sts, inc, sc in next 8 [ 9, 10] sts, inc, sc in next 27 [29, 29] sts, inc, sc in next 8 [9, 10]  sts, inc, sc in last 20 [22, 25]   sts. (91 [99, 107] sc).

Row 44: Repeat row 38.

Size S, & M only:

Row 43 [43]: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 19 [22, 32] sts, inc, sc in next 33 [35, 41] sts, inc, sc in last 19 [22, 32]  sts. (75 [83] sc).

All Sizes:

Rows 44-50 [44-50, 45-50, 45-50, 45-50]: Repeat row 38

Armhole

Row 51: Turn, sl st in first 4 [5, 6, 7, 8] sts, sc in next 66 [72, 78, 84, 90] sts, sc2tog, leaving remaining 3 [4, 5, 6, 7] sts unworked. (67 [73, 79, 85, 91] sts)

Row 52: Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc across to last 2 sts, sc2tog. (65 [71, 77, 83, 89] sts)

Row 53 [53-54, 53-54, 53-55, 53-56]: Repeat row 52. (63 [67, 73, 77, 81] sts)

Row 54 [55, 55, 56, 57]: Repeat row 38

Rows 55-56 [56-57, 56-57, 57-58, 58-59]: Repeat last 2 rows. (61 [65, 71, 75, 79] sts)

Row 57 [58-59, 58-61, 59-65, 60-67]: Repeat row 38.

Top pattern section

Row 58 [60, 62, 66, 68]: Ch 3, turn, dc in next 2 [4, 2, 4, 1] sts, ch 7, sk next 5 sts, (dc in next 5 sts, ch 7, sk next 5 sts) 5 [5, 6, 6, 7] times, dc in last 3 [5, 3, 5, 2] sts. (31 [35, 36, 40, 39] dc, 6 [6, 7, 7, 8] ch-7 sps)

Rows 59-60 [61-62, 63-64, 67-68, 69-70]: Ch 3, turn, dc in next 2 [4, 2, 4, 1] dc, (ch 5, sk next ch sp, dc in next 5 dc) across to last ch sp, ch 5, sk last ch sp, dc in last 3 [5, 3, 5, 2] dc. (31 [35, 36, 40, 39] dc, 6 [6, 7, 7, 8] ch-5 sps)

Row 61 [63, 65, 69, 71]: Ch 3, turn, dc in next 2 [4, 2, 4, 1] dc, (mod sc, dc in next 5 dc) across to last ch sp, mod sc, dc in last 3 [5, 3, 5, 2] dc. (31 [35, 36, 40, 39] dc, 6 [6, 7, 7, 8] mod sc)

Row 62 [64, 66, 70, 72]: Ch 3, turn, dc in next 2 [4, 2, 4, 1] dc, (ch 7, sk next mod sc, dc in next 5 dc) 5 [5, 6, 6, 7] times, ch 7, sk next mod sc, dc in last 3 [5, 3, 5, 2] dc. (31 [35, 36, 40, 39] dc, 6 [6, 7, 7, 8]  ch-7 sps)

Rows 63-65 [65-67, 67-69, 71-73, 73-75]: Repeat rows 59-61 [61-63, 63-65, 67-69, 69-71].

Right Shoulder

Sizes S, M, 2X only:

Row 66 [68, 76]: Ch 3, turn, dc in next 2 [4, 1] dc, (ch 7, sk next mod sc, dc in next 5 dc) 1 [1, 2] times, ch 7, sk next mod sc, dc in next 3 [3, 2] dc, leaving remaining sts unworked. (11 [13, 14] dc, 2 [2, 3] ch-7 sps)

Marker placement: Sk next 2 [2, 3] dc, sk next ch sp, sk next 5 dc, sk next ch sp, sk next 2 [2, 3] dc, place marker in next st.

Sizes L & XL only:

Row 70 [74]: Ch 3, turn, dc in next 2 [4] dc, ch 7, sk next mod sc, dc in next 5 dc, ch 7, sk next mod sc, dc in next 5 dc, leaving remaining sts unworked. (13 [15] dc, 2 ch-7 sps)

Marker placement: (Sk next ch sp, sk next 5 dc) twice, sk next ch sp, place marker in next st.

All sizes:

Rows 67-68 [69-70, 71-72, 75-76, 77-78]: Ch 3, turn, dc in next st, and in each st across to first ch sp, (ch 5, sk next ch sp, dc in next 5 dc) across to last ch sp, ch 5, sk last ch sp, dc each remaining dc. (11 [13, 13, 15, 14] dc, 2 [2, 2, 2, 3] ch-5 sps)

Row 69 [71, 73, 77, 79]: Ch 3, turn, dc in next 2 [2, 4, 4, 1] dc, (mod sc, dc in next 5 dc) 1 [1, 1, 1, 2] times, mod sc, dc each remaining dc. (11 [13, 13, 15, 14] dc, 2 [2, 2, 2, 3] mod sc)

Row 70 [72, 74, 78, 80]: Ch 3, turn, dc in next 2 [4, 2, 4, 1] dc, (ch 7, sk next mod sc, dc in next 5 dc) 1 [1, 1, 1, 2] times, ch 7, sk next mod sc, dc each remaining dc. (11 [13, 13, 15, 14] dc, 2 [2, 2, 2, 3] ch-5 sps)

Rows 71-73 [73-75, 75-77, 79-81, 81-83]: Repeat rows 67-69 [69-71, 71-73, 75-77, 77-79]. Do not fasten off. Remove hook and secure working loop with a stitch marker.

Left Shoulder

With WS facing, and using a separate ball of yarn, join with sl st in marked st.

Size S, M, 2X only:

Row 66 [68, 76]: Ch 3, dc in next 2 [2, 1] dc, (ch 7, sk next mod sc, dc in next 5 dc) 1 [1, 2] times, ch 7, sk next mod sc, dc in last 3 [5, 2] dc. (11 [13, 14] dc, 2 [2, 3] ch-7 sps)

Sizes L & XL only:

Row 70 [74]: Ch 3, turn, dc in next 4 dc, ch 7, sk next mod sc, dc in next 5 dc, ch 7, sk next mod sc, dc in last 2 [4] dc. (13 [15] dc, 2 ch-7 sps)

All sizes:

Rows 67-68 [69-70, 71-72, 75-76, 77-78]: Repeat as for right shoulder.

Row 69 [71, 73, 77, 79]: Ch 3, turn, dc in next 2 [4, 2, 4, 1] dc, (mod sc, dc in next 5 dc) 1 [1, 1, 1, 2] times, mod sc, dc each remaining dc. (11 [13, 13, 15, 14] dc, 2 [2, 2, 2, 3] mod sc)

Row 70 [72, 74, 78, 80]: Ch 3, turn, dc in next st, and in each st across to first ch sp, (ch 7, sk next mod sc, dc in next 5 dc) 1 [1, 1, 1, 2] times, ch 7, sk next mod sc, dc each remaining dc. (11 [13, 13, 15, 14] dc, 2 [2, 2, 2, 3] ch-5 sps)

Rows 71-73 [73-75, 75-77, 79-81, 81-83]: Repeat rows 67-69 [69-71, 71-73, 75-77, 77-79]. Fasten off.  

Back:

Top Pattern Section

Pick up working loop from right shoulder.

Row 74 [76, 78, 82, 84]: Ch 3, turn, dc in next 2 [4, 2, 4, 1] dc, *(ch 7, sk next mod sc, dc in next 5 dc) 1 [1, 1, 1, 2] times, ch 7, sk next mod sc, dc in each remaining dc,** ch 23 [23, 31, 31, 25], working across left shoulder, dc in next 3 [3, 5, 5, 2] dc, repeat from * to **. (22 [26, 26, 30, 28] dc, 4 [4, 4, 4, 6] ch-7 sps)

Size S, M, 2X only:

Row 75 [77, 85]: Ch 3, turn, dc in next 2 [4, 1] dc *(ch 5, sk next ch-7 sp, dc in next 5 dc) 1 [1, 2] times, ch 5, sk next ch-7 sp,** dc in next 3 [3, 2] dc, dc in next 2 [2, 3] chs, ch 5, sk next 7 chs, dc in next 5 chs, ch 5, sk next 7 chs, dc in next 2 [2, 3] chs, dc in next 3 [3, 2] sts, repeat from * to **, dc in last 3 [5, 2] sts. (31 [35, 39] dc, 6 [6, 8] ch-5 sps)

Sizes L & XL only:

Row 79 [83]: Ch 3, turn, dc in next 2 [4] dc (ch 5, sk next ch-7 sp, dc in next 5 dc) twice, (ch 5, sk next 7 chs, dc in next 5 chs) twice, ch 5, sk next 7 chs, (dc in next 5 dc, ch 5, sk next ch-7 sp) twice, dc in last 3 [5] dc.  (36 [40] dc, 7 ch-5 sps)

All Sizes:

Rows 76-78 [78-80, 80-82, 84-86, 86-88]: Repeat rows 60-62 [62-64, 64-66, 68-70, 70-72].

Rows 79-82 [81-84, 83-86, 87-90, 91-94]: Repeat rows 59-62 [61-64, 63-66, 67-70, 69-72].

Rows 83-85 [85-87, 87-89, 91-93, 95-97] Repeat rows 59-61 [61-63, 63-65, 67-69, 69-71].

Row 86 [88, 90, 94, 98]: Ch 3, turn, dc in next 2 [4, 2, 4, 1] dc, (ch 5, sk next mod sc, dc in next 5 dc) 5 [5, 6, 6, 7] times, ch 5, sk next mod sc, dc in last 3 [5, 3, 5, 2] dc. (31 [35, 36, 40, 39] dc, 6 [6, 7, 7, 8]  ch-5 sps)

Armhole

Row 87 [89, 91, 95, 99]: Ch 1, turn, sc in each dc and 5 sc in each ch-5 sp across. (61 [65, 71, 75, 79] sc.

Row 88-89 [90-92, 92-96, 96-103, 100-108]: Repeat row 38

Row 90 [93-94, 97-98, 104-106, 109-112]: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, inc, sc across to last 2 sts, inc, sc in last st. (63 [69, 75, 81, 87] sts)

Row 91 [95, 99, 107, 113]: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, inc, sc across to last 2 sts, inc, sc in last st, ch 4 [5, 6, 7, 8]. (65 [71, 77, 83, 89] sts, not counting chs.)

Row 92 [96, 100, 108, 114]: Turn, sl st in first 3 [4, 5, 6, 7] chs, sk next ch, sc in next sc, inc, sc across to last 2 sts, inc, sc in last st, ch 3 [4, 5, 6, 7]. (67 [73, 79, 85, 91] sts, not counting chs.)

Row 93 [97, 101, 109, 115]: Ch 1, turn, sc in each ch and in each st across. (73 [81, 89, 97, 105] sts).

Bust

Rows 94-103 [98-107, 102-110, 110-118, 116-124]: Repeat row 38

Rows 104-107 [108-111, 111-115, 119-123, 125-129]: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, sc2tog, sc in each st across to last 3 sts, sc2tog. (65 [73, 79, 87, 95] sts).

Bottom Pattern Section

Row 108 [112, 116, 124, 130]: Ch 3, turn, dc in next 2 [2, 1, 1, 1] sts, ch 7, sk next 3 sts, (dc in next 5 sts, ch 7, sk next 3 sts) 7 [8, 9, 10, 11] times, dc in last 3 [3, 2, 2, 2] sts. (41 [46, 49, 54, 59] dc, 8 [9, 10, 11, 12] ch-7 sps)

Rows 109-110 [113-114, 117-118, 125-126, 131-132]: Ch 3, turn, dc in next 2 [2, 1, 1, 1] dc, (ch 5, sk next ch sp, dc in next 5 dc) across to last ch sp, ch 5, sk last ch sp, dc in last 3 [3, 2, 2, 2] dc. (41 [46, 49, 54, 59] dc, 8 [9, 10, 11, 12] ch-5 sps)

Row 111 [115, 119, 127, 133]: Ch 3, turn, dc in next 2 [2, 1, 1, 1] dc, (mod sc, dc in next 5 dc) across to last ch sp, ch 3, mod sc, dc in last 3 [3, 2, 2, 2] dc. (41 [46, 49, 54, 59] dc, 8 [9, 10, 11, 12] mod sc)

Row 112 [116, 120, 128, 134]: Ch 3, turn, dc in next 2 [2, 1, 1, 1] dc, (ch 7, sk next mod sc, dc in next 5 dc) 7 [8, 9, 10, 11] times, ch 7, sk next mod sc, dc in last 3 [3, 2, 2, 2] dc. (41 [46, 49, 54, 59] dc, 8 [9, 10, 11, 12] ch-7 sps)

Rows 113-140 [117-144, 121-148, 129-156, 134-162]: Repeat last 4 rows 7 times

Rows 141-143 [145-147, 149-151, 157-159, 163-165]: Repeat rows 109-111 [113-115, 117-119, 125-127, 131-133]. Fasten off.

Seaming:

Fold tunic in half with right sides together. Sew side seams from armhole to hem.

Sleeve Edging:

With RS facing, join yarn with sl st at the seam at the bottom of armhole. Work 65 [68, 71, 76, 79] sc evenly spaced around armhole, join with sl st to first st. Fasten off. Repeat for the other armhole.

Finishing:

Remove marker and weave in all ends.

Wash and block.

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