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Free Crochet Summer Top Pattern | Gia Tee with Ruffle Sleeves

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The Gia Ruffle Sleeve Tee is a free crochet summer top pattern. This simple crochet t-shirt pattern features easy to crochet ruffle sleeves. This summer top pattern is a bottom up design with only two tiny shoulder seams.

A snug fit lets those flaring ruffle sleeves shine. This beautiful top uses worsted weight yarn so is crochets up fairly quick.

The free crochet tee pattern includes women’s sizes XS-5X. Here I style the Gia tucked in to high waisted pants.

Woman in slim beige  free crochet summer top pattern with ruffle sleeves.

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Styling your crochet top is always up to you. You can also choose to go up a size in the pattern for a looser, more classic fit.

For reference the sweater in the picture is size S on 34″ bust model.

Shallow v-neck free crochet summer top pattern with ruffles on wood background.
This top only has two seams-at the shoulders!

To crochet this sweater with minimal seams, we’ll join and turn. If you haven’t used this technique before, you’ll want to check out my tutorial on it.

-How to join and turn crochet.

This leaves just sewing the shoulders together. The sleeves are crocheted on to the armholes.

Free crochet summer top pattern  ruffle sleeves with wood hook.
My Alpha Series Hook almost matches my floor!

More free crochet summer top patterns

The Sera Sweater is a fitted pullover design with a v-neck that uses many of the same seam saving techniques as this pattern.

You might also enjoy the Mid Summer Cardigan Crochet Pattern which is lightweight, long and loose. 

The Sorella Cardigan is one of my favorite summer designs, and it features the iris stitch!

The Yarn

For this crochet top I use Touch of Alpaca* which is a lovely blend of acrylic and alpaca. I love that it’s hypoallergenic.

This is a #4 medium worsted weight yarn. Since it’s a blend of natural and man made fiber it may relax more than some yarns.

Can you substitute a different yarn? Absolutely. Many #4 medium worsted weight yarns will work well for this sweater.

It’s always important to check gauge (see info below in notes), but especially when crocheting garments. It’s totally normal to need to go up/down a hook size to meet my gauge.

Please note that the gauge info is after blocking because different yarns react differently to blocking (and washing). I have a tutorial on how to block a hat, which is helpful if you’re not sure what to do.

Complete  free crochet summer top pattern with ruffles sleeves on wood background.

The Stitch

The Gia free crochet summer top pattern features the extended single crochet stitch. I love that this stitch looks very similar to a standard single crochet, but lends more drape to the fabric.

It’s a simple stitch to make, and if you need to learn it I have a tutorial for the extended single crochet here.

Materials

  • Touch of Alpaca Yarn* a #4 medium weight yarn (90% acrylic, 10% alpaca, 3.5 oz/100g, 207 yd/190m) color: taupe; (XS) 3 (S) 4, (M & L) 5, (XL & 2X) 6, (3X & 4X) 7, (5X) 8.
  • 5.5mm US size (I)-9 hook,* or hook needed to meet gauge.
  • stitch markers, yarn needle, measuring tape, scissors

Notes

  1. Please read through all notes and pattern before you begin.
  2. Work up a gauge swatch using the provided gauge information. Be sure to block it. If your gauge matches great, continue on. If not, change your hook size and swatch again. If your stitches are smaller, go up a hook size, if they’re larger, go down a hook size. 
  3. Ch 1 does not count as a stitch.
  4. Stitch multiple is an even number.
  5. Check stitch count before starting a new section.
  6. Pattern is written for multiple sizes, with the smallest size written first and each subsequent size written in parentheses XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X). For example: Rnd 1. FSC 84 (94, 106, 116, 128, 138, 150, 160, 176). To make an XS you would foundation single crochet 84, for a M you would foundation single crochet 106 and a 4X you would foundation single crochet 160. Instructions in black apply to all sizes.

Stitches/Abbreviations

ch(s)-chain(s)

esc – extended single crochet

exsc2tog-insert hook in first st, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 1 loop, insert hook in 2nd stitch yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through all loops on hook.

fsc-foundation single crochet

rep-repeat

rnd(s)-round(s) 

RS-right side

sc-single crochet

sc2tog-single crochet two together

sk-skip the indicated stitch

sl st-slip stitch

st(s)-stitch(es)

WS-wrong side

Gauge

4”/10cm x 4”/10cm = 11 exsc x 10 rows of exsc, after blocking

Skill Level

Easy

Construction

The main body is crocheted as one piece, bottom up. It’s worked in the round and turned after each round, so you will work on both sides of the fabric. Once it is divided into the front and back panels, they are worked in flat rows.

You will seam it together at the shoulders. The sleeves are joined on at the armholes and also worked in the round.

Sizing

Suggested ease 0-.5”/1.3cm.

Pictured in size SM on model with 34”/86.4cm bust.

To Fit Bust Size: 30”/76cm, (34”/86.5cm, 38”/96.5cm, 42”/106.5cm, 46”/117cm, 50”/127cm, 54”/137cm, 58”/147cm, 62”/157.5cm)

Finished Bust: 30.5”/77.6cm (34.2”/86.8cm, 38.5”/97.9cm, 42.2”/107.2cm, 46.5”/118.2cm, 50.2”/127.5cm, 54.5”/138.5cm, 58.2”/147.8cm, 64”/162.5cm)

Fit/Adjustment

Pattern adds 0-.5”/1.3cm ease to bust measurement, for a snug fit. For a looser fit, go up a size (or two).

To adjust length of sweater add or subtract rows before dividing for the front and back panels. Measure from your underarm down to where you want the sweater to stop. This is your desired length before dividing. 

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Free Crochet Summer Top Pattern | Gia Tee with Ruffle Sleeves

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 4 hours
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $15

The Gia Top is an easy ruffle sleeve crochet top pattern for summer that looks great tucked in with high waisted pants.

Materials

  • Touch of Alpaca Yarn a #4 medium weight yarn (90% acrylic, 10% alpaca, 3.5 oz/100g, 207 yd/190m) color: taupe; (XS) 3 (S) 4, (M & L) 5, (XL & 2X) 6, (3X & 4X) 7, (5X) 8.

Tools

  • 5.5mm US size (I)-9 hook, or hook needed to meet gauge.
  • stitch markers
  • yarn needle
  • measuring tape
  • scissors

Instructions

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

    1. Rnd 1. FSC 84 (94, 106, 116, 128, 138, 150, 160, 176) or if you’re unfamiliar with FSC you can chain 1 more and sc in the 2nd ch and in each ch across, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (84, 94, 106, 116, 128, 138, 150, 160, 176 sts) How to join foundation stitches.
    2. Rnd 2. Ch 1, esc in next st and in each st across, join with a sl st to first st, turn.
    3. Rnd 3. Rep Rnd 2. Continue repeating Rnd 2 for 40 rows total = 16”/40.6cm long, or to your desired length.

Divide

    1. Mark half of the stitches for front and half for back.
    2. Move seam (1st st) to right underarm.

Back Panel


    Row count starts over.

    1. Row 1. Ch 1, esc in next st and in each st across, join with a sl st to first st, turn. (42, 47, 53, 58, 64, 69, 75, 80, 88 sts)
    2. Rep Row 1 until you have 15 ( 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25) rows total from the divide, measuring = 6”/15cm (6.8”/17.3cm, 7.2”/18.3cm, 7.6”/19.3cm, 8”/20.3cm, 8.8”/22.4cm, 9.2”/23.4cm, 9.6”/24.4cm, 10”/25.4cm) and total length of your back panel = 22”/56cm ( 22.8”/58cm, 23.2”/59cm, 23.6”/60cm, 24”/61cm, 24.8”/63cm, 25.2”/64cm, 25.6”/65cm, 26”/66cm) inches
    3. Cut yarn and leave a long tail for seaming shoulders.

Front Panel

  1. It’s important to start in the same direction you were working when you stopped this section, in order to keep the row texture the same.
  2. Join on RS for front panel on the first stitch. The seam is on the opposite side.
  3. Count off half of the stitches for one side of the v-neck. Place st marker after last st and leave the other half unworked for now. Some sizes (S, M, 2X, 3X) will have 1 stitch unworked in the center.
  4. On Row 2 you dec-decrease you may use a sc2tog or an esc2tog here; both stitches are in the Stitches section.


Divide for V-Neck Decreases

  1. Row 1. (RS) Ch 1, esc in next (21, 23, 26, 29, 32, 34, 37, 40, 44 sts), turn.
  2. Row 2. (Dec row) Ch 1, esc in next st, dec, esc in each st to end, turn. (20, 22, 25, 28, 31, 33, 36, 39, 43 sts)
  3. Row 3. Ch 1, esc in each st across, turn.
  4. Rep Rows 2-3 until you have (16, 17, 19, 22, 24, 25, 28, 30, 34 sts) and you have 15 ( 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25) rows to match your back panel.
    If you prefer a wider v-neck you can continue repeating the decreases over the next few rows.XS dec through row 10 = 16 sts; Rows 11-15 Rep Row 3 for 5 more rows.
    S dec through row 12 = 17 sts; Rows 13-17 Rep Row 3 for 5 more rows.
    M dec through row 14 = 19 sts; Rows 15-18 Rep Row 3 for 4 more rows.
    L dec through row 14 = 22 sts; Rows 15-19 Rep Row 3 for 5 more rows.
    XL dec through row 16 = 24 sts; Rows 17-20 Rep Row 3 for 4 more rows.
    2x dec through row 18 = 25 sts; Rows 19-22 Rep Row 3 for 4 more rows.
    3x dec through row 18 = 28 sts; Rows 19-23 Rep Row 3 for 5 more rows.
    4x dec through row 20 = 30 sts; Rows 21-24 Rep Row 3 for 4 more rows.
    5x dec through row 20 = 34 sts; Rows 21-25 Rep Row 3 for 5 more rows.

    Other side of V-neck

      Join at center st going in same direction as first side. Remember (S, M, 2X, 3X) will leave the center st unworked, and begin on the next st.

      1. Row 1. (RS) Ch 1, esc in each st across, turn. (21, 23, 26, 29, 32, 34, 37, 40, 44 sts)
      2. Row 2. (Dec row) Ch 1, esc in each st until last 3 sts, dec, esc in last st, turn. (20, 22, 25, 28, 31, 33, 36, 39, 43 sts)
        Row 3. Ch 1, esc in each st across, turn.
      3. Rep Rows 2-3 until you have (16, 17, 19, 22, 24, 25, 28, 30, 34 sts) and you have 15 ( 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25) rows to match your other side.

      Seam Shoulders

      1. Turn WS out so RS are touching.
      2. Line up shoulders to back panel.
      3. Use the mattress stitch or your preferred method to sew shoulders to back panel.
      4. Now is a good time to try it on and make any adjustments. Cut yarn.

        free crochet summer top pattern with ruffle sleeves with wood hook.

      Sleeves

      Make 2
      Join and turn each round.

      1. Rnd 1. Join with sl st to bottom of armhole. Place 2 esc in the side of each row around the armhole = (60, 68, 72, 76, 80, 88, 92, 96, 100 sts) Join with sl st to first st of rnd, and turn.
      2. Rnd 2. Ch 1, *{2 esc, 1 esc in next st} rep from * around, join with sl st and turn. (90, 102, 108, 114, 120, 132, 138, 144, 150 sts)
      3. Rnd 3. Ch 1, esc in each st around, sl st to first st to join, turn. (90, 102, 108, 114, 120, 132, 138, 144, 150 sts)
      4. (XS, S, M, L, XL)
        Rnds 4-5. Rep Rnd 3.

        (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
        Rnds 4-7. Rep Rnd 3.
      5. Cut yarn + weave in ends.
      6. Rep for other sleeve.

      Complete free crochet summer top pattern with ruffles sleeves on wood background.

    Finishing

      1. Turn sweater RS out.
      2. Join yarn with sl st to back of the neck.
      3. Ch 1, sc evenly round v-neck, placing 2 sc in the side of each esc row.
      4. Sl st back to first sc.
      5. Cut yarn.
      6. Weave in ends.

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