The Summer Solstice top is a lightweight cotton geometric summer top which can be worn two ways – with the long side at the front or back. Use as over a bikini on the beach or pair it with a pair of light trousers, shorts or a summer skirt to enjoy the hazy crazy days of mid-summer!
Download the pattern from Etsy, Ravelry or Love Crochet.
But first… here’s a little history behind it!
Last winter I brought out a Free Crochet Dress Pattern called the Winter Solstice Dress. It was worked from side-to-side using Aran yarn and was my first experiment in dress design.
It seemed only fitting that I bought out a contrasting pattern to oppose the Winter Solstice Dress. I decided that I would work with the same yarn weight and ensure the design was worked side to side so that there was at least some commonality between the two!
The Summer Solstice Top you see here was the result! I worked with cotton yarn instead of wool and, though it would be easy to adjust the pattern to make this as a dress, I stuck with a top.
As with all my patterns, I like them to be as flexible as possible so that everyone can get the most out of them. For this reason, I made the top longer on one side than the other and the shape is reversible.
There are some days when I want to hide my bum without hiding my waist, so I can wear this long side at the back. This would be great as a beach cover or paired with some denim shorts.
Other days I want more cover at the front than the back so can flip it around. Again, this is a great way to show off your waist but still get that oversized, comfy feel in a top – without feeling like you’re wearing a sack!
I’ll be honest, just like with the Dress (which I nicknamed the Hell dress because I had to remake it so many times!), I wasn’t quite sure if this construction method and design style was going to work out. But after a few revisions, I’m super happy with it!
Read on to find out more about the materials and skill level needed (Spoiler… it’s simple!!)
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This is a fairly easy pattern, mostly using double crochet (UK treble) and chain stitches with simple increases and decreases.
The top is worked in two pieces from side to side and joined at the centre with the neckline, hem and sleeve cuffs added afterwards.
A photo tutorial and schematics for the construction are included as well as a schematic showing finished measurements in all sizes.
The design uses a simple pattern repeat which is charted in addition to the written instructions.
If you’re a wanting to make a simple, quick summer garment pattern then this could be what you’re looking for!
I have used Drops Paris in Opal Green and Light Pink for the version you see pictured. This is an aran weight cotton yarn.
You will need between around 600-1000m depending on the size you make. (Yarn requirements are detailed in the pattern)
Any aran / worsted weight yarn would work for this pattern (though I recommend cotton to give it the right drape). The sweater is oversized so there is quite a bit of margin for variance on gauge.
You will need a 5mm crochet hook. My preference for hooks is clover amour but I know this is a really personal choice!
Sizing & Gauge
The pattern is written for sizes XS-3X and approximate finished measurements and gauge information are given within the pattern.
The pattern is written using US crochet terms with UK equivalents given in the abbreviations.
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