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Easy Knit Beginner Crop Top Pattern (Cute For Summer)


In this post, you will see an easy knit beginner crop top pattern that will be really cute for summer!

Made from cotton in two different colors, it can be worn in two ways.

Please scroll down to view the free pattern or grab the inexpensive ad-free PDF in my shop here.

knit crop top in cotton

Knit A Summer Light Crop Top

The knit crop top is an easy simple pattern for beginner knitters.

It is knit in The Cotton from We Are Knitters in two colors.

It’s a unique design, perfect to wear to the beach dressed up or dressed down.

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knit crop top pattern

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The stitches and techniques you need to know…

The stitches used in this pattern are the knit stitch and the purl stitch.

You will need to know the YF (yarn forward) technique, which creates the lace pattern.

The knit top is made by creating two squares and stitching them together; there is no shaping, making it easy and quick to knit.

You can view a video tutorial to help you on my YouTube channel here – How To YF K2 Pass Increased Stitch Over.

reversable knitted crop top

You might also want to make matching items…

You may also want to make matching items to take with you on vacation!

View those summer wardrobe patterns here:

white knit crop top
Knit crop top with no shaping

Knit Crop Top Pattern (The Free Knitting Pattern)

Skill Level – Basic (Beginner)


The top is knit in two square pieces and then seamed together at the shoulders and sides, leaving openings for the armholes.

The top is knit in a simple repeated stitch pattern.

This is a fast project with no shaping.

A loose top that can be worn to the beach.

Knit crop top

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knitted crop top in Pima cotton

Size Information


14 sts in 18 rows in 10×10 cm/4×4 inches measured over stitch pattern.


  • Available to make in 8 sizes – Size XS to 5XL.
  • The sizes – S / M / L-XL / 1X / 2X / 3X / 4X / 5X
  • Finished Bust About – 36 (38, 40, 42, 46, 48, 50, 54) in.
  • Finished Length About – 15, (16 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22) inches.
  • To make the top in a larger size, you can cast on more stitches x 6 so for the next size up, you cast on 112, then 118, etc.
  • You will also need to purchase more yarn if you are making the top in a larger size, than what is listed in the pattern.
knitted crop top back view

The supplies you need…


  • 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3) x We Are Knitters – The Cotton in the color Light Salmon
  • 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3) x We Are Knitters – The Cotton in the color Natural
  • This cotton is 100% Pima Cotton/10g/3.05oz/232 yds/212m.
  • Use my code – MGM4VHHAT – for 10 off on your WAK yarn order.



Knitted crop top in cotton yarn


You can grab a free list of US and UK knitting terms here.

  • K – knit
  • P – purl
  • Rep – repeat
  • RS – right side
  • St(s) – stitches
  • WS – wrong side
  • YF – yarn forward
Knit crop top close up detail

Easy knit beginner crop top pattern

Front and back…

This top is knit in two panels with no shaping.

  • Knit one panel in Yarn A – Natural
  • Knit one panel in Yarn B – Light Salmon

With 6 mm (US 10) knitting needles cast on 68 (74, 80, 86, 90, 96, 100, 106)sts.

Rows 1 and 2: Knit

3rd row (RS): K1 edge, *YF, K2, pass increased stitch over knitted sts*, rep from * to * to last st, K1.

4th row (WS): Purl all sts.

You can view a video tutorial to help you on my YouTube channel here – How To YF K2 Pass Increased Stitch Over.

The last 2 rows form the pattern, rep until the piece measures 15, (16 17, 18, 19, 20, 2, 22) inches from the cast-on edge.

*Please note you can adjust the length easily, to make your top shorter or longer. Knit fewer rows for a shorter length or add more rows for a longer length.

Knit 2 rows.

Cast off.

You can leave a length for seaming – around 20+ inches.

Weave in any other loose ends you do not need for seaming.

reversable knitted crop top

Making up

Weave in any loose ends you don’t need (weave along the seams).

Seam the shoulders on either side using the mattress stitch.

Each shoulder seam should measure – 4.5 (5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 7.5) inches.

Stitch the side seams on either side of the top using the mattress stitch.

Each side seam should measure – 8 (8.5, 8.5, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11) inches.

Please note – You can adjust how long your shoulder seams and side seams are for your own preference.

Weave in any loose ends.

*Tip – Place markers where you have measured your shoulder seams and side seams to make the seaming easier.

knit crop top diagram

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Happy Knitting!

What Do You Wear Under A Knitted Crop Top?

Wearing a knitted crop top offers a lot of versatility and style options, allowing you to create looks that range from casual to chic, depending on what you wear underneath.

Here are some suggestions:

1. High-Waisted Bottoms:

  • Pairing a knitted crop top with high-waisted jeans, shorts, or skirts minimizes the amount of skin shown and can create a balanced silhouette. This is a great everyday look that’s both comfortable and stylish.

2. Layer Over a Dress:

  • For a unique and stylish outfit, layer your knitted crop top over a slip dress or a sundress. This adds texture and interest to your look, making it ideal for outings or casual events.

3. Bralette or Bandeau:

  • Wearing a bralette or bandeau under a knitted crop top is a popular choice, especially if the top is somewhat sheer or has an open knit pattern. This combination is perfect for a laid-back, bohemian vibe.

4. Camisole or Tank Top:

  • For more coverage, consider wearing a fitted camisole or tank top underneath your crop top. This is particularly useful if the knit is loose or if you prefer to keep your midriff covered. Choose a color that complements or closely matches your crop top for a cohesive look.

5. Under a Blazer or Jacket:

  • For a more sophisticated or professional outfit, wear your knitted crop top under a blazer or jacket. This works well for cooler weather or for occasions that call for a more polished appearance.

6. With a High-Waisted Pencil Skirt:

  • Pairing a knitted crop top with a high-waisted pencil skirt creates a sleek, elegant look that’s suitable for more formal events or evenings out.

7. Sports Bra for Active Wear:

  • If your knitted crop top is part of an active or sporty ensemble, wearing a supportive sports bra underneath provides both comfort and functionality.

8. Layered Over a Collared Shirt:

  • For a preppy, fashion-forward look, layer your knitted crop top over a collared button-down shirt. This look works well for transitioning into fall or for creating an outfit with a bit of edge.

9. Swimwear:

  • At the beach or poolside, a knitted crop top can be stylishly worn over a bikini top, making it easy to transition from water to a casual outing.

Choosing what to wear under a knitted crop top ultimately depends on your personal style, the occasion, and the level of coverage you’re comfortable with.

Experimenting with different combinations can help you find the perfect look that’s both fashionable and true to your personal style.

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  1. Hi Louise! this cropped top looks wonderful, I’m wondering if you would consider making a video on teaching how to do the yarn in front stitch please?

    1. Hello Catherine,
      I’m so happy you like the top.
      I will add a video tutorial for the YF stitch to my list.
      Happy knitting!

      1. Thank you so much for the video, I’m a very visual learner and that demonstration made it very obvious.

        1. Hello Catherine, thank you, I am working on a video tutorial for the stitch pattern used in this pattern.
          It will be coming soon.
          Happy knitting!

  2. Hi Louise, I started the top but with a different cotton pima yarn than what your pattern calls for. I’m having problems changing the gauge because although the yarn I bought says it’s DK I wind up with more stitches per 4 inch. I suppose it’s not overly complicated since the top is not fitted (it’s two squares) could you tell me what mathematical equation is necessary to attain gauge Or should I say to change the gauge. And I had to change the needle size to 5 mm since with the 6 mm I wind up with gaping holes.


    1. Hello Catherine,

      An easy way to make the size you need is to make one size up from your original size – for example if you would normally make a medium, then make a large.

      Testing the gauge will be trial and error because of the change in materials, a tighter gauge may affect the fabric’s drape and softness.

      The tighter gauge can make the knitted fabric stiffer.

      Always knit a swatch to see how the fabric feels and behaves before committing to the entire project.

      You could try this…

      Use your new gauge to adjust the pattern. If your original pattern specifies the total number of stitches or rows to achieve a certain dimension, recalculate these numbers based on your new gauge.

      Stitch Calculation:

      New Number of Stitches = (Original Number of Stitches × New Gauge (stitches per inch))/Original Gauge (stitches per inch)

      Row Calculation: New Number of Rows = (Original Number of Rows × New Gauge (rows per inch))/Original Gauge (rows per inch)

      Happy knitting!


      1. I just looked at yarn sub website and it says that The Cotton by we are knitters is worsted / aran weight. Mine is DK. I tryed to double up to two strands but it just doesn’t work for this type of stitch. Since the pattern is simple I’ll change the type of stitch and double up to two strand. It won’t make a lacy type of stitch. But it’s worth a try. Thank you for the gauge math. It will prove to be useful just the same.