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Knit Crop Top Pattern


In this post, you will see a knit crop top pattern.

This light top is perfect for summer days.

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

knit crop top in cotton

Knit A Summer Light Crop Top

The knit crop top is easy for beginner knitters.

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

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.

The techniques you will need to know are YF (yarn forward) which is used to create the stitch pattern.

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

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 patterns here:

white knit crop top
Knit crop top with no shaping

Knit Crop Top Pattern

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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

Copyright Info

  • Please do not copy, sell, redistribute or republish this pattern. 
  • If you wish to share this pattern, link to the pattern page only.
  • You may sell items produced using this pattern.
  • Do NOT use the copyrighted photos for your product listing.
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knitted crop top in Pima cotton

Skill Level – Basic (Beginner)


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


  • Available to make in 8 sizes – 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
  • St(s) – stitches
  • YF – yarn forward
Knit crop top close up detail

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 6mm (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.

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

Sew 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.

knit crop top diagram

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I’d love to see your work!

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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!