Boho Inspired Cropped Top

This project began with a square motif. Using 6-ply cotton yarn and 3mm crochet hook, I made and joined several motifs to make the collar or cowl for sleeveless top that I planned to work from the top down. But that never happened, my experiment failed.

So I made the strip of motifs longer to go around the torso. I wanted to make a V-neck sleeveless top. I started working around the strip, upwards, split for the neck and armholes. I didn’t like how the shaping was coming along, too broad at the shoulders.

So I ripped this and started with the strip of motifs again. This time, I use a simpler stitch pattern which was easier to shape. I made the shaping narrower towards the shoulders. It looked so much better. I continued on and sewed the ends of the strap to the back.

Afterwards, I looked for nice crocheted edging patterns. I found some and modified them to suit my project. I made a simple lace edging along the neckline of the top. I also made a similar trim along the outer side of the bra cups and along the back.

The top would become a low-back top but that’s alright, I am beginning to get more used to such types of garments. It is also more suitable for our tropical climate.

The inspiration for this project is the triangle bralette. I really wanted that v neckline and triangular shape for the bra part of this garment. Then I made some flowers and sewed them on the top. Inspired by Free People’s Secret Garden High-Neck Bra and Secret Garden Triangle Bra. I am adding fringes to the top now, inspired by their Fringe Bralette.

I made the flowers separately using two strands of 3-ply cotton yarn in natural colour (I didn’t have 6-ply). Then I sewed the flowers to the front of the top. Next was the fringe, all also made with 3-ply natural cotton yarn.

I am very happy with this project. I also made a skirt to match!


  1. you should totally sell your creations at Ebay =) specially the ones that you improvise at. Oh by the way, as a kid I used to wear lots of cropped tops, specially the ones with the open back.

    1. Thank you! Oh but I'm very very bad at selling anything... perhaps one day, thank you for the encouragement. :)

  2. hi! I love this top! could you do a patern for this? I can´t find the way to do the bra part. Thank you :)

    1. Hi Ivana! Oh, the bra part, yes, I just realised I didn't put any suggestion of stitch pattern used there! I think I need to get back on these projects and try write a more detailed pattern. I'll do my best! Thanks for writing in! ^_^


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