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Crochet Top Tutorial, Crochet Summer Tee/ Crochet Summer Top Class

teacher avatar AlenaCharity, Modern Crochet Designer

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      1. Introduction


    • 2.

      2. Materials


    • 3.

      3. Stitches Used


    • 4.

      4. How To Make The Foundation Chain


    • 5.

      5. Row 1 & increasing


    • 6.

      6. Shoulder portion


    • 7.

      7. Chest decrease


    • 8.

      8. Colour Changing and Chest Increase


    • 9.

      9. Other Shoulder portion


    • 10.

      10. Ending front Panel


    • 11.

      11. Back Panel


    • 12.

      12. Connecting


    • 13.

      13. Cleaning up


    • 14.

      14. Weaving in ends


    • 15.

      15. Outro


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About This Class


Hi There makers, Let's crochet a summer top today. 

This class is for a crochet beginners who would love to learn how to crochet a colour-block summer top. You do not have to be a beginner to take this class on. 

Feel free to experiment with any colours of your choice. 

Crochet Stitches Used

  • Hald double crochet (HDC)
  • Single crochet (SC)
  • Slip Stitch (slst)


At the end of this class, you shouuld be able to:

  • Learn how to switch colours in a row
  • Learn how to decrase a crochet top
  • Learn how to increase a crochet top
  • How to read a crochet pattern


  • Worsted weight yarn
  • 4.00 mm crochet hook
  • stitch markers 
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

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Modern Crochet Designer




Hi, I'm AlenaCharity Limbithu, the crochet artist behind

I come from a family of crocheters even though my crochet hobby was self taught. I live in Malawi, the warm heart of Africa, when i am not crocheting, you can be assured to find me to be looking into my next crochet project. 

I have a smile for a resting face, and i hope to put that smile on your face too with these easy crochet classes.


I am obsessed with crochet and making crochet sweaters and cardigans. I love a challenge, and i do not believe crocheting is hard,... See full profile

Level: Beginner

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1. 1. Introduction : Hello makers and welcome to another crochet class. In today's class, I would love to show you how we can achieve this crochet color block. Someone that has made it absolutely simple stitches. If you're a beginner, do not get intimidated by the color block. I will show you how we can easily achieve this. It's all worked in one panel. The stitches that you need to know and be comfortable with for this class are the basics which I have to put crochet, slip stitch and a single crochet if you're very comfortable with this stitches visual. So click on Enroll and let me see you in class. At the end of the class, you should be able to achieve this beautiful crochet summer top. There is a written hazard available in multiple sizes, seven different sizes. So it goes from extra small up to three extra large. So if you are anything other than this size small, which is what I'm making this class, then be sure to grab that it's going to be available for everybody and follow along as we titled this class. So let me see you in class. 2. 2. Materials: In today's class, the materials that we'll be using. White, worsted weight yarn, yellow, gray, or any three colors of your choice. Scissors, four millimeter crochet, hook, yarn, needle, and some stitch markers. So be sure you have those very close by and let's get started. 3. 3. Stitches Used: The stitches that will be used in this class on a chain. Slip stitch. Single crochet and a half, double crochet. Or beginner friendly stitches. 4. 4. How To Make The Foundation Chain: So before I go any further, I'd just like to say in this tutorial, I will be demonstrating a size small crochet top. However, if you make it any size is different. Remember, there is a PDF pattern linked below. Be sure to follow that. And it's available in several different sizes. It goes from extra small to extra large. You're going to bring your color. And remember, I'm starting with white. And this white color is going to be the color that will be at the top of my work. So you wanna be given with whatever color you want to have at the top of your work. So you just want to make a slipknot like that. And since I'm making this nice smooth, I'm going to start with a clear chain of 15 in white. And just like that, I've got 15 right here. And then you're going to grab your gray color. Whichever color comes second, and just make a slipknot just like that. And for the rest is I'm supposed to have 47 for the foundation. For the rest of it made it with 32 chains. So you're just gonna put it on the hook like that and slip stitch it through. Just like that. You're going to drop the white, grab the gray and finish off chaining. So I'm gonna change the total of 32. I will finish off tailing off camera, but then I will meet you once I am done with my third to two chains. 5. 5. Row 1 & increasing: So this is what the Foundry Foundation change should be looking at. What about now? Now to get started or ruin your coronary ANOVA. And then into the second change from the hook will be working into the bump, bump. So nice when you just want to turn that chin the other way around and into these little bumps, into the second chain. Go into there and place a half double crochet yarn over, insert your hook through, pull up a loop. Three loops on our hook, yarn over, pull through three jars like that. So you want to do this all the way until you've got one more chain of gray left. So you go on doing this, placing half double crochet and two, you have one more chain right here, left, so that we can finish off together. And I can show you how we're going to transition into the white. Let me just show you one more time how we do a half double crochet yarn over, insert your hook, pull through the loop like this ANOVA, and you will prove two or three just like that. And this is what a half double crochet should be looking like. So you go on and do you have one more chain left of gray? And I will meet you there. So now I have arrived where I have one more chain of great left. So you're gonna use ANOVA as good as if we're about to do a half double crochet. Insert your hook into the bump, bump, put through a loop just like that. And then now we're going to grab a yellow yarn, the whole book and bring it towards us, just like this. And then to finish off a half double crochet as you know, Yann over and finish off the road. But this time we're going to yarn over with the white yarn and pull through to finish that row. Now Stuart and into the buck bumps going to, go on with the white ANOVA and half double crochet. Remember you will be dropping the gray ball or the ball the other you've just finished working on towards you. Just like I did. So your ANOVA and half double crochet, and we're gonna have half double crochet in all of them. Once we reach the last one will be placing our very first increase of the row into there. And we'll be increasing by placing 2.5 double crochets into the very same stitch. Just pause the video and I'm going to go on quickly get to the last, last shape so that we can increase together. So here we are. I have arrived at the last chain and enter that last change, Dylan, the bump bump would be placing an increase of 2.5 double crochets one and the same chain Karim with another one, making it a total of two cells retain for a sample we had for the six stitches, but after increasing, we're back to 47. So that's the first row done. To begin row two is going to be a slip stitch. Wrote it as normal. Usually you chain what to start a slip stitch Row. But still, since we're increasing, we're going to be changing too. Just like that. And for the rest of the work, we're gonna be working into the back loops to get that knit look into that second chain from the hook. Into that back loop only. Go in with a slip stitch, your hook and just pull through like that. And for the rest we're going to be slipped stitching into that back loop only just like I'm doing. It's just into that back with v. This one right here. Instead of insert your hook through here, we're gonna be my hook through that back loop. You go on doing this and you've got one more stitch, this one right here, left before the gray, so that I can show you once again how we're going to transition to the next corner. So far you can see a little knitting stitch is starting to form. Here we are. We've arrived at that last ditch. And as usual, you're going to insert your hook through there. Bring your white yarn to the front. In front of your work. Grab your gray from the back and finish that slip stitch. Just like that. Let me show you that once you're gonna insert your hook into that last stitch of the row, instead of finishing off that row like this, as we will do the slip stitch, you're going to bring that white young underneath your hook and late in front of you, grab that gray that we left behind ANOVA and finish off that slip stitch Row just like that. Then we will proceed. Place in Greece lip stitches just like that. And all we've done is made a little segment, separation of the white and the black. And it's going to form just perfectly fine. You're gonna continue slip stitch it once you get at the end of the rope or chain one together and then I will meet you So that remind you how can I stop there will at the end of the room, we're just going to chain one to know what chain one does not count as a stitch. By the way, this is what the 2 first 2 rows should be looking. From here on out, we're going to do is repeat these two rows. Start, I'll have double crochets. This is now back to our half double crochet is we're going to go half double crochet in a slip stitch Row. We're going to ask half double crochet. Once we get here, we're going to switch colors as we just did. Once you get to the top place to have double crochets in there to increase. And then to start the next row where it's due, increasing your color, chain to slip stitch down, emphasize small. We're going to be increasing for a total of nine rows. So I have two here beginning on my third, I will increase for nine rows and the nitrile should end up at the top of our work. So I'm gonna go and increase it for nine rows. If you're doing other sizes, remember to follow that written pattern to know how many rows you need to increase for. So after you're done at the top of your work, Let's meet right there. 6. 6. Shoulder portion: So after working your nine rows or whatever number of rows that's required for the site. This is what our work should be looking like. We have done the rules of increasing. Remember replace that last increase into that last stitch right there. And now for size small, we're going to be making your chain from here, going on up. And precise more. We're just gonna be making a chain of 24 other sizes. Please follow that reading guide to show that, to know how many chairs that you need to make for this part. This part now we're making the shoulder portion. So I'm just going to chain 920 for me and 20. So this is what the 20 should be looking like. Just like that. So now we're back to the slip stitch Row. Obviously. We're not doing anymore increasing or decreasing. We're just going to be working as normal, still working into the bug bumps from imbecile into that second chain from the hook, which is gonna go in with that slip stitch. And slip stitch all the way down when we get to this place where we have to change it to the other color, we'll be changing just as we've been doing normally. Normally, when you get to the end your chain one, turn, half double crochet all the way up. When you get to the top, you chain one turn slip stitch down for the shoulder portion. For the shoulder portion for so small, we'll be working a total of five roles in the fifth row should have this ending at the bottom. All of us should have ended at the bottom after we're done working on the shoulder portion. And then after we've done the fibers of the shoulder portion, I will meet you so that we can now start dividing the midsection of our crochet top. So you go on with that shoulder portion. The number of rows that's required and I will be right back. 7. 7. Chest decrease: So after you've done work in the five rows with shorter portion like I have right here, 12345. I'm gonna place you're going to place a stitch marker into this ditch, kept him from the very top. I've counted 15, so I've placed this stitch marker to the 50th. This is for size small for the other side, this is going to be different. So after you've done this, you just want to go on with your half double, half double crochet row up until Tuesday just before the stitch marker. I've already gotten started on my rope. So you might just want to pause the video and meet me back so that we can get started on the habitable. We can decrease together. So stewarding into those platforms to just the half double crochet until you have two stitches left before the stitch marker. So now Helios into these two stitches is We will be pleased to know decrease. So to decrease a half double crochet yarn over, insert your hook into the first stitch, pull up a loop, three loops on our hook. Yarn over into the next, pull up a loop now have four loops on our hook. Yarn over. Pull through everything. That's our first decrease. You're going to chain one and we're going to be decreasing now slips the trunk. So to decrease this leaps Detroit. Insert your hook, pull up a loop. You have two loops on the hook and loop into the next stitch, three loops and slip stitch through everything. And you will continue as men. So this is our second group decrease and you already can to see the work is starting to doublets. So you're going to be decreasing for a total, the same number of rows that we increased from this side, side. So that's going to be nine rows for size small. So go on decreasing. We're only decreasing the top right here and the last two stitches, I'm going to go on decreasing for them last for the nine rows. And then I'll meet you when I'm done. 8. 8. Colour Changing and Chest Increase: So once you have reached that last stitch before changing to the white transition into the light. Just went over. Insert your hook as we've been doing. Now. Grab that new color. Using a bit of tail. They're just going to slip stitch and finish off that road. So now I've got the yellow to my site. And now I've got the gray little tail. I'm going to work over in that white we cut off. So we're just going to work over those at the same time. Can I proceed like so? Just like that, once you get to the end of the row, let me meet you there so that we can make our first increase together. So here I am not going into that last cluster truck. They're gonna be placed into half double crochet. And then I'll change to two terms. To remember we decrease nine rows. I'm going to be increasing nine roles as well. So whatever number is your decrease is the same number of Russia, you're going to be increasing. So that was my first row. This is my second, I know chained to offer go slip stitch and the rest is just gonna be as we've been doing when it comes to the transition and other colors, you're just going to be changing as it's been changing the entire time. So you'll go on and increase for a total of the number of rows that's required. And then let me explain the rest. You're going to increase, for example, for this time, for this, I'm going to be increasing nine rounds after the interests now knows I'm gonna be making a chain. Remember we placed our stitch marker into the 15th, meaning there's a total 15 stitches right here. So we're going to mirror what we did decide right on this side. You're gonna chain whatever number that's required. But once we get there, but once we get to this part on this side, I will meet you there so that I can walk you through every single step. You go in and increase the number of votes as required. For size, I'm going to be increasingly nine rows. And then I'll meet you so that we can change this shoulder portion. 9. 9. Other Shoulder portion: So I have just finished increasing my room. And I have this the part where I have to do my chin or 50. So we're just going to make that shape or whatever number is required for your site. Blocking off that last chin, I'll add one more change to turn. Now, all I'm going to be doing is working five rows of our normal rules of the shoulder portion, just like we did this side. Justin, decide after I woke my five rows and then we're gonna come back to decreasing or finishing off that the top. So I'm going to work this five rows of camera you will cover maneuvers. You tip this side, on this side, and then I'll meet you so that we can now finish off by decreasing this site. 10. 10. Ending front Panel: So now I've just finished work in my five rows for the other shoulder portion. Now, let me take you back to this slide. If you remember, after we increased the number of rows this side, we change 20 and that we change 20 with that work into the second chain without slip stitches, which left us with 19 stitches on this side. So what we have to do on this side is leaf that stitch marker into that 19th stitch like I did here. And the shorter portion of this that is going to have you finished at the end of the arrow. So just chain one, woke back up. Pause the video and then you'll notice right here so that we can now decreased. To finalize the front portion. Social decrease. All we're doing is pretty much what we've been doing the entire time. You're going to leave two stitches, which like I have done right here before the stitch marker and decrease that half double crochet, just like that chain, 110, Shannon and ten Andrew decrease. Two stitches on that slip stitch Row, just like we've been doing this entire top. And as usual, since I'm doing a size small, I will be decreasing for a total of nine rows. So after you've decreased, just chairman and cut off that yarn. And you'll be ending at the top of your work for the ninth row. So go on my head, decrease a total of nine rows. And then after you're done, you can meet me, write bugs so that we can I can show you how you're going to work. The front panel. The back panel, sorry. 11. 11. Back Panel : If you want to work the back panel in the very same colors as we did the front. That's absolutely up to you. All you have to do is repeat this very same thing for the back panel. But otherwise, I works the back panel in one solid color, which is the great. You can pick any color of your choice. I chose to have the Greek. So you're just gonna do, make a whole chain. For example, salesman, We're gonna cheer 47 because on this, tuning 15 and then 32, if I'm not wrong for this and you just going to change 37 and work everything else as normal. When you reach two, when you reach this point where we had to switch colors, you're just going to ignore this and you're just going to keep on working with your one solid color. So there'll be no switching on colors or whatnot. The color block area, you're just working the whole thing in one color. Increases. We did decrease as we did. Don't forget those theorems and between increased whatnot and everything chain on and cut. So that now we can connect the two together. Clean off the ends and enjoy. 12. 12. Connecting: So to connect the two body portions, you're going to lean back like this. So the ribbed area or the right side, left side with the pretty ribs facing you. Then you're going to take the front. Have the pretty sight, the ribs side facing each other. So the right side should be facing each other. Just like that. And then you lay them on top of each other. I like to collect my work with my crochet hook. But if you prefer to use a yarn needle, that's absolutely fine. What I'm gonna do is grab my crochet hook and I will single crochet decides together. And to do so, I have my yarn here on the hook. I did it fast enough that side. So to connect, all I'm gonna do is insert my hook into them, back loop of my first stitch on the side of the front panel and then the buck loop of the first stitch of the back panel. And single crochet. Do the same thing for the next stitch and the same thing for the next edge of the back panel. And single crochet. Just going to do this all the way down to the yellow part after we get to the end, chain one and cut, repeat the same thing for this side as well. Then after, after you've done that, do the very same thing for the shoulder, pushes them together with your urine needle oil crochet hook you, we'll single crochet. Then I'll meet you so that we can clean off the horse and the neck. 13. 13. Cleaning up : Social cleaner font, the arms we have, we're going to have two different colors at the top. So you want to make sure you place a single crochets around each color, depending on the color. So I'm going to start with your white, and I'm going to use the white yarn. Just going to make that slipknot and connect this area. Make a single crochet. And then I'm gonna bring these tails so I can work over them as I go. And I'm going to be placing the single crochet on this side. Slip stitch and half double crochet rows while still working off of that tail. So I like to just pull the tail just to make sure it's nice and even inside a container to place those single crochets on top. Just like that. Then when you get to the chained area's going to be so much easier to see. I'm not there yet, but once you get there, it's going to be so much easier for you to see where depletion single crochets pass for now. I have managed to leave those. Those yarn ends in without much trouble. So let me just get to the chin area so I can show off talking about okay. So pretty much here. This right here is a hostage, so I'm just going to single crochet, right? And then this right here is a hostage. I also just single crochet and they're just like that. And we'll continue to do this all the way until I get there and then I'll meet you there so that we can switch to the grid and do that for the other side. I have reached where the gray begins. I'm just going to insert my hook into that first stitch of the great, grab the yarn, pull through and finish that single crochet. Now I've left the white, we can cut that and with that in elite up. And I'm going to continue working over that little tool we have our February. Rather not continue single crocheting with the gray all the way to the end where we began, which is all the way down here. With this very same concept, you're gonna do the same thing for the neck line. You're going to start with a gray. Go all the way around once you reach here where it connects with the way you're going to leave the grain. Start with the white and single crochet, all the way up. As per this side of the arm hole where the colors are the same. You don't have to worry about that. You're just going to go the wrong casing single crochets. The written pattern is going to tell you replace tumors of single crochets if you wanted to need to look, personally, this is fine with me. I'm gonna just leave it here, but if you want, you can go ahead and go over two rows of single crochets. So I'm just going to finish this off. You pause the video. Finish off. We've cleared cleaning up both both openings that suppose I'm openings and the neck opening. And then I'll meet you so that we can now leaving this little bit sarcastic and up two. 14. 14. Weaving in ends: So if you love literally on insider long enough for a whole crochet needle, then I would advice you use that bus for mine. They're so short that is going to keep stepping out of the eye. So what I like to do is just use my crochet hook and weave it through the single crochet stitches. Just like so. And if you can, the others, you can just cut them off with the scissors. And just like that. As for these ones, you could just grab your scissors and cut them off. So we still have, we still have our top on the right way round. So you just want to turn that right? We want the other side and go, Hey, is your crochet top or down? It's all pretty. And the sides where we were sitting in the yellow, you can see it just blends in perfectly and so beautiful. And that's it. This is your top. Let me see if I can get it all in frame. So here it is. Here is your crochet top. You're crushing kind of laptop. I hope you love it. If you do, be sure to leave those reviews, those comments, and projects in the project section so that we can see if you have any questions, be sure to read them out there as well, so that I can address you together with other students. 15. 15. Outro : Congratulations on finishing your class of this crochet salmon top. I hope you loved it. I hope everything made sense. So go on, work on them projects and be sure to post those pictures down below so that we can admire. And if you need any help, we can assist each other until next time guys see you in the next class.