Basic stitches and an open fan yoke make this Crochet Summer Fan Top one you will reach for often. Pair it with your favorite jeans or dress it up for a night out. Read about my process or skip to the free Crochet Summer Fan Top pattern.
Ever since I saw the Fancy Arcade Stitch tutorial from Emma, I knew I wanted to make a garment with it. I made various sketches and even started two garment prototypes using this stitch (properly called Open Fan Stitch) Neither design conveyed the beauty of this stitch, they were both frogged and the idea put in the back burner.
I was determined that this year, 2020, I would create a garment with this stitch. Given this determination, I went back and reviewed the stitch notes, and made swatches all in preparation for a garment that just didn’t want to see the light of day.
If you follow along with my podcast you may remember that this year I started on the Simple Abundance Journey, one of the steps in the journey is to remember details of your childhood. Whilst on this journey, I remembered a blouse that I always loved to wear. The color didn’t do me any favors. (dusty old pink) but the design, oh how I loved it!. The top was store-bought, sewn in a solid knit fabric for the body and back but the yoke was all lace and the neckline was solid with two tails to tie the blouse.
I loved the modern Victorian feel of the blouse, I can remember feelink like a million bucks when I wore it. The fond memories of this blouse This blouse inspired the Crochet Summer Fan Top Design and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.
The use of ex-sc and sc stitches for the body of the Summer Fan Top pmake for a sturdy but comfortable garment. The boxy construction of the top makes this design very beginner friendly. The most “challenging” part is the lace section, and if you break it down by stitches it is not intimidating in the least.
Having lived most of my life in a tropical environment, I wanted to create a design using a lovely cotton yarn. I didn’t want the yarn to be 100% cotton as this would have no drape and depending on the brand that produced the yarn it could be quite tough. I looked and compared but I was not happy with the yarn choices until searching for other craft related supplies on amazon I found Autumn Wind from Lotus Yarns, this yarn is classified as a baby yarn, but I can tell you that it’s simply perfect for summer garments. The 10% cashmere makes the blend feel luxurious and soft as well as providing a bit of drape that cotton lacks. I couldn’t be happier with this yarn and at 5 balls for under $30 it’s reasonably priced as well. Ultimately you can use whatever yarn you decide that has comparable gauge but I would suggest that you use a cotton blend and not 100% cotton.
Crochet Summer Fan Top:
Materials for the Crochet Summer Fan Top:
Yarn – 4 (5,7,8) Balls of Autumn Wind from Lotus Yarns (I used color 31, emerald green/teal) – 90% Cotton, 10% Cashmere 160m/174.9y/50 g. Recommended hook size for this yarn 3.25mm – 3.75mm
Hook used – 3.5mm hook
Skill Level: easy.
Abbreviations/ Special Stitches:
ch – chain
ext-sc – extended single crochet
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
tr – treble
sk – skip
inc – increase
Fan – tr,ch2,tr,ch2,tr,ch2,tr,ch2,tr (5 treble crochets, separated by 4 ch2 spaces)
Half Fan – tr,ch2,tr,ch2,tr (3 trebles separated by 2 ch2 spaces)
Instructions written for the size small, other sizes included in parenthesis.
If your gauge is different than that specified in the pattern you may need more yarn.
Alternate yoke is explained here.
Measurements : 35(38,42,46) inches
Gauge: 16 stitches x 17 rows in 4″ or 8 stitches x 8 rows in 2″ done in main pattern.
Inexpensive PDF can be purchased here.
Front of Top
Ch 75 (83, 91, 99)
Row 1 – ext-sc in the second ch from the hook. 1ex-sc in each chain, Ch1 and turn. 74(82,90,98) This is the right side of our work.
Row 2 – sc in each stitch, Ch1 and turn. Wrong side row
Row 3 – ext-sc in each stitch. Ch 1 and turn.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have completed 48(50,52,54) rows
Row 49 (right side) – work as row 3, ch 14 (19,23,27) Turn.
Row 50 (wrong side row) – starting in the second chain from the hook, work 1 sc in each stitch, starting at the base of the last stitch make 13 (18,22,26) foundation sc.
Row 51 – repeat row 3
R0w 52 – repeat row 2
Row 53 – repeat row 3
Row 54 – 13 (18,22,26), sc. 2 sc in the next sc (repeat once more for size m), sc to one stitch before the sleeve (for size m stop 2 sc before the sleeve and inc in the last 2 sc. , 2sc in next sc, 13(18,22,26)sc. We should have 13(18,22,26) sleeve stitches, 76(86) for the body, 13(18,22,26) sleeve stitches.
*For size large – 22 sc, *2 sc in the next sc, sc in next, 2 sc in the next sc, sc in next, 2 sc in the next sc*. sc to 5 stitches before the sleeve, repeat from * to *. 22 sc.
**For size x-large – 26 sc, sc2tog in the next stitch, sc to 2 stitches before the sleeve, sc2tog, 26 sc. 96 stiches for the body.
Row 1 – 13(18,22,26) ext-sc, *sc in next stitch, ch1, sk 4 stitches, Fan, ch1 sk 4 stitches* Repeat from * to * to last 5 stitches. Ch1, sk 4 stitches, into the last sc before the stitch work a half fan. 13(18,22,26) ext-sc. Ch1 turn
Row 2 – 13(18,22,26) sc, sc in next stitch, *[ch 3, sk ch2 space and tr, 1 dc] in next ch 2 space. ch2, sk tr,sc,tr, work 1 dc in first ch2 space of the next fan, ch3 work 1 sc into middle tr of fan*, repeat from * to * ending the repeat on the last fan with  Ch 1, dc into sc from previous round. 13(18,22,26) sc Ch1 turn.
Row 3 – 13(18,22,26) ext-sc, half fan in the dc from the row below, ch1, sk ch space, 1sc in sc, *ch1, sk ch space, fan in ch2 space, ch1, sk ch space, 1 sc in sc*. Repeat from * to * to last ch 2 space. Ch 1 , ext-sc in sc, 13(18,22,26) ext-sc. Ch1 turn
Row 4 – 13(18,22,26) sc, 1 dc in first stitch, ch2, 1dc in the first ch 2 space, ch3, sc in center tr of the fan, *ch 3, sk next space, dc in next ch space, ch2 sk tr, sc, tr, 1 dc in next ch2 space, ch3, sc in center tr of fan.* repeat from * to * until you reach the end of the row, the last sc will be placed on the top of the beg tr from the half fan. 13(18,22,26) sc Ch1 turn.
Row 5 – 13(18,22,26) ext-sc, *1sc, ch1, sk ch3 space, fan into ch2 space, ch1, sk ch3 space*, repeat from *to * to last sc, ch1, half fan into the dc. 13(18,22,26) ext-sc
Row 6 – repeat row 2
Row 7 – repeat row 3
Row 8 – repeat row 4
Row 9 – Ch4, 1 tr in next 12(17,21,25) stitches,1 dc in sc, hdc, ext-sc in first ch space. crochet 1 sc in each stitch and 2 in every ch space stop when you come upon the last ch space. ext-sc, hdc in last ch2 space, dc in sc. 13(18,22,26) tr. Ch 2 turn.
Row 10 – 1 dc in next 12(17,21,25) stitches. Ch1 turn. Do not fasten off.
Row 1 (right side facing) – 1hdc in each stitch 13(18,22,26). Ch1, turn
Row 2 – 13(18,22,26) sc, Ch1 and turn
Row 3 – 13(18,22,26) sc, Ch1 and turn
Row 4 – 13(18,22,26) sc, Ch1, fasten off.
With right side facing you, re-attach yarn and repeat row 10 and rows 1 -4 of the sleeve shaping. Fasten off.
For the Back for the back of the top,
Ch 75 (83, 91, 99)
Repeat rows 1 – 53 of the front panel.
Row 54 – repeat row 2 of front panel
Row 55 – repeat row 3 of front panel
Row 56 – repeat row 2
Row 57 – repeat row 3.
Row 58 – 1dc in each stitch across. Ch1 and turn
Row 59 – repeat row 3
Row 60 – repeat row 58
Row 61 – repeat row 3
Row 62 – repeat row 58
Row 63 – repeat row 3
Row 64 – repeat row 58
Row 65 – repeat row 3
Row 66 – repeat row 58
Row 67 – repeat row 3
Row 68 – 13 (18,22,26) sc. Ch1 and turn
Row 69 – 13 (18,22,26) sc. Fasten off.
Wrong side facing you, re-attach the yarn and repeat rows 68 and 69 on the right side. Fasten off,
We have completed to front and back panels for the blouse. You can choose to block now or seam and block later. I typically block after seaming because the seam does tend to tighten everything and then I have to re-block.
To seam, hold right sides of the garment facing, attach your yarn at the base and using slip stitches join the sides and the bottom part of the sleeve. Fasten off.
For sleeve and neck opening. Join your yarn 15 (18, 21,25) stitches from the sleeve. Join using sc. Repeat for other side.
Turn your garment right side out. Attach yarn at the back in the stitch right after the join.
Round 1 – Ch1, ext-sc dec twice, ext-sc in each stitch stopping 2 stitches before the seam. ext-sc dec three times (this includes decreasing over the join and the two stitches following the join. ext-sc in each stitch, slip stitch to the first stitch to join. Ch1.
Rounds 2 – 4 (three rounds total) ext-sc in each stitch. Fasten off.
Now to weave in all ends. You have completed the Crochet Summer Fan Top. Block it and rock it this summer!