The Mango Tango Bobble Crochet Crop top is a fun, easy beginner make. All you need to know to be able to crochet this bobble crop top is bobble stitch and double crochet.
Inspiration and Design
For a while now I have been meaning to turn my wardrobe into a more sustainable/me wardrobe. While I was looking into clearing out my wardrobe I stumbled upon a blue high-waist skirt with funky print. After ooing and ahing at the skirt I realized I had never actually worn it. After perusing my wardrobe it became apparent why this was never worn. I had to shirt or blouse that went with the skirt!
Well crafty friends, I decided to crochet one. Whilst looking at the skirt I realized that I had the exact shade of orange in yarn. Cue stash diving for the remnants of the Lolli Yarn in the Mango Color. It really is amazing how much of this yarn I bought. I had already made the Secret Garden Dress , and the second Riveret top out of it.
Do I get points for stash diving? I think I should. Anyway, I didn’t want to over complicate my life with the top so I decided to make a dk weight version of the Bobble in Time Top . Don’t despair, I won’t waste your time by making the same top. While I kept the same stitch count, the length, fit, and sleeves of the top are different! Crop tops are really the best pair for high-waist skirts.
As stated above, I had quite the stash left over from the first project I made with Lolli Yarn. No regrets because I love this yarn. Cotton and polyester unite in this yarn to make a knit tube that really shows off the crochet stitches. The yarn is very visually appealing with flecks of grey and neon at certain intervals. Before I sell you anymore on this yarn, it has been DISCONTINUED. Yes, it has. Therefore, if you would like to make this pattern you will have to go with a different yarn that has a similar yardage. I know, this may not appeal to everyone but there are many gorgeous yarns out there.
Don’t despair, while Lolli Yarn makes up the body of the Bobble Crochet Crop Top, the contrasting bands are made in a wool yarn. Any dk weight wool will work for the contrasting bands. Of course, you are more than welcome to use another dk weight yarn.
Can I make this?
The Mango Tango Bobble Crop Top is really easy to make. If we break it down, the top is made from two rectangles that are sewn together at the shoulder and sides. After the piece is sewn together, the sleeve stitches are picked up.
Your perfect Summer Crop top. Who wants to wear restrictive clothes in the summer? Not me, so I designed the Mango Tango Bobble Top to have a lot of positive ease. Wear it to the beach, with a high waist skirt, shorts, over a dress. You name it, you style it! Let’s make this bobble crochet crop top!
Mango Tango Bobble Crochet Crop Top – Instructions
Main Color: 200 (250, 350, 450) g / 480(600,840,1,000) yds of a cotton blend yarn, preferably chain plied or knit tube. I used Lolli by Conway and Bliss in the Color Mango.
Contrasting Band: 50(75,100,125) g of dk weight yarn. I used a 100% wool yarn.
4mm hook, if you would like for the garment to have slight shaping switch to a 3.75mm after the contrasting band is complete.
The model is wearing size small/medium. For reference, the model is 5”7, with a true bust measurement of 33” and a 28” waist.
The top is designed to be a comfortable fit, if you would like a fitted garment you can use sport weight yarn, or make the Bobble in Time Top, the fingering weight version that inspired this one. For the size small I had 30g left over of the main color and 35g left over of the contrasting color.
Unlike the Bobble in Time top this one is designed to be quite cropped. If you would like a longer top simply add more rows before the armhole shaping. If you would like some waist shaping crochet the band with a 4mm hook and the body with a 3.75mm
Experience Level : Advanced Beginner
For this pattern you will need to know how to make the bobble stitch, how to make a sl st, sc, hdc, and dc stitch.
Not only does the pattern use simple stitches, it’s basically 2 rectangles with some neck shaping.To make the sleeves the yarn is attached to the bottom of the armhole and worked in the round.
Bobble – Yarn over, insert your hook and pull up a loop. Yarn over pull through 2. Repeat this 4 times, you will have 6 loops in the hook, yarn over and pull through all 6 loops.
Starting bobble – ch3 counts as the first dc, when you complete your stitch you will have a total of 5 loops on the hook, yarn over and pull through all 5 loops.
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
sc2tog – single crochet 2 together (decrease)
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
16 stitches X 9 rows of dc in 4” with a 4mm hook before blocking.
Bust: 34(37,40,45)inches – XS(S/M, L/XL)
Length from neckline to bobble strip
Let us move on to the bobble crochet crop top pattern.
Using your contrasting yarn and a 4mm hook.
Row 1 : starting in the second ch from the hook, sc across. Ch 3 and turn. 65(73,77,81)
Row 2 : Bobble in one stitch, sc in the next. Repeat across. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 3 : 1sc in every stitch across. Ch3 and turn 65(73,77,81)
Rows 4 to 7: Repeat rows 2 and 3.
Before working row 7 switch to your main color yarn. Ch 2 and turn.
Row 8: 1 dc in every stitch. Ch2 and turn.65(73,77,81)
Repeat row 8 until you have reached 7(8,9,10) inches Ch1 and turn.
Row 1: 1 slip stitch in the first 4(5,5,6) Ch2, skip 1 dc. Work 1 dc in every dc, leaving 6(7,7,8) stitches unworked. Skip 1, 1 dc in next stitch. Ch2 and turn
Row 2: (Remember ch counts as your first dc) Skip 1 dc, dc to last 2 stitches, skip 1 dc, dc to the top of the ch. Ch2 and turn
Row 3: 1 dc in every dc. Ch2 and turn.
Continue working 1dc in every dc until your work measures 13.25 (14.25, 15.25 17) inches from the border. Ch2 and turn.
Row 1: 1dc in next 11(13,14,16) dc, skip 1, sc2tog, 1sl st in next 24(26,28,29) stitches, sc2tog, skip 1, 1dc in next 12(14,15,15)dc. Ch2 and turn.
Row 2: 1dc in next 9 (11,12,12) dc, skip 1 , dc. Ch2 turn
Row 3: Skip next dc, 1 dc in every dc. Ch2 turn.
Row 4: 1 dc in next 7(9,10,10) sk 1, 1dc on top of ch. Ch2, turn.
Row 5: sk 1 dc, 1 dc in each stitch. Fasten off. 8(10,11,11)
With right side facing attach yarn to the first dc to the left of the sc2tog.
Row 1: Ch2 (remember this counts as the first dc) skip 1 dc, 1 dc in every dc to the end or row. Ch2 and turn.
Row 2: 1 dc in every dc, stop when 2 stitches remain. Skip 1 and 1 dc on top of the turning chain. Ch2 and turn.
Row 3: skip 1 dc, 1 dc in every dc to the end of the row.Ch2 and turn.
Row 4: 1 dc in every dc across, stop when 2 stitches remain, skip 1 dc, dc on top of the ch2. Fasten off.
Work as given for the front stopping until you reach row 3 of armhole shaping.
Continue working 1 dc in each stitch until work measures 14(15.25,16.5, 17.5)
ch2, work 8(9,10,10)dc, fasten off.
Attach yarn 9(10,11,11) stitches from the end of the row. Ch2 and dc until the end of the row. Fasten off
With right sides facing sew front and back panels together, at the shoulder and side seams.
We will have a total of 40(45,50,52) for the sleeves.
Round 1: Attach yarn on the join, ch1, sc in the same space, sc2tog over the next 4 stitches, hdc around stopping 4 stitches before the end of the round, sc2tog twice. Join with a sl st to first sc.Ch1
Round 2: 3sc, dc in each stitch stopping 2 stitches before the end of the round. 2sc. Sl St to the first sc. Ch1
Round 3 and 4: Repeat round 2.
Round 5: Using contrasting yarn. Bobble round. Bobble in first stitch, sc in the next. For size small only, sc2tog for the last sc
With right side facing, attach yarn to the back of the garment. Ch2, work dc in each stitch around. Sl St to the top of the ch2 to join.
For the next round, CH2, work 1 dc in each dc. Join with a sl st to the top of the ch2. Fasten off.
Weave in all ends and soak your garment to relax the stitches. Lay flat to dry.