A beachy pullover that’s perfect for summer – my Crochet Cabana Top – is a free pattern here on the blog!
Read through my inspiration, design process, and lots of info on the perfect yarn I chose, or scroll on down for the free pattern.
The Inspiration + Design
Lately I’ve been loving the warm weather here in Florida and am spending a lot of time by the pool/at the beach! I love the simple look of crochet lacy stitches but wanted to simplify a design including them.
The product of all these thoughts is a T-shaped design that’s just about as simple as a crochet garment can get.
2 panels, identical in size and shape, a little detailing at the shoulder for interest, and that’s it! This pattern is as simple to make as it is fun to wear.
The Yarn + Kit
I needed a yarn that is soft, summery, and classic. Lion Brand’s Comfy Cotton yarn released last summer with a collection of fun variegated colors but what flew under the radar was this Whipped Cream color of the same yarn. A cotton and polyester blend that’s light and cool while also being reallllllly soft made for the perfect yarn for this top.
While a variegated option would also make for a stunning Cabana Top, I loved keeping it simple so that the T-shape design and lacy open shoulder/sleeve can be the star of the show. However, if you’re feelin’ fancy – grab some Comfy Cotton in one of the other stunning colors like Lovie Dovie, Sugar Cane, or Blueberry Muffin.
Lion Brand has created a KIT with the yarn you need to make this sweater in either Silver Lining or Whipped Cream and it includes the full printed pattern too! Grab your kit here.
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The Free Crochet Cabana Top Pattern is the easiest summer sweater I’ve ever designed! It is made from two identical T shaped pieces and seamed together – that’s it! We end up with a breezy, openwork top that’s perfect for the beach.
–Lion Brand Comfy Cotton Yarn (Weight 3/Light, 7 oz/200 g, 392 yds/358 m)
2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4) skeins in Whipped Cream
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XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL
GAUGE (after blocking)
13 sts x 10 rows = 4″ in hdc
-For reference, model is 5’5” tall, and wearing the crochet cabana top in a size Medium.
-Sizing listed in the pattern will be in X-Small with Small, Medium, Large, Xl, 2X, and 3X listed in parenthesis such as 52 (58, 64, 70, 78, 84, 90) whereas 52 for size XS, 58 for size S, 64 for size M, 70 for size L, 78 for size XL, 84 for size 2X and 90 for size 3X. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle/highlight all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.
-This pullover sweater is worked in 2 identical T-shaped pieces and seamed to create an interesting and dynamic top with beginner techniques.
-All sizing is true to size and based on the CYC sizing regulations.
Crochet Cabana Top
*We will begin at the bottom of our T-shape, work the body, then use an easy chain method to make the top of the T-shape for the sleeves. Let’s get started!
Ch 52 (58, 64, 70, 78, 84, 90), sk 2 sts
Row 1: Hdc across, t
<50, 56, 62, 68, 76, 82, 88>
Row 2: Ch 2, BLO Hdc across, t
Rpt Row 2 until you’ve finished Row 36.
Continue to next section without breaking yarn.
Shoulder & Sleeve
Continuing from Row 36
Ch 44 (46, 46, 48, 48, 50, 50), sk 2 sts
Row 1: Hdc across ch sts, hdc across body sts, ch 44 (46, 46, 48, 48, 50, 50), sk 2 sts <92, 100, 106, 114, 122, 130, 136 hdc only>
Row 2: Hdc across, t <134, 144, 150, 160, 168, 178, 184>
Rep Row 2 until you’ve finished Row 6 (8, 8, 10, 12, 12, 14)
Row 1: Ch 3, sk 1 hdc, hdc, *ch 1, sk 1, hdc; rep from * across <67, 72, 75, 80, 84, 89, 92 hdc only>
Rep Lace Row until you’ve finished Row 10 (10, 11, 10, 10, 11, 10)
or until your entire panel measures
21 (21.5, 22, 22.5, 23, 23.5, 24)” from hemline.
Finish off, weave all ends.
Lie panels on top of one another with right sides together.
Side seams: With a piece of yarn thrice as long as your seam needs to be, sew your two panels along the selvedge edge of the body (all your BLO hdc sts) with a mattress stitch beginning at the foundation ch hemline, continuing past underarm and to end of sleeve (stitching sleeve foundation chs together).
Rep on the other side.
Shoulder seams: Using stitch markers, mark your neckline centered along the last rows of your panels. Neckline opening should be 6.75 (7.5, 8.5, 9.5, 10.25, 11.25, 12)” wide.
With a piece of yarn thrice as long as your seam needs to be, sew your two panels along the last rows of the Lace from edge to stitch marker with a mattress stitch on the right side.
Rep on the left side.
Abbreviations (US Terms):
ch – chain
hdc –half double crochet
Rep – repeat
sk – skip
st(s) – stitch(es)
t – turn
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I love it, thank you!
I’m so making this…I love it! I even have that exact yarn in my stash. I saw you’re moving to NC….welcome! I’ve been in the Triangle for 25 years…I think you’ll love raising your family here (or wherever you are headed). Thanks for another great pattern.
Purl Baby says
A show-stopping summer sweater!! I’m a beginner crocheter and this looks like my next big project. Thanks so much for providing these fantastic patterns for free!
This is so beautiful it’s all I can think of! I’ve been feeling kinda low lately, but this really got me excited and lifted my spirits! Thanks so much for sharing your amazing creative designs for free! Seriously, how can one person have so much talent and creativity?!
Sincerely, Your Biggest Teen Fan
I’m trying to watch your videos on how to make the lil denim jacket and the hat but the sound will not stay on
What does BLO mean in row 2?
Back Loop Only
Betty Edwards says
Love this pattern, can’t wait to finish my current project so I can try it!
I have a question about your Slouchy Stripe Cardigan (current project), how do I get it to you. I am sort of stuck! There was a way to comment at the end of the pattern!
Thank you for sharing this nice and easy pattern with us. I might just get it finished before summer really starts of here. (Belgium in Europe)
So cute !!! I love your photos too! So beautiful!
Thanks so much for sharing this! Looks like a great open top for the summer and your pictures make it easy to follow:)
I am enjoying this lovely pattern. Quick question. When making the sleeves, on the second chain 44 (for medium), it says to HDC 106 only. Should I then break the yarn and then start on row 2 from the end of one sleeve? Thank you so much!
The Hdc only is referring to the final count for the Row – you should have 106 Hdcs in that row not counting the ch sts 🙂