A breezy pullover sweater that is perfect for the summer, the crochet Open Mesh Top is an easy and stylish pattern that is perfect for beginners.
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Inspiration & Design
I wanted to crochet a top that was effortless in both style and make. The crochet Open Mesh Top can be worn with just about anything. You can wear it as a beach cover-up, or throw it on over a tank with shorts. It’s even dressy enough to wear to work. I love that you can take one top and create many different looks.
The design of the Open Mesh top is very easy. The entire top is crocheted with the double crochet mesh stitch that is followed with a row of single crochets. The back and front panels are identical in construction. Sleeves are then added by crocheting in the round. Ribbing is added to give it a more modern look.
I used Lion Brand Truboo yarn to create this top. This yarn creates a beautiful drape. It is easily one of my favorite yarns to work with. This incredibly soft yarn is 100% Bamboo and gives a pretty sheen. It is best for breezy garments making it the perfect choice for this pattern. Truboo is a #3 lightweight yarn that comes in 30 beautiful colors. The color you see in the pictures is Mauve.
Another reason I love this yarn is that it’s made available at many different locations. I bought mine at Michaels, but you can purchase it at Joann’s or the Lion Brand website. You can even buy in online through Ebay in the Lion Brand store.
The Crochet Open Mesh Top
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Lion Brand Truboo Yarn (Weight #3/light, 3.5oz/100g, 241yds/220m).
(5, 5, 5.5, 6) Skeins
4mm/G Crochet Hook
Single Crochet (sc)
Double Crochet (dc)
Slip Stitch (ss)
Back Loop Only (blo)
XS/S, M/L, XL/2XL, 3XL/4XL
Gauge (after blocking)
17st across x 13 rows = 4″
Finished Measurements (in.)
- For reference, model is 5’6” tall, and wearing the crochet Open Mesh Top in a size M/L.
- Sizing listed in the pattern will be in X-Small/ Small, Medium/Large, XL/2XL, and 3XL/4XL listed in parenthesis such as (93, 103, 113, 123,) whereas 93 for size XS/S, 103 for size M/L, 113 for size XL/2XL, and 123 for size 3XL/4XL. When only one number is given, it pertains to all sizes. To follow the pattern more easily, I recommend to circle/highlight all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning pattern.
- The fit of this top is very loose and slouchy. If you are in between sizes, I would suggest sizing down for a better fit.
- This top is worked in two identical panels: front and back panels that are seemed at the shoulders and sides. Sleeves are worked by crocheting in the round.
- All sizing is true to size and based on the CYC sizing regulations.
Crochet Open Mesh Top Instructions
Panels (make 2)
Ch. (94, 104, 114, 124)
Row 1 – Sc in the 2nd ch. from the hook and each ch. across. (93, 103, 113, 123)
Row 2 – Ch.4 (counts as a dc, ch.1 throughout) turn, sk next sc, dc in the next sc. *ch.1, sk next sc, dc in the next sc* Rep from *across the row.
Row 3 – Ch.1 turn, sc in every dc and ch-1 space across to ch.4 turning ch of previous row. Sc in the next ch and in the ch.3 of the turning ch. (93, 103, 113, 123)
Rows 4 thru (53, 55, 57, 59) – Rep Rows 2 & 3 Respectively
Sewing the Panels Together
Lay one panel flat with the right side facing you. Next, lay the other panel on top so the right side is facing down.
Refer to the diagram on where to sew the sides and the top of shoulders together.
Turn sewn panels right side out before moving onto the sleeves.
Attach yarn to edge of armhole underneath where armpit will be.
Round 1 – Ch.1 and make (66, 70, 74, 78)sc all the way around the edge of the armhole. Ss to first sc you made.
Round 2 – Ch.4 (counts as ch.3 and ch.1), sk next sc, dc in the next. *ch.1, sk next sc, dc in the next* Rep *until there is 1 sc left. Ch.1, make a ss in the 3rd ch of the beginning ch.4.
Round 3 – Ch.1, sc in the same st. *sc in the next ch-1 space, sc in the next dc* Rep *all the way around, ending with a sc in the last ch-1 space. Ss to first sc. (66, 70, 74, 78)
Round 4 – Ch.4 (counts as ch.3 and ch.1), sk next sc, dc in the next. *ch.1, sk next sc, dc in the next* Rep *until there is 1 sc left. Ch.1, make a ss in the 3rd ch of the beginning ch.4.
Rounds 5 thru (46, 48, 50, 52) – Rep Rounds 3 &4 respectively
XS/S: Round 47 – Ch.1, sc in the same st, make a sc in the top of every dc around. You will not be working in the ch spaces, only in the top of every dc around. Ss to first sc. (33)
M/L: Round 49 – Ch.1, sc in the same st, make a sc in the top of every dc around. You will not be working in the ch spaces, only in the top of every dc around. Ss to first sc. (35)
XL/2XL: Round 51 – Ch.1, sc in the same st, make a sc in the top of every dc around. You will not be working in the ch spaces, only in the top of every dc around. Ss to first sc. (37)
3XL/4XL: Round 53 – Ch.1, sc in the same st, make a sc in the top of every dc around. You will not be working in the ch spaces, only in the top of every dc around. Ss to first sc. (39)
Rounds (48, 50, 52, 54) – Ch.1, sc in every st around. Ss to first sc. (33, 35, 37, 39)
Do not bind off
Ribbing for Sleeves
The ribbing is worked with a technique that allows it to be joined to the edge of the sleeve through slip stitches. I highly suggest watching the video tutorial HERE before you start to crochet the ribbing.
Row 1 -Start by making a sc in the 2nd ch from the hook. Continue making a sc all the way down the chain. You will have 8 sc.
Next, make a slip stitch in the next 2 sc of the edge of sleeve.
Row 2 – Turn work, skip the 2 slip stitches you made and work a sc blo in the next st and each st remaining of the row, working back up the band. (8)
Row 3 – Ch.1 turn, sc blo in every st down the row (8). Make a ss in the next 2 sc of the edge of the sleeve.
Continue repeating rows 2 and 3 vertically until you have worked all the way around the edge of the sleeve.
Join both ends of ribbing by either sewing or slip stitching ends together.
Repeat steps to work ribbing for other sleeve.
Ribbing for bottom of the Open Mesh Top
The bottom ribbing is crocheted in the same way as the Sleeve Ribbing.
Attach yarn to the edge of the bottom of the sweater.
Repeat the steps included in the ribbing for the sleeve cuffs. Work your way all the way around the bottom of the sweater. Join both ends of ribbing by either sewing or slip stitching ends together.
Weave in all ends!