How to Make This Super Cute Crochet Top for Pride Month

This post shares the free crochet pattern for the Meadows Summer Top. The Meadows Summer Top one of three crochet designs to celebrate pride month. Along with the Shane Pride Top and the Nooeh Pullover, the Meadows Summer Top features fun rainbow stripes.

This pattern is great for advanced beginners and walks you through how to make a fun flutter sleeve and uses a textured stitch.

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About this crochet top for pride month pattern

I love the everything about pride month! As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, this month really means a lot to me. That is why I have made it a tradition to design something each year to celebrate Pride.

The Meadows Summer Top was originally designed at the beginning of the year and looked a bit different. It originally had three panels (split front), and a two-tiered flutter sleeve.

I always want things to feel just right and I want to feel in love with everything I make. The original design just did not feel like something I would wear often.

Just 1 week before the deadline of this pattern, I decided I NEEDED to change it! I really wanted to make it into something I loved and was proud of.

So, I am a true believer in destiny and I kid you not, I had exactly what I needed when I rethought the design. I had an unopened pack of Lion Brand Yarn Bon Bons in Beach. This combination of mini skeins was perfect for a crochet top for pride month! I totally redid the design in two days and spent the next 4 days reworking the pattern.

It is also my first size-inclusive pattern and whew! The math was something else! There could not have been a better month to level up my game and do a pattern with extended sizes. I am extremely proud of this top!

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Construction of this flutter sleeve crochet top

This pride-themed crochet top is made in two panels (front and back) with sleeves worked onto the panels, not sewn.

I kept the crochet stitch from the original design. This stitch is one of my favorite stitches to use, it is simple and adds an interesting texture to garments.

The flutter sleeves on this pattern have rainbow stripes. For a flawless finish, make sure to go over this post to learn how to seamlessly change yarn colors.

Related Post: Check out this Faux Fur Fanny Pack

Want more crochet tops for pride month?

Check out these patterns (left to right): Shane Pride Shirt and the Nooeh Pullover

Yarn

For this flutter sleeve top pattern I used Lion Brand Yarn’s 24/7 Cotton DK and one pack of Lion Brand Yarn’s Bonbons.

I really love Lion Brand Yarn’s 24/7 Cotton DK because it is the perfect weight yarn for summer. I really like their original 24/7 Cotton but I found it worked up rather stiff being a CYC 4 yarn. So when they launched their Cotton DK I was over the moon happy!

Bonbons come in a mini pack of 8 balls each around 10g each. These packs are so good for little details like in this top and for amigurumi.

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​Free Crochet Top for Pride Month Pattern – Meadows Summer Top

First off, this is a free written pattern for the Meadows Summer Top in Medium. Due to the nature of the pattern I have only included medium, the other sizes XS-5X can be found in the premium ad-free pattern. The PDF pattern includes extra picture tutorials for visual learners too. This pattern is for personal use only. 

Pattern notes:

  1. This pattern is made using US terminology.
  2. The pattern panels are written in rows, turn after each row. The sleeves are made in rounds.
  3. The ch stitches at the beginning of the rows are considered in stitch count.
  4. This pattern uses a whip stitch to seam panels.
  5. This pattern involves shaping stitch patterns. This may get confusing sometimes so counting your total stitches after each row that involves shaping is highly recommended

Materials:

  • Dk Weight Yarn
  • 3.5mm crochet Hook
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Stitch Markers

Gauge – Do not forget to make your gauge!

16 sts x 12 rows worked over the pattern below

R1: 2dc into the 5th ch from the hook, *skip one ch, 2dc into next ch. Repeat from * until second to the last st of the row. Dc into the last st of the row. 24 (27, 30, 34, 38, 42, 45, 47, 50) sts

R2-43(44, 45, 47, 48, 50, 50, 51, 51): ch 2, 2 dc between V stitch below. 2 dc in each V stitch until end of the row. Dc into last st of the row. . 24 (27, 30, 34, 38, 42, 45, 47, 50) sts per row

Size Guide 

Size and measurements
Gauge:4” = 16 sts x 12 rowsLengthChest
XS15.528
S1632
M16.536
L1740
XL17.544
2X1848
3X1852
4X1956
5X1960

Abbreviations (US Terms)

  • Ch – Chain
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Dc – Double crochet
  • Dc2tog – Double Crochet 2 together
  • St/s – stitch/stitches
  • Slst – slip stich
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A little note on decreasing in this stitch

Before we start, let’s talk about shaping. The armholes and neckline in this pattern are shaped by making decreases. 

Decreasing within a stitch pattern can get confusing. In this pattern, we keep the anatomy of the stitch pattern in mind when making decreases. To do so, we pay attention to the top of the ro to see each stitch individually.

Note Each row in this is started and ended with a ch 2. Decreases are made in the st/s after the ch 2. 

To dc2tog, look at the sts from the top and perform the dc2tog normally through the top sts. 

After performing the decreases you will continue with the V stitch pattern. Sometimes, the decreases may take a leg from the V stitch. Again, remember the anatomy of the stitch. Place a dc where needed in order to begin again with regular V stitches. 

Being mindful and tracking the total number of sts in each row of shaping in highly recommended and will help you know if you have done the row correctly.  

Shaping would look similar to this (except for XS which has no armhole shaping involved) your size will look different. this picture is just a reference.

Are you a visual learner? See the pictures for this written explanation in the ad-free PDF pattern.

Now, let’s get into this crochet goodness!

Crochet Top Pattern for Pride Month (medium)

Front Panel

Ch 72 + 2 (counts as one dc)

R1: 2 dc into the 5th ch from the hook, *skip one ch, 2 dc into next ch. Repeat from * until second to the last st of the row. Dc into the last st of the row. 72 sts

R2-27: ch 2, 2 dc in each V stitch until end of the row. Dc into last st of the row. 72 sts

You are now going to form the opening for the front neckline and the armholes.

Mark the midline (36 st split)

R28:  ch 2, dc2tog, dc2tog, 2 dc in each V stitch until last 3 sts to midline. dc2tog, dc into last st (midline). 33 sts

R29: ch 2, dc2tog, 2 dc into each V stitch until last 5 sts, dc2tog, dc2tog, dc into last st. 30 sts

R30: ch 2, 2 dc into each V stitch until last 3 sts, dc2tog, dc into last st. 29 sts

R31: ch 2, dc2tog, 2 dc into each V stitch, dc into last st. 28 sts

R32: ch 2, 2 dc into each V stitch until last 3 sts, dc2tog, dc into last st. 27 sts

Back Panel

Ch 72 + 2 (counts as one dc)

R1: 2dc into the 5th ch from the hook, *skip one ch, 2dc into next ch. Repeat from * until second to the last st of the row. Dc into the last st of the row. 72 sts

R2-27: ch 2, 2 dc in each V stitch until end of the row. Dc into last st of the row. 72 sts

You are now going to form the opening for the front neckline and the armholes.

R28:  ch 2, dc2tog, dc2tog, 2 dc in each V stitch until last 5 sts, dc2tog, dc2tog, dc into last st. 68 sts

R29: ch 2, dc2tog, dc2tog, 2 dc in each V stitch until last 5 sts, dc2tog, dc2tog, dc into last st. 64 sts

R30-43: ch 2, 2 dc in each V stitch until end of the row. Dc into last st of the row. 64 sts

R44: ch 2, 2 dc in each V stitch for the next 11 V stitches, dc into the next st. 24 sts

R45-49: ch 2, 2 dc in each V stitch until end of the row. Dc into last st of the row. 24 sts

Fasten off with a long tail

Repeat on the opposite side from R44

Assembly

  1. Using the long tails from the front panels, align the top of the shoulders of the front panels to the back panel and seam using a whip stitch. This should leave a gap in the middle. 
  2. Fold the garment in half at the shoulders so that the front is facing you and the back is laying down.
  3. Seam the sides of the panels closed using a whip stitch. Start from the bottom until the armpit. This is the 27th row from the bottom. 

Sleeve pattern

This portion is worked in rounds

Attach yarn to armpit seam. 

R1 (black): Ch 2 (counts as one st), 2 dc into each “bar”. The bars are the ch 2 of each row on the panel. dc into the armpit seam and slst to the top of the ch 2 at beginning of the round to end the round.

90 sts. 

R2 (red): Ch 2, 2 dc between each V stitch (formed by the 2 dc’s in each bar in R1). Dc in last st of the round. Slst to end round. 90 sts.

Follow these colors for the following rows: black, orange, black, yellow, black, green, black, blue, black, purple

R3 – 12: Ch 2, 2 dc between each V stitch (formed by the 2 dc’s in each bar in R1). Dc in last st of the round. Slst to end round. 90 sts.

Repeat on opposite side.

Finishing touches

You are almost done! Let’s clean up those edges. Exact number of stitches will not be provided for this portion. 

  1. Attach yarn to the back of the nape. ch 2, 2 dc in each V stitch and bar around the neckline. Fasten off. Note, try on your garment. If you want to bring the neckline in more, add another row of the V stitch pattern.
  2. Attach yarn to the bottom of the garment. Sc all around. Fasten off. 
  3. Weave in your ends and you are all done!

You now have a new crochet top for pride month!

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I would love to see how your style your Meadows Summer Top. Make sure to tag me @knitsandknotsbyame on IG. Until next time, creatives!

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xoxo

Abigail

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