Free Crochet Tops for Women Patterns + Shaping Guide
One of the advantages of crocheting your own tops and sweaters is the ability to modify them to flatter your figure. Need a little more room in the bust without affecting the circumference of the waist, or, like me, is there always too much fabric at the hips? Modifying a crochet pattern can seem intimidating, but with a little instruction and a few tips, you can modify any crochet top for a perfect fit. Here is an excerpt from our free eBook on crochet tops for women and a shaping guide to get you started.
We are not all built the same and that is a good thing. But it can be frustrating to fall in love with a crochet pattern only to realize that if you were to choose the proper bust size, your finished garment will end up with too much fabric at the hips or waist. Instead of being frustrated with fit, try modifying the pattern to create a crochet blouse, tunic, or garment that is custom fit for your body.
In this free eBook, Customize a Crochet Tunic, Blouse and Pullover: 4 Free Crochet Patterns for Women Plus Shaping Guide, you’ll discover Doris Chan’s invaluable article on shaping crochet tops for women as well as four free crochet sweater patterns for women, perfect for practicing your newfound pattern modification skills. So download these free crochet patterns for women plus shaping guide, and find your perfect fit today.
Free Crochet Tops for Women Patterns You’ll Find Inside:
Shaping and Using Negative and Positive Ease
Shaping Part Deux by Doris Chan
Shaping Part Deux will walk you through bust shaping for adding just the right amount of positive ease, waist shaping for positive or negative ease, and hip shaping either in conjunction with waist shaping or as its own modification. Doris’ helpful suggestions are perfect for almost any stitch pattern, from a crochet lace top like the China Doll to the solid double crochets of the Ripple-Lace V-Neck Top.
Crochet Tunic Pattern
China Doll design by Doris Chan
Doris Chan’s China Doll was designed in combination with her article on shaping. This top down crochet tunic pattern includes instructions for modifying the shaping at the bust, waist, and hip. Inspired by traditional Chinese costume, this crochet lace top was inspired by one of Doris’ mother’s engagement dresses.
Crochet Blouse Pattern
Queen Anne’s Lace Blouse by Monica Welle Brown
The Queen Anne’s Lace Blouse by Monica Welle Brown was inspired by the femininity of Victorian tops. This crochet blouse pattern is shaped similar to that of a tailored blouse with a bit more ease in the front than the back. The body of this crochet blouse is worked first, and then the bib is worked separately and sewn into the body before finishing the collar.
Crochet Pullover Pattern
Ripple-Lace V-neck Top design by Christine L. Walter
The Ripple-Lace V-Neck Top by Christine L. Walter is a great easy crochet pullover pattern to modify. The body of this vest is worked in double crochet and the lace hem is crocheted using a larger hook size to emphasize the simple chevron peak-a-boo stitch. Try working this vest with a little negative ease.
Crochet Lace Top Pattern
strong>Cubist Asymmetrical Cardigan by Megan Granholm
Adding a twist to classical lines, the Cubist Asymmetrical Cardigan by Megan Granholm is the perfect crochet lace top for any season. Crocheted in a gorgeous wool/silk blend, this sweater boasts a subtle lace fabric, clean lines, and an eye-catching diagonal buttoned front.
In this informative article, you will learn how to create additional bust shaping using the wedge, waist shaping, and working with the flare of hip shaping. Use this information to modify any crochet pattern to fit you. The accompanying four free crochet tops for women patterns are the perfect place to start. You will learn how to modify crochet worked in a shell stitch pattern or simple half double crochet.
Try your hand and crochet shaping with one of the included four free crochet tops for women patterns. From a top down sweater pattern to asymmetrical construction to waist and hip shaping, these crochet tops are the perfect opportunity to test your new skills. Get your free eBook and learn to modify your crochet patterns.
I already use many of these great tips for modifying my own crochet garments. Download Customize a Crochet Tunic, Blouse and Pullover: 4 Free Crochet Patterns for Women Plus Shaping Guide today and learn to modify and shape your garments today.