Elevate your wardrobe with this free summer top crochet pattern! Available in multiple sizes, I have designed the Nectandra Crochet Top to be a comfortable and versatile piece. Its lightweight design is perfect for all seasons, while the striped crochet detail adds a pop of personality to any look. Pair with jeans or shorts in hot weather or layer under vests when the weather gets cooler!

Simple Stitches Meet Elegant Design

Designed using primarily double crochet and a 4.25 mm hook to obtain the tight stitches, this garment is dense, eliminating the need for additional underlayers. The classic button-down design seamlessly complements any ensemble. It’s simple construction makes it an idea project for crocheters of any skill level.

Cotton for Comfort

Cotton yarn is ideal for making garments, due to it’s versatility and soft fibers. I chose Loops & Threads cotton yarn for minimal stretch and easy maintenance. This beautiful crochet top will allow breathability on warm summer days and comfort for cooler winter nights. I have also provided the instructions for adjusting the size ranging from small to 4XL. For those who need more visual instruction,
I have included a video tutorial to guide you through this free crochet pattern.

Discover a world of crochet artistry as you fashion the Nectandra Crochet Top. This beginner friendly crochet pattern will elevate your personal style with a touch of handmade elegance and embrace comfort and creativity.

Nectandra Crochet Top: Pattern Info

Level: Easy +


  • This pattern is written in US terms
  • Starting chain should be a multiple of 3
  • Sizes of finished summer top: size M;
  • Finished Measurements: 19.5in W; 22in L; Sleeves: 15 in across for each sleeve.



  • * *: Repeat instructions defined number of times
  • Ch: chain
  • Dc: double crochet
  • Eor: end of row
  • Sc: single crochet
  • Sk: skip
  • Sk ch: skipped chain
  • Sl st: slip stitch
  • Sp: space

Sizing Information

Measurement of one rectangle:

  • 18 inches long
  • 12 inches wide

Note: By increasing the number of starting chains you will only increase the length, not width.

Starting Chains & Sizes

  • XS to Small: Ch 118
  • Medium: Ch 121 (written pattern)
  • Large: Ch 124
  • XL: Ch 127
  • 2XL: Ch 130
  • 3XL: Ch 133
  • 4XL: Ch 136

Nectandra Crochet Top: Video Tutorial

Nectandra Crochet Top: Video Tutorial

Nectandra Crochet Top: The Pattern

Make 2

Chain 121 or a multiple of 3

Row 1: Dc in the 4th ch from hook, dc in each ch until eor.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), turn, dc in until eor.

Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), turn, *sk 1, dc in next 2 st, dc back in the sk ch sp*, rep until eor, dc in last st.

Row 4: Rep Row 3.

Row 5, 6: Rep Row 2.

Row 7, 8: Rep Row 3.

Row 9, 10: Rep Row 2.

Row 11, 12: Rep Row 3

Row 13, 14: Rep Row 2

Row 15: Ch 1, turn, sc across

Row 16, 17, 18: Rep Row 15

On the second rectangle: turn the panel to the other side and make 3 rows of sc, to make the arrows from Row 3, 4, 7, 8, 11, 12, match.

Take your measurements, to see how many rows of sc you can add to the border.

Sew panels, right sides together.

Nectandra Crochet Top: Sleeves

For each armhole leave the amount of stitches you need to match your measurements.

I left 42 stitches.

Attach yarn in any place.

Row 1: Ch 1, *sc in next 3 st, [ch 3, sl st to base of ch 3], sc in next 3 st*, rep to eor.

Nectandra Crochet Top: Border

Now we will work around the edge of the bottom.

Attach yarn in any place.

Row 1: Ch 1, sc in each st all the way around until first sc, sl st to join.

Border for Button Up

Place the stitch markers for how many buttons you need for your size.

Attach yarn on one side.

Crochet 3 rows of sc.

Button Holes

Use stitch markers where you want to place the button holes.

Ch 1, sk 1, and sc to next hole marker. Be sure to chain enough stitches to fit the size of your buttons (but not too loose)


I hope you enjoyed making this top as much as I loved designing it. I take pride in creating patterns that every crocheter can make, regardless of their skill level. I can’t wait to see what you make, share with me on Instagram and Facebook! If you enjoy my free crochet patterns, check out my YouTube channel and my featured patterns!

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