Mai Tai Halter Top: Free Crochet Pattern

Around this time of year, I’m usually packing my bags for an annual trip to Hawaii with my fiance. But with our wedding and honeymoon quickly approaching, we decided to skip our trip this year. Sadly my island fever won’t be cured anytime soon. In the meantime, you can find me outside on the deck crocheting and working on my just-got-back-from-Hawaii-but-not-really tan 😉 My mom gifted me this lovely Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn. The colorway immediately reminded me of a Mai Tai with its orange and red combination. If I can’t be on one of the Hawaiian islands, at least I can crochet with colors that remind me of cocktails in paradise!

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This yarn has a unique tubular texture and is unlike anything I’ve ever worked with in the past. Based on it’s name, I believe it’s meant for home projects such as rugs or pillows. But it’s soft, stretchy feel made me want to try it out in a garment. Plus this yarn is machine washable AND dryer safe so it would be easy throw in with the rest of the laundry. With Hawaii still on the brain, I decided to make a halter top for warm weather wear.

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One of my favorite things about crocheting clothes is that you can easily custom fit them to your own body. This halter was created using just two pieces – the front piece which contains the triangular top and straps, and the back piece which is essentially just a rectangle to provide coverage for your back. Both pieces started as foundation chains measured against my own body and were built from there. The pattern explains how to measure the foundation chains and rows to your body, crochet both pieces, and assemble them in to a halter top.

Alright enough chatting, here is what you really clicked for – the pattern!

Materials

  • Bulky weight yarn (size 5) – I used Bernat Maker Home Dec in “Spice Varg” . One skein is 317 yards, and I used about 3/4 of the skein. The amount of yarn used will vary based on the amount of coverage you desire.
  • Size L crochet hook
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

Abbreviations

  • HDC = half double crochet
  • Ch = chain
  • St = stitch

Instructions

Front Piece

Foundation chain – make chain long enough to reach from one side of your rib cage to the other (measuring just below the breasts).

Row 1: HDC in third ch from hook. Continue with 1 HDC in each ch till end of row. Ch 2 and turn.

Row 2: HDC in second st (Ch 2 from previous row counts as first HDC). Continue with 1 HDC in each st till end of row. Ch 2 and turn.

Repeat Row 2 until piece extends from waist to just below the breasts. Note: make fewer rows if you would rather have a crop top length.

Begin Decrease

Row 1: HDC in second st. Continue with 1 HDC in each st until two st remain. Crochet last two st together. Ch 2 and turn.

Repeat Row 1 until piece reaches top of breast.

Top Edge Detail

Row 1: Ch 3. HDC in third st. *Ch 1. Skip st. HDC in next st after skipped st.* Repeat* to end of row. Ch 3 and turn.

Row 2: HDC in second gap created by skipped st in previous row. *Ch1. HDC in next gap.* Repeat* to end of row. Ch 3 and turn.

Row 3: HDC in second gap created by skipped st in previous row. *Ch1. HDC in next gap.* Repeat* to end of row. Cut and tie off yarn.

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Decrease side and top edge detail

Edging and Ties

Pick one side of the piece and cast on at the first decrease row, leaving a long tail. The long tail will be used later on to stitch the back piece to the front piece.

*SC in stitches along the side of the decrease edge until you reach the top of the piece. Stitches should be evenly spaced. From the last SC at the top of the piece, ch 45. (This chain serves as the strap). Cut and tie off yarn.*

Repeat * on the opposite side of piece.

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Back Piece

Foundation chain – make ch the same length as the front piece foundation chain

Row 1: HDC in third ch from hook. Continue with 1 HDC in each ch till end of row. Ch 2 and turn.

Row 2: HDC in second st (Ch 2 from previous row counts as first HDC). Continue with 1 HDC in each st till end of row. Ch 2 and turn.

Repeat Row 2 until piece reaches the same length as the front piece before the decrease.

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Assembling the Halter

Place back piece on top of front piece. Using the long tails leftover from the front piece edging, stitch the front piece to the back piece on both sides. Weave in all ends.

Now Mai “Tie” your new halter around your neck, make yourself a cocktail, and go soak up some sunshine 😉

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I would love to see your creations! Tag me on Instagram @darsi_stitches and share this pattern with your friends and followers.

I am new to writing patterns and always appreciate feedback. Leave me a comment down below with your thoughts

Copyright
You may use this pattern for personal projects. You may also sell items made using this pattern, but please do not use my photos. Please do not copy, distribute, or sell this pattern as your own. Thank you!
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