Marley Lace Top – Free Crochet Pattern

I am so excited to finally be sharing my Marley Lace Top pattern with you! This crochet summer top design has had a few firsts for me: my first time working with a fingering weight yarn, my first time using a hank, and also my first garment pattern design! I hope you enjoy this free top crochet pattern!

free top crochet pattern with lace

I would classify this crochet summer top pattern as “intermediate” skill level.


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This free top crochet pattern is worked as one piece, with only minimal seaming required, which is a win in my book! I used this beautiful Hawthorne yarn from WeCrochet for this crochet summer top, which comes in some amazing colorways! I think that this top shows off the Midwinter Kettle Dye perfectly!

Free Crochet Pattern for Marley Lace Top

Pattern Specifics

Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X
Gauge: 2” = 9 DC sts and 6 DC rows; see approximate lengths for each size
Hook Size:  3.5mm (E)
Other Tools: tapestry needle, stitch markers, scissors
Yarn Weight: Super Fine (1), Fingering
Yarn Used: Hawthorne Kettle Dye Yarn
Approximate Yardage: XS- 608 yds, S- 700 yds, M- 786 yds, L- 874 yds, XL- 963 yds, 2X- 1055 yds, 3X-1136 yds, 4X-1242 yds, 5X- 1325 yds
Other Materials:  n/a

Stitch Abbreviations

st = stitch
sl st = slip stitch
ch = chain
tch = turning chain
SC = single crochet
DC = double crochet

Notes

  • Chain 1 at the beginning of each row does NOT count as a stitch (unless otherwise specified).
  • Chain 3 at the beginning of each lace row does count as a stitch (unless otherwise specified).
  • Chain 2 at the beginning of each body row does NOT count as a stitch (unless otherwise specified).
  • See tutorial diagrams at the end of the pattern.
  • Approximate schematic measurements for each size are what the piece should comfortably stretch to (the actual measurements will be shorter).
  • If you need to adjust the width of the lace piece to meet measurements, be sure to do so by adding or removing multiples of 6 to your starting chain. Starting chain should be a multiple of 6, plus 4 chains, with an even number of multiples.
  • Note that your choice of fiber will impact the fit and drape of your top. For best results, I recommend using a yarn with minimal stretch.

Sizing

This pattern is sized based on your bust measurement (see below). It is intended to have a “classic” fit, with approximately 2” positive ease.

Schematics

Pattern

Part 1a (Lace front)

XS: Ch 88
S: Ch 100
M: Ch 112
L: Ch 124
XL: Ch 136
2X: Ch 148
3X: Ch 160
4X: Ch 172
5X: Ch 184

For all sizes:

R1: Work 1 SC in 2nd ch from hook. 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. *Ch 5, skip next 3 sts, 1 SC in each of the next 3 sts. Repeat from * across. Turn.

R2: Ch 1. 1 SC in each of the first 2 SC. *Ch 3, skip next SC, 1 SC in 3rd ch of the next ch5 space, ch 3, skip next SC, 1 SC in next SC. Repeat from * across. 1 SC in last st. Turn.

R3: Ch 3 (counts as DC). Skip first SC, 1 DC in next SC. Ch 2. *1 SC in 3rd ch of next ch3 space, 1 SC in next SC, 1 SC in first ch of next ch3 space**. Ch 5. Skip next SC. Repeat from * across, ending last repeat at **. Ch 2, 1 DC in each of the last 2 SC sts. Turn.

R4: Ch 1. SC in each of the first 2 DC. *Ch 3, Skip next SC, 1 SC in next SC, Ch 3**, Skip next SC, 1 SC in 3rd ch of next ch5 space. Repeat from * across, ending last repeat at **. 1 SC in next DC, 1 SC in top of tch. Turn.  

R5: Ch 1. 1 SC in each of the first 2 SC, 1 SC in first ch of the next ch3 space. *Ch 5, skip next SC, 1 SC in 3rd ch of next ch3 space, 1 SC in next SC**, 1 SC in first ch of next ch3 space. Repeat from * across, ending last repeat at **. 1 SC in last SC. Turn.

Stitch Tutorial Diagram

R6-21: Repeat R2-5.  

For sizes XS, S, or M size, move on to part 1b.

R22-25: Repeat R2-5.

For sizes L, or XL, move on to part 1b.

R26-29: Repeat R2-5.

For sizes 2X, or 3X, move on to part 1b.

R30-33: Repeat R2-5.

For sizes 4X, or 5X, move on to part 1b.

Part 1b (Neck hole and lace back)

R22(26, 30, 34): Continue with R2 pattern across the specified number of ch spaces.

XS: 3 ch spaces (making 5 new ch 3 spaces)
S: 4 ch spaces (making 7 new ch 3 spaces)
M, L: 5 ch spaces (making 9 new ch 3 spaces)
XL, 2X: 6 ch spaces (making 11 new ch 3 spaces)
3X-4X: 7 ch spaces (making 13 new ch 3 spaces)
5X: 8 ch spaces (making 15 new ch 3 spaces)

Next you will ch the specified amount below.

XS, S, M: Ch 62 (skipping 8 ch spaces)
L, XL: Ch 76 (skipping 10 ch spaces)
2X, 3X: ch 90 (skipping 12 ch spaces)
4X, 5X: Ch 104 (skipping 14 ch spaces)

Continue with R2 pattern in the next ch space, working in the remaining 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 ch spaces.

R23(27, 31, 35): Continue with R3 pattern creating:

XS: 1 ch 2 space and 2 ch 5 spaces
S: 1 ch 2 space and 3 ch 5 spaces
M, L: 1 ch 2 space and 4 ch 5 spaces
XL, 2X: 1 ch 2 space and 5 ch 5 spaces
3X, 4X: 1 ch 2 space and 6 ch 5 spaces
5X: 1 ch 2 space and 7 ch 5 spaces

With the final SC of your 3 SC sequence ending on the first ch stitch of the ch 62 / 76 / 90 / 104 from previous row. *Ch 5, skip the next 4 ch sts, 1 SC in each of the next 3 chs. Repeat from * with the first SC of your 3 SC sequence starting in your final ch st, and the remaining 2 SCs worked in the SC and ch st from previous row. (9 / 11 / 13 / 15) new ch 5 spaces created).

Continue with R3 pattern creating:

XS: 1 ch 2 space and 2 ch 5 spaces
S: 1 ch 2 space and 3 ch 5 spaces
M, L: 1 ch 2 space and 4 ch 5 spaces
XL, 2X: 1 ch 2 space and 5 ch 5 spaces
3X, 4X: 1 ch 2 space and 6 ch 5 spaces
5X: 1 ch 2 space and 7 ch 5 spaces

R24(28, 32, 36)-25(29, 33, 37): Repeat R4-5.

R26(30, 34, 38)-41: Repeat R2-5.

For sizes XS, S, or M size, fasten off and move on to part 2.

R42-49: Repeat R2-5.

For sizes L, or XL, fasten off and move on to part 2.

R50-57: Repeat R2-5.

For sizes 2X, or 3X, fasten off and move on to part 2.

R58-65: Repeat R2-5.

For sizes 4X, or 5X, fasten off and move on to part 2.

Part 2 (Body front)

You will begin working part 2 on the beginning chain that started part 1. Attach yarn to:

XS, S, M: 13th ch st of the beginning ch, in line with the beginning of a 3 SC sequence in R1.
L, XL: 16th ch st of the beginning ch, in line with the beginning of a ch 5 space in R1.
2X, 3X: 19th ch st of the beginning ch, in line with the beginning of a 3 SC sequence in R1.
4X, 5X: 22nd ch st of the beginning ch, in line with the beginning of a ch 3 space in R1.

R1: Ch 1. 1 SC in each stitch across, working 3 SC in the chs in line with the ch 5 spaces, until you’ve reached the specified number of SC sts.

XS: 63 sts (leaving 12 ch sts unworked)
S: 75 sts (leaving 12 ch sts unworked)
M: 87 sts (leaving 12 ch sts unworked)
L: 93 sts (leaving 15 ch sts unworked)
XL: 105 sts (leaving 15 ch sts unworked)
2X: 117 sts (leaving 18 ch sts unworked)
3X: 129 sts (leaving 18 ch sts unworked)
4X: 141 sts (leaving 21 ch sts unworked)
5X: 153 sts (leaving 21 ch sts unworked)

R2-39: Turn. Ch 2. 1 DC in each st across. (63 / 75 / 87 / 93 / 105 / 117 / 129 / 141 / 153 sts)

For sizes 4X, or 5X, fasten off and move on to part 3.

R40-41: Repeat R2.

For sizes 2X, or 3X, fasten off and move on to part 3.

R42: Repeat R2.

For sizes XS, or L, fasten off and move on to part 3.

R43: Repeat R2.

For sizes S, or XL, fasten off and move on to part 3.

R44: Repeat R2.

For size M, fasten off and move on to part 3.

Part 3 (Body back):

You will begin working part 3 on the last row of part 1. Attach yarn to:

XS, S, M: 7th SC stitch, in line with the beginning of a 3 SC sequence.
L, XL: Beginning of the 3rd ch 5 space.
2X, 3X: 10th SC stitch, in line with the beginning of a 3 SC sequence.
4X, 5X: Beginning of the 4th ch 5 space.

R1: Ch 1. 1 SC in each stitch across, working 3 SC in the ch 5 spaces, until you’ve reached the specified number of SC sts.

XS: 63 sts (leaving 12 ch sts unworked)
S: 75 sts (leaving 12 ch sts unworked)
M: 87 sts (leaving 12 ch sts unworked)
L: 93 sts (leaving 15 ch sts unworked)
XL: 105 sts (leaving 15 ch sts unworked)
2X: 117 sts (leaving 18 ch sts unworked)
3X: 129 sts (leaving 18 ch sts unworked)
4X: 141 sts (leaving 21 ch sts unworked)
5X: 153 sts (leaving 21 ch sts unworked)

R2-39: Turn. Ch 2. 1 DC in each st across. (63 / 75 / 87 / 93 / 105 / 117 / 129 / 141 / 153 sts)

For sizes 4X, or 5X, fasten off and move on to finishing.

R40-41: Repeat R2.

For sizes 2X, or 3X, fasten off and move on to finishing.

R42: Repeat R2.

For sizes XS, or L, fasten off and move on to finishing.

R43: Repeat R2.

For sizes S, or XL, fasten off and move on to finishing.

R44: Repeat R2.

For size M, fasten off and move on to finishing.

Finishing

Weave in ends.

Fold the top in half, with right sides together. Seam each side of your top from the bottom edge of the body to the end of the sleeve.

Turn top right side out.

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Tips & Tricks

  • Compare your typical size with the schematics of this crochet summer top to ensure that you are selecting the proper size.
  • Be sure to check your gauge before beginning this free top crochet pattern to ensure that your finished crochet summer top will meet the intended measurements.
  • I recommend using a yarn with minimal stretch, as the choice of fiber will impact the fit and drape of your crochet summer top.

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29 Comments

  1. Hi, me again. Having issues. I’ve followed through to the part where it says ‘with the final score of you’re 3sc …’

    I’ve reworked this six times. I’ve reworked the previous row numerous times and counted as well. I have no earthly idea how in the world I’m supposed to end with the final score in the first stitch of the ch 76. That last sc ends in the second to last sc of the previous row.

    I have my 1 ch2 sp, and all 4 ch5 sps. There’s the one SC on the previous row left just before that ch 76. It will make 5 ch5 sps if I do what the written pattern says.

    35): Continue with R3 pattern creating:

    M, L: 1 ch 2 space and 4 ch 5 spaces

    With the final SC of your 3 SC sequence ending on the first ch stitch of the ch 62 / 76 / 90 / 104 from previous row.

    Help, please??

    1. Not the second to last sc. It ends in the ch sp after the second to last sc. My counts are all turning out as what you wrote but I’m not ending where you say somehow.

    2. I thought that you were doing a 4x size? If so, your chain should be 104 (skipping 14 ch spaces), not 76. The ch 76 is for the L and XL sizes. Then for R35, you will continue the R3 pattern creating 1 ch 2 space and 6 ch 5 spaces.

      It sounds to me like you are just mixing up the instructions for the specific size that you are working on.

      1. I had to rip it all out because my tension made it much larger than it should’ve been. I’ve counted exactly what you’ve said and it is not measuring up. I’m still ending in the first ch space of the second to last ch space before the 76 ch. I’ve ripped back to before the transition to working the neckline more than five times. It comes out exactly the same each time. All of the counts are spot on with what your pattern says, but each time it does not end where it says it should.

        1. If you are doing the 4x size, you should not have a ch of 76, you should have a ch of 104. If you started part 1a using the 4x size instructions, part 1b is not going to work out using anything other than the 4x instructions.

      2. I’ve also used stitch markers every single time I’ve ripped and counted twice before starting over to be sure my counts match yours. I’ve done all of the things I can fathom to fix this issue and it’s always the same result.

        1. I’m not sure if you’re being notified of my comment replies, but I believe that you are working the wrong counts for the size you said previously that you are working on. Please take a look at my previous replies and if you have any further questions, please email me.

  2. Hi again. So I’m almost finished with the very beginning bit. The first lace panel. What comes next is confusing. It says ‘for sizes …… move on to part 1b then beneath all but 4/5x there is something like this…..”R22-25: Repeat R2-5.

    What am I supposed to do here? I’m trying to figure it out but my brain says no. I’m 4/5x but have had to adjust because I cannot my normal tension makes it impossible to slip my hook through the slst’s. But it’s about the length…not the width for this piece of it. What am I supposed to do here? I cannot see #1 which thing I’m supposed do, and #2 I’m not finding anything for the 4/5x bit. Help, please? I don’t want to rip another shirt out.

    For sizes XS, S, or M size, move on to part 1b.

    R22-25: Repeat R2-5.

    For sizes L, or XL, move on to part 1b.

    R26-29: Repeat R2-5.

    For sizes 2X, or 3X, move on to part 1b.

    R30-33: Repeat R2-5.

    For sizes 4X, or 5X, move on to part 1b.

    1. Hello,

      For doing the 4 x size, you will work R22-33, and then move on to part 1b. Then on 1b on, you will notice that the rows are numbered R22(26, 30, 34). Your row count for 1b is R34.

      Hope that helps!

  3. So I’m working on the Marley top and I’m just not getting row 3. You have 2 stars , after which are 5 chains. It doesn’t balance. There are no other ‘chain 5’. Is it supposed to be that I repeat fro. * to * and the chain 5 is at the end , or what exactly?

    1. Sorry for my delay in responding, I was out of town. I see your other comment that the diagram explained your issue. So glad to hear that! Feel free to reach out if you have any other questions. Thanks!

  4. I am a bit confused on Round 22. Am I supposed to continue the lace to the end after the chain 26? Because I have more than 4 chain spaces left after skipping 8 chain spaces.

    1. Hello, it sounds like you are doing the size small? If so, you are to be chaining 62, not 26. Are you counting the ch spaces correctly? They are the ch 5 spaces from previous row. Hope that helps!

      1. I have the 62 chains, yes. On row 21, should I have 31 ch 5 spaces, correct? Then row 22, work on 4 of them, ch 62, sk 8 ch 5 spaces, then work 4 and leave the rest unworked?

        1. No, there shouldn’t be any unworked sts after you do the 4, 8 and 4 ch 5 spaces. There would be 16 ch 5 spaces for that size, however, there would be 32 ch 3 spaces. So if you’re thinking there are 31 ch 5 spaces, it sounds like you haven’t done the entire R2-5 repeat and you’ve ended with either a R2 or R4 of the repeat, and you’re counting the ch3 spaces as ch 5 spaces, or perhaps doing a ch 5 in the places where there should be a ch 3.

      2. Yes, I mistyped that. So for R21, I should have 31 ch 5 spaces, correct? Then R22, work 4 of them, ch 62, skip 8 ch 5 spaces, work the next 4, then leave the rest unworked?

  5. Thank you, Nicole for a detailed instructions! I appreciate your efforts and sharing your work. I was at the neck hole but didn’t quite understand the instructions for R22 (size S). May I ask you for some pointers?

    1. Sure! So essentially what you’re doing is working the same repeating pattern as in R2, creating 5 new ch 3 spaces (not going the entire way across). Then you’ll chain 62 and skip over 8 ch spaces from R21, before finishing with the R2 pattern. I hope that helps!

    2. I’m so sorry. Either my connection of whatthe ads do to my mobile viewing, or even dyslexia…not sure, but I missed your diagram explaining my question perfectly. Ty for such a thoughtful tool.

  6. Nicole,
    Just to let you know I love the Marley Lace top. I am almost finished with it.
    Your pattern is well written and love the diagram chart you included. Thanks for all the work you put into it. I am sure it will not be the last one I make.

  7. What is the size of the top you are wearing in the photos? I am currently making the size small. Thank you for a Very nice pattern.

    1. The one I made is a small. In off the rack clothing I usually fall between a small and a medium.
      So glad you’re enjoying it!

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