A peplum is a short piece of fabric attached to a blouse that makes it frilly or flouncy. In ancient Greece, they used to call a tunic or a shawl a peplum. This peplum top crochet pattern blends those two ideas and gives you a flouncy, light, and free top perfect for summer or for layering into a multidimensional outfit.
Accessorize this adorable high neck with a statement necklace to really dress it up, or throw it on with some jeans for a casual, relaxed look. This boxy shirt is flattering for everyone, and we really loved adding the peplum details.
We think this will become one of your new favorite shirts. You might want to even make two, each a different color, so you won’t be guilty of wearing the same shirt twice. Work your double crochet stitch into this gorgeous top, and you’re ready to hit the streets in style.
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Peplum Top Crochet Pattern
Skill Level: Intermediate
Hook(s) size: H8/5mm
Yarn: Cascade Avalon – Color 20 (Heather) – Approx 750 yds
Tools – Tapestry needle
Approx. finished dimensions: Length: 25” Width at body: 17”
Gauge: 4”x4” = 12 dc by 7 rows
Abbreviations: Ch – chain, FDC – foundation double crochet, dc – double crochet, st(s) – stitches,
sc – single crochet
Body – Make 2
Ch 1 is turning ch only and does not count as a stitch
Rows 1-33: Ch 1, turn; dc into each st – 52 sts
Place both pieces of the body together and sew 5” along both sides of the shoulders leaving a 9” opening in the center for the neck. For the armholes, leave an 8” gap on both sides and sew from the bottom of the armhole to the bottom of the shirt. Turn shirt right side out so that the seams are now on the inside.
Bottom of shirt:
Ch 1 does not count as a stitch
Round 1: Attach yarn at the side seam. Ch1 and sc into each st around, sl/st into the first sc.
Round 2: Ch 1. *Dc into each of the next 7 sts, 2 dc into the following st; repeat from * to end. Sl/st into the top of the beginning dc – 117 sts
Round 3: Ch 1, dc into each st around. Sl/st into the top of the beginning dc – 117 sts
Round 4: Ch 1. *Dc into each of the next 8 sts, 2 dc into the following st; repeat from * to end. Sl/st into the top of the beginning dc – 130 sts
Rounds 5-7: Ch 1, dc into each st around. Sl/st into the top of the beginning dc – 130 sts
Round 8: Ch 1. *Dc into each of the next 9 sts, 2 dc into the following st; repeat from * to end. Sl/st into the top of the beginning dc – 143 sts
Rounds 9-12: Ch 1, dc into each st around. Sl/st into the top of the beginning dc – 143 sts
Cut yarn and tie off.
Sc around both of the armholes.
Weave in all ends.
If you love wearing this top as much as we do, you’ll want to show it off. If you set up a little photoshoot and let us see your work, bonus points for you.
But if you strut your stuff and wear it around town, you get points for that, too. You’re guaranteed to hear a lot of people say hey, I love your top. And that’s a great feeling – so, get crocheting.