Peplum Top Crochet Pattern
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 crochet top pattern combines the structure of a tunic with the airiness of a shawl. Together it creates a flouncy, light, and free top.
The Peplum crochet top is perfect for summer or for layering with the rest of your 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 the unexpected peplum detail really elevates this look.
This shirt uses Cascade Avalon Yarn. It’s an acrylic cotton blend that’s machine washable and dryer safe. It’s soft and durable, perfect for a top you’ll be wearing over and over again.
I’m sure this will become one of your new favorite shirts. You might want to even make two, considering how much you’ll be wearing it.
Made using the basic double crochet stitch, it’s an easy crochet project – something even beginner crocheters can manage. Once you’ve crocheted up this great garment, you’re ready to hit the streets in style.
Peplum Top Crochet Pattern
Skill Level: Intermediate
The pattern is written for size small with changes for medium, large, and X-large in parentheses.
Hook(s) size: H8/5mm
Yarn: Cascade Avalon – 5 (6, 6, 7) skeins Color 20 (Heather) – yardage approx. 825 (945, 1030, 1135) yds
Tools – Tapestry needle
Approx. finished dimensions: Bust: 34.5 (38, 42.5, 46.5)” Length: 25 (25.5, 25.5, 26.25)”
Gauge: 4”x4” = 12 dc by 7 rows
Abbreviations: Ch – chain, FDC – foundation double crochet, dc – double crochet, st(s) – stitches, sc – single crochet, sl st – slip stitch
Body – Make 2
Ch 1 is turning ch only and does not count as a stitch
FDC 52 (57, 64, 70).
Rows 1-32 (33, 33, 34): Ch 1, turn; dc into each st across. 52 (57, 64, 70) sts
Place both pieces of the body together and sew along both sides of the shoulders leaving a 9” opening in the center for the neck. For the armholes, leave an 8 (8.5, 9, 9.5) ” 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:
Round 1: Attach yarn at the side seam. Ch 1 and sc into each st around, sl st into the first sc. 104 (114, 128, 140) sc
Round 2: Ch 1. *Dc into each of the next 7 (5, 7, 9) sts, 2 dc into the next st; repeat from * to end. Sl st into the top of the beginning dc. 117 (133, 144, 154) sts
Round 3: Ch 1, dc into each st around. Sl st into the top of the beginning dc
Round 4: Ch 1. *Dc into each of the next 8 (6, 8, 10) sts, 2 dc into the next st; repeat from * to end. Sl st into the top of the beginning dc. 130 (152, 160, 168) sts
Rounds 5-7: Ch 1, dc into each st around. Sl st into the top of the beginning dc
Round 8: Ch 1. *Dc into each of the next 9 sts, 2 dc into the next st; repeat from * to end. Sl st into the top of the beginning dc. 143 (171, 176, 182) sts
Rounds 9-12: Ch 1, dc into each st around. Sl st into the top of the beginning dc.
Sc evenly around both of the armholes.
Weave in all ends.
If you love wearing this easy crochet 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.