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Crochet Halter Top With Granny Squares

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I made this crochet halter top for my daughter for her upcoming school holidays. This top pattern is made up of multiple rows of granny squares. This free crochet pattern is just another example of how versatile a granny square can be as they can be made into crochet bags, blankets, hats, and many more.

This is a crochet halter top pattern using granny squares.  With clear instruction, step by step photos, free pattern. Perfect for girls & summer.


A halter top is a sleeveless blouse with back straps that are fastened around the neck, comparable to a tank top. There are countless types of halter tops and some halter top types have simply a small strap behind the neck with a narrow strap behind the center of the back. It has a front panel and usually an open back, similar to a bikini top. 

crochet granny square halter top


If you’re wondering how is it possible to create such a colorful and intricately designed granny square top? You have come to the right place because in this crochet granny square halter top pattern, I will guide you every step of the way. Let’s start with the materials required for this crochet project. First, you will need to choose the type and color of yarn to use. I have opted for 100% cotton yarn in colors, pink, yellow, blue, green, white, and brown. Feel free to use the color of your choice when constructing the squares. 

crochet granny square top

Next, I chose a crochet hook of 3.0 mm to make the granny squares and a 2.5 mm hook for the bands and hems. I used a Join-As-You-Go method to join up the squares here. However, if you find it difficult to understand or troublesome to make, you may also join them up by sewing them with a tapestry needle I have also compiled a list of other methods you could use to join up the granny squares for various crochet projects. Also, do remember to take proper measurements in order to achieve the right size of the halter top. 

crochet halter top granny squares

Prior knowledge of simple crochet stitches such as stitch, chain, double crochet, single crochet 2 together, back post single crochet, and slip stitch will be helpful in the construction of this crochet top. I hope my guide to crochet will help those who are not fluent in the crochet language. This project is suitable for an advanced beginner and will take approximately a week to complete. Albeit taking a little longer as compared to other crochet tutorials, I promise that the effort and time spent will be worth it! What are you waiting for? Now is the perfect time to crochet your own halter top just in time for summer! 


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granny square top pattern


There are many different styles of crochet top patterns. Starting with a beginner-friendly pattern is the Bonita halter top. This easy crochet halter top pattern is commonly constructed from top to bottom. It is the perfect project for beginner crocheters, and it can easily be modified to fit a different body type. 

Looking for something more playful and fun for those summer festivals? Look no further! The Kismet halter top is the perfect choice for you. These crochet patterns are the epitome of Boho chic. Unlike the Bonita design, this free pattern is more labor-intensive and is suitable for crocheters of a higher skill level. It has an interesting motif in the middle of the front panel to give it a unique look. To complete the look, the back of the top may be finished with crisscross patterns.  

The teardrop halter top is another halter neck crochet pattern. It gets its name from the teardrop-shaped opening in the front. This free crochet halter pattern by Brittany Alice crochet is a great project for the hot summer coming up. The link also includes a video tutorial with tips on how to customize the top to different sizes for the perfect fit.

crochet halter top with matching hat

In Malaysia, the weather is hot all year long, just like the weather during the summer months in many countries. Hence, I came up with this cute crochet halter top made up of granny squares. Check out the pattern and tutorial on how to crochet these colorful granny squares!

This pretty halter top is suitable for little girls, or you could add a round or two to make the square bigger for adult sizes. It can also be made into a crochet crop top and is an essential item in your summer wardrobe. In addition, it acts as a great layering piece when worn over a bikini bathing suit. I have also made a summer hat, as in the picture above, to match this cute outfit!

Let’s see the projects done by other Ravelers on this free crochet halter top pattern.

Happy Crochet!!!

crochet halter top

Granny Square Haltered Neck Top

Yield: Kid's Haltered Neck Top
Active Time: 7 days
Total Time: 7 days
Difficulty: Intermediate /Advance Level
Estimated Cost: $20 - $30

Let’s join up these granny squares together to make a haltered neck crochet top for a young girl.

Enjoy crocheting them!


  • White Yarn: DK, light worsted, 100% cotton or equivalent, knitting gauge = 24 sts x 34 row (4″ with size 3mm needle) – 100g
  • Pink, Yellow, Blue, Green, and Brown Yarn: DK, light worsted, 100% cotton or equivalent, knitting gauge = 24 sts x 34 row (4″ with size 3mm needle) – 30g each
  • Button: 1/2″
  • Elastic thread


  • Crochet hook: 3.0mm {for granny square} & 2.5mm {for bands and hems}
  • Tapestry needle



Granny Square Size:
Each square is 2.5″ x 2.5″ with a 3.0mm hook.

Finishing Size:
Widest width 12″
Length 11″
Halter strips 9″
To fit chest (22 1/2″)
Suits age 4 – 6 girl


st = stitch
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
sc2tog = single crochet 2 together
BPsc = back post single crochet
sl st = slip stitch

Note: I am using the Join-As-You-Go method to join up the granny square, click the link to find out other granny square joining methods you could use.


  1. Download the Granny Square arrangement here or by clicking the photo.

    You need 15 pre-make squares, 13 patchings/ joining squares, and 2 half squares (Triangle shape, scroll down to get the pattern) with various colors (refer to the document for color and quantity)…

    The bottom left and right are supposed to join up, but for better illustration, I drew it into a flat open piece.crochet halter top

  2. Organize the array of the pre-make squares by referring to the pattern, crochet the joining squares one by one to patch them up.
    To begin, crochet the first 2 rounds of a granny square of the center joining piece as usual.
    3rd round: ch3, dc 2, ch1.Arrange Granny Square

  3. Sl st {supposed the 2nd ch of the corner} to the 2nd ch of the 1st pre-make granny square’s corner cluster.Joing squares at first corner

  4. dc 3, sl st to all the ch of the pre-make granny square whenever there is a ch st, but dc as usual.
    Work till to the next corner. End it with a dc 3 and sl st right after the dc cluster.crochet halter top

  5. Join the second square. Begin with a sl st {supposed the 2nd ch for the corner} to the ch right before the dc cluster of the pre-make square, then dc 3. Repeat sl st and dc as the first square.
    Again, end at the sl st on the first ch of the pre-make square’s corner.Joining the corner

  6. Repeat the same for the 3rd and 4th square. To end the patch-up, sl st on the loops of the dc at the beginning of the 3rd round of this joining square, sl st on the 1st ch of the corner.Joining Up Granny Square

  7. Fasten off and weave yarn end into stitches to hide. Repeat the patchwork until the whole top completes as per pattern.Complete patching up Granny Square

    To make a half square granny square for shaping the armhole, begin with replacing the first ch of the corner cluster with 3 ch {bottom right corner of the photo], end the second ch of the corner cluster across the diagonal with a dc {bottom left corner of the photo}.
    Work on RS for all 3 rounds, i.e. begin on the right and end on the left.
    Since the half-square is a joining piece for this project, crochet the 3rd round while joining the 2 edges similar to the above.Half Granny Square in Triangle Shape

    {white} ch3, dc 80 stitches for 6 rows to make the back band. Slip stitch to the side of the front granny square at the beginning and end stitch.Crochet the back band for the granny square top

    {white} sc 134 stitches for 5 rounds to make the bottom hem. ch1 to begin, and sl st to the 1st ch of the row to end.Single crochet on the bottom hem of granny square top

    Row 1 {white}: ch1, sc 40 stitches for the top edge of the 3 granny squares. BPsc both the dc stitches at the joining corner of the granny square.
    Row 2 – 3 {white}: ch1, sc all st.
    Row 4 {white}: ch1, sc2together, sc till last 2 stitches of the row, sc2tog for the last stitch. {38 st}
    Row 5 – 7 {blue, white, yellow}: ch1, sc all st.
    Row 8 {while}: repeat row 4. {36 st}
    Row 9 – 11 {brown, while, green}: repeat row 5 – 7.
    Row 12 {white}: repeat row 4. {34 st}
    Row 13 – 15 {pink, white, white}: repeat row 5 – 7.
    Row 16 {white}: repeat row 4. {32 st}
    Row 17 {white}: ch1, sc all st.

    {pink} – Begin at the collar corner, ch58, turn.
    Row 1 – 2: ch1, sc 58 on the chain stitch, sc another 35 at the armhole, slip stitch to the back band {row1}, turn. {93}
    Row 3: ch1, sc3, ch3 {create button hole}, sc till end, slip stitch to the back band, turn.
    Row 4 – 5: ch1, sc till end, slip stitch to the back band {row5},turn.

    {pink} – Begin at the collar corner.
    Row 1 – 5: ch1, sc 35 at the armhole, slip stitch to the back band {row1,3 & 5}, turn. {35}
    Weave in and hide all yarn ends.
    Stitch the button on the left armhole about 1/2″ from the top edge.Crochet the armhole and halter band

    The back bank measures about 12″ before putting on the elastic thread.Put on elastic thread on the back band

  13. Weave in the elastic thread in between each row of dc chain by using a tapestry needle.
    Do it on all the 6 rows dc of the back band.Stitching elastic thread to the back band

  14. Adjust the elastic thread to make the back band measures at 8″. fo
    ~~ Haltered Neck Top is Completed ~~Elastic back band for the granny square top

  15. crochet granny halter top


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Friday 21st of June 2019

Hello there! I absolutely love the blue hat that your daughter has on. Would you like to share the recipe for it because I would love to work it up! Lisa [email protected]

Craft Passion

Wednesday 26th of June 2019

I do not have the exact one but perhaps you might like the new wide brim hat I made for her which is also in blue (Mine is in Yellow color). Scroll to the bottom of the pattern to get the not-so-wide brim or "narrow brim" pattern.


Monday 7th of January 2013

Hi, This top is so cute. What size is the pattern? Thanks,

Sarah le Roux

Saturday 13th of October 2012

I thinkI have solved the problem, I was slip stitching every dc and ss space, I have now done it only ss the ch except the 3dc at the corners. It looks better, am I right?

Craft Passion

Saturday 13th of October 2012

You got it right, Sarah, do slst only to the ch stitches :)

Sarah le Roux

Saturday 13th of October 2012

I am joining the squares, but my joining seams are really untidy. They do not look as smooth and show the stitch like yours does, I have tried in the front loop or back loop only, but any where that needs a dc not just a slip stitch create a roll rather than a smooth seam. Am I missing a trick?

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