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Off the Shoulder Top

Looking to spruce up your closet? Easy crochet patterns like the Off the Shoulder Top from Coats & Clark will give you a whole new look.


  • Cotton Blend Medium (Worsted Weight) Yarn: 750 (850, 950, 1050) Yards No. 1004 Citrus.
  • AUNT LYDIA’S® “Quick Crochet”, Art. 174 (400 yard balls)
  • OR
  • J.&P.COATS® ROYALE™ “Quick Crochet” Art 169 (400 yard balls):
  • Crochet Hook: 5mm [US H-8]
  • Yarn needle.

Note: Directions are for size Small. Changes for sizes Medium, Large and Extra Large are in parentheses. 

To Fit: 30-32 (33-35, 36-38, 37-39)".
Finished Bust: 35½ (37¾, 41, 43½)"

GAUGE: 14 sts = 4"; 14 rows = 4" in pat.
CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.


BACK and FRONT (Alike): Ch 63 (67, 73, 77).

Row 1 (Right Side): Sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, * sc in next ch, hdc in next ch; rep from * across; turn – 62 (66, 72, 76) sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, * sc in hdc, hdc in sc; rep from * across; turn.
Rep Row 2 for pat until 4" from beg, end wrong side row.

Shape Waist-Dec Row: Ch 1, [sc in hdc, hdc in sc] 4 times; skip next hdc, draw up a lp in next 2 sts, yo and draw through all 3 lps on hook, hdc in next sc – dec2 made; work in pat to last 12 sts; dec2 over next 4 sts, work in pat to end; turn – 58 (62, 68, 72) sts.Work 5 rows even in pat. Rep Dec Row – 54 (58, 64, 68) sts.Work even until 8 (8, 9, 9)" from beg, end wrong side row.

Inc Row: Ch 1, [sc in hdc, hdc in sc] 4 times; [(sc, hdc) all in next st] twice – inc2 made; work in pat to last 10 sts; inc2 over next 2 sts, work in pat to end; turn – 58 (62, 68, 72) sts.Work 5 rows even in pat. Rep Inc Row – 62 (66, 72, 76) sts.Work even until 14½ (14½, 15, 15)" from beg, end wrong side row.

Shape Armholes: Ch 1, sl st in first 2 sts, ch 1, work in pat to last 2 sts; turn, leaving last 2 sts unworked – 58 (62, 68, 72) sts.Work 1 row even.

Next Row: Ch 1, sc in hdc, hdc in sc, dec2 over next 4 sts, work in pat to last 6 sts; dec2 over next 4 sts, sc in hdc, hdc in sc; turn – 54 (58, 64, 68) sts.Work 1 row even. Rep last 2 rows until 42 (46, 52, 56) sts rem.Work even until armhole measures 4½ (5, 5¾, 6¼)". Fasten off.

SLEEVES: Ch 41 (43, 45, 47).Work in pat same as back and front over 40 (42, 44, 46) sts for 2 rows.

Shape Armholes: Ch 1, sl st in first 2 sts, ch 1, work in pat to last 2 sts; turn, leaving last 2 sts unworked – 36 (38, 40, 42) sts.Work 1 row even.

Next Row: Ch 1, sc in hdc, hdc in sc, dec2 over next 4 sts, work in pat to last 6 sts; dec2 over next 4 sts, sc in hdc, hdc in sc; turn – 32 (34, 36, 38) sts.Work 3 (5, 5, 5) rows even. Dec2 at each end of next row as before.Work 3 (3, 5, 5) rows even. Dec2 at each end of next row.Work 3 (3, 3, 5) rows even. Dec2 at each end of next row – 20 (22, 24, 26) sts.Work 1 row even. Fasten off.

STRAPS (Make 2): Ch 27.Work 1 row of pat across – 26 sts. Fasten off.

FINISHING: Sew side and sleeve seams; sew sleeves in place.

Neck Edging-Rnd 1: With right side facing, attach yarn at a seam; ch 1, work 1 rnd sc around entire neck edge, having an even number of sc;
join with a sl st to first sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 4, skip next sc, * dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc; rep from * around; join to 3rd ch of ch-4. Fasten off.

Sew ends of straps under edging approximately 1½ (2¼, 2¾, 3¼)" in from seams on front and back.Weave in ends. close up of off the shoulder

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The 'materials' listing is somewhat confusing the top is made from the worsted weight yarn and sewn/joined with the crochet thread? This seems unusual, can you explain the listing for the crochet thread and/or clarify the materials needed. (Or perhaps 'quick crochet' is not available in Canada?) I've been to the coats clark web site and I could not find a reference to this pattern anywhere I looked.

Hi there! I found on Ravelry that the "Quick Crochet" thread mentioned is actually a worsted weight thread that was discontinued! So the thread used for seaming would still be the same weight as the yarn used for the rest of the pattern. I suspect you could also sew the project with more of the yarn used for the rest of the pattern. I hope that helps!

The "materials" list is a bit confusing. Is the top made with worsted weight yarn and sewn/joined with the cotton thread? If so, this is not typical please explain. I have been to the coats clark web site and there is nothing there similar to this top - that I could find.

It looks like we construct this off the shoulder top in two pieces- front and back are made alike- then joined together. I appreciate the simplicity of the pattern and also the fact that the pattern is found above on this same page. Since it uses cotton thread it will keep you nice and cool under the hot summer sun!

What a great find! I have been looking for a top like this that I can wear with a bra or camisole and not have to worry about straps showing. It looks really easy too. I can make the straps a bit wider and I am all set. Now to choose colours.

I have such a hard time with patterns. .any way possible you could do a tutorial video on you tube with this over the shoulder blouse?

@ruthytremblay 8149 070 unfortunately there is no video attached to this particular pattern. It was provided to us by Coats and Clark. You could head on over there for some help. If not, check out our Youtube channels and our sister site's Youtube channel, AllFreeCrochet, for some crochet videos. Hope that helps! -Kaylee, Editor of FaveCrafts

I love the look of this Off the Shoulder Top. After reading the pattern it sounds easy enough to make and love the color that was chosen. With having a few sizes to choose from I want to make some for my adult daughters and my self. Great for summer weather. Thank you for this free pattern.

made this as one of my first projects, new to crocheting. How do you put in the sleeves? I,m confused can any body help!!!!!!

@mathiesonlinda 516 6802 in order to attach the sleeves, you need to sew the pattern pieces together once finished. Thanks! Kaylee, Editor of

Nice.... May I have the diagram, please...

@inaishere 2065809 This pattern was given to us by another company and unfortunately does not come with a diagram. Sorry about that! -Kaylee, Editor of

i like this one it loks more modern- the other style looks too old fashioned

I made this one (but with long sleeves) a few years ago. LOVE it.

I think this one would just be easier to wear anytime, the lacy top looks like a dress up only type, but this one can go from day to night. Good Job.

I like the looks that are a bit different and patterns that are not the norm but easy. This one hits both. Great job!

I like the looks of this one. The lacey one with the dark blouse looks cheap, no offense, it was the blouse that made it look that way.

I love this pattern better than the lacy one as it would go well with many different shapes and sizes. Thank you for the pattern.

I like the way this pattern looks. The shape is nice and I like how the sholders. It would look great on my sister.

this one would be great for summer, I like the way it looks on the person,

This top is adorable. Going to make it for my 13 year old granddaughter for summer. Think she will love wearing it with a cute pair of shorts. You got my vote.

i love this top but not in plus size could tell me why not i love off shoulder tops but all them only in small sizing :( ps this is the top i would chose out the top idea for summer days

I would Love to see more Plus Sized patterns too!!!

They do have a plus size, if you read the "NOTE" which is under the materials section, you will see all the other sizes including XTRA LARGE....

This one wins the contest for me...classic simplicity.

I love the off shoulder WITH STRAPS style. Very classy looking but comfortable . Would be good to go out in the evening or to wear on the weekend to a picnic. Love it!

cute and simple, this sweater is more modern-looking and fashionable for a teenager or young woman. I am going to make it for my 17 year-old granddaughter.

I like the simplicity of this sweater. It can be done in any colour and can be worn alone, over another long sleeved shirt, or under a blazer. The lacy one was quite elegant looking but the sleeves look like they would start to slide down and then what's going to hold the rest of the sweater up??! For myself, I know that I would find the coral sweater much more useful and would wear it frequently.

I really favor this top as one of simple beauty over the other top that was listed; was there a real model wearing the other sweater? If so she could use some food. This model looks healthy and pink and it goes with the openess of the neckline and impresses me that I could wear this from the materials from coats and clark. I would look casual open and ready for a sunny day.

I really like the patterns making it for my adopted granddaughter,I will make a few changes,to suit my idea,I will make a slight ruffle around the top of the top ,several rows long in the tr crochet to give a slight flare ,and maybe making the sleeves shorter letting the ruffle come down over the shoulders abit, scalopes around the bottom of the ruffle and the bottom of the top.I'm using a very soft black yarn ,and I will change it as I go,LOLThe ruffle around the top of the pattern will give it a latin look.Which is what i'm going for.

Sounds Pretty! Would love to see a pic of your results!!

the lacy one is too grandmotherly, the simplicity of the coral is more modern.

This is a really nice top and I would love to make one except the finished bust is too small for me.

This would look so cute on my daughter! Saved the pattern & will try it ---- someday!

The off-the-shoulder look is new and different and looks great!!!

When I first looked at it, I was like, "Blah!" Then I noticed how cute it was.. I'll probably be making this in the future..

I am still learning how to crochet so this would be a bit challanging. I would not have a problem wearing it and the style is nice. If the yarn that is suggested is too thick I would do some shopping on different yarns.

I love the look of this top. If I was to lose weight I would make it for myself in a heartbeat. As it is, I have 4 teenage granddaughters who would love it. Christmas present? It would look cute over a turtleneck.

I love this shirt, but I don't think it would be a good summer top as yarn would be kind of heavy don't you think? But it is a cute look. I would wear it thats for sure. I may try to make it when my life slows down a bit. Thanks for submitting the pattern.

I'm too old and heavy for this sweater, but would love to make it for my Granddaughter - she would rock the house in it!

I agree with kimbraman that it is a good idea to make the shoulder straps wider to hide bra straps. Strapless bras are so uncomfortable! Going without a bra is no longer an option for me. Wearing a tank under it would be too hot for me here in Texas. So, make the straps wider and I would make this and wear it!

I am in my mid-sixties and would wear this top. However, 6 years ago, I fell and broke my upper arm and tore up my rotator cuff. Because of the scars left from the surgeries to repair that injury, I don't wear sleeveless or off the shoulder clothes any more. I don't like having to answer the questions about my scars.

I think it's a very cute pattern! Don't know that I would wear it, unless, like another poster, I made the straps wider to cover the bra straps. I'm too old and saggy to go braless! LOL! Don't know if my daughters would wear it, though.

Well, I'm over the hill and I'm making it tonight. ;-) For me.

U Go Girl!!!

This is totally cute. It is one of the most stylish crochet tops I have seen! Even though I am overweight, I would wear it - perhaps in a different color though.

IF I were 40 yrs younger, I'd love this top. I'll make it for my granddaughters, though.

Like I said, make it...definately. Make the shoulder straps a ittle wider to hide bra straps and maybe play with a little extra detail on the back neckline! just adventerous that way!. And at 49, I would wear it. What law says only the young can wear something cute?

Very pretty. Would look nice on a young woman. I'm too fat to wear something like this myself. I wonder, though, about the combination of yarn and an off the shoulder short-sleeved top. Too hot on a warm day, too cool on a cold day? I always think of sweaters as having sleeves and being warm. I guess I'd have to feel the weight a sample of the cotton yarn to make a decision. Again, very pretty.

I would make it for my granddaughter. She would love it. I think I would make it for myself, too---but I would make the straps wider to cover my bra straps.

I already saved this pattern and may start making it tomorrow! It is cute, cute, cute and could be worn under a long sleeved t-shirt or turtleneck as the weather turns cooler. Worn alone - sexy and sweet.

as a beginner, it is something that appeals to me, but i would need more coaching.

I think this off-the-shoulder top is trendy, but not my kind of trendy. I think of shoulders and sleeves the same way that I think of jewelry and necklines: there needs to be a balance, and where one goes, the other should follow. I feel like the top would be cuter if it was pictured with long sleeves. Easy fix, right? :)

I think this style is meant for younger women... I have a niece or two who might wear it; yet this style is too mature for my young granddaughter. This is definitly not my style, and I'd never make a top like this for myself.

I would make it for my granddaughters, it's a bit "young" for me at age 70!

Is there ANY way to get this changed into a knitting project? It's too cute!!! Does anyone know of a similar pattern to knit?

@angelaine 7648879 and cntorrens 0211245, We have updated the pattern with gauge and sizing information. Thanks! --Editor of FaveCrafts

This looks like a nice pattern but where is the gauge or at least a diagram with measurements? I would not want to risk it without more info.

How do you know the sizes?


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