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Black Openwork Summer Top

By: Elaine Phillips from

Black Openwork Top
Black Openwork Summer Top
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For a professionally-made appeal, try out this Black Openwork Summer Top. The intricate crochet stitching is worth the effort when you see this beautiful sweater. Pair it with a collared shirt for work or a short-sleeve t-shirt in the summer. This intricate pattern is well worth the effort. By creating this gorgeous top with despite the difficulty that might come with an intermediate pattern, you give yourself the opportunity to improve your crochet skills with the end reward of a designer looking top. This shirt will be envied by all of your friends and family; however, you can always make them one as a present as well since this shirt makes a wonderful gift! If you endeavor on the road to this beautiful shirt, be prepared to receive more compliments than you can handle.

Learn how to create your own filet pattern by watching this super awesome video tutorial below! 


Crochet HookC/2 or 2.75 mm hook

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

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Cheryl Y, This pattern is the updated version. The comments mentioning the problems are from 2012 and older. Go ahead and make one. I'll be making it in a lighter colour.

I think it's great that the author wanted to break the rules and go with a different colour, but I want to remind eveyone that if you intend to make this to wear in the summer, you still can't fight the basic rules of physics which states that black materials ABSORB light/thermal energy. With this tight weave, it's going to be incredibly hot, unless you alter the pattern with a bigger hook size and smaller/lighter weight yarn. Just something I wanted to mention. )

This is a really cute top, but unfortunately, there are no directions in a size small for this top. Sizes start at medium and go up as big as 5X. The fillet design gives this summer top a very classy / classic look. Is the perfect top for wearing at the office and would make a lovely birthday gift for my friends.

I do like the look of this Black Openwork Summer Top. But I'm not to sure I want to try it, because after reading the written pattern and all the comments, it looks like there are a few problems in the written pattern and the writer has not answered anyone's questions. So, I have saved this and hope that it will be updated soon. Has anyone made this top and if yes how did you fix the pattern? Any tips would be great! Thank you for sharing this free crochet pattern.

This crocheted top is so beautiful. I like the use of the lightweight thread "yarn"- you will need upwards of 20 or more if you are a plus sized woman. Plus sized top patterns are hard to come by! I can see wearing this out to lunch with my girls, or poolside with my kid while he has his lessons. I'd make it in white!

Not too sure at what size you are, but this pattern goes all the way up to a 5x. Now that is a large size, and for all purposes the yarn does give, it stretches a lot. I am sure you BBW out there can make this and it fit just nicely on you all. My daughter is a BBW and she is a 4x, this fits perfect on her and it gives her room to move in as well, she wears an undershirt with it

not so sure what size you are, but this pattern goes all the way upto a 5x. now come one that is one huge size. and plus you forgetting that yarn stretches a lot, which I mean it gives a lot, so 5x should do just fine for all the BBW.

the instructions are wrong .row 11 should start the vertical lines of eyelets but if you follow the pattern the lines do not correspond to the points of the arrowheads at the bottom. i will continue but make the lines meet the points.

I actually made this one a couple of years ago for my daughter and it turned out beautiful.

I would like to make this but it goes from doing a single crochet rib to chaining 124 how do get from one to the other.

I'd like to make this top, but I don't know what "dc/rf and dc/rb" means (double crochet around front and double crochet around back). Do they mean front loop and back loop or something else. I've never seen it said like that before.

I sure wished it offered the pattern in a larger size options. We aren't all petite and like me I am a BBW.

I'm sorry to say but this pattern is not made for petite women either. The author was very narrow minded when writing it. The smallest size is a few sizes too big for me.

How large do you need to go? It begins at a size 38 bust up to 62.


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