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Kathryn Wrap Top


The Kathryn Wrap Top is a size-inclusive crochet pattern. This is a perfect layer piece for spring and summer over a dress or with jeans.

The Kathryn Wrap Top was inspired by a vintage sewing pattern I came across on Pinterest, and I had the idea written down for months. When Thanksgiving came around last year, and I was traveling, I saw the perfect opportunity to start this design. It works up so quickly!

I dived in my stash and chose Noro Kibou for the design because of the variegated greens, brown, yellow, cream and a touch of pink. Noro Kibou is now discontinued ? but it’s a lovely cotton, wool and silk yarn that offered thin and thick sections. The yarn offered so much texture that it was best to use simple stitches for the Kathryn Wrap Top. Also, I have a friend named Kathryn that looks great in green, so that was a part of deciding which yarn to use and naming this design. ?

As this is a simple design, you can use your favorite yarn in DK or worsted weight. The pattern testers used a variety of yarns that came out amazing, such as Loops & Threads Joy DK and Caron Simply Soft. Check out their tops here. Be sure to check your gauge before you begin!

As always, I enjoy offering crochet patterns to you that have minimal seaming, and may increase your crochet skills by using stitches in a different way. The Kathryn Wrap Top will show you how to use foundation stitches within the pattern and not just the first row.

This is a size-inclusive design for X-Small through 5X-Large with tips for adjusting the length. I will be adding more tips on how to use any weight of yarn in the future, so stay tuned!

Pattern was tested for accuracy and fit by Rachel C., Cindy C., Darlene T., Denise C., Carol M., Marilyn S., Roeska B., Lynette N., Beverly F., and Latanya H.

Check out pattern details below! ⬇️

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  • Noro Kibou (*discontinued), Medium weight #4 yarn (54% Cotton, 34% Wool, 12% Silk; 147.64 yds/ 135 m; 1.76 oz/ 50 g skein): Color 16 (greens) x 5, 6, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 Skeins
  • Hook US Furls Crochet Streamline, H/8 (5.00 mm) or size needed to meet gauge
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • 2 stitch markers
  • Row Counter
  • Measuring tape

13 pattern stitches = 3.5”, 9 pattern rows = 3.5”

To make a gauge swatch:

Row 1: 20 fsc, turn

Row 2-3: CSDC in first st, dc in each st to end, turn

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in BLO of next 18 sts, sc in last st, turn

Row 5-6: CSDC in first st, dc in each st to end, turn

Row 7: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in FLO of next 18 sts, sc in last st, turn

Row 8-9: CSDC in first st, dc in each st to end, turn

Row 10-15: Repeat rows 4-9

Measure Rows 4-12 for the most accurate measurement

  • Ch: chain
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • sc: single crochet
  • dc: double crochet
  • tr: treble
  • BLO: back loop only
  • FLO: front loop only
  • CSDC: chainless starting double crochet
  • fsc: foundation single crochet
  • fdc: foundation double crochet
  • sc2tog: single crochet 2 together
  • dc2tog: double crochet 2 together 
  • RS: right side
  • WS: wrong side
  • M: stitch marker(s)
  • CSDC: pull up a loop to height of row, holding loop in place, wrap yarn around hook (counts as a YO), insert hook in first st, YO, pull up a loop, [YO, pull through 2 loops] twice 
  • Attach fsc: For final fsc, insert hook through foundation chain of last st made, yarn over and pull up loop (2 loops on hook), insert hook through next st of previous row (this attaches the fsc), yarn over and pull through st and 1 loop (2 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops. Continue with standard sc as instructed in pattern.


  • Pattern is written US terms.
  • Read the entire pattern before beginning.
  • Pattern is worked in 9 sections: Body Front, Neck Opening and Shoulders, Back, Right Side Edging, Left Side Edging, Front Ties, Back Ties
  • Each size is color coded to help with readability. 
  • Pattern is organized by size group after the Body Front until the Edging to make it easier to follow for your size. If printing, you can skip the pages without your size information.
  • Piece is made as one piece from the bottom up to the neck opening, and then continued to create the back. The last row made is the bottom row of the back of the body.
  • Pattern is a 3-row repeat to create a slight ridge effect with alternating rows of single crochet in the back loop or front loop. 
  • All first and last stitches are worked under both loops when the other stitches are worked in the front or back loops.
  • Stitches can be worked under both loops of single crochet, if preferred, but it will change the appearance of the finished top.
  • “Width” of size refers to the width of top including overlapping. “Length” in size refers to total rows when flat.
  • This garment has 2” of positive ease for the bust, and the side edges are meant to overlap around the waist to provide coverage.
  • Width can be adjusted by following the instructions of a different size; and length can be adjusted by making fewer or more rows before and after the neck opening.
  • If using a variegated, hand dyed or striping yarn, it may help to use a second skein of yarn to complete the opposite shoulder and keep the color changes consistent.

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6 Responses

  1. You started this on Feb. 1, but I received the email on Feb. 2 and you seem to be behind me by one day. You should probably mention this in your email. I see that you are in Malaysia which probably explains it.

    1. Sorry for any confusion, Shirley. I’m actually on the east coast of the US, so I’ll check all of my time zones to make sure it’s set correctly. Thank you for being a part of my newsletter community. If you have any questions or just want to talk about yarn, just send me an email.
      Have a great week!

    1. I’m so glad that you love this too! I look forward to seeing your finished Kathryn Wrap Top! What color are you going to use?

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