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[Svenskt mönster här] Aestas means summer in latin, and the Aestas Top crochet pattern is just that – the perfect summer top! The Aestas Top is crocheted in breathable worsted cotton and features decorative openwork panels down the sides. Meanwhile, it provides enough coverage at the front to be worn out and about in town, under a cardigan at work, or as it is in the bar at night. This piece may just become a staple of your summer wardrobe!


The Aestas top is crocheted seamlessly, top down. The crochet pattern includes photo tutorials to help even a relative beginner succeed. If you still have problems, please don’t hesitate to get in touch so I can help you make your own Aestas Top. It is a quick make so you can make several to match your existing wardrobe favourites! The pattern uses US crochet terminology and stitches used are ch, sc, hdc, slst, dc, tr, tr2tog, dc2tog.

Download the pdf crochet pattern for free below.

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  1. Donna Donna

    Very nice pattern, can it be made longer?

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      Thank you, yes of course it can be made longer, just continue for as many rounds as required!

  2. Tracy King Tracy King

    Amazing top! I love the details that take it from plain to spectacular. Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. Sally Larson Sally Larson

    How do I get the free pattern?

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      Hopefully you worked it out by now – just click on the black button that says “Download”!

  4. Jean Jean

    Thank you so much for this pattern, your directions are so easy to follow

  5. Debbie Maynard Debbie Maynard

    I would love to know which yarn you used for your tops in the photos. Would you share?

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      Hello, yes, sure! The pink one is Scheepjes Cahlista, the white one is Drops Paris, and the blue is made with two strands of a discontinued fingering weight mercerised cotton yarn.

    • Debbie Maynard Debbie Maynard

      Thank you so much!!! I loved the blue and will need to look for a replacement for the discontinued yarn you used!

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      Just look for something mercerised – that’s what gives the cotton a slight sheen 😉

    • You can try yarnsub dot com or Ravelry to find a substitute yarn. I typed fingering mercerized into the yarnsub search box and came up with lots of options. 🙂 From there you can click into one of the search results and it will pop out similar yarns and even gives a percentage and breakdown of how close it is, and why. If Anna can remember the name I bet they’d have it in their database. I picked SCHACHENMAYR ORIGINAL
      Catania Fine from the list because Schachenmayr Tahiti has a special place in my heart so I assume the rest of their yarns are equally marvelous. 😀 The Catania has a similar color to the blue pictured called Hellblau (00173).

      Sorry to butt in – thought I might have a nugget of helpful information and wanted to share.

    • Debbie Debbie

      SO very glad that you DID!!!! Thank you so much for the tidbit of info and I will definitely be looking those yarns over.

  6. El Swan El Swan

    Wow, it’s beautiful! Thanks for creating and sharing your pattern!

  7. Marie-Louise Marie-Louise

    Hej! Finns detta mönster på svenska?
    Jättefint linne och försöker virka det med engelska mönstret men det går inte så bra.


  8. Marie-Louise Marie-Louise


    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      Hi Roberta, of course you can! I just don’t really like acrylic myself as it’s plastic, but it will definitely work. Ax

  9. Dee Dee

    Just what I’ve been looking for! I’ll just have to convert the instructions to UK terms and I’m ready to start. Have just finished a c2c shawl in a soft cotton /bamboo yarn and wanted a summer top to compliment it. Thank you for the pattern!

  10. Angela Gollee Angela Gollee

    Wie bekomme ich die Anleitung auf deutsch?

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      I’m sorry I don’t understand German myself but guessing you would like to have the pattern in German? 😊 Well, if you know someone who can translate it for me…?

  11. Cindy Cindy

    Hi Anna,
    I love this top and I’m making it for my daughter but I’m a little
    confused. In Bodice Round 3 and Bodice Round 4 they both say to double crochet around back. Shouldn’t one of them say to double crochet around front? Also when crocheting in the chain spaces, why is the number of times different depending on whether it’s on the left or right side? Shouldn’t both sides be the same? Thank you for clearing up my confusion so I can finish this top for my daughter.

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      Hi Cindy,

      Each bodice round goes one full ‘lap’ around the body. Each round has 4 sections: back, underarm mesh, front, and other underarm mesh. Hence each round contains both ‘back’ and ‘front’. The instructions are not different one the left side vs the right side. Round 3 is different from round 4 however.

      Hope this explains it?

  12. annette kilwein annette kilwein

    when i am doing bodice round 1 , after making the ch of required number — you are then to dc. Do you ch 3 to go across the front? You then continue to do dc’s after 1st chain. Now for the next armhole (left) mine is a row higher on one side. Why is that… am i crocheting on the wrong side or the right side. explain or show pics of Bodice Rd 1. I am stuck

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      First bodice round should be worked with the right side of the work facing. First you work dcs across the back, THEN you chain for right underarm, then dc across the front, then chain for left underarm. Join to first dc. Makes sense? 😊

  13. Lynda Lynda

    How do I get the pattern? I think the top is really cute, I would like to make it but can’t get the pattern.

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      Click where it says download pattern 😊 It’s a pdf file.

  14. susan strohl susan strohl

    Is this written in English or U.S terms?

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      In US terms

  15. Ji Radwan Ji Radwan

    Love your design 👌❤️

  16. Wendy Thomas Wendy Thomas

    Thanks for the pattern, love the way it came out.

  17. Dominique Dominique

    Thank you so much for this beautiful top

  18. Melissa Melissa

    Hi, the model looks very petite. I’m wondering what size top she is wearing? And what general size she is so I can figure which size to make for myself? Thank you so much. It’s just darling! Soooo pretty 🙂

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      You’ll find all measurements in the pattern. I’m wearing a size S in the photos. 😊


    je souhaiterais réaliser ce modèle AESTAS TOP ….mais serait-il possible d’avoir la traduction en français?
    merci d’avance


    je souhaiterais réaliser ce modèle aestas top mais est l possible d’en avoir la traduction Française?…merci

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      Hi Beatrice,

      I’m sorry there is no French translation of this pattern yet, I am currently looking for translators though! Hopefully in the future… Annax

  21. Trisha Allen Trisha Allen

    Hi love the design. I have a question about the front short row section. The pattern calls for 3 increase rows and then fasten off to move to the bodice.
    When I look at the picture above the bodice section, it appears the short front rows are 3 increase rows and another even row worked before the section that begins the armholes. My gauge is correct but this front section is really short without adding that extra row compared to the picture. I’m making a size medium, using hobby lobby I love this cotton and a 5mm hook. Thanks for your help.

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      Hi Trisha, thanks for asking – it’s a good question as it confused me as well when I was writing the pattern! It does indeed look like there are 4 front short rows – but there are only 3 – promise! 🙂 It is a bit of an illusion, caused by the fact that the first full bodice round only has chains at the underarms. Just follow the pattern and you’ll see what I mean… Let me know how it goes! Ax

    • Sandra Sandra

      Hi there!
      I fell in love with your top. However do you have a method of eliminating the top from going skew. The mesh on the sides of mine are going right instead of keeping straight. I even tried the compensated dc(fetching yarn under the hook) and the mesh part still goes skew. A common problem when working in the round. I’ve frogged this top 3x’s already. Please please could you help me out.

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      It will skew a little bit as it’s worked in round without turning, but not as much as I think you’re describing here… But I really can’t say without seeing your top. Feel free to email me some photos of the top to crochet[at]hookedbyanna[dot]com , and especially the start and end of the mesh panels, as this tends to be where mistakes are made, and I’ll see if I can help!

  22. Question about bodice row 4 for medium size. In row 3, it says to make 5 2trtogs with 5 chains before them. But in row 4 it says to do 2 sc’s in the first and last chain space, and then 3 sc’s in the 4 middle chain spaces. That adds up to 6 chain spaces, which is one more than there are. So should it be 2 sc’s in the first chain space and 3 in the next 4, or 2 in the first chain space, 3 in the next 3, and 2 in the last?

    Awesome pattern, by the way. The instructions are so easy to follow!

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      Hi Jenna, thanks, glad you like my pattern! You are misreading round 3 – there should be 6 ch-sps for size M, it doesn’t say 5 ch-sps anywhere. Here’s the section from round 3 – do you see the ‘ch2’ right at the end?

      “…. [ch2, 2trtog into the 1st and 4th sc, ch2, 2trtog into the 4th and 7th sc and so on (7th and 10th, 10th and 13th etc.) until you have made 4 (4, 5, 5, 6) 2trtog’s; the last 2trtog should have its second ‘leg’ in the final sc of the underarm section, ch 2]… “

  23. Gillian Drew Gillian Drew

    Hi Anna. I love your pattern. But one side of the underarm panel keeps coming to the front. What am I doing wrong. Have unpicked several Times. Am new to garment patterns have mostly crocheted blankets.

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      Hi Gillian,

      The top will twist a litte bit to one side due to being crocheted in the round. But obly a little bit, which blocking will counteract… If it is twisting a lot there may be a mistake. Would you be able to email me some photos so I can have a look?


  24. Laura Laura

    The download link does not work! I am so excited to make this for my daughter. Can you provide a download that will download & open?

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      I am afraid there is something wrong your end. It downloads fine on my PC laptop, iphone, ipad and Android. Have you tried right-clicking & Save link/location as? Do you use Chrome browser? If not, do you have Adobe reader installed?

  25. Sarah Beardshaw Sarah Beardshaw

    Thank you Anna for this really lovely, straightforward pattern. I’ve just this minute finished it and now need to wash and block it. The thought makes me a little nervous as I’m not very experienced in blocking however I will Google the best method to do this and go for it in the morning. Wish me luck ☺

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      How did the blocking go? Just hand wash it, shape it with your fingers and lay flat to dry in preferred shape. Be careful not to wring or stretch too much as cotton won’t bounce back.

  26. Mary Mary

    Hi Anna,
    For the short back rows row two says WSF and at the end says turn.
    How do I complete rows 3 to 8 withe WSF and still turn the work, as the pattern states “as row 2”.

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      Ah you got me! Well, you repeat row2 except you obviously won’t have the WSF each round, only even rows. You’ll have RSF odd rows.

    • Mary Mary

      Thanks Anna. Top now completed and looks great. I will be doing more of your designs.

  27. Beautiful top! I think my Grand daughter will love it! I did everything it said but havent seen the pattern yet! Joyce

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      Hi Joyce, click on the black button where it says “Download” and the pdf should open in your browser or in your pdf reader. Alternatively you can right-click on the black button and select “Save link as” to save the pdf pattern on your computer. Good luck!

  28. Helen Gallagher Helen Gallagher

    Hi Anna – i see from some of the past comments that the pattern twists as it gets longer. Mine has done this quite noticeably although its not at all obvious when its worn. I was a bit confused on the bodice – row 5 and was wondering if this is where ive gone wrong somehow.?Is there meant to be 2 chains at the start of the underarm section on this row? I did the large size

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      Hi Helen,

      Yes you’re right – any project done in dc in the round without turning will have a slight twist, due to the way the stitches are constructed. I can try to see if you have done anything wrong if you send me a close up photo to crochet(at)


    • Soffity Soffity

      Mine has also twisted .the longer you make it the more it will twist, that’s because each time you join the round it moves to one side. Any crochet done in the round and joined in this way the joining line will not be straight from top to bottom it will be a diagonal. These is a way of stopping this but this pattern used the common way of joining, it’s so pretty isn’t it? i used 2 strands of 100% cotton fingering weight and a 4mm hook as I didn’t have any worsted and that gave me the right gauge. I also did a gauge swatch, ive learned by my mistakes that making a gauge swatch is a very good idea,. It’s also free so a big thanks Anna for your time and generosity. This must have taken you hours and hours to do.

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      You’re absolutely right, crochet in the round without turning will create a twist or tilt in the fabric. The way to get around this would be to turn at the end of each round…

  29. Linda Linda

    Excited to try this cute pattern.

  30. Analyn Timola Analyn Timola

    Tried it. And made it longer.. love it..

  31. Sara Sara

    I started your top but I’ve already stopped! I don’t understand a passage.
    I don’t understand how in the short back ore 1 it goes from 36 stc and then to 38stc
    if you need to work the double crochet need 2 chain stitches?
    I don’t understand where I’m wrong.
    thank you waiting for your answer !! Sara

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      Hi Sara,
      If you read carefully, there are two extra stitches worked either end of short back row 1: First, you ch3 (this counts as your first dc), you then work one dc in each of the next 36 sts (=now you have 37 sts in total), then you work one final dc into the next st (= 38 sts in total). Makes sense?
      Good luck! 🙂

  32. Marta Cirilli Marta Cirilli

    Hello, I am working on the Aeatas Top . If there a YouTube post that I could possible follow along with ?
    Thank you

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      No YouTube tutorial I’m afraid. There are photos in the pattern though that might help.

  33. Morticia Morticia

    thank you, it is beautiful. new to crochet and was looking for a worsted weight top I have trouble seeing the finer yarns

  34. Linda Linda

    Hello! I just found this top and it is beautiful.
    Do you think that it could be extended and turned into a dress?
    Thanks for putting this up and for your time.

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      Of course. I’ve seen several people make this into a dress by just continuing and making it longer!

  35. Sunski Sunski

    Thank you for sharing this well-written and easy-to-follow pattern for free! It was such a fast, easy project – I loved it! My daughter requested that it be a crop top, so I stopped after row 21. It looks great on her.

  36. Adeline Chong Adeline Chong

    I don’t need a youtube, a diagram will do, see the photo by explaination in english also fine.

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      A diagram will do…? Diagrams take many hours to draw on the computer. I write patterns as a hobby in my spare time and I don’t make money from it. There are photos in the pattern. Please enjoy my free pattern as it is – it has been thoroughly tested – or feel free to use other patterns if you don’t get on with mine. Thank you 😊

  37. Silvia Tasheva Silvia Tasheva

    Very beautiful! Thank you for this pattern! I can’t wait to try it 🙂

  38. Vera Vera

    Hi Anna,

    I am confused by the Round 2. I am working the (M 114 ch size) and ch5 skipping two stitches repeat , does not result in 38 ch-sp’s. Does stitch equals to chain? I think so. What am I doing wrong?

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      Hello, you should have 38 chain-spaces. Not chains. Does it make sense?

  39. Jan Jan

    Thank you so much for posting this lovely pattern for free :0)
    I will making it for my soon to be 15 year old grandaughter as a gift
    So hard to find ‘trendy’ patterns in xs as well, but this definately fits the bill. Thank you again for giving me something to take my mind off the current situation! Stay safe and best wishes

  40. Lynn Maier-Belair Lynn Maier-Belair

    Anna, nevermind my question. I copied your instructions for the bodice into Word and color-coded the 2trtog and sc parts and then I could see what I was doing wrong. Your instructions are perfectly clear, lol! I am in awe. –

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      Hi, I’m sorry it took me too long to respond. I hope all is clear now? Good luck!

  41. Margaret Margaret

    What is the difference between US and English terms. I would like a list if possible.Thank you.

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      Hello, if you search Google for British vs. American crochet terminology you will get lots of lists and resources! The stitches have different names, so it is important that you know which terminology a pattern uses.

  42. Lynn Janov Lynn Janov

    Anna, you have created the prettiest summer tank top on the internet! It is my first time crocheting a garment. The directions and pictures are very clear though I am having some difficulty with the lace side panels even though I “see” the pattern. Anyway – just tried on the half-finished top and it fits perfectly – medium – so will be finishing it soon. Thank you thank you thank you for sharing your talents.

  43. Barbara Orlowski Barbara Orlowski

    Fabulous tank top. Thank you.

  44. Susan Fraser Susan Fraser

    I love your aestas pattern. It’s modern and pretty. The pattern was very easy to follow. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity.

  45. Soffity Soffity

    Help please.. I’ve just made this but it’s twisting as I go down the body, because it’s in the round each time I join the join moves to the side and keeps doing that. That’s just how it works, not sure how to get the side panels to be at the sides as they are now working their way around to the back on one side and the front on the other, will blocking help that, I’ve used 100% cotton, it’s such a pretty pattern and your instructions are wonderful, thanks,

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      It will twist a little bit, but not as much as you seem to be describing. The way to get around the twisting would be to turn at the end of each round…

  46. Lisa Lisa

    Can I use any worsted yarn with this pattern or do I need to use a cotton worsted like you did. I have a lot of yarn to use up! Most crochet summer tops call for sport yarn and I have mostly Aran weight on hand …thanks!

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      You can use any yarn as long as you meet gauge. Swatching with different yarns and hooks to check your gauge is the key to success!

  47. Sandy Sandy

    Hi Anna
    I am on bodice round 3 _ getting a bit confused because it looks like you double up trtog on st 4, 7, 10 – but says at the end you should have 4 trtog. If I double up I have 8 (1 in first, 2 in 4th, 2 in 7th, 2 in 10th, 1 in 13th)
    Can you help ? Thank you so much for your beautiful work ND for sharing it !

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      Think of it as each of those 4 trtog having 2 legs, each in a different stitch. Does that make sense?

  48. Zsuzsi Zsuzsi

    Hi Anna,
    I’m stuck on Bodice round 1. When I attach the 16 cs to the front section and then double crochet, my ss is at the base of the new dc line and then the other underarm’s cs ends up starting at the top of the same dc line. This looks uneven to me and I’m sure I’ve made a mistake somewhere. Can I attach the first cs line to the top of the dc somehow?
    Thanks so much!

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      Hello, you are not supposed to attach the underarm chain stitches to the front with a slip stitch – just work a dc immediately after chaining. Follow the instructions word for word (no slst in the middle of the round!) and you’ll be fine! 🙂

  49. Sara Sara

    Hey I was wondering if you were comfortable with people selling things they make from your patterns, I know different creators have different rules and want to make sure beforehand.

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      Hey, that’s fine with me. Thanks for asking! Ax

  50. Angela Angela

    Gorgeous top! Thank you so much for sharing you design. Your hard work is much appreciated.

  51. J Morris J Morris

    I am seeing comments on how the bodice twists as the top gets longer. Can I just turn after each odd row of the bodice so the sc are going in the opposite direction as the 2trtogs?

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      Yes, you’re right, this happens due to the anatomy of dc stitches. If you work in the round without turning, your work will eventually start to twist in one direction. The only way to fully remedy this is to turn at the end of each round.

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