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[På svenska här] Introducing the Jailbreak crochet top pattern, a comfortable crochet tank top in seven sizes, with solid coverage where you need it, combined with a bit of a surprise openwork back. The long bars in the back panel remind me of cartoon style prison gates, hence the name! They are achieved by alternating rows of single crochet and triple trebles (that’s four yarn overs before inserting your hook).

The height of the triple treble stitches means the back panel virtually flies off the hook. Most of the front panel is in moss stitch, which takes a bit longer to work up but creates a wonderful smooth and woven look. Moss stitch also gives solid coverage, and last but not least, fantastic drape.


This pattern has been tested and uses standard American crochet terminology. There are plenty of photos and links to video tutorials to help even a beginner succeed with the more unusual stitches.

I used two strands of fingering weight mercerised cotton yarn. This creates the same thickness as a worsted yarn, but requires twice the yardage. (Yardage given is for worsted weight. Double this number if working with two strands of fingering instead.) I personally prefer the texture of two fingering strands worked together – it gives a bit more drape to the fabric.


XXS: 76 cm / 30 in (380m / 420 yds)
XS: 80 cm / 31 1/2 in (400m / 440 yds)
S: 84-88 cm / 33-35 in (430m / 470 yds)
M: 92-96 cm / 36-38 in (470m / 510 yds)
L: 100-104 cm / 39-41 in (510m / 560 yds)
XL: 110-116 cm / 43-46 in (570m / 630 yds)
XXL: 122-128 cm / 48-50 in (630m / 690 yds)


The written pattern for the Jailbreak Top is available to purchase from Ravelry here (or click the ‘buy now’ button below) or from Lovecrafts here.

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