Spring is just about to start, but now is the perfect time to start making your summer wardrobe. One of the best pieces to have in your closet to welcome the summer fun is the Halter Top. I personally love a halter top as I can wear it as a standalone top, cover up on the beach, or even use it as a layering piece for those cooler summer days.
What makes a halter top different from your standard tank top is that the construction of the body is the same as the tank top but the straps tie behind or around the neck instead of attaching to the back of the top. However, the term halter is used more generally to indicate a top that has an open back, as you will see in many of the patterns in this post.
All patterns listed below are free and have been published in the past 5 years.
1. Bonita Easy Halter Top
This beginner friendly pattern is made from the top down, and the body is made as separate panels. This is a great top for those that have not made a halter style top before as it can easily be customized to fit your body. While the designer made the top as a crop top, you can make this in any length that you would like.
This pattern includes pictures for every step along the way and is able to be customized beyond the fit and length of the top. The straps can easily be made in a regular tank top style, halter style, or crossed in the back (as shown in the pattern).
Make your own Bonita Halter Top here.
2. Cheyenne Halter Top
The Cheyenne Tank is so pretty, it looks like it came directly out of a fashion catalog! Although this pattern is considered intermediate, don’t let that scare you away. The instructions are easy to follow and as the pattern calls for a worsted weight yarn you will have this top made in no time!
The top is initially made as two separate panels that are then joined to then work the bottom lacy section. This top has a classic look that will quickly become a staple in anyone’s summer wardrobe.
Download your own copy of the pattern here.
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3. Ester Halter Top
The Ester Halter Top was designed with body positivity in mind and is size inclusive, so that anyone (and I mean anyone!) can make the halter top fit exactly the way they want it to. The top is made to your measurements (a measuring tape is a must with this pattern as sizes are not listed). Use your favorite bulky weight yarn to quickly make your own halter top and as a fun addition, you can even add in some surface crochet for some fun details.
Make your own Ester here.
4. The Teardrop Halter Top
The Teardrop Halter Top has so many cute features! Most noticeably is the teardrop opening on the front. This top has a lace up back and a classic halter strap that is tied around the neck. This pattern uses DK weight yarn and is a great stash-buster (there are endless possibilities with the strips!). The designer, Brittany Rogers is offering this pattern for free through a fellow designer’s crafting blog (this pattern is otherwise offered for purchase only through her Etsy/Ravelry sites).
Create your own Teardrop Halter here.
5. The Pucker Up Halter
Pucker Up and fall in love with this quintessential halter top. The Ruching detail on the front is just *chef’s kiss* adorable! What drew me the most to this halter top is that this pattern is offered two ways, fitted and relaxed. The fitted version has 3-4 inches of negative ease whereas the relaxed fit is designed with an additional 4 inches through the midriff. It is made in back-and-forth rows and then seamed, with the straps and ruching detail added at the end. Easy, right?!
Check out the tester photos on the pattern’s page to find inspiration for your own Pucker Up Halter.
6. Kismet Halter Top
Two words, boho chic. The motif in the center of this halter top immediately draws the eyes to the collarbone and creates an amazing visual impact. This top would be perfect for the beach, concerts, festivals or any other summer outing! This top just screams playful to me and can be constructed using a variety of color palettes. The top has a thick band under the bust to provide support and can be made to the maker’s cup size to ensure that the maker has the exact coverage they want on this top.
Make your own Kismet Halter Top here.
7. Halter Neck Crochet Top
Modern and fun! The thick strap around the neck creates a turtleneck-like halter effect that would be great for layering. The sides of the top wrap around the body to create the Belt which has a D-Ring at the end for closure. It’s so stylish and would make a great addition to everyone’s summer wardrobe!
The Halter Neck Crochet Top pattern is featured on The Hook Nooks Blog here.
8. Chasing Summer Tank Top
Although the Chasing Summer Tank is technically a regular tank top, the straps are created at the very end and can easily be modified to any version of a halter back that you want. This top is very easy to follow and quick to make! The v-neck front is flattering and can be customized to fit any body type. The front panels and back are constructed sideways to create vertical lines that create a unique look. This top was really popular to make this past summer and is guaranteed to be classic for many years to come as well!
Find the pattern here.
9. Beachcomber Halter Top
The Beachcomber Halter is a perfect beginner friendly pattern that would make a great addition to anyone’s summer wardrobe! The stitches are simple, but the yarn (it is recommended to use a DK weight yarn) in the photo is a slub yarn which adds a fun texture to the top. My favorite feature of this top, though, is the racer back. It is slightly different from your typical halter style top, but like many of the other patterns in this post, the straps can easily be modified to your style.
This pattern (designed by Kelly Groves, of Crafty Cruella) is featured as a guest pattern on the Joy of Motion Crochet Blog; find the pattern here.