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Free Harper Shirt Crochet Pattern – Get Layering!

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May, May, May. How are you flying by so fast? I feel like the month just started and I’m already behind. I have so many patterns rolling around in my head that I want to work and make and I feel like there is no time. But at least I have this week’s pattern all ready, the fun and quick Harper Shirt crochet pattern.

So with the summer coming (or here as it is in SoCal) I wanted to make some lighter makes, stuff you can layer and wear with tank tops or cute bras. You know what I mean? I know that when it gets hot I live in tank tops and shorts. Especially during July where it just feels like the sun is broadcasting directly into my home during the day. Not that you want to talk about that, huh? Anyway, with it being just about the middle of May I wanted to share one of my first summer makes, the Harper Shirt. It’s such an easy pattern that’s fun to customize and wear over jeans or a skirt, accessorize as you’d like and kinda make into your own easy summer wear.

I made this pattern with worsted weight acrylic yarn but you could totally make it with cotton to make it even more summery. I even included the multiple below if you’d like to make it longer (like a fun beach over). Although, I think it would look good with fringe on the bottom but that’s probably because I quite like fringe… so don’t take my word for it. 😀

If you’re looking for other fun wearables, check out my Tops section or even my Vests for some summer makes.

Please note: I was provided the yarn for this pattern by Lion Brand Yarn for the purposes of making this design, with compensation. I wasn’t provided the yarn with the expectations of positive or negative reviews but I did enjoy using this yarn, it’s a great yarn I will be using again.

This post is linked to Hookin’ on Hump Day 215

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  • US I (5.50 mm) crochet hook
  • Size #4/ worsted/ medium weight yarn
    • oz/yds size specifics in Finished Product Dimensions
    • 8 oz/ 423 yds – 13 oz/ 687 yds
  • Yarn needle
  • Notions: scissors, measuring tape, yarn needle


  • 14 scs x 16 rows  = 4”
  • Rows 3 – 5 (in pattern) = 2”
    Ravelry link

Terms/ Stitches used

  • RS: right side
  • Ch: chain
  • St: stitch
  • Sc: single crochet
  • Dc: double crochet
  • Dc2tog: double crochet 2 sts together (see note below)
  • Fan (explained below)Fsc: foundation single crochet


  • Dc2tog: yarn over, insert your hook into the st and pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, insert your hook into the same st and pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through last 3 loops on your hook. This stitch is not a decrease st in this pattern. You will work it as one stitch in the same st.
  • Fan: (into the same st) dc2tog, ch 2, dc2tog, ch 2, dc2tog
  • Rows 3 – 9 is 4”
  • This pattern is worked in 1 piece, from the center out, in rows. First the one side is worked and the piece is then flipped around and the second side is worked on the other side of the chain row. Then the piece is folded in half and the open ends are seamed to create arm holes.
  • The multiple of this pattern is 5 + 1 (+1 for the chain row).
  • The ch-1 at the beginning of some rows doesn’t count as a stitch.
  • The ch-3 at the beginning of some rows does count as a dc.
  • You will need to know how to create a slipknot on your hook.
  • You will need to know how to extend a row using foundation single crochet.
  • The size in the photos is MD/LG and was made in Lion Brand Yarn Anti Pilling Premium in Silver Heather.

Finished product dimensions (measurements may vary by gauge and yarn used)

Height: 22”
Width: 20”
Yarn: 8 oz/ 423 yds

Height: 24”
Width: 22”
Yarn: 9.5 oz/ 502 yds

Height: 24”
Width: 24”
Yarn: 10.5 oz/ 555 yds

Height: 26”
Width: 26”
Yarn: 12 oz/ 634 yds

Height: 26”
Width: 28”
Yarn: 13 oz/ 687 yds

Harper Shirt free crochet pattern by

Harper Shirt Crochet Pattern instructions

Side 1
Sizing as follows:
XS/SM (MD/LG, 1X/2X, 3X/4X, 5X)
(RS) Row 1: Ch 157 (172, 172, 187, 187), sc into the second ch from the hook and into the next 155 (170, 170, 185, 185) sts – 156 (171, 171, 186, 186) sc
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc into the next 156 (171, 171, 186, 186) sts – 156 (171, 171, 186, 186) sc
Row 3: Ch 5 (counts and dc + ch 2 here and throughout), turn, dc2tog into the first st, skip the next 4 sts, *fan into the next st, skip the next 4 sts*, repeat from * to * 29 (32, 32, 35, 35) more times, (dc2tog, ch 2, dc) into the last st – 2 dc (all sizes), 2 dc2tog (all sizes), 30 (33, 33, 36, 36) fans
Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sc into the first st, ch 4, *sc into the middle dc2tog of the next fan, ch 4,* repeat from * to * 29 (32, 32, 35, 35) more times, sc into the last dc –  32 (35, 35, 38, 38) sc
Rows 5 – 20 (22, 24, 26, 28): repeat rows 3 – 4
Row 21 (23, 25, 27, 29): Ch 1, turn, sc into the first st, sc 4 times into the ch 4 space, *sc into the next sc, sc 4 times into the next ch 4 space,* repeat from * to * , sc into the last st – 156 (171, 171, 186, 186) sc
Row 22 (24, 26, 28, 30): Ch 1, turn, sc into the next 156 (171, 171, 186, 186) sts – 156 (171, 171, 186, 186) sc
Fasten off.

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Side 2
Row 1:
Create a slipknot on your hook, flip your whole project around so you’re working along the other side of Side 1’s Row 1 with the RS facing you, sc into the next 68 (75, 75, 83, 83) sts, fsc 51 sts (all sizes, this is your neck hole), skip 51 sts, sc into the next 37 (45, 45, 52, 52) sts – 105 (120, 120, 135, 135) sc, fsc 51 (all sizes)
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc into the next 156 (171, 171, 186, 186) sts (this counts sc and fsc sts) – 156 (171, 171, 186, 186) sc
Rows 3 – 22 (24, 26, 28, 30): repeat rows 3 – 22 (24, 26, 28, 30) of the Side 1.
Fasten off. Block your piece so that it measures 44” (48”, 48”, 52”, 52” x 20”(22”, 24”, 26”, 28”).

Harper Shirt free crochet pattern by

Arm Hole Seaming
Fold your shirt in half lengthwise.
Working on either row 22 (24, 26, 28, 30), starting from the row ends, seam together 52 (56, 52, 61, 61) sts going toward the fold in your preferred method of seam. Repeat seaming on the other side. Fasten off, weave in all your ends.

Tada! There it is, the Harper Shirt crochet pattern! I hope you love it and use the hashtag #DivineDebris on Instagram and I’ll share it in my stories!

Marsha McLees

Wednesday 17th of April 2024



Saturday 19th of November 2022

Between row 2 & 3 is the piece turned? I'm afraid to ho farther!! Thanks!

Divine Debris

Sunday 27th of November 2022

Yes, turn on Row 3.


Tuesday 16th of June 2020

Love this top! Love the colour that you've chosen to make it with too. This is exactly the sort of top that my sister would love! I'm going to dig around in my stash as I'm sure that I have a lovely lilac that I can use to make her one. Thank you for sharing your pattern.

Divine Debris

Wednesday 17th of June 2020

Oh a lilac would be so pretty! I'm glad you like the pattern :)