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Crocheting has come a long way, far far beyond just being a way to create cozy blankets and warm sweaters.

Today, crochet garments must follow current fashion trends. The huge variety of yarns and patterns available nowadays allows the creation of trendy clothing items, including mesh tops. With my blog post on mesh top free crochet patterns, you will surely find your next project.

What is a Mesh Top (Overtop)?

Also known as overtops, mesh tops are trendy additions to your outfits, and make them look interesting and stylish.

A mesh top (overtop) is a lightweight crochet garment that features an open, lacy stitch pattern. These breathable, lacy garments are perfect for the warmer months and can be worn in a variety of ways. Usually, mesh tops are layered over a tank top, swimsuit, or dress.

Below I have gathered for you the most trendy free crochet patterns for mesh tops. To suit your individual  taste, the patterns were chosen not only by popularity, but also by their unique style. I hope you will find just the right fit for yourself.

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Cloe Mesh Sleeve Top

This pattern is especially chosen to suit the youngest part of the population. Students will love a Cloe Mesh Sleeve Top. You can “follow the dress code” by covering your arms while wearing your favourite top or sleeveless dress. It is a great pattern to introduce teens to crocheting.

Clole mesh sleeve top free crochet pattern.

The original pattern and the photos are available on blogMesh Sleeves Top

Beauty Top

The Beauty Top is very versatile and universal. Depending on the color combination with an undertop, you will get a classy or modern look, or a mix of both. It’s a great pattern for any age.

Beauty top free crochet pattern.

The original pattern and the photos are available on Lion Brand blog : Beauty Top

More info about project photographed on Ravelry.

Fishnet sweater “Rixt”

The next pattern, the Fishnet sweater, is similar to a Cloe Mesh Sleeve Top. It is also a crop top, but the structure is less airy and open and a bit denser. It’s a perfect fit with a summer business look but it can be quite casual as well.

A woman wearing a grey sweater with a crochet pattern.

The original pattern and the photos are available here : Fishnet sweater “Rixt”.  written pattern is paid and is available on Ravelry.

The Ivy Tee

In a more romantic style, the Ivy Tee will be a perfect addition to holiday or everyday summer outfits.  If you like effortless elegance, this pattern is perfect for you!

The ivy tee free crochet pattern.

The original pattern and the photos are available on blog : The Ivy Tee

Zig Zag Top

Finally, the Zig Zag Top combines tradition with modern times. The classic zig zag stitch was very popular with our grandmas, but combined with airy straps, it will be a great summer outfit for any age.


Zig zag top free crochet pattern.

The original pattern and the photos are available on  : Zig Zag TopMore info about project photographed available on Ravelry.


In brief, your handmade mesh top is a fantastic addition to your outfit. It can highlight the fashionable charm of a garment making it more unique and trendy. With these free crochet patterns, you can choose a style to suit your taste and the occasion. 

Regardless of whether you’re a beginner or an experienced crocheter, these patterns are for you. So grab your crochet hook and get started. Happy crocheting!


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