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Gift Handmade: Crochet Tops

Updated July 19, 2023
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If you’re looking to give a truly personal gift this Christmas, why not hook up a beautiful crochet top? It’s the perfect way to show someone you care. We all know the love, care and time that goes into a crochet garment, so what better way to share the joy than by gifting the crochet clothing that you make.

crochet wearables inspiration

This round-up is designed to be a burst of inspiration to our followers worldwide, so we’ve included crochet tops suitable for both cold and warm weather. 

ALL of these patterns are fully size-inclusive. As of January 2021, Bella Coco became a fully size-inclusive blog. It’s really important to me that everyone feels welcome here, regardless of size, age or body type. If you’d like to learn more about that, check out my announcement post here: Size Inclusive Crochet.

crochet gifts

Now, let’s have a quick chat about crochet gifts…

Make sure, before you put the time and effort into a crochet gift that the person you are making it for is crochetworthy. It’s time for real talk. Not everyone in your life deserves crochet gifts. From the first moment you pull out your crochet hook and yarn, you’re investing a LOT into what you make.

cost of materials

There’s the cost of the materials to begin with. But, on top of that, you’re also pouring a huge amount of time, love and care into creating something unique, special and beautiful.

Not everyone will appreciate that and generally the root of that is NOT ungratefulness. Sometimes it’s down to personal tastes, sometimes it’s down to sensory issues and not liking the feel of the materials and sometimes it’s because they don’t appreciate what goes into making a crochet item.

And that’s ok. Let me say that louder, THAT’S OK. Not everyone is crochetworthy and it will save you time, energy and heartache to understand that and make sure that the crochet gifts you are making go to people who love them and appreciate them.

So, how can you make the sure your crochet gifts are well-received?

Let’s start with some basics:

  • Have an informal chat with anyone you’re planning on gifting crochet to. Find out what colour schemes they like and whether they like glitter, sparkles and all the bells and whistles. Or, if they’re more into simple, classic garments.
  • Take a look at the type of things your intended gift recipient usually wears and buys. Do they favour classics? Or perhaps they’re a walking ball of rainbow colours. Mimicking their personal style is a sure-fire winner.
  • Consider what yarn to use. Some people can’t wear wool, others can’t wear manmade fibres. It’s always better to be sure so you can avoid giving the gift of armpit itches!
  • Make sure you include care instructions with any crochet blankets or garments. No-one wants a perfectly fitting jumper shrinking to doll-sized after a wash.
  • Finally, make sure any baby crochet garments are washable in the machine. No new mum has the time to handwash clothing every time it gets messy!

crochet top patterns

Ready for the goodies? I’m about to share a beautiful collection of handmade crochet tops that are perfect for holiday gifting.

crochet cardigan

The Cocoon Cardigan

crochet cocoon cardigan
Cocoon Cardigan

The Cocoon Cardigan has a size range of XS-5X. It’s the perfect cover-up for staying cosy and the relaxed slouchy fit means it’s perfect for throwing on over your outfit. Made using Caron x Pantone yarn, the original colour palette is a beautiful burst of spring. If you fancy something a little more seasonal, try the Fuchsia Foliage colorway for a modern, festive twist.

Caron pantone yarn

The Ostara Crochet Vest by Calm.Homemade

crochet vest with granny squares

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The Ostara Vest has a size range of XS-5X. This fun and modern design is a celebration of all things handmade and makes a wonderful gift. Whether you choose to emulate the original and choose beautiful neutrals, or something a little more colourful, this layering piece is sure to go down a treat come Christmas.

Why not combine some of these beautiful colours?

All yarns shown above are Paintbox Cotton Aran, the perfect lightweight yarn for the Ostara Vest.

Gracie Crochet Tunic by Moara Crochet

Crochet Tunic

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When I say Christmas, what do you think of? I’m sure for most of you it’s the quintessential Christmas card scene. A snowy, chocolate box village with festive lights twinkling, roaring fires and the odd robin thrown in. But, for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere, their festive season is often spent soaking up sunshine and lighting the BBQ on the beach. If you’re looking for a great gift for a friend in warmer climes, then the Gracie Tank Top is your new BFF. With a size range of XS-4XL, this lightweight, lacy number will keeps things cool and classic.

MillaMia Naturally Soft Cotton is perfect for the Gracie Crochet Tunic.

Sunday Coffee Crochet Cardigan by Coffee and Crocheting

Crochet Cardigan

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Talk about cosy. This beautiful cardigan by Coffee and Crocheting covers a size range of XS-5XL and is perfect for adding a pop of colour to your fave black tee + jeans combo. The Sunday Coffee Cardigan was just made for snuggling up in front of a crackling fire with a huge cup of cocoa and some festive tunes in the background.

Paintbox Simply Aran is one of my favourite yarns to work with and is ideal for the Sunday Coffee Cardigan.

Snowflake Crochet Poncho

Snowflake Crochet Poncho

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The fabulous Aly has now been featured as a Bella Coco guest designer three times now. There’s a reason for that, her beautiful designs are always popular and fun to make. The Snowflake Crochet Poncho is fully size-inclusive with a range of S-5XL and can easily be adapted to fit perfectly.

Packed full of fun, festive details, this sweet poncho can be coupled with Aly’s latest design, Sapphire Mittens for a cute and cosy matching set.

Stylecraft Aran is a budget-friendly and hardwearing yarn that’s perfect for the cosy Snowflake Poncho.

Valencia Cape

Crochet Cape

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The Valencia Cape is a classic guest post by Laura Algarra that is fully customisable to fit the body of the recipient. Just look that gloriously festive red. Even better? If you want to go FULL FESTIVE MODE, why not try a sparkly red yarn and a white fur trim? I recommend:

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