Shake and shimmy

Whip up a fes­ti­val-ready cro­chet crop top that oozes Coachella ap­peal. De­signed by Si­mone Francis.

Simply Crochet - - HALTER TOP -

YOU WILL NEED

DMC Pe­tra Cot­ton 3 (100% cot­ton, 100g/280m), 2 balls of Yellow (5742) for all sizes with fringe For a Hal­ter Top with­out fringe, 1(1: 1: 2) 100g balls are re­quired A 3.5mm (US E/4) hook 53 ( 56: 59: 65) x 2cm (¾in) di­am­e­ter gold se­quins 2 stitch mark­ers 4 small beads for ties (op­tional)

For yarn stock­ists con­tact DMC 0116 275 4000 www.dmc.com

TENSION

18 sts and 10 rows to mea­sure 10x10cm (4x4in) over tre­ble cro­chet us­ing a 3.5mm hook or size needed to ob­tain stated tension

AB­BRE­VI­A­TIONS

2 tre­ble clus­ter (2-tr cl) (Yrh, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, yrh, pull through 2 loops) twice, yrh, pull through all 3 loops on hook Place Se­quin (PS) Pull up se­quin to hook, ch1 loosely For a full list, see page 92 If boho chic’s your thing and you’ve al­ready mem­o­rised this year’s Glasto line-up, this cropped hal­ter top is what’s been miss­ing from your wardrobe. It’s em­bel­lished with fring­ing and se­quins and fas­tens at the neck and back with ties.

NOTES

The Hal­ter Top is worked from the top down. Ex­tra rows are worked onto each side at the bot­tom to in­crease the width of the Back piece. A bor­der and ties are added once com­plete. The se­quins are threaded onto the yarn be­fore start­ing and are pulled up be­hind the hook and fas­tened with a loose chain. Ties are added to the neck­line and a long tie is criss- crossed through eye­lets at the back to tighten to size.

HAL­TER TOP

Thread 53 ( 56: 59: 65) se­quins on to yarn. With 3.5mm hook, ch29.

Foun­da­tion row (WS) 2-tr cl into 4th ch from hook, ch2, 2-tr cl into the same st, [skip 2 ch, (2-tr cl, ch2, 2-tr cl) into the fol­low­ing ch] 8 times, tr into last ch, turn. [18 clus­ters, ch3 and tr]

Row 1 (RS) Ch3 (counts as tr through­out), [(2-tr cl, ch2, 2-tr cl) into fol­low­ing ch-2 sp] 9 times, tr into t- ch, turn. In the fol­low­ing pat­tern rows, the first tr of the row is al­ways re­placed by ch3.

Row 2 Tr in each st to first clus­ter, 2tr in top of first clus­ter, 2-tr cl into fol­low­ing ch-2 sp, PS, (2-tr cl, ch2, 2-tr cl) in each ch-2 sp to last ch-2 sp, 2-tr cl in fol­low­ing ch-2 sp, PS, 2tr in top of next clus­ter, tr in each st to end, turn. [16 clus­ters, 6 tr]

Row 3 Tr in each st to first clus­ter, 2tr in top of first clus­ter, (2-tr cl, ch2, 2-tr cl) in each ch-2 sp, 2tr in next clus­ter, tr in each st to end, turn. [14 clus­ters, 10 tr] Rows 2 and 3 set pat­tern.

For sizes XS and S only

Rows 4-8 Re­peat (Rows 2-3) two more times, then Row 2 once more. [4 clus­ters, 30 tr]

For sizes M and L only

Rows 4-5 Re­peat Rows 2-3. Rows 6-7 Re­peat Rows 2-3 but in­crease by 1 st at the be­gin­ning and the end of each row by work­ing (ch3, tr) into first st and 2tr into last st. [6 clus­ters and 30 tr]

For size M only

Row 8 Re­peat Row 2. [4 clus­ters and 34 tr]

For size L only

Row 8 Re­peat Row 2, in­creas­ing by 1 st at the be­gin­ning and the end of the row as be­fore. [4 clus­ters and 36 tr]

All sizes

Row 9 Re­peat Row 3, in­creas­ing by 1 st at the be­gin­ning and the end of each row by work­ing (ch3, tr) into first st and 2tr into last st. [2 clus­ters and 36 ( 36: 40: 42) tr]

Row 10 Tr in each st to first clus­ter, 2tr in top of next clus­ter, 2-tr cl in next ch-2 sp, PS, 2tr into top of next clus­ter, tr in each st to end, turn. [1 clus­ter and 40 ( 40: 44: 46) tr]

Row 11 Ch3, tr in st at base of ch, tr in each st to last st with 2tr in top of clus­ter, 2tr in last st, turn. [44 ( 44: 48: 50) tr]

Row 12 Ch3, tr in st at base of ch, 20 ( 20: 22: 23) tr, (2tr in next st) twice, tr in each st to last st, 2tr into last st, turn. [48 ( 48: 52: 54) tr]

Row 13 Ch3, tr in st at base of ch, tr in each st to last st, 2tr in last st, turn. [50 ( 50: 54: 56) tr]

Re­peat (Row 13) 8 ( 10: 10: 12) more times, do not fas­ten off. [66 ( 70: 74: 80) sts] Place a stitch marker into top of first and last st of last row.

LOWER EDGE

Work 2 ( 2:4: 4) rows in tr st with­out shap­ing, turn.

Se­quin Panel

Row 1 (WS) Ch3, tr into next 4 ( 4:4: 3) sts, PS, (4tr, PS) 14 ( 15: 16: 18) times, tr in each st to end, turn. [66 ( 70: 74: 80) sts/15 ( 16: 17: 19) se­quins placed] Row 2 Ch3, tr into each st to end, turn. Row 3 Ch3, tr into next 6 ( 6:6: 5) sts, PS, (4tr, PS) 13 ( 14: 15: 17) times, tr in each st to end, turn. [14 ( 15: 16: 18) se­quins placed] Row 4 Ch3, tr into each st to end, turn.

Row 5- 6 Re­peat Rows 1-2. Work 2 rows in tr st. Do not fas­ten off yarn, ro­tate work 90 de­grees:

BACK EDGE

Left Side Foun­da­tion row (RS) Ch3, 2tr into each row end work­ing to marker, turn. [20 ( 20: 24: 24) sts] Row 1 Ch3, tr in each st to end, turn. Row 2 Ch3, tr in each st to last 2 sts, tr2­tog, turn. [19 ( 19: 23: 23) sts] Row 3 Ch3, tr in each st to end, turn. Rows 4-5 Re­peat Rows 2-3, turn. [18 ( 18: 22: 22) sts] Row 6 Ch1 (does not count as st), dc into each st to end. Fas­ten off.

Right Side

With RS fac­ing, join yarn at marker with a ss. Foun­da­tion row (RS) Ch3, 2tr into each row end work­ing to lower edge, turn. [20 ( 20: 24: 24) sts] Row 1 Ch3, tr in each st to end, turn. Row 2 Ch1, tr in next st (counts as tr2­tog), tr in each st to end, turn. [19 ( 19: 23: 23) sts] Row 3 Ch3, tr in each st to end, turn. Rows 4-5 Re­peat Rows 2-3, turn. [18 ( 18: 22: 22) sts]

Eyelet Row

Row 6 (RS) Ch1 (does not count as st), dc in first st, dc in next st, *ch3, skip next st, dc in next 3 sts; rep from *3 ( 3: 4: 4) more times. [4( 4: 5: 5) eye­lets made] Ro­tate work 90 de­grees and con­tinue along lower edge as fol­lows:

LOWER BOR­DER

Next row Ch1 (does not count as st), dc in cor­ner st, *(2-tr cl, ch2, 2-tr cl) in next row end, skip next row end;** re­peat from * to ** twice more along Back sec­tion, [(2-tr cl, ch2, 2-tr cl) in next st, skip 2 sts] re­peated evenly along Front sec­tion; rep from * to ** twice along Back sec­tion, (2-tr cl, ch2, 2-tr cl) in last row end along Back sec­tion, (dc, ch1, dc) into cor­ner st, ro­tate work 90 de­grees:

Eyelet row Dc in next 2 sts, (ch3, skip next st, dc in next 3 sts) 3 ( 3:4: 4) times, ch3, skip next st, dc in last 2 sts.

TOP BOR­DER

Turn work 45 de­grees:

Bor­der Ch1, dc in same st, dc in first row end, *ch3, tr in first of these 3 ch, dc in next row end; rep from * work­ing up side edge to top cor­ner, dc in cor­ner st, (ch3, tr in first of these 3 ch, dc in top cen­tre of next clus­ter) 9 times, ch3, tr in first of these 3 ch, (dc, ch1, dc) in cor­ner st, turn work 45 de­grees, con­tinue mak­ing edg­ing into each row end down side edge and along back edge, dc in cor­ner st. Fas­ten off.

TIES NECK TIES !MAKE 2"

Mea­sure one strand of yarn 380cm long and fold in half, insert hook into top cor­ner dc of neck and pull the half­way loop of yarn through, ch130 us­ing both strands of yarn. Fas­ten off. Re­peat for op­po­site side.

BACK TIE

With 2 strands of yarn held to­gether, ch330 (350: 380: 400). Fas­ten off. Slot through eye­lets of Back in a criss- cross mo­tion.

TO FIN­ISH

Trim all ties to size. Add bead to ends of ties and se­cure with a knot. Cut 4 strands of yarn 84cm long, fold in half and slot through lower edge to make fringe. Add 3 fringes to each Back sec­tion and 1 fringe to each clus­ter along lower Front edge. Trim fringe to size and weave in all ends.

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