HOW TO MAKE… A CROCHET TOP
QQQRowan Panama, 55% Viscose /33% Cotton/12% Linen, 50g/135m per ball: three (five) balls of Daisy (301) (MC), one ball each in Morning Glory (302) (Yarn A), Orchid (304) (Yarn B), Blue Fog (317) (Yarn C) 3.5mm (UK 9, US E/4) crochet hook Yarn needle
Each motif is approx. 12.5cm (5") square after blocking. The bodice pattern is approx. 8 rows and 20 stitches to 10cm (4") when blocked.
st(s) stitch(es) ch chain ch-sp(s) chain space(s) ss slip stitch dc double crochet htr half treble tr treble dtr double treble ttr triple treble RS right side WS wrong side yrh yarn round hook tr2tog treble 2 together – (yrh, insert hook in indicated st, yrh and pull up loop, yrh and draw through 2 loops) twice, yrh and draw through all loops on hook We’re all over the 60s and 70s boho trend this summer – think wide-brimmed hats, floaty dresses, flares and, of course, plenty of crochet. This playful cover-up by technical editor Valerie Bracegirdle features a flower granny square that you can re-use in plenty of other projects (we’re keen to crochet up a tote!).
The top is made first from 16 motifs which are joined as you go into a rectangle 8 motifs wide by 2 deep. The bodice is then made upwards from this rectangle using a V stitch. After a few rows it is split to make the left front, then the back and finally the right front. The top is joined at the shoulders and a cord added for tying.
Square motif pattern
The motif pattern is written as well as charted. For size small/ medium make the motifs up to and including the 6th round. For medium/large size make the motifs up to and including the 7th round. Rounds 1 to 6 of the motif are also charted.
The motifs are made of 3 colours – Rounds 1 to 3 in A, B or C, Round 4 in a second colour chosen from A, B and C, and the remaining rounds in MC. Occasionally you may wish to make the motifs using all colours, in which case Round 1 is first colour, Rounds 2 and 3 in second colour, Round 4 in 3rd colour and the rest in MC.
Make 16 motifs and join as you go. You can follow the colour scheme in the diagram or choose your own colour scheme. Foundation Using first colour, ch5 and join into a ring with a ss. Round 1 ch3 (counts as 1tr), 15tr in ring, join to 3rd st of starting ch3 with a ss [16 tr] Round 2 Work this round into gaps between sts from Round 1. Ss into gap between 1st two tr, ch1 (does not count as st), 1dc in same place, ch5, miss 1 (1dc in next gap, ch5, miss 1 gap) 6 times, 1dc in next gap, ch2, 1tr in 1st dc (forming last 5ch-sp) [8 5ch-sps] Round 3 ch1 (does not count as st), 1dc in 5ch-sp at base of st, ch5, (1dc in next 5ch-sp, ch5) 7 times, join to 1st dc with a ss. Break yarn and fasten off. [8 5ch-sps]