HOW TO MAKE… A CRO­CHET TOP

Mollie Makes - - How To Make... A Crochet Top -

MA­TE­RI­ALS

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

TEN­SION

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.

AB­BRE­VI­A­TIONS (UK)

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]

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