HOW TO MAKE A CRO­CHET TOP

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MA­TE­RI­ALS

Q Per­for­mance Yarn Cot­ton Queen, 100% cot­ton, 125m/137yd per 50g, 4 (4, 5, 6, 7, 8) balls in Off White (0102) Q 3mm (UK 10, US D/3)

cro­chet hook

Q Yarn nee­dle

AB­BRE­VI­A­TIONS (UK)

st(s) stitch(es) ch chain ch-sp(s) chain space(s) dc dou­ble cro­chet ss slip stitch tr treble yrh yarn round hook dc2­tog dou­ble cro­chet two sts to­gether – (in­sert hook in next st, yrh and draw loop through) twice, yrh and draw through all 3 loops on hook tr2­tog treble cro­chet two sts to­gether – (yrh, in­sert hook in next st, yrh and pull up loop, yrh and draw through 2 loops) twice, yrh and draw through all loops on hook rep re­peat

TEN­SION

Ap­prox. 21 sts and 10 rows in tr to mea­sure 10 x 10cm (4 x 4") Not that we’re jeal­ous or any­thing, but this top some­how gives off a breezy, goes-with­any­thing in­sou­ciance that we’d love to em­body. You know: oh, this? Just some­thing I threw on.

The clas­sic shape and neu­tral colour con­firms it as a wardrobe sta­ple – the first thing you’ll want to pack in your case for a sunny sum­mer hol­i­day – and the filet cro­chet chevrons add a mod­ern peek­a­boo flash of what­ever you’re wear­ing un­der­neath.

If you’re look­ing for an al­ter­na­tive to this yarn, Scheep­jes Ca­tona is a bril­liant sub­sti­tute.

In­struc­tions

The body length and sleeve length can be in­creased but you will need more yarn to do so.

The sam­ple shown in the pho­tos is size S. The pat­tern is writ­ten for the smallest size with larger sizes shown in brack­ets where dif­fer­ent, thus: XS (S, M, L, XL, XXL).

The top is made in one piece, start­ing at the bot­tom. The body is worked in rounds, fol­low­ing the fil­let cro­chet pat­tern, up to the arm­holes. At this point front and back are worked in rows. It’s joined at the shoul­ders, the short sleeves added in the round and an edg­ing made around the neck and base. When join­ing the round, you should pull and tighten the ss and the 1st turn­ing chain to keep the join as invisible as pos­si­ble. The ch2 at the be­gin­ning of each row is only for turn­ing, and does not count as a st.

Check the length and fit by try­ing on your cro­chet top as you go.

Body

Foun­da­tion ch160 (180, 200, 220, 260, 280), join to the 1st ch with a ss to make a ring, en­sur­ing the ch is not twisted

Round 1 (RS) ch2 (does not count as a st here and through­out), *5tr, (ch1, miss 1 ch, 1tr) twice, 2tr, (ch1, miss 1 ch, 1tr) twice, 4tr, ch1, miss 1 ch; rep from * an­other 7 (8, 9, 10, 12, 13) times, ss to 1st st to join [160 (180, 200, 220, 260, 280) sts] Round 2 ch2, *1tr, ch1, miss 1 st, 5tr, (ch1, miss 1 st or ch-sp, 1tr) 3 times, 4tr, ch1, miss 1 st, 1tr, ch1, miss 1 ch-sp; rep from * an­other 7 (8, 9, 10, 12, 13) times, ss to 1st st to join

Round 3 ch2, *1tr, (ch1, miss 1 st or ch-sp, 1tr) twice, 4tr, ch1, miss 1 ch-sp, 5tr, (ch1, miss 1 st or ch-sp, 1tr) twice, 1tr in next ch-sp; rep from * an­other 7 (8, 9, 10, 12, 13) times, ss to 1st st to join

Round 4 ch2, *3tr, (ch1, miss 1 st or ch-sp, 1tr) twice, 6tr, (ch1, miss 1 st or ch-sp, 1tr) twice, 3tr; rep from * an­other 7 (8, 9, 10, 12, 13) times, ss

to 1st st to join

Round 5 ch2, *5tr, (ch1, miss 1 st or ch-sp, 1tr) twice, 2tr, (ch1, miss 1 st or ch-sp, 1tr) twice, 4tr, ch1, miss 1 st; rep from * an­other 7 (8, 9, 10, 12, 13) times, ss to 1st st to join

Rep Rounds 2-5 twice more, then rep Rounds 2-4 once more

The length can be ad­justed here but you must fin­ish af­ter a Round 4 Round 17 ch2, *5tr, (ch1, miss 1 st or ch-sp, 1tr) twice, 2tr, (ch1, miss 1 st or ch-sp, 1tr) twice, 5tr; rep from * an­other 7 (8, 9, 10, 12, 13) times, ss to 1st st to join

Round 18 ch2, *7tr, (ch1, miss 1 st or ch-sp, 1tr) 3 times, 7tr; rep from * an­other 7 (8, 9, 10, 12, 13) times, ss to 1st st to join

Round 19 ch2, *9tr, ch1, miss 1 ch-sp, 10tr; rep from * an­other 7 (8, 9, 10, 12, 13) times, ss to 1st st to join

Round 20 ch2, 1tr in ev­ery st and ch-sp around, ss to 1st st to join

Front panel

Row 1 (RS) ch2, 80 (90, 100, 110, 130, 140)tr, turn [80 (90, 100, 110, 130, 140) sts]

Rep the last row 4 (5, 6, 7, 8, 8) more times

First side of neck

Row 1 ch2, 37 (42, 47, 52, 62, 67)tr, tr2­tog, turn [38 (43, 48, 53, 63, 68) sts] Row 2 ch2, miss 1st st, tr2­tog, 1tr in each st to the end of the row, turn [36 (41, 46, 51, 61, 66) sts]

Row 3 ch2, 1tr in each st to last 2 sts, tr2­tog, turn [35 (40, 45, 50, 60, 65) sts]

Rep Rows 2 and 3 5 more times [20 (25, 30, 35, 45, 50) sts]

Row 14 ch2, miss 1st st, 1tr in each st to the end of the row, turn

[19 (24, 29, 34, 44, 49) sts]

Row 15 ch2, 1tr in each st to the end of the row, break yarn and fas­ten off [19 (24, 29, 34, 44, 49) sts]

Sec­ond side of neck

Count 2 sts over from the V shap­ing of the neck and at­tach yarn to the next st

Row 1 ch2, miss the st where you at­tached the yarn, tr2­tog, 1tr in each st to the end of the row, turn [37 (42, 47, 52, 62, 67) sts]

Row 2 ch2, 1tr in each st to last 2 sts, tr2­tog, turn [36 (41, 46, 51, 61, 66) sts]

Row 3 ch2, miss 1st st, tr2­tog, 1tr in each st to the end of the row, turn [34 (39, 44, 49, 59, 64) sts]

Rep Rows 2 and 3 4 more times [22 (27, 32, 37, 47, 52) sts]

Row 12 ch2, 1tr in each st to last 2 sts, tr2­tog, turn [21 (26, 31, 36, 46, 51) sts]

Row 13 ch2, miss 1st st, 1tr in each st to end of the row, turn [20 (25, 30, 35, 45, 50) sts] Row 14 rep Row 12 [19 (24, 29, 34, 44, 49) sts]

Row 15 ch2, 1tr in each st to the end of the row, break yarn and fas­ten off [19 (24, 29, 34, 44, 49) sts]

Back panel

With RS fac­ing, re­join yarn to first st on the back at the arm­hole edge

First side of back

Row 1 ch2, 37 (42, 47, 52, 62, 67)tr, tr2­tog, turn [38 (43, 48, 53, 63, 68) sts]

Row 2 ch2, miss 1st st, tr2­tog, 1tr in each st to the end of the row, turn [36 (41, 46, 51, 61, 66) sts]

Row 3 ch2, 1tr in each st to last 2 sts, tr2­tog, turn [35 (40, 45, 50, 60, 65) sts]

Rep Rows 2 and 3 5 more times [20 (25, 30, 35, 45, 50) sts]

Row 14 ch2, miss 1st st, 1tr in each st to the end of the row, turn

[19 (24, 29, 34, 44, 49) sts]

Row 15 ch2, 1tr in each st to the end of the row, turn [19 (24, 29, 34, 44, 49) sts]

Rep Row 15 5 (6, 7, 8, 9, 9) more times un­til you have a to­tal of 20 (21, 22, 23, 24, 24) rows on the Right side of back

Fas­ten off and leave a long tail to join the shoul­der seam

Sec­ond side of back Count 2 sts over from the V

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