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Saturday, 6 June 2015

LOTUS-NECK TOP

LOTUS-NECK TOP

This world of the web and social networking has surely opened up a lovely avenue for me… and I should also add that it’s come at the perfect moment, when I have the time to indulge in my passion, my crochet.. not too many things that can keep me away from it.. and a host of friends who are constantly sharing inspirations for me to work with.  I should probably add that I am blessed that each of my creations also finds a loving home – so how cool is this, right?  J

I’d initially called this a Pineapple top.. as this pattern is yet another pineapple delight, but the beauty is the design and construction – which unlike the regular pineapple starts, has a refreshing new one .. yet another reason for me to explore and work this pattern too.  I then started working on it, and feel that though the construction is like a pineapple, the end effect (with that one row of dc 3-togs being left off) look more like a lotus – and it could also be the lovely pink top (that inspired me) leaving a lotus-like impression in my mind’s eye.

As I work on this pattern, I’ve written down my notes that I share with you.
and the picture that inspired me..

Materials used : Today I’ve used a light 3 ply acrylic yarn,  with a 3 mm crochet hook  
Size made about 38”- 40”
Difficulty level : Intermediate to Advanced crochet skills

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                    dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                     ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                     rep : Repeat
  
Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using the chainless dc start.

dc 3-tog : Double crochet 3-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 3 times (4 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 3-tog made.

Picot : Our picot here will be (ch 3, sl-st into the 1st ch) ; all in the same st or ch-sp. View this video link to refresh what a picot is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GGlzZZl3I8

Quick analysis of what we’re going to do here today.  We start with the neckline in this lovely pineapple top and work our way down to the waist.  Now here’s a thought for you (as usual .. choices and decisions…) , the original pattern offers us an opened front bolero – but you *could* make this a top.  Depending on the opening you wish for the back of the top, work the first few rows back and front, and then join up at the back, and work in rounds ..
and ta da ! Just like that, you convert this lovely bolero into a lovely top.

And just like that, naughtily, I’ve offered you choices.. and decisions :0

Now neckline calculations are generally a little tedious when starting a pattern from neck down – so what I usually do is keep a well fitting top as a template (top of the  person for whom this is intended.. or a size similar to that) and then work accordingly.  This is because the neckline can get a little too deep (or too high) and then it’s a long tedious work upwards to remove the whole creation and start afresh. 

That said, I’m going to write this pattern down the way it has been charted. 
So let’s get started.

Our pattern repeat count is 23 + 3, and our designer has made 6 pineapples around the neckline – so that makes a total of 141 sts.

Start with the fsc per count above. Turn.
Now as I’ve used fsc, I’ve started with 141 sts. 
IF you’re using ch (as has designer, pl add 2 ch = 143 ch)

Row 1 : dc in the 1st 2 fsc ; *ch 2, sk next 3 fsc , dc in the next 8 fsc ; ch 2, dc in the next 8 fsc ; ch 2, sk next 3 fsc , dc 3-tog in the next fsc* ; rep *to* 4 times ; ch 2, sk next 3 fsc , dc in the next 8 fsc ; ch 2, dc in the next 8 fsc ; ch 2, sk next 3 fsc and dc in the last 2 fsc. Turn.


In the following row, we will use a decorative picot stitch.

Row 2 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 2, sk next 2 dc and ch-sp , 2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next 6 dc ; dc in the next ch-2 sp ; ch 3 dc in the same ch-2 sp ; dc in the next 6 dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; (ch 3, sk next dc , picot on top of the dc 3-tog) ; *ch 3, sk next dc , 2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next 6 dc ; dc in the next ch-2 sp ; ch 3 dc in the same ch-2 sp ; dc in the next 6 dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; rep (to) once* ; rep *to* 3 times ; ch 2, sk next dc , 2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next 6 dc ; dc in the next ch-2 sp ; ch 3 dc in the same ch-2 sp ; dc in the next 6 dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; ch 2, sk next 2 dc and ch-sp , dc in last dc.  Turn.



We will start with the unusual pineapple construction from this row on.  For this, we will start with a row of 12 ch, and then work on these ch to make the first bit of our pineapples.. so these set of instructions will be in brackets ( ), and are a little confusing.. so look at the charts as you work.

Row 3 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 2, sk next dc and ch-sp , 2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next 7 dc ; dc in the next ch-3 sp ; (12 ch , turn [and work on the ch just made] , sk 6 ch , sc in the next ch ; hdc in the next 3 ch and dc in the last 3 ch) ; dc in the same ch-3 sp ; dc in the next 7 dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; *ch 4, sk ch-sps and next 2 dc, 2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next 7 dc ; dc in the next ch-3 sp ; rep (to) once ; dc in the same ch-3 sp ; dc in the next 7 dc ; 2 dc in the next dc* ; rep *to* 3 times ; ch 2, dc in the last dc.  Turn.

 Row 4 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 2, sk next dc and ch-sp , dc in the next 8 dc ; *[ch 5, sk next dc , dc 3-tog  in the next ch-6 sp ; (ch 3, dc-3 tog in the same ch-6 sp) ; ch 6, rep (to) 2 times] ; ch 5, sk next 8 sts, dc in the next 8 dc ; sk next dc, {ch 3 , picot} in the next ch-4 sp ; ch 3, sk next dc, dc in the next 8 dc* ; rep *to* 5 times ; ch 2, dc in the last dc.  Turn.

 Row 5 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 2, sk next dc and ch-sp , dc in the next 7 dc ; *ch 5, sk next ch-5 sp and dc 3-tog, (dc 3-tog in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, dc 3-tog in same ch-3 sp) ; 12 dc in next ch-6 sp ; rep (to) once ; ch 5, dc in the next 7 dc ; ch 4, sk next dc and ch-sps , dc in the next 7 dc* ; rep *to* till end ; ch 2, dc in the last dc.  Turn.

 Row 6 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 2, sk next dc and ch-sp , dc in the next 6 dc ; *ch 4, sk next ch-5 sp and dc 3-tog, (dc 3-tog in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, dc 3-tog in same ch-3 sp) ; dc in next dc ; [ch 1, dc in the next dc] ; rep [to] 10  times ; rep (to) once ; ch 4, sk next dc, dc in the next 6 dc ; ch 3, picot in the next ch-4 sp ; ch 3, sk next dc , dc in the next 6 dc* ; rep *to* till end ; ch 2, dc in the last dc.  Turn.

Row 7 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 2, sk next dc and ch-sp , dc in the next 5 dc ;  *ch 3, sk next ch-4 sp , (dc 3-tog in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, dc 3-tog in same ch-3 sp) ; ch 2, sk next dc, sc in the next ch-1 sp ; {ch 3, sc in the next ch-1 sp} ; rep {to} 9 times ; ch 2, rep (to) once ; ch 3, dc in the next 5 dc ; ch 4, sk next 2 dc and picot , dc in the next 5 dc* ; rep *to* till end ; ch 2, dc in the last dc.  Turn.

Row 8 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 2, sk next dc and ch-sp , [dc in the next dc ; dc 2-tog over the next 2 dc ; dc in the next dc] ; *ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp , (dc 3-tog in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, dc 3-tog in same ch-3 sp) ; ch 3, sk next ch-2 sp, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; {ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp} ; rep {to} 8 times ; ch 3, rep (to) once ; ch 3, rep [to] once ;  ch 3, sk next dc , picot in the next ch-4 sp ; ch 3, sk next dc, rep [to] once* ; rep *to* till end ; ch 2, dc in the last dc.  Turn.

Row 9 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 5, dc 3-tog over the next 3 dc ; *ch 6, sk next ch-3 sp , (dc 3-tog in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, dc 3-tog in same ch-3 sp) ; ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; {ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp} ; rep {to} 7 times ; ch 3, rep (to) once ; ch 3, dc 3-tog over the next 3 dc;  ch 7, sk picot, dc 3-tog over the next 3 dc* ; rep *to* till end ; ch 5, dc in the last dc.  Turn.


Row 10 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 5, sk next ch-sp, sk next dc 3-tog, dc in next ch-6 sp ; *ch 5, sk next ch-3 sp,  (dc 3-tog in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, dc 3-tog in same ch-3 sp) ; ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; {ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp} ; rep {to} 6 times ; ch 3, rep (to) once ; ch 5, dc in the next ch-6 sp ;  ch 5, sk dc 3-tog, dc in the next ch-7 sp* ; rep *to* till end ; ch 5, dc in the last dc.  Turn.


Row 11 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 2, dc in next ch-5 sp ; *[ch 5, dc in the next ch-5 sp] ; ch 5, sk next ch-3 sp, (dc 3-tog in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, dc 3-tog in same ch-3 sp) ; ch 3, dc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; {ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp} ; rep {to} 5 times ; ch 3, dc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, rep (to) once ; rep [to] 4 times* ; rep *to* till end ; ch 2, dc in the last dc.  Turn.

Row 12 : dc in the 1st dc ; [ch 5, dc in next ch-5 sp] ; *rep [to] once ; ch 5, sk next ch-3 sp, (dc 3-tog in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, dc 3-tog in same ch-3 sp) ; ch 3, dc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; {ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp} ; rep {to} 4 times ; ch 3, dc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, rep (to) once ; rep [to] 5 times* ; rep *to* till end.  Turn.


Row 13 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 2, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; [ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp] ; rep [to] once ;
*ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, (dc 3-tog in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, dc 3-tog in same ch-3 sp) ; ch 2, rep (to) once ;
ch 3, sk dc and next ch-3 sp , sc in the next ch-3 sp ; {ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp} ; rep {to} 3 times ; ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp and dc , rep (to) once ; ch 2, rep (to) once ; ch 3, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; rep [to] 5 times* ; rep *to* till end .  Turn.


Row 14 : sc in the 1st dc ; [ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp] ; rep [to] once ;
*ch 5, sk next ch-3 sp , (dc 3-tog in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, dc 3-tog in same ch-3 sp) ; ch 3, dc in next ch-2 sp ; ch 3, rep (to) once ; sk next ch-3 sp and {ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp} ; rep {to} 3 times ; ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, rep (to) once ; ch 3, dc in next ch-2 sp ; ch 3, rep (to) once ; sk next ch-3 sp , rep [to] 5 times* ; rep *to* till end.  Turn.

Row 15 : dc in the 1st sc ; [ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp] ; rep [to] 2 times ;
*ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, (dc 3-tog in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, dc 3-tog in same ch-3 sp) ; ch 2, rep (to) once ; ch 2, sk next ch-sp , rep (to) in next ch-3 sp ; {ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp} ; rep {to} 2 times ; ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, rep (to) once ; ch 2, sk next dc and ch-sp , rep (to) once ; ch 2, rep (to) once ; ch 3, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; rep [to] 5 times* ; rep *to* till end.  Turn.


Row 16 : sc in the 1st dc ; [ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp] ; rep [to] 2 times ;
*ch 5, sk next dc 3-tog, sc in the next ch-3 sp [between the two dc 3-togs] ; ch 5, sk next ch-2 sp and sc in the next ch-3 sp [between the two dc 3-togs] ; ch 5, sk next ch-3 sp, (dc 3-tog in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, dc 3-tog in same ch-3 sp) ; {ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp} ; rep {to} once ; ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, rep (to) once ; ch 5, sk next ch-2 sp, sc in the next ch-3 sp [between the two dc 3-togs] ; ch 5, sk next ch-2 sp, sc in the next ch-3 sp [between the two dc 3-togs] ; rep [to] 5 times ; ch 5, sc in the next ch-3 sp* ; rep *to* till end.  Turn.


Row 17 : dc in the 1st sc ; ch 2, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; [ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp] ; rep [to] 5 times ;
*ch 5, (dc 3-tog in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, dc 3-tog in next ch-3 sp) ; ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, rep (to) once ; rep [to] 11 times* ; rep *to* till end.  Turn.

Row 18 : sc in the 1st dc ; [ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp] ; rep [to] 5 times ;
*ch 5, (dc 3-tog in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, sk next two ch-sps and sc, dc 3-tog in same ch-3 sp) ; rep (to) once more ; rep [to] 12 times* ; rep *to* till end.  Turn.

And with this, we come to the end of the awesome lotus / pineapple pattern.  (Yes, a little bit left to complete your top, but that’s easy  peasy stuff now on)

So hook down.. and take a look at the awesomeness you’ve created.. and yes, do go ahead and post a WIP.. no an AIP (Awesomeness In Progress) on Facebook and Instagram.. and the other social pages .. get everyone a-buzzing on what you’re creating J

Ok so now we will start with the relatively less tedious ch-5 sps that comprises the lower part of our top.  Just before we skip off to get that done, we need to divide for our armholes.  So here’s what I am going to do.  Put the work down, and mark the centre fronts, back and sides.  Then let’s take a look at the lovely chart given by the designer.  Here’s what we need to do.  IF you have done exactly like the designer and gone with 6 lotus/pineapple repeats, then work per the instructions below.  If you’ve had to alter the number of lotus repeats, then you will need to divide for armhole depending on how small or large you wish that opening.  There is no fixed rule here, just ensure that you have an even number of lotus patterns on either side of the armhole opening, and that your front and back are dead centre.

Note : So one way to do the above is to place markers – so looking at the chart below, the first pineapple is for the front, the 2nd will be one sleeve, the next 2 pineapples will be the back, the 5th will be the second sleeve and the last one again is the front – so mark the ch-5 sp first, and then work this round .. else follow below..

Row 19 : dc in the 1st sc ; ch 2, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; [ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp] ; rep [to] 6 times ;
{ch 5, sk both dc 3-tog rep [to] once ; rep [to] 3 times ; ch 23 (which accounts for the armhole) ; skip the next 22 ch-5 sps and sc in the next ch-5 sp} ; rep [to] till you reach the last 32 ch-5 sps ; ch 23, and then repeat the armhole pattern bit in reverse.  Turn.

Now you can skip off and do a full body of ch-5 sps all around till you reach the length you wish for your vest.  We’ll meet back here again for the finishing.

OK so how does one make this creation a bit smaller ?? Just ideas / thoughts.. as I have not actually done this.. but if you do, please do tag on your notes to the bottom of the blog (as comments) so we can help someone else with our endeavours.  Thanks.

Right, so first off, if you’re thinking of making this smaller.. guess a lighter yarn and thinner hook should work.
If working with the same sized hook and yarn that I’ve used, and are happy with the top bit (pineapples / lotus yoke piece) and just want to reduce the bottom body bit, then instead of the ch 23, reduce that to say ch 10 (for maybe a size 34”-36”) and / or no ch at all for a size 32” – 34”).  So if no chain at all, you will just do a ch-5 .. or just join the two ch-5’s for the fronts and backs. 

And of course as suggested right at the start, this could be an open vest / bolero or a top.. so that’s one array of creations that one can whip up with just this one pattern.. now you know why I thought this pattern was just awesome ?!



Finishing : So once you’re done with the body, we will do a neat finishing edge to the whole garment.  We will work in one continuous row from the front, around the neckline and back of neck, down the other side of front, and then round the base of the project.
Re-attach your yarn and do a round of sc.  We will then do a neat shell st = (hdc , 3 dc , hdc) all around. So I suggest we do an sc in the 1st st, then sk 2 sc and shell st in the next sc, sk next 2 sc and sc in that st all around.
You could also just do an sc in the 1st st, then sk 3 sc, shell st in the next st, sk next 3 sc and shell st in the next sc all around.

See which shell edging you like and go for it. 

Use the same edging all around the armhole as well – or do what the designer has for the armhole = (ch 3, picot , ch 3) in each ch-5 sp all around.



Fasten off and weave in ends.  Give yourself a big pat on the back as this one has really been a great project – but totally worth it, I’m sure you’ll agree.

And that’s done.. yet another project brilliantly executed ! J

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