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Sunday, 20 September 2015

LATTICED CROPPED TOP


LATTICED CROPPED TOP

A friend chose this top from a Pinterest link, and of course, as all new ideas are a challenge for me.. I happily took it on.  I’ve decided to use some of this lovely 100% cotton yarn I bought in Porto (Portugal) from the +Companhia das Linhas store. 


As usual, as I work on this pattern, I’ve written down my notes that I share with you. and here's the inspirational cropped top ....


Materials used : Today I’ve used an lovely 100% cotton  yarn from Porto (No #4) cotton yarn,  with a 3.5 mm crochet hook 
For Indians : (Thickness-wise) This yarn is somewhere our Indian Anchor knitting cotton / Red Rose knitting cotton and our Laura knitting cotton.  I’ve found, however, that some of our Red Rose yarns are a little thinner – so the white and off-white are of this thickness, (whereas the black colored yarn of Red Rose yarn that I’ve used was a little thinner).

Gauge : 5 dc across x 2 dc high = 1”

Skill level :  Intermediate

Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)
fsc : Foundation single crochet                         dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                                      ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                                      rep : Repeat


Stitches used :
fdc : Foundation Double Crochet : This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double crochet stitches.  This makes your whole project neat and even.. in a way that you need to do once, to agree!  If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder why you never used this start before !

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.

How to do a picot stitch : A quick look at this self-explanatory link on a “how-to” for picot edgings.


So as usual, before we start, a quick analysis of what we’re going to do here today.  This is a lovely pattern starts at the hemline or base of the top, and then we work our way up to the neck and shoulders.  There is no shaping for the armhole, as we will just straighten out after the pattern (just under bust) and go straight on up to the top. 

Now here’s the twist in this pattern.  This is a cropped top, which means that it is (a) not a fitting one (well, at least not around the waist / midriff area and (b) It is short.  So if you’re making this project then, remember that your first start row needs to be looser than your round waist measurement.
However, one can also use this pattern for a longer and slightly fitted top – as there’s a pattern repeat given .. so let’s get our creative caps on and have fun.

It looks like this is going to be a fairly simple project, so let’s get to it. J

Our pattern repeat is 12 + 1.

Start with fdc in multiples of 12 + 1 till you have a fdc chain that is slightly more than the round waist of the person you’re making this for.

Row 1 : dc in the 1st dc ; 
*ch 5, sk next 5 dc , 3 dc in the next dc ; ch 5, sk next 5 dc, sc in the next dc* ; 
rep *to* till last 6 sts ; 
ch 5, sk next 5 dc, dc in the next dc.  Turn.

Row 2 : dc in the 1st dc ; 
*ch 3, [2 dc in the next dc ; 3 dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next dc] ; 
ch 3, sc in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* till last 3 dc ; 
rep [to] in last 3 dc ; ch 3, dc in the last dc.  Turn.

Row 3 : dc in the 1st dc ; 
*ch 1, [2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc] ; 
rep [to] 2 times ; 2 dc in the next dc ; 
ch 1, sc in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* till last 7 dc ; 
rep [to] 3 times ; 2 dc in the next dc ; ch 1, dc in the last dc.  Turn.

Row 4 : 3 dc in the 1st sc ; 
*ch 5, sk next 5 dc , sc in the next dc ; ch 5, sk next 5 dc, 3 dc in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* till last 11-dc set ; 
ch 5, sk next 5 dc , sc in the next dc ; 
ch 5, sk next 5 dc, 3 dc in the last dc .  Turn.

Row 5 : dc in the 1st 2 dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; 
*ch 3, sc in the next sc ; ch 3, 
[2 dc in the next dc ; 3 dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next dc]* ; 
rep *to* till last 3 dc ; 
rep [to] in last 3 dc ; ch 3, 2 dc in the next dc dc in the last 2 dc.  Turn.

Row 6 : dc in the 1st 3 dc ; 2 dc in the next dc 
*ch 1, sc in the next sc  ; 
ch 1, [2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc] ; 
rep [to] 2 times ; 2 dc in the next dc* ; 
rep *to* till last 5 dc ; 
ch 1, 2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the last 4 dc.  Turn.

Row 7 : dc in the 1st dc ; 
*ch 5, sk next 5 dc , 3 dc in the next sc ; ch 5, sk next 5 dc, sc in the next dc* ; 
rep *to* till last 6 sts ; ch 5, sk next 5 dc, dc in the last dc.  Turn.

And this completes our one pattern repeat.

Rep Rows 2 – 7 till your project reaches just under the armhole.



So once you’ve reached your armhole level,  we will do a row of dc’s all through, and we need to ensure that you once again have the same number of dc’s as the 1st foundation row you started with.

Next row : dc in the 1st dc ; dc in each dc all the way till the end.  Turn.

Increase row : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; dc in each dc all the way till the last dc ; 2 dc in the last dc.  Turn.

Rep Increase row four times.
We’ve now got a lovely little sleeve, so we will stop increases and just allow our project to ‘grow’ a little till we reach the neck level.

Next row : dc in the 1st dc and in each dc all the way till the end.  Turn.

Continue without increase till you reach the neck level you desire. 

Measurement for neck :
So I’ve folded my project in half at the neckline, and then marked off a centre neck opening.  I then placed markers at the two points that mark the side extremities of the neckline.

Neckline decrease row : dc in the 1st dc and in each dc all the way till 3 sts before the 1st marker ; dc 3-tog in the last 3 sts.  Turn.
This dc 3-tog ensures we get a neat curve to the edge of our neck, and a quick look at how to do the dc 3-tog given below.

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.

Last 2 rows : dc in the 1st st and each dc till end.  Turn.

Fasten off and weave in ends.


Re-attach yarn for the other side of the top. Repeat the decrease row and  last 2 rows to match the other side of your project.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

We have now finished one side of your project.

Rep all instructions for the other side of the project.

In the last row though, do not fasten off but leave a long tail to join the back and front of your project.

Fasten the sides of your project and weave in ends.

Finishing :
For a neat finish, I’d suggest you run a round of sc all around the neckline and armholes, and if you feel like it, maybe do a round of picot as well J

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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

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