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Monday, 13 June 2016

ARROWED DOWN YOKE or TOP

ARROWED DOWN YOKE or TOP

This looks like a pretty easy pattern, and yet it is fascinating.  As you know, I keep pinning all the interesting free shares that are thrown our way thanks to the great World Wide Web, and my “to-do” list seems unending. 
That said, I ain’t complaing J

I love the challenge of trying to figure out a pattern, and then the resultant pattern unveiling itself as you’d imagined in your head.. the thrill is just something else.

What I love about this pattern is that it is so multi-functional.  You can use this pattern to make a yoke (as I have) or a top.  So come along with me as I work on this pattern.. and follow my notes for your creation.



Materials used : Today I’ve used about 100 gms of some absolutely superb Alize Diva cotton yarn with a 3 mm crochet hook
For Indians : This yarn is available in India.



Size made : Yoke for a size 34” chest
Optional : a marker.

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                   dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                      ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                      rep : Repeat
yo : Yarn Over                                                          hk : Hook 
st (s) : Stitch(es)                                                       lp (s) : Loop(s)


Stitches used : (U.S terminology) 
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.


Instructions using (U.S terminology) :
Quick analysis of what we’re going to do here today.  

The pin that has excited me to start on this project is for a top.  So you can either work a top, or a yoke (as I am going to).  So depending on what you’re working on, you start on the measure for that part of the body.


We start at the bottom of our top or yoke, with a row of fsc and then work our way up to the shoulders via the armhole and neckline, as usual.

Our pattern will be worked straight up from the chest /waist / hips (depending on how long you want it and what you’re making). Remember that as usual, you need to work the pattern repeat for the round measure that is the largest – between your bust / waist and hips for a top, or half the chest measure if you’re working on a yoke. 

I’ve decided on making a straight armhole, without any decrease, so let’s start on our pattern and go straight to the armhole.

Our first row could be a fdc or a fsc and this will not affect the pattern at all.  I’m just choosing to start with the foundation single crochet


Our pattern repeat is 4 + 1

Start with fsc in multiples of 4 + 1 for the width of your waist or hip (read the note above)

Row 1 : 4 dc in the 1st fsc ;
*ch 1, sk next 3 fsc, sc in the next fsc ; ch 3, sk next 3 fsc, 4 dc in the next fsc* ;
rep *to* till the last 4 fsc, ending with ch 1, sk next 3 fsc, sc in the last fsc. Turn.

Row 2 : 4 dc in the 1st sc ;
*ch 1, sk next 3 dc, sc in the next dc ; ch 3, 4 dc in the next sc* ;
rep *to* till the last 4 dc, ending with ch 1, sk next 3 dc, sc in the last dc. Turn.



And can you believe that we’ve actually finished our pattern repeat?!

Rep Row 2 till you reach the neckline and we’ll catch up soon.

This pattern is pretty simple and we will be working rep of Row 2 all through. 
What you need to decide is how deep and wide you need your neckline.
So first let’s fold your project, and decide how deep you want it, and the width of the neckline as well. Place markers at the side extremities of your neckline.

I’ll give you a rough idea of how to reduce the neckline for a square neck.  Now assuming that we’re working at a similar shoulder width, I will tell you what I’ve done.
Please note that this may not work for you, but use this as  a guide anyway.




Neckline Row 1 : (Armhole edge) 4 dc in the 1st sc ; *ch 1, sk next 3 dc, sc in the next dc ; ch 3, 4 dc in the next sc* ; rep *to* 2 times. Turn.
This gives you four pattern repeats (or four 4-dc sets across)

The next row is a repeat of the same row.  Continue repeats all the till you reach the shoulders.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

For the second shoulder, re-attach your yarn on the 4th dc-set (or marker) and work all the way from the neckline edge to the armhole edge, mirroring the above instructions.

This will complete one side of your top or yoke.

For the back, I have decided to keep it a little higher, so have worked all the way to the top –and just reduced the neckline for the last row.  Yet again, this totally depends on you, and the depth or width of the neckline, does not affect the pattern in the slightest.
So go ahead, be adventurous .. create and be different J

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Finishing :

I’m thrilled at what we’ve made here today.  Give yourself a big pat on the back as this one has really been yet another great project .. and so different from the others we’ve worked on together.. and once again, totally worth it, I’m sure you’ll agree.

With this one pattern write up, you can make not just a yoke, but a top as well.. and you can make it for several different sizes.  This yoke can also work for a young girls’ dress.. and I am thrilled to have be sharing this with you.

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I have a few yokes already made, and just in case you want a dekho at those free patterns … here you go  J
















And here are some tops that I’ve made














































Have a great day and see you soon. J