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Friday, 23 September 2016

POP CORN TOP or YOKE

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POP CORN TOP or YOKE

I have been really lucky in receiving really lovely gifts of yarn off late.  This was my recent gift - the lovely Aunt Lydia 2-ply cotton yarn, that my friend gifted me on her return from USA.  
I’ve been enjoying making some absolutely lovely stuff with all my (gifted) yarn, and if you’ve been following my blogs, you know what I’m talking about. 
If you’ve just joined me, well then go through all my blogs and you’re in for a lovely surprise.

As I work inspired by this pattern, I’ve written down my notes that I share with you.



Materials used : Today I’ve used 1 ball of this superb Aunt Lydia 2-ply yarn,  with a 2.5 mm crochet hook.
For Indians : This is like our Indian Red Rose knitting , slightly thinner than Anchor knitting cotton.


 Size made : I’ve made this for a bust size 34”, but you can make this to suit any body type.

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                   dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                      ch-sp(s) : chain space(s)
sp(s) : space(s)                                                           rep : Repeat
yo : Yarn over                                                           sk : Skip  
lp : Loop                                                                       hk : Hook


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.

Popcorn stitch : work 5 dc in st or ch-sp ; carefully take the loop off the hook and pull it out a bit ;  slip your hook into the 1st dc, pull that loop (that you just dropped) through ; yo and draw through both loops.  One popcorn stitch made.
A great video for this stitch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2xBe_R8UWI

How to do a picot stitch : A neat video link to refresh this procedure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GGlzZZl3I8

How to join : So the regular methods used to join granny squares works for joining of the sides and shoulders of our project as well.  Here are two methods.

Quick analysis of what we’re going to do here today.

We’re working this pattern from the bottom up.  We will start with a fdc row and then work our way up the sides to the armholes and then the neck of this top.
Front and back pattern will be the same – so you will make two of the same, and then attach the shoulders and sides.
Around the armhole and probably around the base of your top, you could run a row or picots, if you feel like it.
So as you can see, this is a really easy one – let’s get started.

The one question that seems to come up very often after I post a blog is “How do I make it  “such n such” size?”.  So two ways to do that (sorry for the tongue-in-cheek)
a)    You read this blog especially the line that reads stitch count repeat and follow those instructions ; or
b)    Call me and I’ll make it for you 

On a serious note, the stitch count represents the width of this garment – so using the stitch count, ensure get the width you need either for the round measure at the base of your top or the largest part of the upper body, whichever is more – so eg your bust size is more than your low waist measure, then you start with the bust measurements.  Easy enough ? So movin on..



Our stitch count repeat is 12

Start : with fdc in multiples of 12 + 1 which will be half the round measure for the lower part of your top.

Row 1 : dc in 1st dc ; *ch 2, sk next 2 dc, dc in the next dc* ;
rep *to* till end.  Turn.

In the following row, we’ll use our Popcorn st.  Check under “stitches used” for a “how to”.

Row 2 : dc in 1st dc ; [ch 2, dc in the next dc] ;
*Popcorn-st in the next ch-2 sp ; rep [to] 3 times* ;
rep *to* till end.  Turn.

In the following row, we’ll basically repeat Row 1, ignoring all the Popcorn-sts and working dc’s in all the dc’s all the way to the end.

Row 3 : dc in 1st dc ; *ch 2, dc in the next dc* ;
rep *to* till end.  Turn.

Our following Row 4, is basically the same as Row 2.  
The only difference is that we’re going to work our Popcorn sts in between the earlier popcorn sts.

Row 4 : dc in 1st dc ; [ch 2, dc in the next dc] ; rep [to] 2 times ;
*Popcorn-st in the next ch-2 sp ; rep [to] 3 times* ;
rep *to* till end.  Turn.

Row 5 : dc in 1st dc ; *ch 2, dc in the next dc* ;
rep *to* till end.  Turn.

And just like that we’ve completed one repeat. Just how easy is this pattern , right?

So our repeat rows are Rows 2- 5.

The beauty of this top is that it has no armhole shaping. So continue this pattern all the way to the neckline where we will meet again for that shaping.

So now we’ve reached the neckline, fold your work in half, and decide the two sides for your neckline.  Place markers at these points.

Now our pattern is simple enough, so basically, you continue with this easy 4-line pattern repeat from the armhole edge to the neckline marker and back , working back and forth till your work reaches the shoulder level.
Once you’ve reached the shoulder at one side, you will then go back to the other marker, and work till the shoulder for that side as well.

This then completes one side of your top and you will mirror or work these rows for the other side of your top as well.

Once you’ve completed both sides of your top, you will attach the shoulders and sides.

Neckline and armhole edging :

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For a neat finish, a good edging is a must.  So you could either run a round of sc followed by a round of hdc or dc all around the neckline and armhole, or go straight with a round of dc around the armhole and neckline edgings.

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For a little showy finish, you could work a picot every third stitch as well.  If you so decide (to work the picots) then ensure that you have a multiple of 3 (if every third stitch) or as required for neatness.
For a “how to do the picot” , check under “stitches used”.

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

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 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.

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

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