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Saturday, 11 February 2017

DELICATE SHELLED CHEVRON YOKE


crochet yoke pattern, crochet chevron yoke pattern

DELICATE SHELLED CHEVRON YOKE

Welcome back to Sweet Nothings Crochet’s free patterns blog.
Today, yet another plain t-shirt / top is getting a D.I.Y-ed to jazz it up just a little bit.  I found this really interesting chevron plus shelled pattern as, and I plan on making this as a yoke.

Here’s a tweak (or an idea?).  I just have sufficient yarn for a yoke, so that’s what I’m making – but as I reached the end of my creation, I found that this would make a really lovely top too.  So, if you’re ok with a straight finish to the armholes, then hey .. here’s the idea – go ahead and make this into a top.  I think this will make an absolutely awesome top.. chevrons n shells always do.

For the sleeves then, you could just go around and add a row of shells or “V’-sts (or maybe the shells from the body of the top), neatly spaced and that’d look super – as well being a neat finish to the armholes.  Experiment and be different J
Who knows.. I may make the top too someday.. so let’s see if you beat me to it.  Do remember to tag me if you do make it, so I can see your beautiful creation too.

As I work on this pattern, I’ve written down my notes that I share with you. Oh, and this is the photograph that got me started on this journey.



Materials used : Today I’ve used some really lovely Indian  light polyester silk (lace weight) yarn with a 2.5 mm crochet hook.
For Indians : The yarn I have used is also known as the Kamal kadai embroidery thread.  You could use our Indian Anchor, Red rose or Shilpa knitting cotton.  The yarn I’ve used is the polyester light cone yarn, (not the purse yarn)

Skill level: Intermediate to Advanced.

Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)
fdc : Foundation double crochet                                dc : Double crochet
ch(s) : chain(s                                                               ch-sp : chain space
sp(s) : space(s)                                                             rep : Repeat
hk : hook                                                                       yo : Yarn over
sk : Skip                                                                          lp(s) : Loop(s)
st(s) : Stitch(es)


Stitches used : (Using 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.

Special Trc 4-tog : Special Triple / treble 4-together : 
*yo two times, insert hk into st ; yo and pull up a lp (2 lps on hk) ; 
[yo 2 times, insert hk into the next st ; draw through 2 lps] (3 lps on hk) ; 
rep [to] 2 more times ; yo and draw through all 5 lps on hk.  
One Special trc 4-tog complete.

Trc 7-tog : Triple / treble 7-together : *yo two times, insert hk into st ; 
yo and pull up a lp ; (2 lps on hk) ; 
[yo 2 times, insert hk into the next st ; draw through 2 lps] (3 lps on hk) ; 
rep [to] 5 more times ; yo and draw through all 8 lps on hk.  
One Special trc 7-tog complete.

Pattern instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

This is a straight simple pattern.  We work one side of the yoke at a time.  The pattern is the same for both front and back. The only difference (if you so desire) is the depth of the neckline.

Our first row is worked for half the round chest / bust measure.

Now you can be adventurous and make a top with this pattern, and if you are doing that, then the first row you will work is half the round waist measure (or half the round measure of the chest /bust, whichever is the larger round measure).

I am going to work all the way straight past the armhole and neckline and work the decrease for the shoulders.  So let’s start.

Our pattern repeat is 13 + 1.



crochet yoke pattern, crochet chevron yoke pattern

crochet yoke pattern


Start : with fsc in multiples of 13 + 1 for the half the round chest / bust measurement.


In this pattern we use a Special trc 4-tog (starting and ending of our rows) and a Special 7-trc tog that is worked over 7 sts.  Check the ‘how-to’ for this stitch.

Row 1 : trc in the 1st fsc ; *(ch 1, trc in the next fsc) ; 
rep (to) 2 times ; ch 1, Special trc 7-tog over the next 7 fsc) ; 
rep *to* till the last 4 fsc ; rep (to) 4 times in the last 4 fsc.

In the next row, we will work a dc 2-tog over 2 sts skipping the Special trc 7-tog.  
Now usually when we work a dc 2-tog, we work over 2 dc’s.  In this pattern though, on either side of our Special trc 7-tog, we have two ch-1 sps.  
So we work our dc 2-tog over these two ch-1 sps each time.

Here’s how we do that.
We work the 1st leg of the dc 2-tog in the ch-sp just before the Special trc 7-tog
sk the Special trc 7-tog and work the 2nd leg of the dc 2-tog in the ch-sp just after the Special trc 7-tog.
Easy enough, right?  Now let’s name this our Special dc 2-tog.

Row 2 : dc in the 1st trc ; (dc in the next ch-1 sp ; dc in the next trc) ; 
rep (to) 2 times ;
*[skipping the next Special trc 7-tog, Special dc 2-tog over the next two ch-1 sps] ; 
{dc in the next trc ; rep (to) 2 times} ; 2 dc in the next ch-1 sp ; 
rep {to} once ; dc in the next dc* ; 
rep *to* till the end ; dc in the last trc 4-tog.  Turn.

Row 3 : trc in the 1st dc ; 
*(ch 1, trc in the next dc) ; rep (to) 2 times ; 
ch 1, Special trc 7-tog over the next 7 dc)* ; 
rep *to* till the last 4 dc ; 
Special trc over the last 4 dc.


Rep Rows 2 & 3 (ending with Row 2) till you have a yoke (or top) of the length you desire.  So let’s carry on till we reach the neckline level and work our shoulder decreases.

Now here’s where calculations come in. Fold your work in half and figure out the two corners for the neckline. Place markers there.  We will use these markers for our first row and will work from one armhole corner to the 1st marker and back.

Before you put your markers down, let’s also see our pattern.  We have these two sets of pattern stitches – one is our Special trc 7-tog and then we have these 6 dcs with ch-1 sps separating them.  So our decrease will work till the last Special trc 7-tog before marker, and then we decrease in the dc’s in between. 
Let’s get on with it, shall we?

Note that we are probably going to be at different points on our neckline and shoulder, so use the instructions below as a reference, and work as many stitches as you would need to along the neckline edge.  The armhole edge stays in a straight line, so that end, your start stitches stay steady.  If you have a different count along the neckline edge (from the instructions below), do not worry, as long as you are following pattern, and have the edge coming along well. Do note that you could write down your pattern difference, so that it will be easy when you are working the other side of the shoulder as well as the back of the yoke / top neckline.

crochet yoke pattern

crochet yoke pattern

Shoulder decrease :
Shoulder Row 1 : (Armhole end) : trc in the 1st dc ; 
*(ch 1, trc in the next dc) ; rep (to) 2 times ; 
ch 1, Special trc 7-tog over the next 7 dc) ; 
rep (to) 6 times ; ch 1, Special trc 7-tog over the next 7 dc) ; 
rep (to) 3 times ; Special trc 4-tog over the next 4 sts.  Turn.

Shoulder Row 2 : (Neckline end) : dc in the 1st trc 4-tog ; 
(dc in the next ch-1 sp ; dc in the next trc) ; rep (to) 2 times ;
[skipping the next Special trc 7-tog, Special dc 2-tog over the next two ch-1 sps] ;
{dc in the next trc ; rep (to) 2 times} ; 
2 dc in the next ch-1 sp ; 
rep {to} once ; 
rep [to] once ; dc in the next dc ; 
rep (to) 3 times.  Turn.

Shoulder Row 3 : trc in the 1st dc ; 
*(ch 1, trc in the next dc) ; rep (to) 2 times ; 
[ch 1, Special trc 7-tog over the next 7 dc] ; 
rep (to) 6 times ; rep [to] once ; 
rep (to) 3 times ; sk last st.  Turn.

Shoulder Row 4 : dc in the 1st trc ; 
(dc in the next ch-1 sp ; dc in the next trc) ; rep (to) once ;
[skipping the next Special trc 7-tog, Special dc 2-tog over the next two ch-1 sps] ; 
{dc in the next trc ; rep (to) 2 times} ; 
2 dc in the next ch-1 sp ; 
rep {to} once ; rep [to] once ; rep (to) 3 times.  Turn.

Shoulder Row 5 : trc in the 1st dc ; 
*(ch 1, trc in the next dc) ; rep (to) 2 times ; 
[ch 1, Special trc 7-tog over the next 7 dc] ; 
rep (to) 6 times ; rep [to] once ; rep (to) till end.  Turn.



Rep Rows 4 & 5 till your shoulder straps are done.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

Re-attach your yarn at the marker or the mirrored stitch for the other side of your shoulder straps and continue all the way to complete this end as well.
Once done, fasten off and weave in ends.
We’ve completed one side of the yoke (or top).  Mirror these instructions for the other side of the yoke or top, deciding only how deep you would like your neckline for that section.

Join both shoulders on completion, and sides (if you’ve made a top).

And can you believe how beautiful this yoke is ! Or if you have decided to make this a full top, then that’s even more beautiful, isn’t it?

You can give yourself a huge pat in the back, as though this is a really easy pattern, this one has been a real fun one – and you’ve figured it out too. So yaay !! J

Finishing :



Our finishing here involves attaching the shoulders and the sides as well, if needed. 

As the edges of the neckline and base of yoke (or top) are nice and wavy , I’d like to leave it like that.  You could, however, decide to do a sc or hdc in each stitch all around, just to strengthen that edge.

Then you need to weave in and tidy up of all those loose ends. Ensure you glue it all down, as the worst thing is to have a little bit of thread peeping through where its not supposed to be and ruining all your hard work!

If you’re working a yoke, then attach the yoke to the t-shirt, and you could then cut away the t-shirt bits from inside of the yoke, so that you can show some skin and of course your lovely crochet work out too. J

and just because I think the recipient looks super happy and super beautiful, I'm gonna photo bomb you just a bit..
crochet yoke pattern, crochet chevron yoke pattern

crochet yoke pattern

crochet yoke pattern, crochet chevron yoke pattern
crochet yoke pattern, crochet chevron yoke pattern

crochet yoke pattern, crochet chevron yoke pattern


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

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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



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


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http://shyamanivas.blogspot.com/2015/09/latticed-cropped-top.html

http://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2015/08/snowflakes-shells-motif-top.html

http://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2015/07/strappy-spider-vest.html

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http://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2014/12/brilliantly-unusual-top.html

http://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2014/10/autumny-leafy-top.html

http://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2014/10/out-of-ordinary-top.html

http://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2014/11/diagonal-shelled-vest.html

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