Monday, 8 May 2017


free crochet top pattern


I have heard about this yarn that’s available in hanks here in India for a really long time.. and I am thrilled to have *finallllly* got my first large batch of this cotton yarn – I was shaking with excitement at all I can do with all this yarn .. and here’s what I am working on first with it.

Thanks for joining me once again as we work on and discover this new pattern together. J

Do check my long pinterest “to-do” list for little ladies jackets / boleros at
And inspired by this photo, here are my pattern notes as I work on my project.

Materials usedToday I’ve used ~ 100 gms of some lovely local unbranded Indian 4-ply knitting cotton yarn with a 3.5 mm crochet hook
For Indians : This unbranded cotton yarn that I’ve used has been purchased from Mr. Vinod of Samrat Megastore, Pune.  It is a lot like our Indian Anchor knitting or Laura knitting cottons

Difficulty level : Easy Skill level

Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual dc row 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 video at In case you are unhappy with this start, do continue with the usual ch 2 or ch 3 start.  However, all instructions are given assuming that you’re using this chainless dc start. 

How to join with single crochet : Check the links below :

How to join with whip stich : Check the links below :

Abbreviations used :  Using U.S Terminology

fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 ch : Chain
dc : Double crochet                                              sp(s) : Space(s)
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                       hk : Hook
lp : Loop(s)                                                               yo : Yarn Over
sk : Skip                                                                      sc : Single crochet

Instructions : (Using U.S Terminology)

free crochet top pattern

For this top, I’ve decided to keep it reallllly simple.. just play with the yarn colours and keep let the pattern do it’s trick.

When I make my notes, I like to keep them simple such that they can be adapted to be made for any size.  All you need to remember is to ensure that you have the stitch count right, and the rest will just all work out.

If you decide to use two colours, just go ahead and interchange the colours as and when you like .. be creative.

The stitch count of our top is in mulitples of 3 + 1.

free crochet top pattern

Start : with fsc in multiples of 3 + 1 for the round chest / bust measure. Turn.

From the very first row, let’s start with our “V”-st, which is (dc ; ch 1, dc) all in the same st or ch-sp

Row 1 : dc in the 1st fsc ; *sk next 2 fsc, “V’-st in the next fsc* ;
rep *to* till the end.  Turn.

In the following row we will work a dc 2-tog, but for this pattern, we’re going to work it in a little different way.  We will work the 1st leg of our dc 2-tog over the 1st dc of the “V”-st, and the 2nd part of the same dc 2-tog over the next dc of the same “V”-st, skipping over the ch-1 sp of the “V”-st. 

For convenience, let’s call this our Special dc 2-tog.

Row 2 : dc in the 1st dc ; Special dc 2-tog over the next 2 dc of the next “V”-st ;
*ch 2, Special dc 2-tog over the next 2 dc of the next “V”-st * ; rep *to* till the last dc ; ch 2,dc in the last dc.  Turn.

Row 3 : dc in the 1st dc ; “V”-st on the next dc 2-tog and in each dc 2-tog till the last dc ; dc in the last dc.  Turn.

Rep Rows 2 and 3 till you reach the shoulder level, ending with a Row 3.

Now obviously you have worked more than 3 rows, but for convenience, I am going to number the next rows of pattern Rows 4 and 5.

Last Row 8 : sc in the 1st dc (of the 1st “V”-st) ; sc in the next ch-1 sp (of the “V”-st) ; sc in the next dc (of the “V”-st) ; *sc in the next dc ; sc in the next ch-1 sp ; sc in the next dc* ; rep *to* all the way to the end.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

You now have one rectangle complete.

Repeat these instructions once more for the other side of your top.

Finishing : Place the two rectangles together (one each for the front and back).  Using one of the joining methods given at the top of this blog, join the sides of the top all the way till the armhole.  Fasten off.
Re-attach your yarn at the top corner for the shoulders and attach the two shoulders till the neckline.
Repeat this for the other side of the top as well.

Your sleeveless crop top is done.  As we've worked the whole pattern without any armhole shaping or decrease, the shoulder bit will slowly and beautifully slide over onto the top of the arm and form a bit of a Magyar-like "sleeve".  
At the same time, you will have a beautifully sliced boat-neck neckline .. and all done with just the two attachments above! Ain't that just fantastic!?

Optional ideas : You could decide to work either a small sleeve or just finish off the edge of the armhole.

free crochet top pattern

1.       To just finish the edge : Attach your yarn at the armhole and sc evenly around.  Remember that as you are working along the vertical bars of the dc, work 2 sc per vertical bar.  Keep a count of how many sc you work along one armhole and repeat the same number for the other armhole
2.     To work a small sleeve :  First you will need to run a round of sc all around anyway, and ensure that they are in multiples of 3. Work the same pattern you have worked for the body of your top.  The only difference  is that as we are now working in a round, you will not work the dc in the 1st st. You will work a “V”-st in the 1st sc and then sk 2 sc, “V”-st in the next sc, all around.  At the end of the round, you will join with a sl-st.  Work the sleeve for as long as you wish.  Remember though, that as you are working this in a cylindrical way, you should not keep it too long, as the arm is not cylindrical, and it may be a little uncomfy.  A short upper-arm length will be just right.
So go ahead.. create.. be different and have fun.

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