Tuesday, 23 May 2017


free simple crochet top pattern


I saw this pattern swatch and thought it would make a lovely top.  Crop tops are the “in” thing I’m informed ;) , so here’s what I have made with this pattern.

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 https://in.pinterest.com/shyamanivas/ladies-tops-to-make/

And inspired by this photo, here are my pattern notes as I work on my project.

Materials usedToday I’ve used ~ 150 gms of some lovely Indian Red Rose knitting cotton yarn with a 3.0 mm crochet hook

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Difficulty level : Intermediate 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  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

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 http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/ 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)

I started this pattern off with the base of the top – so first you need to decide how long you want the top, and check out the measurements for that part of the body – so if you are taking this top all the way down to the waist, you will need to work half the round waist measure for your starting line – and if you are working it only till the mid-riff.. yup, you got it.. it’s the half mid-riff measure you will start with.

This is not my pattern – I found this chart and inspiration swatch and this is what I’ve done with it.

Part 1 : Front and Back

free crochet top pattern

free crochet top pattern

We will work two rectangles that are the same – so one each for front and back. 

Start : with fsc in multiples of 8 + 4 for the round chest / bust measure. Turn.

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

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

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

Row 4 : sc in the 1st 6 dc ;
*ch 4, sk next 2 ch-3 sps and 2 sc, sc in the next 4 dc*
rep *to* till the last 6 dc, sc in the last 6 dc.  Turn.

Row 5 : dc in the 1st 2 sc ; 
*ch 3, sk next sc, sc in the next 2 sc ; ch 3, sk next sc, 4 dc in the next ch-4 sp* ;
rep *to* till the last 2 sc ; dc in the last 2 sc.  Turn.

And believe it or not.. this is our pattern.  Rep Rows 2 – 5 till you have the length you need for your top.

Please read through to Parts 2 & 3 before you carry on.

We will work two identical pieces, one each for the front and back – and we will join the shoulders and sides to make the top.
SO go off and make the two rectangles, and we will meet back here in a bit to work the rest out. 

Once you have finished the two rectangles, all you need to do is join up the shoulders, and you have a neat boat-like neckline that automatically works out.  You will then join up the two sides, all the way up to the armholes. Fasten off and you are nearly done.

Nearly.. because it’s always neater to finish off with a round of sc.  So re-attach your yarn at the neckline (any corner will do) and work a round (or two?) of sc all around.  Similarly work a round (or two) of sc all around the armhole edge too for a neat finish.

Part 2 : Neckline shaping ideas

With the original idea, we are working a set of two rectangles, joining and getting a boat-like neckline.  If however, you want a square shaped neckline, then read on.

Our pattern is worked in sets of 8, with a 4-dc set and then two ch-3 sps + sc worked over the next 4 dc, right?

So first you will need to decide how deep and wide you want your neckline.  Place markers on either side to mark these points.  I would suggest that you have these markers at the end of a 4-dc set for convenience. 

You will then work per pattern from one edge all the way to the 1st marker for one side of the neckline, TURN and work back to the armhole edge.

You will continue working on just these stitches in pattern from armhole edge to neckline edge till you reach the shoulder for one side of the top.  Fasten off when you reach the shoulder.

You will then re-attach your yarn at the 2nd marker for the other side of the shoulder and re-work the same pattern from the neckline edge to the armhole for the other side of the top.

The final decision you need to make is if you are keeping the other half of the top the same dept/width or taking it all the way to the shoulders without change.

Once you have finished both the sides of your top, you will once again first attach the shoulder bits, and then join both the sides all the way to the armhole.

Once again, for a neat finish, you should run a round (or two?) of sc all around both the neckline and the armhole.

Please note that for the neckline, you will need to ensure that you do not work 3 sc in each ch-3 sp, and an sc in the sc in the middle, as this will give you a very floppy neckline (of course, this may give you a nice cowled finish too.. so hmmmm.. go figure).  I have decided to work only 1 sc per ch-3 sp, and an sc in the sc in between.  After you work the first round of sc, may I suggest that you put your work down and see if it is lying flat.. if not tweak it a tad, and work in a few sc 2-tog after checking (and marking) which points are looking flabby.  Got it? 
Great.. you’re on your way to becoming an exclusive designer too, aren’t you?

Part 3 : Armhole finishing ideas

For the sleeves, I would suggest that you first run that round (or two?) of sc all around the armhole to start.  Then you can work either the pattern or just a few rounds of dc all around to get a small little sleeve edge.

The other thing that you could do is work the same pattern, that you have for the body, around the armhole as well.  Please note though that as you are now working in a round, your stitch count will be in multiples of 8.

Please also note that as we are working with a straight shoulder finish (without any decrease and armhole shaping), I would suggest that you keep the armhole a little looser, so that there is a little *give* (or looseness) in the sleeve around the armhole.

You can make the sleeve length any length you wish, as long as you remember that you are working in a round, and so you must check that you work with the largest round measure (i.e if the upper arm measure is the largest, then that is the round measure you will have for the full length of sleeve... Got it?)
Of course, this also depends on your skill level - and you could well decide to tweak the pattern a bit to get the sleeve shaped too.. if you do, hey have fun.. and if you'd like to.. do share your ideas as comments here, and I will edit it into this blog if you'd like that.  Cheers.

Right then.. go back to where you have stopped your work for the body.. and carry on then, carry on (as Tim Gun always said in The Runway show ;) )

Once done, please block your top as per yarn instructions.. get it nicely modeled and photographed and remember to tag and credit me for this superb creation !
Thanks in advance !

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