Wednesday, 18 October 2017


free crochet ladies top, free crochet drawstring top,


This is an easy sleeveless top with a plain upper yoke part and a lovely light lacy shelled lower half.  It is a pretty easy pattern repeat and I’d say it can be attempted by almost anyone.. so come along and let’s see how we make this lovely creation.  J

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This is not my pattern.  This is the inspiration photo (by designer) that got me started on this lovely creation.

Materials usedToday I’ve used ~ 1 skein of our superb Indian Oswal Cashmilon 3-ply variegated yarn with a 3.5 mm crochet hook

For Indians : Our lovely Indian Anchor knitting cotton and White rose knitting cotton yarns are a good substitute.  I’d also suggest Alize cotton yarn – and you can get all of this with a easy mouse click on the top right hand side of this blog (read : Click here to buy yarns Online)

For Non-Indians : This pattern will work with  Milford Satin knitting cotton, DMC Petra knitting cotton & Aunt Lydia Bamboo Viscose 10 knitting cottons as well.  The designer has given her selection too. 

Size : 32” – 34”
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

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
trc : Treble / Triple crochet

Instructions : (Using U.S Terminology)
This is not my pattern.   
These are just my brief notes.

This lovely creation can be made in several sizes and I think you can use any yarn with a suitable hook for it too.  The yarn I have used is not one that has been suggested by the designer, and it worked pretty well.  What I did do was work a quick swatch though – and I would suggest that, only so that you can keep tabs of which size you need to follow using your yarn.

The pattern is given for Chest size (S) 36” ; (M) 40” ; (L) 44” ; (XL) 48”
This is a bottom up construction.

free crochet drawstring ladies top

free crochet drawstring ladies top

I used a thinner yarn, so had to do some math of my own – anyway the S-size I am working on is a 34”.

I tried to get the stitch count for the pattern, and for Row 1, started with multiples of 4 + 1 (which worked for me) for the chest size of the person I am making this for.  
May I suggest that you check the round chest and round waist measure and use the larger of the two measures.

As this is a top with a cord that goes across the chest, and then an A-lined finish, I worked with a slightly larger round chest measure.

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Here are some of my older creations.  Have fun with these free patterns too

and here are a few vest and bolero patterns – that you can throw on top of any one of these tops (puns intended ;) )