Friday, 17 November 2017

PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN TOP


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PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN TOP

Welcome back to Sweet Nothings Crochet free blogs.  
I’ve made this very same pattern as a skirt not too long ago.  This is the same pattern, turned upside down – hence the name  ;) ‘)


And inspired by these photos, here are my pattern notes as I work on my project.




Materials usedToday I’ve used ~ 150 gms of the lovely All Seasons Hobby India acrylic yarn with a 3 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 : The other international yarns I’ve used of this thickness are Milford Satin knitting cotton, DMC Petra knitting cotton & Aunt Lydia Bamboo Viscose 10 knitting cottons. 

Skill level : Advanced Skill level

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 !

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. 

dc 2-tog : Double crochet 2-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 2 times (3 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 2-tog made.


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

fdc : Foundation double 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)

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We start our project from the bottom up – from the base of the top to the shoulders.  So our first start row will be half the round measure of the part of the body you are working with – ie. How long do you want your top? IF you want it till the waist, then you will start with half round waist measure.  
Remember that you need to check both the half chest / bust measure and waist measure and use the larger half round measure.  Also keep the stretch of your yarn as well as the tension (tightness / looseness) of your crochet work in mind when working with tops. 

Our pattern is a direct copy of the skirt – it’s just worked upside down.  This means that the top of the skirt (around waist) is the bottom of our top (also around waist!).

So you are working the exact same pattern, just that you are working it UP to the shoulders, while the skirt was worked DOWN to the knees. 
Great 2-in-1 pattern, right?

One other thing that I’d like to mention before you can whizz off to get the pattern.  The pattern has a fixed start fdc count of 76.  Look at the pattern. It has a centre pineapple section and sides that are plain.. So here’s where you need to work in calculations and work a small swatch to check your gauge and see how many stitches give you how many inches for the plain section of the pattern.

The centre pineapple bit is 30 sts, and the plain sides are the balance 46 (so 23 on each side).  The centre 30 sts stays the same, and that will be worked in pattern.  You can add to the side 23 sts in case you need to.

So here’s what you will need to do.  You will need to work a gauge swatch with your yarn and see if you get the gauge given.  The pattern has been worked for a 27-29” waist.  In case you get gauge, then you will get a 27-29” waist ; and that’s how you will calculate how much you need to add to get the size you’ll need.

The other thing you can do is work the pattern for the first say 5 rows.. and then measure and decide if you need to add to the side 23 sts.   I'm sorry with certain patterns, it is just too difficult to figure out a stitch count to make it usable in any situation... but then this is what creativity is all about!  Here is the upside down chart for you :)



Right then.. we’re good to go.  Please go over to my other blog at https://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2014/10/all-pineapples-skirt.html to get the written pattern instructions.  
Once you have worked all the way to the end, come back here and we’ll see how we join the top up to get the open shoulder top.  See you soon. 

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So you have successfully finished two halves of your top.  Using one of the joining methods giving above, join the sides of your top.

Now you need to decide on how wide you want your neck opening.

a)   Place your markers to define the two sides points of the neckline.
b)   Attach rings to both sides of the top spacing them evenly apart.  It does not matter how many rings you use. Personally, I’d say a little more rather than less – as that would improve the fall.
c)     Ensure that you attach rings in exactly the same point for both halves (front and back) of the top.
d)   Join the rings that will mark the shoulders and then sleeve (cold shoulder portion) of the top.
e)    After I’d finished the top, I thought of a great idea – you could attach a bead bang centre of your ring – and bling it up a bit.

Go ahead, create – but do remember to mention me when you show off this creation ;)



Final finishing :
Once you are done with the shoulders, we will do the final finishing for the base of the top.  The lower edge of the top is a little “off” where we have worked the pineapple bit.  So here’s what I did
a)   Run 2 rounds of hdc all around.  Join with a sl-st at the end of each round.
b)   Ensure that you have hdc in multiples of 5 when you are done.  If you are running off count, reduce to cinch the waist, rather than add stitches to get the stitch count.

Border pattern :
For the border, let’s work a small shell pattern all around.

Round 1 : sc in the 1st hdc ;
*sk next 2 hdc, 7 dc in the next hdc ; sk next 2 hdc, sc in the next hdc* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

We have completed the crochet portion – now to join all these elements together.
Here’s where your creativity comes in again. 
a)   Check and see how many ‘pineapples’ you have along the last row and find the centre one.  Count off that centre one to see how wide you want your neckline opening and mark the pineapples to decide the sides.
b)   You will need to join the last 2 pineapples for the front and back of the top
c)     Between these two markers, you need to decide how many more joints you would like between your front and back
d)   You could also decide to allow the top to just flop down after placing two attachments for the shoulder portion.  This would mean that you do not join the sleeve ends and that will flop down like an “open sleeve”.
e)    To join the markers together, I suggest you use (plastic) rings.  I have covered the rings with yarn not just to give uniformity but also to aid in attaching the two rings (back to front)
f)     You would need to first attach the ring to the marked point on the top (one ring each for back and front markers) and then attach together. Please wear them after you attach each set of rings to check that they are as loose (or tight) as you want them.  If you are making this for someone else, please check this against their top measure(s) or draft.
Fasten off and glue down all ends and block as per yarn instructions.

And that’s it.. we’re done with this splendidly beautiful creation.

Remember that when you wear your top and show off on social media, tag me so I can enjoy all this loveliness as well. J

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