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Thursday, 18 January 2018
GRANNY SQUARE BOHO BEACH TOP -2
GRANNY SQUARE BOHO BEACH TOP -2
When I made my first granny square boho beach
top in November 2017, I did *warn* you that
I’d be coming back with more, remember?
Obviously you share my excitement of creating
something neat out of simple squares – so come along and let’s start on this
Once again, this is a granny square adapted to
make a top.
Do check my long Pinterest link for all the free
patterns I’ve written up over the years right at the bottom of this blog.
Materials used : Today I’ve
used an unbranded knitting cotton yarn with a 3.75 mm crochet hook
For Indians : Our lovely
Indian Anchor knitting cotton, White rose and Red 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
You can use any yarn with a suitable hook
to make this pattern.
: Intermediate to Advanced Skill level.
The “Advanced” skills are not for the stitches
used (stitches are basic). It applies to
the use of techniques to join the squares and finishing. That said, this is not that hard – so come
along and enjoy this creation.
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.
This pattern uses granny squares to make the
front and back of the beach top. We need
three large granny squares for this creation.
Each is (per pattern) a 12” granny square.
Before we head off let’s work on a few ideas and
see what we are creating. If you have
worked on my earlier beach boho granny square top, you know what I am talking
about and you can get these measurements done faster.
If you haven’t had a dekho yet, you need to go
and take a look at those lovely creations too. J
You will need the following measurements
I am going to give you the basic pattern for a
granny square, without indicating colours.
This is where you creativity and combinations come in.
I will then tell you how to attach the squares
to get the basic top. You can then opt
to add on tassels– and you are free to do a little beach craziness
(read : add beads & shells) too J
Part 1 :
Basic granny square pattern
I think you will need to work one granny square per pattern and see how large a
square you have made. Hold this against
your chest (diamond-wise) and see how far down it goes and how far across your
chest. This will help you decide if you
need to increase the size of the next squares in any way.
work the basic granny square, you need to remember that we will work in a small
border, so you will get at least another ½” all around (so that means a total
of 1” length and breadth as its ½” either side, ok?)
head off to make all your 3 squares, I’d suggest that you cut out the 3 square
/ diamond shapes on paper, just to check that the final size will wok for you.
What is an
easy way to increase the size of my granny square ? Use a longer stitch. So if you find that you need *just that
little bit more* for your square to get the round chest measure, change the dc
to a trc and you’ll get the slight increase.
if you find that the trc is working too much, then the dc is the way to go for
Go on and
check out the pattern link and work all the way till Round 15.
and weave in ends.
last 2 rounds that we
will work as a border later on.
completed one pineapple granny square, and mine is about 13.5” square.
Part 2 :
Joining Granny squares
of the joining techniques given above, join your granny squares.
turn your squares to the right, so that they become diamond shaped and then
join two sides of the centre one to one side each of the side diamonds. We have
spun our squares into diamonds, Ta .. da!
the diagram below to get an idea of how to place them before joining.
How do you
join the squares evenly?
number of stitches you have on each side and place a marker at the 2 corner
points of two squares
squares neatly till the two corner points
having joined Squares (diamonds) 1 & 2, ensure that you once again place a
marker for the two corner points of the 3rd square and join this one
that you have a neat join at the “V” between the 3 squares / diamonds which
will form your neckline.
the same care for the other side of your top as well.
hang tassels off the lower two points of the diamonds.
Part 3 :
Border around diamonds
you have the diamonds joined, let us run the decorative border all around,
before we make our shoulder straps and join the back to the front.
Go back to
the pattern instruction sheet and work Rounds 16 & 17 to complete the
border all around.
Part 4 :
Shoulder & side Straps
pattern, I have worked only one strap per side.
The strap will go through the corner of one of the diamonds and then be
tied against the back. The first part
(that goes into the corner of the diamond) will help create a sleeve. The back is largely open.
However, you could work two straps like the diagram above as well
straps I have worked a row of foundation half double crochet for the length I
needed for my straps – and you'll make as many as you decide in the same way.
Foundation half double crochet is like the fdc, but instead of working a dc,
you work a hdc chain.
find this too confusing, you can
a)Work a fsc
chain for the length needed ; Turn and then work an sc in each fsc all the way
back to the start. Fasten off and attach
onto the top ; OR
regular chain length for the length needed ; Turn and work a hdc in each chain
all the way to the start. Fasten off and
attach onto the top.
: Check the photo above. Ensure that you
allow your work to hang for a bit before tightly securing the ends – no matter
what yarn you are using. Even cotton
yarn tends to stretch a bit on hanging / wear.
Part 5 :
bottom edge, you could hang a row of tassels OR you could hang one off the rope
/ strap that you just made.
the following :
yarn do you have ? (as this will decide
the following answers)
apart you want them
would you like them (Thickness is doubled so fold your strands over before you
close this idea)
one kick-ass (oops) boho top, don’t you agree?
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