Summer is coming to a close and school is starting up again. It makes me a little sad but it will be nice to get my family on somewhat of a schedule again. My Havana Crochet Top is my last pattern that I have planned for the Summer. It is a great transition piece to have in your wardrobe. The pattern is crocheted in a simple single crochet and double crochet repeat. The yarn I used in this pattern is absolutely gorgeous! Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball is a a self striping yarn that creates a gradual shift from one color to the next.
This pattern works up quickly and is very beginner friendly! If you have never tried to crochet a top before, this is a perfect pattern to start with! The yarn used in this pattern is very forgiving if you are like me and not the best at sewing 🙂
Scroll down for the pattern!
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I would note that this yarn tends to stretch. Your measurements may be slightly different than mine. The pattern is written for a size Medium. If you would like to crochet a size smaller/bigger you can use the formula below.
Measure around your bust. For me this was 37.5″ so I rounded up to 38.” Then add two inches to your bust measurement, 38″ + 2″ = 40.” Then take 40″ / 2 to get 20.” This is how wide (long) you want your foundation chain to be. Note that your foundation chain needs to be an ODD number.
2 Skeins of Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball . The color in the photos is Moonstone.
6.5mm Crochet Hook
5mm Crochet Hook
At least 2 Stitch Markers
Single Crochet (sc)
Double Crochet (dc)
Single Crochet Decrease ( sc dec )
Slip Stitch (ss)
I would highly suggest using stitch markers with this yarn. A few times I lost count of what row I was on and it was very hard for me to see where I was at. I would suggest moving your stitch marker up after every 5th row.
PANEL (make 2)
With 6.5mm hook:
Row 1 – Sc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in the next. *sc in the next ch, dc in the next.* Repeat *til end of the row. (50)
Row 2 – Ch.1 turn, dc in the first st, sc in the next. *dc in the next st, sc in the next.* Repeat *til end of row. (50)
Rows 3 thru 62 – Repeat rows 1 & 2 respectively
AFTER 62 ROWS
Your PANEL should measure approx. 22″ x 20.” Again, your measurements may be slightly off due to stretching.
Next, take both panels and lay them on top of each other with wrong side facing you. Below is a diagram that shows the measurements and where to sew. You will have roughly 7.5″ for your armhole and 4″ for the top of the shoulder. I would suggest placing stitch markers at the appropriate measurements.
Turn your work right side out.
Attach yarn to underneath armhole.
Round 1 – ch.1, sc all the way around the edge of the armhole. Join with a ss. 46 sc’s.
Round 2 – Ch.1 sc in same st, dc in the next. *sc in the next st, dc in the next.* Repeat *til end of the round. Join. (46)
Round 3 – Ch. 2 dc in the same st, sc in the next. *dc in the next st, sc in the next.* Repeat *til end of round. Join, (46)
Rounds 4 thru 9 – Repeat rounds 2 & 3 respectively.
Round 10 – Ch. 1 sc in the same st and the next 8 stitches, sc dec in the next. *sc in the next 9 stitches, sc dec in the next.* Repeat *til there are two stitches left. 1 sc in the last two stitches. Join. (42)
Rounds 11 thru 18 – Repeat rounds 2 & 3 respectively. (42)
Round 19 – Ch. 1 sc in the same st and the next 3 stitches, sc dec in the next. *sc in the next 9 stitches, sc dec in the next.* Repeat *til there are three stitches left. 1 sc in the last three stitches. Join. (38)
Rounds 20 thru 27 – Repeat rounds 2 & 3 respectively. (38)
Round 28 – Ch. 1 sc in the same st and the next 4 stitches, sc dec in the next. *sc in the next 8 stitches, sc dec in the next.* Repeat *til there is one stitch left. 1 sc in the last stitch. Join. (34)
Rounds 29 thru 40 – Repeat rounds 2 & 3 respectively. (34)
With 5mm hook:
Round 41 – Ch. 1, sc in the same st and the next st, sc dec in the next. *sc in the next 2 stitches, sc dec in the next.* Repeat *til there two stitches left. 1 sc in the last two stitches. Join. (26)
Rounds 42 & 43 – Ch. 1 sc in the same st and each st around. Join. (26)
Repeat rounds 1 thru 43 for other sleeve.
Weave in all ends!