We are not even a couple weeks into Summer and it is already crazy around here! Between swimming lessons, weddings, barbecues, upcoming camping trips and other various activities, I have had little time to crochet. I’m sure a lot of you can relate, right?
The other day I was browsing in one of my local department stores and came across this really cute crochet off-the-shoulder top. As I started looking at the top and seeing how it was constructed, I thought, “I bet I can create something like this!”
I knew I wanted the pattern to be very airy with a loose fit. I settled on a simple double crochet mesh stitch. This pattern is soooo easy! If you know how to double and single crochet, then you’re good to go!
The yarn I used for this pattern is Premiere Candy Shop yarn. I thought the color changes of this yarn were very gradual, which I loved! Often with other color changing yarn, I have experienced abrupt color changes. You can use any worsted weight yarn for this pattern.
I hope you enjoy the pattern!
The pattern is written from top down. Measure from one end of your shoulder across to the end of your other shoulder and add 10 inches. For example, my measurement from shoulder to shoulder was 17 inches. I then added 10 more inches to get 27 inches. This is how long you want to make your starting chain. Make sure your starting chain is a multiple of 2.
Double Crochet (dc)
Single Crochet (sc)
Single Crochet Decrease (sc dec)
2 1/2 skeins (cakes) of Premiere Candy Shop yarn. The color in the pictures is Jelly Bean.
5.5mm crochet hook
The pattern is written for a size Medium.
You will make a front and back panel.
Row 1 – 1 dc in 6th ch from the hook. Ch 1 sk next stitch, dc in the next. *ch 1 sk next st, dc in the next* Repeat *til end of row. (47 dc)
Row 2 – Ch 4 (counts as a dc, ch 1), sk first dc, *1 dc in next dc, ch 1; repeat *til end of row, ending 1 dc in the 3rd ch of turning ch. (47 dc)
Rows 3 thru 14 – Repeat row 2
Here is what your work should look like so far:
Attach yarn right above the 6th dc stitch from the right end.
Row 1 – Ch 4 (counts as a dc, ch 1), sk first dc, *1 dc in next dc, ch 1; repeat *til the the top of the 6th dc from the end. (37 dc)
Rows 2 thru 17 – Repeat row 1
Row 18 – Ch.1 sc in same st and each st across. (72)
Here is what your panel should look like:
Crochet another panel for the back the same exact way you did for the front.
Next, take both panels and and place one on top of the other with wrong sides facing out.
Sew together each long side and underneath both arms.
Next, measure approx. 7.5 inches from the corner of the sleeve in. Do this measurement for both sleeves and sew top of both panels together.
Turn your work right side out.
Next, attach yarn to any part of the bottom of your work.
Round 1 – Ch.1, sc in same st and each st around. Join round with a slip stitch. (144)
Round 2 – Ch.1, sc in same st and the next 4 stitches, sc dec in the next. *sc in the next 11 stitches, sc dec in the next* Repeat *til there are 7 stitches left. 1 sc in the last 7 stitches. Join with a ss. (133)
Round 3 – Repeat row 1. (133)
Round 4 – Ch.1, sc in the same st and the next 5 stitches, sc dec in the next. *sc in the next 12 stitches, sc dec in the next* Repeat *til end of round. Join with a ss. (123)
Round 5 – Repeat row 1 (123)
Round 6 – Ch.1, sc in same st and the next 3 stitches, sc dec in next. *sc in the next 11 stitches, sc dec in the next* Repeat *til end of round. Join with a ss. (113)
Round 7 – Repeat round 1 (113)
Round 8 – Ch.1 sc in the same st and the next 6 stitches, sc dec in the next. *sc in the next 11 stitches, sc dec in the next. Repeat *til end of round. Join with a ss. (104)
Rounds 9 thru 12 – Repeat row 1
For a polished look, I put a trim of 2 rows of sc around the neckline and edge of each sleeve.
Weave in loose ends!