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.
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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.
The Havana crochet top 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 🙂
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Havana Crochet Top 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.
Gauge is approx. 10 sc across x 16 rows = 4″
2 Skeins of Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball . The color in the photos is Moonstone.
At least 2 Stitch Markers
Single Crochet (sc)
Double Crochet (dc)
Single Crochet Decrease ( sc dec )
Slip Stitch (ss)
HAVANA CROCHET TOP PATTERN
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!
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Thanks so much for following along with the Havana Crochet Top pattern. I hope you enjoy it. Be sure to share your creations with me on Instagram and Facebook.
I had so much fun with this pattern. A few different things I did: I crocheted the sleeves separately and added them at the end and my Singer machine was too small for the yarn I so
sewed it by hand with the yarn which was pretty easy and as a finishing touch I added my own label inside. Also I can see this pattern being great when using bigger sized crochet hooks. This is the first time I’ve ever done a piece of clothing! Thank you so much! ~Melissa
Hi Melissa! I’m so happy that you like the pattern! Feel free to share a pic on my FB page! I would love to see it! I love the idea of your own label too! That’s awesome!
I was wondering if anyone made this pattern with lion brand Mandala yarn? I am wanting to make my sister this sweater but she picked Mandala yarn.
The Lion Brand shawl in a ball yarn is a thinner yarn than the Mandala yarn. As long as you follow the dimensions for the back/front and the panels you should be ok. The sleeves may come out slightly larger but not by much. 🙂
I noticed your pattern you have two different sizes of hooks since I’m a beginner I would like to know if you used the 5 mm crochet hook to do your foundation chain and then you did your sweater with the 6.5mm crochet hook?
The whole pattern is crocheted using a 6.5mm hook except the for the decreases when finishing up the sleeve. For that part you will use a 5mm hook.
Jackie Lee says
I am loving this pattern, but am having trouble with the sleeves. I am having difficulty with the number of stitches in each round. Following round 2 I am joining with a slip stitch, beginning round 3 ch1 and then 2dc in the same stitch. I seem to be having an extra stitch after each round 3, and my seem in crooked. I have redo this up to row 12 several times and I get the same results. Do you have any tips for me. Should I turn my work, or am I reading the pattern wrong?
Thanks so much ,
I think you might be reading round 3 wrong. Round 3 is….ch.2 and dc in the same st, sc in the next. When you join, make sure to join to the first dc of the round. Not the ch.2. This may be why you have an extra stitch. I hope this helps!
Oh my word! Yes that is exactly the problem. Thank you so much!
I’m loving this sweater and the yarn. I just wanna be sure I’m reading the pattern right. Ultimately, you are doing dc in dc and sc in sc correct? It doesn’t alternate?
Ok, now I’m on the sleeves and it’s just the opposite, right? Just keep working on the round dc in sc and sc in each dc….