For a few months now, I have had this idea in my head to crochet a top. I wasn’t exactly sure how I wanted it to look or how I was even going to accomplish coming up with a pattern for a top. After all, this is my first shot at making a top of any kind and I didn’t know how the pattern would turn out.
I am pretty pleased with the look of this pattern. I had a completely different idea in my head, but as I started crocheting it just evolved into something else! Has that ever happened to you? I knew I wanted the pattern to be easy with as little sewing as possible! I can’t sew for the life of me haha!
For this pattern I used Cloudborn Pima Cotton yarn. It is a dk weight yarn that has a beautiful sheen and softness to it. The colors are very rich and come in 28 shades! You can purchase the yarn through Craftsy. I hope you enjoy the pattern!
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All my patterns are written in American Standard terms.
Cloudborn Pima Cotton DK yarn. How much you will need will depend on your size. I used roughly a little more than 3 skeins/hanks for a size Medium. I used three skeins/hanks in the color Caribbean and one in the color Pearl.
4.5mm crochet hook
Single Crochet (sc)
Half Double Crochet (hdc)
Herringbone Half Double Crochet (HHDC)
Triangle Stitch (TS)
HHDC – Yarn over, insert your hook into the stitch indicated, yarn over, pull up a loop and pull that loop thru the first loop on your hook, yarn over, pull thru remaining two loops. Video Tutorial
Triangle Stitch – Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over again insert hook into next stitch and pull up a loop (5 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch and pull up a loop (7 loops on hook) yarn over and pull thru all 7 loops. Ch.2 When you crochet your next TS, you will begin your first stitch in the last stitch of your previous triangle. Video Tutorial
For this pattern the first thing you will want to do is measure either your waist or bust in inches. You will then take that number and add 2 more inches for slack. You will then take that number and divide by 2. This will give you the width measurement for what each panel (front and back) should measure.
Someone with a waist measurement of 36 inches would add 2 more inches for a total of 38. That number would then be divided by 2…..38/2 = 19in. width for each panel. This would be considered a size Medium. The pattern is written based on these measurements.
Gauge depends a lot on how tight/loose you crochet your stitches. I noticed the Cloudborn Pima Cotton has quite a bit of stretch to it.
For Back Panel
HHDC in the 2nd ch from the hook and each ch across. (69)
Row 1- Ch.2 turn, HHDC in the first stitch and each stitch across. (69)
Rows 2 thru 44 – Repeat row 1
Bind off with Caribbean
You will begin working the Triangle Stitch (TS)
Row 45 – Ch.4 turn, work TS in first stitch, ch.2. Repeat across. On the last TS, ch.1 and hdc in the last stitch.
Row 46 – Ch.1 turn, sc in the first stitch, sc in the ch.1, 2 sc in the ch-2 space. Continue working 2 sc in each ch-2 space across. In the last ch-2 space, 2 sc and 1 more sc in the 2nd ch of the ch.4 of previous row. (69) Refer to video above if you need a visual.
Rows 47 thru 60 – Repeat rows 45 and 46 respectively
Here is what the back panel should look like after row 60
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For the front panel
The first 44 rows are the exact same as the back panel. (69)
Rows 45 thru 47 are the same as the back panel. (69)
Row 48 – Ch.1 turn, sc in first stitch, sc in ch.1, 2 sc in first ch-2 space and the the next 8 ch-2 spaces. 1 sc in the next ch-2 space. 2 sc in each of the next 9 ch-2 spaces. 1 sc in the next ch-2 space. 2 sc in the next 9 ch-2 spaces, 1 sc in the next ch-2 space. 2 sc in the last 3 ch-2 spaces. 1 sc in the 2nd ch of the ch.4 of the previous row. (66)
Row 49 – Ch.4 turn, using the Triangle Stitch, crochet 15 triangles (with a ch.2 in between). On the last triangle, ch.1 and complete a hdc in the next stitch. (33)
Row 50 – Ch.1 turn, sc in the first stitch, sc in ch.1, 2 sc in the ch-2 space and each additional ch-2 space across. In the last ch-2 space, 2 sc and 1 more sc in the 2nd ch of the the ch.4 of the previous row. (33)
Rows 51 thru 57 – Repeat rows 49 and 50 respectively
What your work should look like after row 57
Turn you panel over and attach yarn to first stitch.
Follow the pattern for rows 49 thru 57 to complete the other side. There should be 33 stitches, just like the other side.
Front panel complete
How to assemble and sew your front and back panels:
Each panel should measure approx.20- 20.5″ x 19″
Place the front panel on top of the back panel with wrong sides facing out. Sew 15 inches on each side from bottom up leaving approx. 5-5.5in inches for each armhole depending on how big/small you would like your armhole. If you would like your armholes to be smaller, just sew and extra half inch to an inch more. My suggestion is to try the top on as you are sewing. This will give you a better idea as to how you will like your top to fit.
Next you will sew the top on each side for the shoulders. Sew approx. 5 inches on top for each shoulder.
Here is a visual of the dimensions
Turn your top right side out.
I crocheted a sc border on each armhole and the head opening (neckline). I felt this gave the edges a more polished look.
Weave in any loose ends.
You’re done! I really hope you enjoy this pattern!
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