Saturday, 11 October 2014

OUT OF THE ORDINARY TOP

free crochet ladies top pattern


OUT OF THE ORDINARY TOP


This is an exquisitely interesting idea for a top, that caught my fancy.  This is similar to another vest I’ve made recently – http://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2014/08/spotted-at-spotlight.html

Spotted at spotlight has a lovely curved semicircular finish, where as this one has a flattish ‘regular’ (base line) finish… though it does look like there is nothing ‘regular’ about the way the designer has thought this pattern through.

This is not my original pattern  and it’s just one of those wonderful free floating freebies over the net.  However, sadly there is no English written pattern to this superb work, so as I make my own creation, I’m writing down my notes, and am sharing them with you.  J

This pattern has, as you have noticed, pineapples and more pineapples.. and as always, with such lovely intricate patterns, there are several combinations of stitch sequences.  As the pattern grows, please pay attention to the different brackets / parenthesis that indicate different stitch sequences.

Oh, if you like this one and the Spotted at Spotlight, then you may also like another unusual bolero that I’ve recently made.  Find that pattern at http://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2014/09/exciting-butterfly-bolero.html J

Right then, let’s move on with this “Out of the ordinary top”, shall we?

The full chart is right at the end of this write up.

Materials used : Peecock knitting cotton ~ 250 gms (5 balls) , with a 3.00 mm crochet hook
For Indians : Peecock is an Indian knitting cotton from HP Industries and similar in thickness to our Anchor knitting / White Rose knitting cottons.  Do also look at the superb range of Alize yarns in cotton and bamboo.
For Non-Indians : Among the international yarns I've used in this thickness, I'd say Aunt Lydia Cotton 10, Sullivans (Australia) knitting cotton, Milford Soft knitting cotton, and Hilaza Rustica Eclat knitting cottons are in the similar range.  That said, you a light weight knitting cotton will work well for this pattern as it has a lacy finish and a soft fall.

Skill Level : Advanced

Size made : Chest : 34” ; Length :  25”
Gauge : measured over one set of (3 dc in the ch-3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 sp) : 
2 rows of (to)  = 1” and 1 (to) across = ½”.  
Gauge only given to figure out sizing and yarn requirement.

Stitches used : Using U.S terminology
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

dc 2-tog : Double crochet 2-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 2 times (3 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 2-tog made.

  
Abbreviations usedUsing U.S terminology
fdc : Foundation Double Crochet                         sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                       ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                                            sl-st : Slip stitch
dc 2-tog : Double crochet 2-together                 st(s) : Stitch(es)          
yo : Yarn Over                                                                 hk : Hook
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                                   trc : Treble / Triple crochet
                                               

Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)
This top (like it’s name) isn’t ordinary in any way.. and even in construction. 
It starts from under the armhole, so while it is worked 'top down', it is not the traditional top-down!
The first row is in a round, and thereafter, you work in rows.  There is a large flower first and then you get your pineapple patterns that take you to other armhole dividing off for the neckline with the lovely lacy pattern.  I’ve made this exactly per pattern, but I think that to adjust the sizing, one could use a larger sized needle and/or thicker yarn. 

Instructions are given for one side of your garment.  You need to make two pieces, and then attach them up together for the finished garment.


For the second side of your garment, you will start again at the same first circle under the armhole, and continue making the mirror image.

This top is one of my *popular* ones and has been made by several people using this pattern.  I think over time, we have sorted out all the glitches.  As mentioned at the start, there are a lot of ch-sps and parenthesis etc and it is confusing. I have cut-pasted parts of the chart all through for your convenience.  Do try and follow with the chart(s),as well as the written instructions. 

Start with a magic circle.  12 sc in this circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc. 

Round 1 : dc in 1st sc ; *ch 1, dc in next sc* ; 
rep from *to* end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc. 

Round 2 : *3 dc in the next ch-1 sp, ch 1* ;    
rep from *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.   

Note : From the following row onwards, we will not be working in rounds, but in rows.  
You will turn at the end of every row, and we will be omitting some sts at the end, to give the side edge and neck-edges for our project.

Row 3 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 4, sk 2 dc , dc in ch-1 sp ; 
*ch 4,  sk 3 dc, dc in ch-1 sp* ; rep from *to* 4 times .Turn.

Note : From this row on we’ll only work on this set of sts.  
You have left one half of that first circle you’ve made.. and you’ll start your other half of project from here – so you’ll re-join your yarn at this row and then do a mirror image for the back of the vest.

Row 4 : sk 1st dc, 4 dc in the 1st ch-4 sp ; 
*ch 1, sk next dc, 4 dc in next ch-4 sp* ; rep from *to* 4 times.  Turn.

Row 5 : dc in the 1st 4 dc ;  *ch 2, dc in the next 4 dc* ; 
rep from *to* till end.  Turn.

Row 6 : dc in the 1st 4 dc ; *ch 3, dc in the next 4 dc* ; 
rep from *to* till end ; sk last dc.  Turn.

Row 7 : 2 dc in the 1st dc , dc in next 3 dc ; 
*ch 2, sc in ch-3 sp ; ch 2, 2 dc in next dc ; dc in the next 3 dc* ; 
rep from *to* 3 times ; 
ch 2, sc in ch-3 sp ; ch 2,  2 dc in next dc ; dc in next dc, dc 2-tog in last 2 dc.  Turn.

Row 8 : dc in the 1st 4 dc ; 
*ch 3, sk both ch-2 sps and sc , dc in the next 5 dc* ; 
rep from *to* till end.  Turn.

Row 9 : dc in the 1st 2 dc , 2 dc in next dc , dc in next 2 dc ; 
*ch 3, sc in ch-3 sp ; ch 3, dc in the next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc , dc in next 2 dc* ; 
rep from *to* 3 times ; 
dc in next 2 dc, dc 2-tog in last 2 dc.  Turn.

Row 10 : dc in the 1st 3 dc ; 
*ch 4, sk both ch-2 sps and sc , dc in the next 3 dc , 2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc* ; 
rep from *to* till end. Turn.

Row 11 : dc in the 1st 7 dc ;  
*ch 3, sc in ch-4 sp ; ch 3, dc in the next 7 dc* ; 
rep from *to* 3 times ; 
ch 3, sc in ch-4 sp ; ch 3, dc in the next 3 dc .  Turn.

Row 12 : dc 2-tog over the 1st 2 dc ; dc in next dc ; 
*ch 5, sk both ch-sps and sc, dc in the next 3 dc ; ch 1 , sk next dc, dc in next 3 dc* ; 
rep from *to* till last dc ; 
ch 2, dc in same last dc.   Turn.

Row 13 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 3 , dc in next 3 dc ; ch 2,  dc in next 3 dc ; 
*ch 3, sc in ch-5 sp ; ch 3, dc in the next 3 dc ; ch 2, dc in next 3 dc * ; 
rep from *to* till last 3 dc ; 
dc in last 2 dc.  Turn.

Row 14 : dc in the 1st 2 dc ; 
*ch 6, sk both ch-sps and sc, dc in the next 3 dc ; ch 3, dc in next 3 dc* ; 
rep from *to* till last 3-dc set ; 
ch 3, dc in last dc.   Turn.

Row 15 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 3 , sc in 1st 3 ch-3 sp ; 
ch 3,  dc in same ch-3 sp ; dc in next 3 dc ; ch 3, dc in the next 3 dc ; dc in next ch-6 sp ; 
*ch 3 , sc in same ch-6 sp ; ch 3, dc in same ch-6 sp  dc in next 3 dc ;  
ch 3, dc in the next 3 dc ; dc in next ch-6 sp* ;
rep from *to* till last ch-6 sp ; dc in next ch-6 sp ; 
ch 3 , sc in same  ch-6 sp ; ch 3, sc in same  ch-6 sp  dc in next 3dc ;  
ch 3, dc in next dc, sk last dc. Turn.

Row 16 : dc in the 1st 2 dc ; dc in next ch-3 sp ; 
*ch 4, sk both ch-sps and sc, dc in next ch-3 sp ; dc in the next 4 dc ; 
ch 3, dc in next 4 dc ; dc in next ch-3 sp* ; 
rep from *to* 4 times ; 
ch 4, 2 dc in last dc.   Turn.

Row 17 : dc in the 1st  2 dc ; 1 dc in the ch-4 sp ; 
*ch 3, dc in same ch-4 sp ; dc in the next 5 dc ; 
ch 3, dc in next 5 dc ; 1 dc in the next ch-4 sp* ;  
rep from *to* till last ch-4 sp ; 
ch 3, dc in same ch-4 sp ; dc in next 2 dc, sk last dc.  Turn.

Row 18 : dc in the 1st 3 dc ; 3 dc in next ch-3 sp ; dc in next 6 dc ; 
*ch 4, dc in next 6 dc ; 3 dc in next ch-3 sp , dc in next 6 dc* ;
rep from *to* 3 times ; 
ch 4, dc in last 6 dc ; 3 dc in ch-3 sp ; dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in last dc.   Turn.


 Note : From this row on there is a decorative dc 2-tog or dc 3-tog that goes around your ‘diamond’.  I am not sure which st this is, so I am using my preferred dc 2-tog.  
However, you may use a dc 3-tog in this stitch space as well.. so as usual.. I’ve thrown you a curve.. choices.. decisions! J

Row 19 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 3, dc 2-tog in same dc ; ch 1, dc in the next 10 dc ; 
ch 1, sk next dc, dc 2-tog in next ch-1 sp ; 
*ch 7, dc 2-tog in next ch-sp ; ch 1 , sk next dc , dc in the next 11 dc ; 
ch 1, sk next dc , dc 2-tog in the next ch-sp* ;
rep from *to* till last 12 dc ; 
dc 2-tog in next ch-sp ; ch 1, sk next dc ; dc in last 10 dc.  Turn.

Row 20 : dc in the 1st 9 dc ; ch 1, sk next dc , dc 2-tog in next ch-1 sp ; 
*ch 4,  sk dc 2-tog, sc in the ch-7 sp ; ch 4, sk dc 2-tog, dc 2-tog in next ch-1 sp ;
 ch 1, sk next dc , dc in next 9 dc ; ch 1 , dc 2-tog in next ch-1 sp* ; 
rep from *to* till end ; ch 6, dc in last dc.   Turn.

Row 21 : (Armhole end) dc in the 1st dc ; ch 5, sc in 1st ch-6 sp ;
 ch 5, sk 1st dc 2-tog , dc 2-tog in next ch-1 sp ; ch 1, sk next dc , dc in the next 7 dc ;
 ch 1, sk next dc, dc 2-tog in next ch-1 sp ;
*ch 5, sc in next ch-4 sp ; ch 5, sc in next ch-4 sp ;
 ch 5 , sk next dc 2-tog , dc 2-tog in the next ch-1 sp ; ch 1, sk next dc , dc in the next 7 dc ; 
ch 1, dc 2-tog in the next ch-1 sp *  ; 
 rep from *to* till end. Turn.

Row 22 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 1, dc 2-tog in same 1st dc ;
 ch 1 , sk next dc, dc in next 5 dc ; ch 1, sk next dc, dc 2-tog in next ch-1 sp ;
 *ch 5, sk dc 2-tog and 1st ch-5 sp , 
 (3 dc in the next ch-5 sp ; ch 3 , 3 dc in same ch-5 sp ; ch 3,  3 dc in same ch-5 sp) ;
 ch 5, sk dc 2-tog, dc 2-tog in next ch-1 sp * ; 
rep from *to* till end ;
ch 5, sk next ch-5 sp , (3 dc in the last ch-sp ; ch 3 , 3 dc in same ch-sp ; ch 3,  3 dc in same ch-sp).   Turn.

Row 23 : dc in the 1st dc ; (3 dc in the ch-3 sp ; ch 3, dc in same ch-3 sp) ; 
ch 5,  rep from (to) once ;
ch 5, sk 1st dc 2-tog , dc 2-tog in next ch-1 sp ; ch 1, sk next dc , dc in the next 3 dc ; 
ch 1, sk next dc, dc 2-tog in next dc ;
*ch 5, rep from (to) once ; ch 5,  rep from (to) once ;
 ch 5, sk next dc 2-tog , dc 2-tog in next ch-1 sp ; ch 1, sk next dc , dc in the next 3 dc ;
 ch 1, sk next dc, dc 2-tog in next dc* ; 
 rep from *to* till end ; ch 3, sk next dc 2-tog ; dc in last dc.  Turn.

Row 24 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 5 , 
[sk next dc 2-tog, dc 2-tog in next ch-1 sp ; 
ch 1, sk next dc, dc in next dc ; ch 1, sk next dc & dc 2-tog, dc 2-tog in next ch-1 sp] ;
 *ch 5, (3 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 3 , 3 dc in same ch-3 sp) ; ch 2, sc in next ch-5 sp ; 
ch 5, sc in same ch-5 sp ; ch 2, rep from (to) once ; ch 5, rep from [to] once* ;
 rep from *to* till end ;  ending with a (to) ;
sk next 2 dc , dc in last st.   Turn.

Row 25 : dc in the 1st dc ; 
(3 dc in the ch-3 sp, ch 3, dc in same ch-3 sp) ; 
ch 3, sk ch-2 sp , 7 dc in ch-5 sp ; ch 3,  sk ch-2 sp ,
rep from (to) once ; ch 5, sk 1st dc 2-tog , dc 2-tog in next ch-1 sp ; 
ch 1, sk next dc, dc 2-tog in next ch-1 sp ;
*ch 5, rep from (to) once ; ch 3, 7 dc in ch-7 sp ; ch 3,  rep from (to) once ; ch 5, sk 1st dc 2-tog , dc 2-tog in next ch-1 sp ; ch 1, sk next dc, dc 2-tog in next ch-1 sp* ; 
rep from *to* till end ; 
ch 5, sk next dc 2-tog ; dc in last dc.  Turn.

Row 26 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 7 , sk next dc 2-tog, dc 2-tog in next ch-1 sp ;
* ch 5, sk next dc 2-tog, (3 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 3 , 3 dc in same ch-3 sp) ; 
ch 2, dc in next dc ; [ch 1, dc in next dc ] ; rep from [to] 5 times ; 
ch 2, rep from (to) once ; ch 5, sk next dc 2-tog, dc 2-tog in next ch-1 sp* ;
 rep from *to* till end, ending with a (to) ; 
ch 2, dc in the last dc. Turn.



Row 27 : dc in 1st dc ; ch 2, (3 dc in the ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 sp) ; 
ch 3, sk 1st dc, sc in the 1st ch-1 sp ; [ch 3, sk next dc, sc in the next ch-1 sp] ; 
rep [to] 4 times ; ch 3,  rep from (to) once ;
*ch 5, sc on next dc 2-tog ; ch 5, rep from (to) once ; ch 3, sk 1st dc, sc in the 1st ch-1 sp ; 
rep [to] 5 times ; ch 3,  rep from (to) once* ; 
 rep from *to* 4 times ; 
rep from *to* till last dc 2-tog ; 
ch 5, sc on next dc 2-tog ; ch 5 ; dc in last dc.  Turn.

Row 28 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 3, {dc in the next sc ; ch 3 , 3 dc in same sc} ; ch 3, (3 dc in the ch-3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 sp) ; ch 3, sk next ch-sp, sc in next ch-3 sp ; [ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] ; rep from [to] 3 times ;
*ch 3, rep (to) once ; ch 3, rep {to} once ; ch 3, rep (to) once ; ch 3, sk next ch-sp, sc in next ch-3 sp ; rep from [to] 4 times* ;
rep from *to* 4 times till end ; 
ch 4, dc in last dc.   Turn.

Row 29 : dc in 1st dc ; ch 3, 3 dc in same dc ; ch 3, (3 dc in the ch-3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 sp);
ch 4, sk next ch-sp, sc in the next  ch-3 sp ; [ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp] ; rep [to] 2 times ; ch 4, rep from (to) once ; ch 3, {3 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 sp} ;
*ch 4, rep from (to) once ; ch 4, sk next ch-sp, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; [ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp] ; rep [to] 2 times ; ch 4, rep from (to) once ; ch 3, rep from {to} once* ;
rep from *to* till last end ; ch 3,  dc in last dc.  Turn.

Row 30 : (3 dc in the ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 sp) ; 
{ch 3, rep from (to)} ; 
*rep {to} once ; ch 5, sk next ch-sp,  sc in next ch-3 sp ; 
[ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] ; rep from [to] once ;
ch 5, rep from (to) once ; rep {to} 2 times* ;  
rep from *to* till end ; 
ch 2, dc in the last dc. Turn.


Row 31 dc in 1st dc ; ch 3, (3 dc in the ch-3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 sp) ; 
ch 3, rep (to) once ; 
*ch 4, sk next ch-sp, sc in the next  ch-3 sp ; 
[ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp] ; ch 4, rep from (to) once ; 
ch 3, rep (to) once ;  {ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 5, sc in the same ch-3 sp} ; 
ch 3, rep (to) once* ; 
rep from *to* till end, ending with a (to) ; 
ch 2, dc in last dc. Turn.

Row 32 : dc in the 1st dc ; 
*ch 3,  7 dc in the 1st ch-5 sp ; ch 3 , (3 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 sp) ; 
{ch 5,  rep from (to) once} ; ch 5, [ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp] ; rep from {to} twice* ; 
rep from *to* till one rep of {to} in the last pineapple ; 
ch 5, sk 3 dc, sc in the next ch-3 sp.  Turn.

Note : We will now shape off one shoulder in the following row.

Row 33 : dc in 1st dc ; ch 5, sk next 2 dc ; 
(3 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 sp) ; 
sk both ch-sps and sc,  rep from (to) once ; {ch 5, rep from (to) once} ; 
ch 3, dc in next dc , [ch 1, dc in next dc] ; 
rep[to] 5 times.  Place marker. Turn

We will now go back along this row and complete the corner of this shoulder.  Once done, we will return to this [to] point where you’ve placed your marker, re-attach our yarn and continue back down with our pattern.

Sl-st into the ch-sps till the 2nd last ch-1 sp ; sc in that ch sp ; ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp ; 
ch 3, rep (to) once ; ch 5, rep (to) once ; dc into the next ch-3 sp. Turn.

We’re going to head back down and up once more till we’ve completed the shoulder.. so ..

Ch 2, sc in the ch-3 sp ; ch 5, rep (to) once ; ch 2, sc in ch-3 sp ; Turn.

Ch 2, rep (to) once ; ch 3, dc in next sc ; Turn.

ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp.  Fasten off and weave in ends.  We’ve now completed one shoulder.

Re-attach your yarn in the last ch-1 sp of that 7 dc set.

((Ch 5, sk 1st 3 dc,  sc in ch-3 sp ; ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp))
rep ((to)) once more ; 
ch 3, sk both ch-5 sps and sc, sk 3 dc, sc in the next ch-3 sp (in next pineapple) ;
ch 6, sk next 3 dc, sc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 4, sc in next 5 dc ; 
ch 3, sc in next dc ; ch 3, sc in next dc ; 
{ch 3, rep (to) once} ; rep {to} once ; 
sk both ch-5 sps and sc , rep (to) once ; 
rep {to} once ; ch 3, dc in next dc , [ch 1, dc in next dc] ; 
rep[to] 5 times ;
*ch 3 , rep (to) once ; rep {to} once ; sk both ch-5 sps and sc , 
rep (to) once ; rep {to} once ; ch 3, dc in next dc , [ch 1, dc in next dc] ; 
rep[to] 5 times* ; 
rep *to* till end ; 
ch 5, hdc in last st.  Turn.

Row 34 : dc in the 1st st ; 
*ch 4, sk next dc, sc in the next ch-1 sp ; [ch 3, sk next dc, sc in the next ch-1 sp] ; 
rep [to] 4 times ; {ch 3, (3 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 sp)} ; 
rep (to) once ; rep {to} once ; 
rep (to) once* ; 
rep *to* till end ;  ending with a rep (to) ; 
ch 4, sk next dc, sc in the next ch-1 sp ; rep [to] 2 times.  Turn.

Row 35 : Neckline edge : dc in 1st st ;  [ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] ;
{ch 5, (3 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 sp)} ;
 rep [to} 2 times ; 
*rep {to} once ; ch 3,  sk next ch-sp, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; 
[ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] ; rep [to] 3 times ;
rep {to} 3 times* ; 
rep *to* till end ; dc in last dc. Turn.

Row 36 : dc in 1st dc ,  
*ch 3, sk next ch-sp, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; [ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp] ; 
rep [to] 2 times ; ch 3, (3 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 sp) ; 
{ch 5 , rep (to) once} ; ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; rep {to} 2 times* ;  
rep *to* till end,  ending with a rep (to)  ; sc in the last ch-sp.  Turn.

Row 37: dc in 1st sc ; ch 2, *(3 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 sp) ; 
{ch 5, rep (to) once} ;
<ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp>
rep <to> once ; rep {to} 2 times ;
ch 3, sk next ch-sp, sc in next ch-3 sp ; 
[ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] ;  rep [to] once ; ch 3* ; 
rep *to* till end ; dc in the last st.  Turn.

Row 38 : dc in 1st dc ;  ch 3, sk next ch-sp, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; 
ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp ;
*ch 3, (3 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 sp) ; 
{ch 5, rep (to) once} ;  ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; 
[ch 3, dc in the next ch-5 sp ; ch 3, dc in the same ch-5 sp] ; 
ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; rep {to} 2 times ; 
ch 3, sk next ch-sp, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp* ;
rep *to* till the end, ending with a rep (to), but in that last (to) work a 3 dc in the last ch-3 sp ; 
ch 3, dc in the next dc. Turn.

As you can see, we're reaching the top of the last pineapple, and we've just started a row for our new (to) shell pattern - in that last dc ; ch 3, dc that we've created. Got it?

Row 39 : dc in the 1st dc ; sk next 3 dc, {ch 5, (3 dc in the ch-3 sp; ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 sp) } ;
*[ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp] ;  sk next dc, rep {to} once ; 
rep [to] once ; rep {to} 2 times ; 
ch 3, sk next ch-sp, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; 
ch 3, rep (to) once* ; 
rep *to* till end ; 
ch 2, dc in the last st. Turn.

Row 40 : dc in 1st dc ; ch 3, 
*(3 dc in the ch-3 sp; ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 sp) ; rep (to) once ; 
{ch 5, (3 dc in the ch-3 sp; ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 sp) } ; 
ch 2, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; rep (to) in the next ch-5 sp ; 
rep {to} 2 times ; ch 2, rep (to) once ; ch 5,* ; 
rep *to* till end , ending with a rep (to) ; 
ch 4, dc in the last st.  Turn.

Row 41 : dc in 1st dc ;  ch 3, *(3 dc in the ch-3 sp; ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 sp) ; 
[ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp] ; {ch 5, rep (to) once} ; 
< rep [to] once ; rep {to} once > ; rep <to> once ;  
rep {to} once ; ch 5, sk next ch-sp & 3 dc , sc in the ch-3 sp ; 
ch 5, sk next 6 dc, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 5* ; 
rep *to* till end, dc in the last dc. Turn.

Row 42 : dc in 1st st ; ch 5, sk next ch-sp, sc in the next ch-5 sp ;  
ch 5, *(3 dc in the ch-3 sp; ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 sp) ;  
[ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp] ; {ch 5, rep (to) once} ;  
rep [to] once ; rep {to} once > ; rep to > 2 times* ; 
rep *to* till end ; 
ch 3, dc in the last st. Turn.

Row 43 : trc in 1st dc ; 
ch 3, (3 dc in next ch-3 sp , ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 sp) ;
*[ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp] ;  rep [to] once ; {ch 5, rep (to) once} ;  
rep {to} 2 times ; rep [to] 2 times ; 
rep {to} once ; 
ch 5,  sk both ch-sps and sc , rep (to) once* ; 
rep *to* till end ending with a dc in the last dc. Turn.

Now this is the last row for this end of your top.  We will only have a border after this for this end. Fasten off and we will re-attach yarn.

Note : With this row we’re flattening off our edge.. so keep this in mind and your reps will accordingly be reduced.  After a few rows we’re also going to start shaping the armhole.

So we will re-attach yarn on the 1st (to) ch-sp, which is the edge of your last pineapple.
Got it? Great!

Row 44 : Bottom edge : sc in 1st ch-sp  ; 
*{ch 5, sk next ch-sp, (3 dc in next ch-sp , ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-sp) } ;  
rep {to} once ; <  ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; 
ch 5, rep (to) once  > ; rep <to> once ; 
rep {to} 2 times ;  rep to > once* ;  
rep *to* till end, ending with a (to) ; 
ch 2, dc in the last dc.  Turn.

Now as I just mentioned, we're slowly flattening our lower edge. May I suggest you place a marker for the bottom edge now, for convenience.
So see the right edge of your 2nd pineapple - So we have one (to) that marks the edge of the pineapple, and then five (to) in between followed by the other edge of the next pineapple and the (to). So basically seven (to), right?
So keeping the right hand edge (to) as #1,  place your marker on the #3 (to). This (to) is also one (to) away from the centre of the earlier pineapple.
So just put your work down, and you'll see it makes sense.

Row 45 : trc in 1st dc ;  
ch 5, (3 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 sp) ; 
{ch 5, rep (to) once} ; 
rep {to} all the way to the marker ; sc in that ch-sp. Turn.

We're now working away from the side of top, and towards the armhole / neckline, so when I give instructions of moving to the next (to), I mean towards the side we're working.

Move your marker to # 1 (to) or the right hand side corner (to) of your 2nd last pineapple

Row 46 : Sl-st into the ch-sp of the next (to) ; sc in that ch-sp ;  
*[ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp] ;  {ch 5, (3 dc in next ch-sp , ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-sp) }* ; 
rep *to* till last dc ; 
rep (to) in that last dc ; ch 2, dc in the same last dc.  Turn.

Row 47 : Neckline edge : trc in the 1st dc ; 
{ch 5, (3 dc in next ch-sp , ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-sp) } ; 
rep {to} all the way to the marker ; 
[3 dc, ch 1, sc] in that marked ch-sp.  Turn.

This is our last ‘full row’ - after this row we’ll be shaping the armhole. 

Row 48 : Sl-st into the ch-sp just before the next (to) of earlier row ;  
sc in the ch-sp ; ch 2, (3 dc in next ch-sp , ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-sp) ; 
*[ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp] ;  {ch 5, (3 dc in next ch-sp , ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-sp) }* ; 
rep *to* till the last (to) of this row ; 
rep [to] once ; ch 5, dc in the last trc.  Turn.  

This is a short row – you’ve shaped the base, and now you’ll shape off your armhole.  
When working the armhole bit, please check to see that both your armholes are properly aligned. 
Right so .. onward..

Let's place a marker for the lowest part of the armhole.  
Counting off from the neckline edge, place your marker on the #5 (to). 
So you should have a total of 5 (to) and ten ch-5 sps.

Row 49 : trc in the 1st dc ; 
ch 2,  (3 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 sp) ; 
*sk both ch-5 sps and sc , {ch 5 , (3 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 sp)}* ; 
rep *to* 4 times till marker. Turn.

Row 50 :  sl-st into the ch-sp ; dc in the same 1st ch-sp ;  
*[ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp] ;  
{ch 5, (3 dc in next ch-sp , ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-sp) }* ; 
rep *to* 4 times ; 
ch 5, sc in the last st.  Turn.

Row 51 :  hdc in the 1st sc ; ch 5, sk next ch-sp, sc in the next ch-3 sp ;  
{ch 5, (3 dc in next ch-sp , ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-sp) } ; 
rep {to} 3 times.  Turn. 


Row 52 : sl-st into the 1st ch-3 sp ; sc in the same 1st ch-3 sp ;  
*[ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp] ;  {ch 5, (3 dc in next ch-sp , ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-sp) }* ;  
rep *to* 2 times ;  
rep [to] once ; ch 5, sc in the last st.  Turn.

Row 53 : sl-st into the 1st ch-5 sp ; trc in the same 1st ch-5 sp  ; 
sk next ch-sp and sc ,  (3 dc in next ch-sp , ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-sp) ;  
{ch 5, (3 dc in next ch-sp , ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-sp) } ; 
rep {to} once ; ch 3, dc in the last st.  Turn. 

Row 54 : dc in the 1st dc ;  
(3 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 sp) ; 
[ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp] ;  {ch 5, (3 dc in next ch-sp , ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-sp) } ;  
rep [to] once ; ch 5, sc in the last ch-3 sp.  Turn.
Note : Place a marker here. You may need it for the finish.

Row 55 :  trc in the 1st sc ; ch 3, (3 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 sp) ;  
ch 5, sk both ch-5 sps and sc, sc in the last ch-3 sp.  Turn.

Row 56 :  dc in the 1st sc ; ch 2, sc in the ch-5 sp ; 
ch 5,  (3 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 sp) ;  
ch 3, sc in the last st.  Turn.

Row 57 :  dc in the 1st st ; (3 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 sp) ;  
trc in the last st.  Turn.

We've completed the shoulder edge.

Now let’s re-attach our yarn for the lower part of our top, from armhole to edge of top . 

First we go back to the point where we'd marked off for the armhole.
Secondly, we have just two easy rows to work.

Now that you've got the gist of  the pattern, ensure that you work only till the bottom edge keeping it flat and straight and the armhole side should also neatly curve.


I'm going to continue numbering, though its not technically an increase in numbers - we're basically continuing from under the armhole, if you know what I mean.  So let's go back to the armhole marker, and re-attach yarn in the ch-sp of the marker (to).

Row 57 :  sc in the 1st ch-sp ;  
{ch 5, (3 dc in next ch-sp , ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-sp) } ; 
rep {to} 13 times ; 
ch 5, dc in the last ch-3 sp.  Turn. 

Row 58 :  sl-st till the next ch-3 sp of the next (to) ; 3 dc in the same 1st ch-sp , 
ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-sp)  ;    
*[ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp] ; {ch 5, (3 dc in next ch-sp , ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-sp) }* ;   
rep *to* 12 times ; 
ch 5, sc in the last ch-5 sp ; ch 2, dc in the last sc.  Turn.

Row 59 :  trc in the 1st st ;  
(3 dc in next ch-sp , ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-sp) ; 
{ch 5, (3 dc in next ch-sp , ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-sp) } ; 
rep {to} 11 times ; ch 3, dc in the last ch-3 sp.  Turn. 

Row 60 :  sl-st till the next ch-3 sp of the next (to) ;  dc in the same ch-sp ;  
ch 2, 3 dc in the same 1st ch-sp , ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-sp ;   
*[ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp] ; {ch 5, (3 dc in next ch-sp , ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-sp) }* ;   
rep *to* 10 times ; 
ch 5, sc in the last ch-5 sp ; ch 5, 2 dc in the last st.  Turn.

The armhole has been shaped completely, and we will now need to move our markers down for shaping the sides of our top.  So you can either fasten off here and re-attach yarn, OR you can sl-st all the way to the point needed.  I'm going to indicate the point using a marker.

Counting the 2 dc as our first (to) ; 
place your marker on the fourth (to) from the armhole edge. 
If you have fastened off yarn, this is where you will re-attach it.

Row 61 :  3 dc in the same 1st ch-sp , ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-sp ;  
{ch 5, (3 dc in next ch-sp , ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-sp) } ; 
rep {to} 7 times ; 
ch 3, 2 dc in the last ch-3 sp.  Turn. 

Row 62 :  dc in the 1st st  ;  ch 3, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; 
{ch 5, (3 dc in next ch-sp , ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-sp) }  ; 
[ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp] ; rep {to } once* ;  
rep *to* 6 times ;  Turn.

Row 63 :  sl-st till the next ch-3 sp of the next (to) , sc in the same ch-3 sp ;   
{ch 5, (3 dc in next ch-sp , ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-sp) } ; 
rep {to} 5 times ; 
ch 3, dc in the last st.  Turn. 

Row 64 :  sl-st till the next ch-3 sp of the next (to) , sc in the same ch-3 sp ;   
{ch 5, (3 dc in next ch-sp , ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-sp) }  ; 
[ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp] ; rep {to } once* ;  
rep *to* 4 times ;  Turn.

Row 65 :  trc in the 1st ch-3 sp ;   
ch 2, (3 dc in next ch-sp , ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-sp) ; 
{ch 5,  rep (to) once} ; 
rep {to} 2 times ; 
ch 5, dc in the last st.  Turn. 

Row 66 :  dc in the 1st st ;  ch 2, sc in the next ch-5 sp ;  
{ch 5, (3 dc in next ch-sp , ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-sp) }  ; 
[ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp] ; rep {to } once* ;  
rep *to* 2 times ;  Turn.


Row 67 :  trc in the 1st ch-3 sp ;   ch 2, (3 dc in next ch-sp , ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-sp) ; 
{ch 5,  rep (to) once} ; rep {to} once ; ch 2, dc in the last st.  Turn. 

Row 68 :  sl-st till the next ch-3 sp of the next (to) , sc in the same ch-3 sp ; 
 *[ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp] ; {ch 5, (3 dc in next ch-sp , ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-sp) * ;  
rep *to* once ending with an sc in the last ch-3 sp ;  Turn.

Row 69 :  trc in the 1st sc ;   ch 2, (3 dc in next ch-sp , ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-sp) ;  
ch 5, dc in the last st.  Turn. 

Row 70 :  dc in the 1st dc ; ch 2, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; 
*{ch 5, (3 dc in next ch-sp , ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-sp) } . Turn.

Row 71 :  dc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; ch 3, trc in the last st.  Turn.

We've completed the sides of our top.


Edging / border :
You could either complete this bottom border here and then proceed to the top to complete the armhole and shoulder bit OR you could fasten off after Row 54, complete the shoulder, then the back of your top, and after joining sides do the edging/border as one piece.  But I’m going to write out the border here once. 
You could also work this cute border along the neckline and armholes.  

OK, now put your work down, and see the slightly odd edges where the (to) sticks out. 
You can also clearly see the edge of the armhole as well as the bottom edge of your vest - so you will need to straighten this edge with a row sc and ch-3 sps.

We will work a picot which is (ch 3, sl-st into the 3rd ch from hk). 
So, start with a sc in the 1st st ; 
*ch 2 picot + ch 2,  sc in next st* ; 
rep *to* till end. 

And we’re DONE ... phew!!  (well.. with one side.. you have to make a mirror image for the back too) !!! 
This one has taken a lot out of you .. but just look at this beauty !! 
Total respect for the brain who thought this one through !! J

Right then.. go ahead and complete the back part for this top, and it’s going to go a lot faster as you’ve got the pattern going.  
Remember do not assume that the information between brackets / parenthesis is the same as from previous row(s) and keep checking against this half when you’re working on the other half – for synchronization.


and the full chart for quick reference


Fasten off and weave in ends.

And you are DONE with this awesome creation.
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