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Monday, 25 January 2016

HALF ‘ N HALF TOP


HALF ‘ N HALF TOP

Yet again an irresistible top more so because of the unusual pattern.. ah Pinterest and the world wide web.. where would we be without all of this?

So without further ado, let’s move on with this new construction challenge, shall we?

This is not my original pattern. I found this photograph and a convenient chart on the internet.
As I work on this pattern, I’ve written down my notes that I share with you.


Materials used : Today I’ve used our superb Indian Modi knitting cotton yarn,  with a 3.5 mm crochet hook 

Skill level :  Advanced

Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)
fsc : Foundation single crochet                       dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                             ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                             rep : Repeat
dtr : Double treble crochet

Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/


Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
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 the chainless dc start.

How to do a double treble crochet (dtr) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Byc31njfIHc

Quick analysis of what we’re going to do here today.  With this stunningly pattern, we’re going to work from the base of the top, working towards the shoulders.  We will work the front and back separately and then join shoulders and sides thereafter.

Now here’s the challenge.  Our pattern is unique, you know that.. which is why you’ve taken up this challenge.  So it starts as a simple “V”-st for the first four rows, and then we start the diagonal pineapple pattern. The pineapples slowly grow along the front diagonally, till you get a full row of just pineapples.

Now there is a chart to follow along with, and the instructions will be there for a bit. But it’s not possible to write down the full written instruction as we’re all making different sizes. 
Just remember that when the pattern starts off with the pineapples, both ends of the row need to be the same.. i.e you start and end with the same stitch pattern repeat.

Right then, let’s get started.
We’re working from waist up – our start row needs to be half Round Waist.

Start with fsc in multiples of 14 + 1 till you have half round waist measure (or half of whatever point you wish the top to come up to)

We will use a “V”-st in this top that is (2 dc ; ch 2, 2dc) all in the same st or ch-sp.

Row 1 : dc in the 1st fsc ; (ch 1, sk next fsc, dc in the next fsc) ; 
rep (to) once ; ch 1, sk next 2 fsc, “V”-st in the next fsc ; 
*ch 1, sk next 2 fsc, dc in the next fsc ; rep (to) 4 times ; 
ch 1, sk next 2 fsc, “V”-st in the next fsc* ; 
rep *to* till last 7 fsc ; 
ch 1, sk next 2 fsc, dc in the next fsc ; rep (to) 2 times.  Turn.

Row 2 : dc in the 1st dc ; (ch 1, dc in the next dc) ; 
rep (to) once ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ; 
*ch 1, dc in the next dc ; rep (to) 4 times ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st * ; 
rep *to* till last “V”-st ; ch 1, dc in the next dc ; rep (to) 2 times.  Turn.

Row 3 - 4 : Rep Row 2

From this row on we’re going to start on the diagonal and pineapple pattern from one side of the top.

Row 5 : dc in the 1st dc ; (ch 1, dc in the next dc) ; 
rep (to) once ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ; 
*rep (to) 5 times ; ch 1,  “V”-st in the next “V”-st * ; 
rep *to* till dc before the last “V”-st ; 
ch 2, sc in the last dc (before the last “V”-st ) ; 
ch 2, “V”-st in the last “V”-st ; ch 1, 2 dc in the  same “V”-st ;  
ch 1, sc in the next dc ; ch 2, dc in the next dc (the 2nd last dc from end) ; 
rep (to) once.  Turn.

Row 6 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 2, sc in the next dc ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next ch-2 sp ; 
ch 2, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ; ch 2, sk next sc, sc in the next dc ; 
ch 2, sk next dc, “V”-st in the next dc ; 
ch 2, sc in the next ch-2 sp (between “V”-st) ; 
ch 2, 2 dc in the next dc ; ch 1, dc in the next dc ; 
(ch 1, dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) 2 times ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ; 
*rep (to) 5 times ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st * ; 
rep *to* till last “V”-st ; ch 1, dc in the next dc ; rep (to) 2 times.  Turn.

Row 7 : dc in the 1st dc ; (ch 1, dc in the next dc) ; 
rep (to) once ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ; 
*rep (to) 5 times ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st * ; 
rep *to* till dc before the 3rd last “V”-st ; 
ch 2, 2 dc in the last dc (before that last “V”-st ) ; 
ch 2, sc in the next ch-2 sp (between“V”-st) ;  
ch 2, “V”-st in the next dc ; 
ch 2, sk next dc, sc in the next dc ; 
ch 2, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ; ch 2, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ; 
ch 2, sc in the last dc.  Turn.

Row 8 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 3, 2 dc in the next “V”-st ; 
[ch 2, sc in the next ch-2 sp ; ch 3, sc in the next ch-2 sp] ; 
ch 2, sk next sc, 2 dc in the next “V”-st ; rep [to] once ; 
ch 2, sk next 2 dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; (ch 1, dc in the next dc) ; 
rep (to) 2 times ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next ch-2 sp ; 
*rep (to) 5 times ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st * ; 
rep *to* till last “V”-st ; ch 1, dc in the next dc ; rep (to) 2 times.  Turn.

Row 9 : dc in the 1st dc ; (ch 1, dc in the next dc) ; 
rep (to) once ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ; *rep (to) 5 times ; 
ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st * ; rep *to* till last “V”-st ;
Rep (to) 2 times ; 
[dc , ch 2, 2 dc] in the next dc ; ch 2, sk next 2 dc, 7 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; 
ch 2, sk next 2 dc, “V”-st in the next ch-2 sp ; ch 2, 7 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; 
ch 2, {2 dc ; ch 2, dc} in the last dc. Turn.

Now as you can see, this pattern is getting a bit complicated, as we have some “V”-sts from Rows 1 – 4, and then there are these new “V”-sts that we’re adding with the pineapple pattern.  
So, for convenience, let’s place a marker in the last “V”-st of the main part of the dress, so that we can get that diagonal for the pineapples nice & neat.  Hopefully we’ll work through this together.

Row 10 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 2, 2 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; 
ch 3, sc in the next ch-2 sp ; 
[ch 3, sk the next 2 dc, sc in the next dc ; 
ch 3, sk the next dc, sc in the next dc ; 
ch 3, sk next 2 dc, sc in the next ch-2 sp] ;
ch 2, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ; ch 3, sc in the next ch-2 sp ; 
rep [to] once ;
ch 2, sk next 2 dc ; “V”-st in the next ch-2 sp ; sk next dc,
(ch 1, dc in the next dc) ;
ch 1, “V”-st in the next ch-2 sp [and mark this “V”-st] ; 
*rep (to) 5 times ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st * ; 
rep *to* till last “V”-st ; ch 1, dc in the next dc ; rep (to) 2 times.  Turn.

Move marker up .

Row 11 : dc in the 1st dc ; (ch 1, dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) once ; 
ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ; 
*rep (to) 5 times ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st * ; 
rep *to* till the 3rd last “V”-st (marked one) ;
ch 1, sk next dc, 
[2 dc ; ch 2, 2 dc ; ch 2, 2 dc] in the next “V”-st ; 
ch 2, sc in the next ch-3 sp ;  {ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp} ; 
rep {to} once ; ch 2, rep [to] in the next “V”-st ; 
ch 2, rep {to} 2 times ; 
ch 2, 2 dc in the last ch-2 sp ; dc in the same last ch-2 sp  dc in the last dc.   Turn.

Our marked “V”-st is the same one from Row 10.

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

Move marker to the “V”-st before the pattern we’re making , so it’s the 4th “V”-st from the end. 

Row 13 : dc in the 1st dc ; (ch 1, dc in the next dc) ; 
rep (to) once ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ; 
*rep (to) 5 times ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st * ; 
rep *to* till the marked “V”-st ;
rep (to) 2 times ;  ch 2, sk next ch-sp and dc, sc in the next ch-1 sp ; 
ch 2, sk next 2 dc and ch-sp , {“V”-st in the next ch-2 sp ; ch 2, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 2, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ; ch 2, sc in the next ch-2 sp ; ch 2, “V”-st in the next “V”-st} ; 
[ch 2, sc in the next ch-3 sp on top of pineapple] ;
ch 2, rep {to} once  ; rep [to] once ; 
ch 2, “V”-st in the last “V”-st ; ch 2, sc in the last dc. Turn.

Move marker up.

Row 14 : hdc in the 1st sc ; ch 1, sc in the 1st ch-2 sp ; 
[ch 2, 2 dc in the next “V”-st ; ch 1, 2 dc in the next “V”-st] ; 
{ch 2, sc in the next ch-2 sp ; ch 3, sk next sc, sc in the next ch-2 sp} ; 
rep [to] once ; rep {to} once ; rep [to] once ; 
ch 2, sc in the next ch-2 sp ; ch 3, sk next sc, sc in the next dc ; 
ch 2, dc in the next dc ; ch 1, “V”-st in the marked “V”-st ;
*rep (to) 5 times ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st * ; 
rep *to* till last “V”-st ; ch 1, dc in the next dc ; rep (to) 2 times.  Turn.

Move marker up.

Row 15 : dc in the 1st dc ; (ch 1, dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) once ; 
ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ; 
*rep (to) 5 times ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st * ; 
rep *to* till the marked “V”-st ;
ch 1, sk next dc, 7 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; 
ch 1, “V”-st in the next ch-1 sp ; 
[ch 1, 7 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next ch-1 sp] ; 
rep [to] once ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next ch-1 sp ; 
ch 1, sk next sc, 4 dc in the last hdc.

Move marker up.

Row 16 : hdc in the 1st dc ; ch 1, sc in the next dc ; 
ch 3, sk next 2 dc, sc in the next ch-1 sp ; 
{ch 2, “V”-st in the next “V”-st} ; ch 2, sc in the next ch-1 sp ; 
[ch 3, sk next 2 dc, sc in the next dc ; 
ch 3, sk next dc, sc in the next ch-1 sp ; 
ch 3, sk next 2 dc, sc in the next dc] ; 
rep {to} once ; rep [to] once ; rep {to} once ; 
rep [to] once ; rep {to} once ; 
(ch 1, dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) 4 times ; 
ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ;
*rep (to) 5 times ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st * ; 
rep *to* till last “V”-st ; ch 1, dc in the next dc ; rep (to) 2 times.  Turn.

Move marker one “V”-st to the right (i.e keeping the pineapple stitches that we’re creating to our left hand side)

Row 17 : dc in the 1st dc ; (ch 1, dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) once ; 
ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ; 
*rep (to) 5 times ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st * ; 
rep *to* till the marked “V”-st ; 
rep (to) 4 times ; ch 2, sc in the next dc ; 
[“V”-st in the next “V”-st ; ch 2, 2 dc in the same “V”-st] ; 
{ch 2, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp} ; 
ch 2, rep [to] once ; rep {to} once ; rep [to] once ; 
rep {to} once ; rep [to] once ; ch 2, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; 
ch 3, sc in the last hdc.  Turn.

Move marker up.

Row 18 : hdc in the 1st dc ; ch 1, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; 
[ch 2, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next ch-2 sp] ; 
{ch 2, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp} ; 
rep [to] once ; rep {to} once ; rep [to] once ; rep {to} once ; rep [to] once ; 
ch 2, sk next sc, sc in the next dc ; 
(ch 1, dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) once ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ;
*rep (to) 5 times ; ch 1, “V”-st in the nex t “V”-st * ; 
rep *to* till last “V”-st ; 
ch 1, dc in the next dc ; rep (to) 2 times.  Turn.

Move marker one “V”-st to the right (i.e keeping the pineapple stitches that we’re creating to our left hand side)

Row 19 : dc in the 1st dc ; (ch 1, dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) once ; 
ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ; 
*rep (to) 5 times ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st * ; 
rep *to* till the marked “V”-st ; rep (to) 4 times ;
ch 1, sk next dc, 2 dc in the next ch-1 sp ; 
ch 2, sc in the next ch-2 sp between “V”-st ; 
ch 2, sk next 2 dc, sc in the next ch-1 sp ;
ch 2, sk next 2 dc, sc in the next dc ; 
[ch 2, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ; ch 2, sc in the next ch-1 sp between 2 “V”-sts ; 
ch 2, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ; ch 2, sc in the next ch-3 sp of pineapple] ; 
rep [to] till last “V”-st ; ch 2, sc in the last hdc.  Turn.

Move marker up.

In the following row, we’ll use our dtr, so take a quick look at the video if needed to refresh your memory.

Row 20 : dtr in the 1st sc ; [2 dc in the next “V”-st ; ch 2, sc in the next ch-2 sp ; ch 3, sc in the next ch-2 sp ; ch 2, 2 dc in th
e next “V”-st] ; 
{ch 1, rep [to] once} ; rep {to} 2 times ; 
ch 1, 2 dc in the next “V”-st ; 
ch 2, sc in the next ch-2 sp ; ch 3, sc in the next ch-2 sp ; 
ch 2, sk next 2 dc, 2 dc in the next ch-1 sp ;
dc in the next dc ;
(ch 1, dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) once ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ;
*rep (to) 5 times ; ch 1, “V”-st in the nex t “V”-st * ; 
rep *to* till last “V”-st ; ch 1, dc in the next dc ; rep (to) 2 times.  Turn.

Our pattern repeat is from Rows 9 – 20.





Now as you can see, we’re working one side with the pineapples (working from the left of your top to the right) and on the right hand side, we have our lacy “V”-st pattern slowly reducing.  As our pineapple diagonal increases, we’ll soon reach the right hand side edge, and will just contine with the pineapple pattern till we reach the armhole edge.  Remember that when you start working only on the pineapple pattern, you will start and end with the same stitch pattern.

So the main difference in the pattern will be in the reduction of the (ch 1, dc in the next dc) pattern for the simple “V’-st pattern of the top, and increase of the pineapple part of the top… but I’m sure you’ve figured that out too.

So let’s work our repeats till the armhole, ending with Row 16, and we’ll catch up there.


Armhole decrease :
For convenience, I am going to start re-numbering our rows from here on.  Please note that all instructions given in this section are for the part from armhole to the shoulder(s) and should not be confused with the earlier rows just completed.

Row 1 : sl-st in the 1st two ch-3 sps ; ch 2 ; dc in the next “V”-st ; 
*{ch 2, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp} ;  ch 2, [“V”-st in the next “V”-st ; ch 2, 2 dc in the same “V”-st]* ; 
rep *to* till last pineapple (i.e {to}) ; ch 2, 2 dc in the next “V”-st.  Turn.

Row 2 : 3 dc in 1st st ; 
*{ch 2, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp} ; [“V”-st in the next “V”-st ; ch 2, 2 dc in the same “V”-st]* ; 
rep *to* till last st ; 3 dc in the last dc.  Turn.

Row 3 : 3 dc in the 1st dc ; ch 2, sc in the next ch-3 sp ;
[ch 2, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ; ch 2, sc in the next ch-1 sp between 2 “V”-sts ; ch 2, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ; ch 2, sc in the next ch-3 sp of pineapple] ; 
rep [to] till last ch-3 sp of the last pineapple ; ch 2, sk 1 dc, 3 dc in the last dc.  Turn.

And this completes our decreases.. so for the following row, we’ll go back to our repeats from our body pattern sheet.. and follow instructions for Row 20. Rep Rows 9 – 20 till your project reaches the neckline level.

For the neckline, what I have done is first fold my project in half and decide how 'wide' I want my neckline (from the centre fold) and place markers at those points.
I then worked the pattern from the armhole to this marker and back from this neckline point to the armhole, ensuring I worked in pattern through.

Do refer to the chart provided below for guidance.

Work the pattern on till the shoulder level.  We will then come back to the other side of the neckline and complete the other shoulder too.

Fasten off and leave a tail to attach shoulders.

Repeat all instructions for the back as well.

Join the front  and back shoulder bits and then we’ll go down to the border.



Border :
For the border, we will go back to that foundation fsc row and work from the other side of that row.
  
Border Row 1 : sc in the 1st fsc ; (ch 5, sk  next 3 fsc , sc in the next fsc) ; 
rep (to) all around.

Once the border is done, rather than fastening off, I’d suggest you run a round of dc’s all across the front placket, around the back of the neck and down the other side of the front placket.


Fasten off and weave in ends.


And that’s done.. yet another project brilliantly executed ! J

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