Monday, 6 March 2017

FAN CROPPED TOP

free crochet top pattern

FAN CROPPED TOP


This top was spurred by a chic top I just made (or rather that I uploaded today).  Someone saw that top and wanted a simple cropped top and here’s what we decided on.

This top has been inspired by a free pattern, but that top is for a front open shrug / bolero, and here I’ve adapted it to make this top using the same pattern sheet.

Thanks for joining me once again as we work on and discover this new pattern together. J

Do check my long pinterest “to-do” list for little ladies jackets / boleros at https://in.pinterest.com/shyamanivas/ladies-tops-to-make/
And inspired by this photo, here are my pattern notes as I work on my project.



Materials usedToday I’ve used ~ about 2 cones (approx 120 gms) of our lovely Indian lace thin polyester silk yarn (a.k.a Kamal kadai thread) with a 2.5 mm crochet hook ;
Optional : Stitch marker

Size made : for 34” bust ; 17” length

Difficulty level : Advanced Skill level

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 dc row 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 video at http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/ In case you are unhappy with this start, do continue with the usual ch 2 or ch 3 start.  However, all instructions are given assuming that you’re using this chainless dc start. 


How to join with single crochet : Check the links below :

How to join with whip stich : Check the links below :


Abbreviations used :  Using U.S Terminology

fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 ch : Chain
dc : Double crochet                                              sp(s) : Space(s)
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                       hk : Hook
lp : Loop(s)                                                               yo : Yarn Over
sk : Skip                                                                     sc : Single crochet
trc : Triple / Treble crochet 


Instructions : (Using U.S Terminology)

free crochet pattern, free cropped top crochet pattern

Before we start on our journey, as usual, let’s see what we’re going to do here.  The pattern that I’ve used here is a freebie from http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gulf-coast-shrug

Thank you +Karen McKenna for this really lovely free pattern.

So before you head any further into my blog, please check out this link for the original pattern.  

Using this pattern, I’m going to alter it slightly to get a cropped top, with permission from the really lovely and generous designer, Karen.

I just love the ‘fan pattern’ used here, and that’s what made me think that this was the pattern for me
J

This pattern is worked like a rectangle and is a really simple one line pattern repeat.  There is no shaping for the armhole or neckline.  We will, therefore, have boat neckline, and  finally join on tiny cute sleeves. 
We will work the same pattern for the front and back, and then join the two rectangles to make one beautiful crop top.

Ready? Let’s go

PART 1 : FRONT & BACK OF TOP
(Make two identical pieces)


Our stitch count repeat is  5 + 2

As we’re making a crop top here, you will first need to figure out how long you want your top and then how loose.  You will work your measurements for the half round chest depending on these two measurements.



Start with fsc in multiples of 5 + 2 for just slightly over half the round chest.  Turn.

Please check the fan stitch as indicated by Karen McKenna which is (2 dc ; ch 1, 2 dc) all in the same st or ch-sp.

Row 1 : dc in the 1st fsc ; *sk next 4 fsc, Fan Stitch in the next fsc* ; rep *to* till the last 5 fsc ;  sk next 4 fsc, dc in the last fsc. Turn.

In our following rows, we will work our Fan Stitch in the ch-1 sps.

STOP and check that the you have the width (and looseness) you desire for your top.  IF not, this is the time to re-work your first row of fsc stitches.

Row 2 : dc in the 1st dc ; *Fan Stitch in ch-1 sp of the next Fan Stitch* ; rep *to* till the last dc ;  dc in the last dc. Turn.

And that’s it... Our pattern done!

Rep Row 2 till you have the length you need for your crop top.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

You should have a rectangle piece of work done.  Work the same pattern for one more rectangle which will form the back of your top.


PART 2 : FINISHING

You have two rectangles in hand.  Ensure that you have the width and lengths the way you need it to be, and the pattern going the way you want it to – so fan pattern should be facing the same direction for both pieces.
Attach the shoulders and the sides, keeping an opening for each armhole and one neck.

I have then worked a small border of sc all around the neckline and around the armhole.  In case you are working the sleeve, then please check the instructions below before you work the sc around armhole.  If you are not working sleeves in, then I’d suggest you work a round of sc or hdc all around the base as well, just to finish it all off neatly.  Fasten off… weave and glue down all ends.

PART 3 : SLEEVE IDEA

 In case you decide to work the sleeve, then we will do this after we have joined the sides, allocating the armhole space.

Before we work the sleeve in, let us work a round of sc all around.  As we’re working the same pattern as for the centre of the top, let us work sc in multiples of 5 for around armhole.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc and we have our base round ready for the pattern.



Round 1 : 2 dc in the 1st sc ; *sk next 4 sc, Fan Stitch in the next sc* ; rep *to* till the last 4 sc ;  sk next 4 sc, 2 dc ; ch 1, dc in the last sc (which is also the 1st st  you started 1 dc with.  You now have a fan stitch in that 1st sc as well). Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 2 : sl-st into the 1st ch-1 sp of the 1st Fan st ;  
Fan Stitch in ch-1 sp of the same 1st Fan Stitch ;
*Fan Stitch in ch-1 sp of the next Fan Stitch* ;
rep *to* till the end. Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Rep Round 2, increasing the sleeve length, till you have the length desired.

Fasten off and weave /glue in ends. 

and ta da!!  It's the same project.. just to show you how beautiful this yarn is.. first photo taken outdoors and the second one is taken indoors!  Ain't this just beautiful as... ;)






PART 4 : BLOCKING IDEAS

Block by placing your top under a lightly damp muslin cloth and ironing from over the muslin cloth, stretching it lightly to give it shape.  Remember that you should not iron your top directly, especially if you have used acrylic and not used cotton/linen.

For Indians : If you too have used the polyester silk Kamal kadai thread, remember that you cannot iron on it directly ever!

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