Saturday, April 22, 2017

Caribbean Summer Top...

I found this gorgeous cotton yarn at Hobby Lobby the other day and just knew I had to make something summery with it.  The brand is Crafter's Secret and was on sale...yay for me!!!  $1.87 per skein.  So, this cute top was very economically friendly.  It comes in 120 yards per skein.  I used Caribbean and Dark Teal.

Caribbean Summer Top

Size:  Women's Large
Difficulty Level:  Easy

Materials:
--5.0mm hook
--Crafter's Secret 100% cotton yarn (4 skeins Caribbean -- I didn't use all of the 4th skein; 1 skein Dark Teal)
--(5) 1/2 buttons in coordinating color
--tapestry needle for weaving

Abbreviations:
Ch: chain
Sl st: slip stitch
St: stitch
Sc: single crochet
HDC: half double crochet
Sk st: skip stitch
FO: fasten off

Note:  My chest measurement (around my breasts) is 42".  If you are bigger breasted, then you would want to adjust the hook size up a size.

Directions:
1.  With Caribbean yarn, ch120.  Into the 2nd ch from the hook, Sc and HDC, then sk st.  *Sc and HDC in next st, sk st.* Repeat across until the last st.  Only Sc in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (119 total stitches)
--I wrapped the first row around my back/breasts to check sizing; the ends were approximately 2" short of touching which was fine since I was adding bands on each end in secondary color for the buttons and buttonholes--
2-30.  Repeat row 1.  At the end of Row 30, FO Caribbean yarn.  (119)

Button Bands:
Left side (this is the band I attached the buttons on):
1.  Join Dark Teal yarn in the corner and Ch1.  You will be working on the short ends.  1 Sc st evenly down the side.  There's 30 rows; so you should have 30 stitches.  Ch1 and turn.  (30)
2-6.  1 sc in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  At the end of Row 6, FO and weave ends.  (30)

Right side (this is the band with the buttonholes):
1.  Join Dark Teal yarn in the corner on the opposite short end and Ch1.  1 Sc st evenly down the side.    You should have 30 sc stitches.  Ch1 and turn.  (30)
2-3.  1 sc in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (30)
4.  1 sc in the first 2 st, skip 2, ch2, *1 sc in next 4 st, skip 2, ch2,* repeat from * to * across.  1 sc in each of the last 2 stitches.  (You will have made 5 buttonholes) 
5.  1 sc in each st across with 2 sc into the buttonholes made.  Ch1 and turn.  (30)
6.  1 sc in each st across.  FO.  Weave ends.  

Important Step
Attach Buttons:  
At this point, attach buttons to the left side.  Make sure button placement aligns with the buttonholes. Once buttons are attached, button up each one.  We will now be working in the round....

1.  With Dark Teal yarn, join into any st of Row 30.  I joined mine in the first st of Row 30 (after the button band).  You will work 1 sc into each st around.  When you come to the first button band, make sure it is aligned on top of the second button band and continue to work your sc stitches (on button band, you are working thru both layers...).  Sl st to first st to join and Ch1. 
2-4.  1 sc in each st around.  Sl st to first st to join and Ch1.  
5.  This is an increase round.  2 Sc in first st, 1 Sc in the next 10 st.  Repeat around.  1 sc in any remaining stitches.
Stitch markers for straps 

Mesh Rounds:
1.  Ch1 and sc in same st.  *Ch5, skip 3, sc in next st,* repeat this pattern around.  Sl st to first sc st and Ch1.  
2-5.  Repeat pattern around:  Sc in same st as Ch1, then *Ch5, skip 3, sc in next st,* repeat this pattern around.  Sl st to first sc st and Ch1.  

Straps (make 2):
1.  With Dark Teal, I joined yarn on Row 1, 5 cluster stitches (Sc/HDC) over from each side of the button band, excluding the button band stitches (so count over 5 cluster stitches that was done in the Caribbean  yarn).  Work 5 sc stitches between cluster 5 and cluster 7 stitches.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
2-55.  1 sc in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)

To attach Row 55 to the backside, I made sure my top was evenly aligned and then I sc the last row of the strap onto the backside.  If you don't want to sc the strap to the backside, then you can FO, leaving a long tail to whipstitch to the top row on the backside.  

Repeat for second strap.  

That's it!!!  If any part is confusing, please drop me an email or comment and I will try to help you and better explain any part of the pattern.
Happy Crocheting!!!

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--do not claim pattern as your own
--do not use my pics
--do not post my pattern or pics to any social media sites, but reference back to my blog
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