Monday, 27 March 2017

Retro Off The Shoulder Crop Top

My love for off shoulder crop tops is growing day by day. There are just so many ways to make them. So what do you all think about incorporating the granny stitch into one? I love this idea! There are endless colour combinations you could stitch together, the thoughts of it is literally making me salivate at the mouth!
Looking at the picture below any novice crochet lover might think making this top will be a challenge but really it isn't. It's quite a repetitive pattern, and no crazy out of this world stitches are needed for the making!


Right let's get the show on the road! For this project I used a 4mm crochet hook and a DK yarn also known as light worsted or 8 ply or a weight 3 yarn. When I first made this top I used a regular worsted/aran yarn but it came out slightly heavy for my liking.

The instructions here will fit a small to medium size.

NOTE:

If you want to customise this top to your own body shape just chain multiples of 3 plus 2. Make sure that when you are finished with your chain that it doesn't wrap completely around your bust area. There must be a gap of about 4-5 inches.

Chain 107

Single crochet into the 2nd chain from the hook. Single crochet to the end of the row. Chain 3, turn.

Double crochet in the same stitch as your chain 3. Skip 2 stitches then make 3 double crochets in the next stitch. Continue across the row skipping 2 stitches between each 3 double crochet cluster. The row will end with 2 double crochets in the last stitch ( because you started with 2 double crochet). Chain 3 and turn.

For the next row you don't make a double crochet in the same stitch as your chain 3. Instead you move along and make a 3 double crochet cluster in the next gap. Continue across the row ending with 1 double crochet in the top of the last double crochet from the previous row.

** If you begin your row with 2 double crochets (the chain 3 and double crochet in same stitch) you end that row with 2 double crochets in the last stitch.

** If you begin your row with just a chain 3 you end that row with just 1 double crochet in the last stitch

Alternate between these last two rows until you have reached your desired length.

For the final row of the main part of the top do chain 1 and single crochet across the row. DO NOT CUT YARN. Chain 2 and double crochet evenly across the short side of the top. Repeat this row one more time. If you need more coverage add more rows of plain double crochets.

Chain 5 and  skip 2 stitches. Double crochet into the next stitch. *Skip 2 stitches and double crochet into the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * until you reach the end of the row. Fasten off .

Repeat for the other side making sure you have the same number of stitches as the other side. 

Cuffs:
Make 2 of these!

Make a chain long enough to wrap around the upper part of your arm. Make sure your number of stitches are multiples of 3 plus 2.

Single crochet into  the 2nd chain from the hook. Single crochet to the end of the row. Chain 3 and turn.

Double crochet into the same stitch as your chain 3. Skip 2 stitches and make 3 double crochets into the next stitch. Continue across the row by skipping 2 stitches and making 3 double crochets into the next stitch. This row will end with 2 double crochets in the last stitch (because you began your row with 2 double crochets). Chain 3 and turn

For the next row you don't make a double crochet in the same stitch as your chain 3. Instead you move along and make a 3 double crochet cluster in the next gap. Continue across the row ending with 1 double crochet in the top of the last double crochet from the previous row.

** If you begin your row with 2 double crochets (the chain 3 and double crochet in same stitch) you end that row with 2 double crochets in the last stitch.

** If you begin your row with just a chain 3 you end that row with just 1 double crochet in the last stitch.
Alternate between these last two rows until you have reached your desired length. I did 6 rows of the clusters.

Chain 1 and single crochet to the end of the row. Fasten off leaving a long tail. Turn to the wrong side and either sew or slip stitch the two ends together.
Attach yarn to the edge of the cuff where the seam begins. Make a chain of 7-8. Now you should wrap the top around your body and take notice where your armpits are lying. This is where you attach the end of your chain that's on your cuff. To attach it just make a slip stitch to the edge of the top and secure further with a yarn needle. Repeat for the other cuff. 

The Lace Tie:

Make a chain of 300-400 and weave through the little “boxes” on the front of the top

You are now free to conquer the world with your new crop top. Play around with different colours. For my top and did two rows of the same color etc.

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