Monday, 12 June 2017

Sunburst Festival Top

Sunburst granny square are by far my favourite. I love the design, the endless colour combinations, and the simplicity of these little squares. You all know my love for designing crop tops, so why not combine my two loves together! The final outcome was this colourful sunburst festival lace up crop top (hmm that was a mouthful!)

 
The yarn I used was quite fine. I found it at my local Soestrene Grene store and each 50g ball was less than 2 Euros!!! I would say its a weight 2 yarn (fingering) and the hook I used was a size 3mm.

Notes:

puff stitch: *yarn over, insert hook into the stitch, draw up a loop* three times. You will end up with                      7 loops on hook. Yarn over and pull through all loops on hook. Chain 1 to close.

cluster stitch: *yarn over, insert hook into stitch and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through 2                                loops* 4 times. You will end up with 5 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pill through                          all loops on hook.

treble stitch:   yarn over hook twice, insert hook into stitch. Yarn over and draw up loop (4 loops on                           hook). Pull yarn through 2 loops (3 loops left on hook). Yarn over and draw through 2                         loops (2 loops left on hook). Yarn over and draw through the last 2 loops on hook.


To make the sunburst granny square:

Start off by making a magic circle, then chain 3 (counts as the first double crochet).
Make 15 double crochets into the circle. You will have 16 double crochets at the end of this round. Cut yarn and fasten off.

Attach new colour with a slip stitch to any double crochet. Chain 1 and puff stitch into the same stitch and in every double crochet around. Join with a slip stitch to the first puff stitch. Fasten off. You should have 16 puffs by the end of this round.

Attach next colour to any chain 1 space then chain 2. In the same space make (cluster stitch, chain 2) in the same space and in every chain 1 space around. Join with a slip stitch to the first cluster stitch. Fasten off.

Attach your new colour to any chain 2 space with a slip stitch. Chain 4 (acts as the first treble stitch). Make 2 trebles into the same stitch

*3 double crochets into the next chain 2 space, then make 3 half double crochets into the next chain 2 space, then 3 double crochets into the following chain 2 space.

Make 3 treble stitches into the next chain 2 space, chain 3 and make another 3 treble stitches all in the same space. This is your first corner completed!* Repeat from * to * two more times.

When you reach your last corner make 3 treble stitches into the same space as the beginning treble stitches, then chain 3 and join with a slip stitch to the beginning chain 4. Fasten off.

Next I attached white yarn to the chain 3 space (the corner), chain 3 (acts as the first double crochet). Make 2 more double crochets into the same space. Make double crochets all the way up along the side of the square. When you reach a corner, make 3 double crochets into the chain 3 space, then chain 2 and make another 3 double crochets into the same space. Repeat this pattern all the way around the square until you reach the last corner. Here you make 3 double crochets, then chain 2 and slip stitch into the top of the chain 3 you made at the beginning of the round. Cut yarn and fasten off. Weave in any loose ends.

Assembling the top:

So the size top I made in the above photo will fit an extra small, maybe even a small. I made a total of 14 squares. Firstly I single crocheted on side of two squares together (making sure the right sides were facing each other. I continued single crocheting squares together until I had a strip of 7 squares in total.
Then I made another strip of 7 squares. When I had my two strips finished I single crocheted the two strips together. If you want the top to have more coverage (closer in length to you belly button I would suggest making another strip)

When all my strips were crocheted together I attached my white yarn to one of the chain 2 spaces of one of the squares on the short side of the top. I chained 3 and double crocheted down the short side. I did a total of 2 rows of double crochet. (if you need more coverage here just add another row or two of double crochets.



Next I wanted to make holes so I could lace the top closed like a corset. So I just chained 5, skipped the next 2 stitches, and double crocheted in the next stitch. *Chain 2, skip two stitches and double crochet into the next stitch*. Repeat to end.
To make these holes a bit more sturdier I just chained 1 and made 2 single crochets into each chain 2 space and a single crochet into the top of every double crochet from the previous round. Repeat this for the other short side. I continued with single crochet all the way around the top to give it a clean edge. Then I fastened off.

I then grabbed two strands of my white yarn held together and made a really long chain. I made about 200-250 chains. Finally I made two tassels and attached them to each end of the long chain. Then I weave this chain through the holes and tied it closed. 

Hope you all enjoy making this top. xx




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