Lace overlay top crochet pattern

Women's top crochet pattern

Top crochet patternFINISHED SIZES

Instructions given fit size small; changes for medium, large, X-large and 2X-large are in [ ].

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Bust: 37 1/2 inches (small) [41 1/4 inches (medium), 44 1/4 inches (large), 47 1/4 inches (X-large), 51 1/2 inches (2X-large)]

Length excluding ribbing: 19 1/2 inches (small) [19 1/2 inches (medium), 21 1/4 inches (large), 23 inches (X-large), 24 3/4 inches (2X-large)]

MATERIALS

Designing Vashti Lotus fine (sport) weight cotton/rayon yarn (3 1/2 oz/256 yds/100g per skein) (2):

5 [5, 6, 6, 7] skeins #024 sapphire

Sizes F/5/3.75mm and G/6/4mm crochet hooks or sizes needed to obtain gauge

6/0 Czech glass beads: 46 [46, 54, 54, 62]

GAUGE

Size F hook in Bodice pattern: 19 sts = 4 inches; 14 rows = 4 inches

Size G hook in Lace Overlay pattern: [Cl, ch 5, bow st, ch 5] twice = 4 inches; 8 rnds = 4 inches

Take time to check gauge.

PATTERN NOTES

Refer to Stitch Diagrams as needed.

Bodice is worked vertically beginning at underarm seam. Then Lace Overlay is worked from bottom up and attached to Bodice top at Bodice edging.

Weave in ends as work progresses.

Joining with treble crochet counts as chain-4 space and moves beginning of round.

To work through 2 rows of fabric, insert hook through stitch in Lace Overlay, then insert hook in single crochet of Bodice top edging and complete stitch normally.

Join with slip stitch as indicated unless otherwise stated.

Chain-4 at beginning of round counts as first double crochet and chain-1 space unless otherwise stated.

SPECIAL STITCHES

Cluster (cl): Holding back last lp of each st on hook, 3 dc in indicated st or sp (see illustrations A and B), yo, draw through all 4 lps on hook (see illustration C).

Bow stitch (bow st): (Sl st, ch 5, sc, ch 5, sl st) in indicated st.

Bead picot: Ch 1, slide bead up to hook, ch 2, sl st in st at base of ch.

TOP

Shell

Bodice

Row 1: With size F hook, ch 59 [59, 63, 63, 67], sc in 2nd ch from hook, [dc in next ch, sc in next ch] across, ending with dc in last ch, turn. (58 [58, 62, 62, 66] sts)

Rows 2-4 [2-6, 2-6, 2-8, 2-10]: Ch 1, sc in first dc, [dc in next sc, sc in next dc] across, ending with dc in last sc, turn.

Row 5 [7, 7, 9, 11]: Ch 1, sc in first dc, [dc in next sc, sc in next dc] across, ending with dc in last sc, ch 9 [9, 11, 15, 17], turn. (58 [58, 62, 62, 66] sts, 9 [9, 11, 15, 17] chs)

Row 6 [8, 8, 10, 12]: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in next ch, [sc in next ch, dc in next ch] 3 [3, 4, 6, 7] times, [sc in next dc, dc in next sc] across, turn. (66 [66, 72, 76, 82] sts)

Rows 7, 8 [9, 10, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14]: Rep rows 5 and 6 [7 and 8, 7 and 8, 9 and 10, 11 and 12], (74 [74, 82, 90, 98] sts)

Bodice Top

Rows 9-56 [11-62, 11-66, 13-70, 15-74]: Rep row 2.

Armhole Shaping

Row 57 [63, 67, 71, 75]: Ch 1, sc in next dc, dc in next sc, [sc in next dc, dc in next sc] 32 [32, 35, 37, 40] times, turn leaving rem 8 [8, 10, 14, 16] sts unworked. (66 [66, 72, 76, 82] sts)

Row 58 [64, 68, 72, 76]: Rep row 2.

Row 59 [65, 69, 73, 77]: Ch 1, sc in next dc, dc in next sc, [sc in next dc, dc in next sc] 28 [28, 30, 30, 32] times, turn, leaving rem 8 [8, 10, 14, 16] sts unworked. (58 [58, 62, 62, 66] sts)

Rows 60-68 [66-76, 70-82, 74-90, 78-98]: Rep row 2.

2nd Bodice Top

Rows 69-123 [77-135, 83-145, 91-155, 99-165]: Rep rows 5-59 [7-65, 7-69, 9-73, 11-77], (58 [58, 62, 62, 66] sts)

2nd Armhole Shaping

Rows 124-129 [136-141, 146-153, 156-165, 166-177]: Rep row 2. At end of last row, do not fasten off.

Shell Edging

Sc evenly sp around entire shell, working 53 [53, 61, 61, 69] sc evenly sp along top edge of each Bodice. Fasten off. Sew first row to last row. Block if needed.

Lace Overlay

Rnd 1: With size G hook, ch 184 [184, 216, 216, 248], being careful not to twist ch, sl st in first ch to form ring, (ch 5, sc, ch 5, sl st) in same ch (first bow st made), ch 4, sk next 3 chs, cl (see Special Stitches) in next ch, *ch 4, sk next 3 chs, bow st (see Special Stitches) in next ch, ch 4, sk next 3 chs, cl in next ch, rep from * around, join with tr (see Pattern Notes) in beg ch. (23 [23, 27, 27, 31] cls, 23 [23, 27, 27, 31] bow sts, 46 [46, 54, 54, 62] ch-4 sps)

Rnds 2-9: Bow st in last cl made, ch 4, cl in next sc, *ch 4, bow st in next cl, ch 4, cl in next sc, rep from * around, join with tr in first cl worked in.

Rnd 10 (joining): Working through both Lace Overlay and Bodice (see Pattern Notes), bow st in last cl made of Lace Overlay and sc at top right corner of Bodice Top, [ch 4, sk 3 sts on Bodice, cl in next sc of Lace Overlay and next sc of Bodice, ch 4, sk 3 sts on Bodice, bow st in next cl of Lace Overlay and next sc of Bodice] across Bodice Top, ch 4, sk 3 sts on Bodice, cl in next sc of Lace Overlay and last sc of Bodice Top, working only on Lace Overlay, [ch 4, bow st in next cl, ch 4, cl in next sc] 4 [4, 5, 5, 6] times, ch 4, bow st in next cl, ch 4, cl in next sc and next sc of 2nd Bodice, [ch 4, sk 3 sts on Bodice, bow st in next cl of Lace Overlay and next sc of Bodice, ch 4, sk 3 sts on Bodice, cl in next sc of Lace Overlay and next sc of Bodice] across 2nd Bodice top, ch 4, sk 3 sts on Bodice, bow st in next cl of Lace Overlay and last sc of Bodice Top, working only on Lace Overlay, ch 4, cl in next sc, [ch 4, bow st in next cl, ch 4, cl in next sc] around, join with tr in first cl worked in.

Note: Ch-4 sps are sk in 4 places on the following rnd to begin shaping Lace Overlay.

Rnd 11: Bow st in last cl made, ch 4, cl in next sc, [ch 4, bow st in next cl, ch 4, cl in next sc] 6 [6, 7, 7, 8] times, place marker in last cl made, bow st in next cl, [ch 4, cl in next sc, ch 4, bow st in next cl] 4 [4, 5, 5, 6] times, cl in next sc, place marker in last cl made, [ch 4, bow st in next cl, ch 4, cl in next sc] 6 [6, 7, 7, 8] times, place marker in last cl made, bow st in next cl, [ch 4, cl in next sc, ch 4, bow st in next cl] across to last sc, ch 4, cl in last sc, place marker in last cl, join (see Pattern Notes) in sc of first bow st. (23 [23, 27, 27, 31] cls, 23 [23, 27, 27, 31] bow sts, 42 [42, 50, 50, 58] ch-4 sps)

Rnd 12: Ch 4 (see Pattern Notes), sk first bow st, bow st in next cl, *work in established pattern to next marked cl, ch 1, dc in marked cl, ch 1, sk next bow st, bow st in next cl*, work in established pattern to bow st before next marked cl, ch 1, sk bow st, dc in next cl, ch 1, cl in next bow st, rep between * once, work in established pattern to last cl, ch 1, sk last cl, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-4. Remove markers. (19 [19, 23, 23, 27] cls, 19 [19, 23, 23, 27] bow sts, 34 [34, 42, 42, 50] ch-4 sps, 4 dc, 8 ch-1 sps)

Rnd 13: Sl st across to next sc, ch 2, cl in same sc, *work in established pattern to next ch-1 sp, sk next ch-1 sp, next dc and next ch-1 sp, cl in next sc, place marker in cl just made*, work in established pattern to next ch-1 sp, place marker in last cl made, sk next ch-1 sp, next dc and next ch-1 sp, bow st in next cl, rep between * once, work in established pattern around, ending with bow st in last cl, join to first cl. (19 [19, 23, 23, 27] cls, 19 [19, 23, 23, 27] bow sts, 34 [34, 42, 42, 50] ch-4 sps)

Rnd 14: Ch 4, cl in next sc, *work in established pattern to bow st before next marked cl, ch 1, sk bow st, dc in next cl, ch 1, cl in next bow st*, work in established pattern to next marker, ch 1, dc in marked cl, ch 1, sk next bow st, bow st in next cl, rep between * once, work in established pattern around, ending with bow st in last cl, sk last bow st, ch 1, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-4. Remove markers. (15 [15, 19, 19, 23] cls, 15 [15, 19, 19, 23] bow sts, 26 [26, 34, 34, 42] ch-4 sps, 4 dc, 8 ch-1 sps)

Rnd 15: Sl st across to first cl, bow st in first cl, *work in established pattern to next ch-1 sp, place marker in cl just made, sk next ch-1 sp, next dc and next ch-1 sp, bow st in next cl*, work in established pattern to next ch-1 sp, sk next ch-1 sp, next dc and next ch-1 sp, cl in next bow st, place marker in cl just made, rep between * once, work in established pattern around, ending with cl in last bow st, join in first sl st of first bow st. (15 [15, 19, 19, 23] cls, 15 [15, 19, 19, 23] bow sts, 26 [26, 34, 34, 42] ch-4 sps)

Rnd 16: Rep rnd 12. (11 [11, 15, 15, 19] cls, 11 [11, 15, 15, 19] bow sts, 18 [18, 26, 26, 34] ch-4 sps, 4 dc, 8 ch-1 sps)

Rnd 17: Rep rnd 13. Fasten off.

Beaded Edging of Lace Overlay

String 46 [46, 54, 54, 62] beads onto yarn, working in unused lps on opposite side of the foundation ch of Lace Overlay, join in any ch worked into, sc in same ch, bead picot (see Special Stitches), *ch 4, sk next 3 chs, sc in next ch, bead picot, rep from * around, ch 4, join in first sc. Fasten off.

Finishing

Block to measurements.

Design by Linda Dean

Chart and Diagram

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