Botanical Tank Top

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Make a pretty top even more feminine with this easy-to-crochet flower chain addition. Adding your own touch to basic summer tanks has never been easier! Create each motif in minutes, and then join each one together as you work the edgings.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: S (M, L)

Shown in size S”

Gauge: Each flower = 1.5” in diameter

Materials

Light weight yarnYarn: Universal Yarn Bamboo Pop (50% Cotton, 50% Bamboo; 292 yards [266 meters]/100 grams): 121 Lily Pad (1 ball)

Hook: C/2 (2.75mm)

Notions: Sewing thread to match yarn and sewing needle, store bought top: (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073Y6V7TY/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1)

Special Stitches

Shell – Ch 3, dc in same st, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, sk next 3 sts, dc in next st, ch 3, sl st in same st.

Pattern Notes

Flowers are crocheted first and then joined together when completing edging rounds.

After outer petals are worked together, then inner petals are joined when weaving in ends.

To make sure crocheted piece will fit top, lay out piece along top after joining half the number of flowers with the first round of the outer edging. Test to see if this length will reach from front center to back center. Adjust number of motifs accordingly or extend length of straps, making them longer than the straps that came with the top.

Pattern

Flower Motif (make 28 (30, 32)

*Make an adjustable ring and ch 1.

(Ch 5, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in last ch, sl st in ring) 6 times.* Fasten off. Pull ring tight to close. Tie 2 yarn tails in an overhand knot twice to secure. Do not weave in ends.

Center Flower Motif

Make an adjustable ring and ch 1.

(Ch 5, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in last ch, sl st in ring) 4 times, (ch 6, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, sc in next 2 chs, hdc in last ch, sl st in ring) 3 times. Fasten off. Pull ring tight to close. Tie 2 yarn tails in an overhand knot twice to secure. Do not weave in ends.

Outer Border

Sl sts will be worked in the ch-2 sp at end of each flower petal (this sp was created when sl st was made in 3rd ch from hook of each petal). (See Diagram)

Rnd 1: With RS facing, join with sl st in ch-2 sp of one petal, ch 5, sl st in end of next petal,

[ch 5, sl st in end of petal on next motif, ch 5, sl st in end of next petal (on working motif)] for all motifs (except Center Motif), ch 5, sl st in end of first large petal on Center Motif, (ch 5, sl st in end of next petal on large motif) twice, ch 5, sl st in first sl st of rnd. (See Diagram)

Rnd 2: Work 5 sc in each ch-sp around, join with sl st to first sc.

Rnd 3: (Shell, sl st in next sc, ch 5, sk next 3 sc, sl st in each of next 2 sc) around to sc just above first petal of Center Motif, work 2 shells over next 10 sc, sl st in next sc, ch 5, sk next 3 sc, sl st in next st. Fasten off.

Center Shell

With RS facing, join with sl st in ch-3 sp of first Shell below Center Motif, work another shell in this ch-3 sp and ch-3 sp of next shell. Fasten off. (See Diagram)

Inner Border

Edging is worked in top 2 petals of each motif, center 2 petals of each motif will be joined to adjacent motif later. (See Diagram)

Rnd 1: Join with sl st in top center petal of Center Motif, ch 2, sl st in end of next petal on Center Motif, sl st in end of petal on next motif, ch 3, sl st in end of next petal, (ch 4, sl st in end of petal on next motif, ch 4, sl st in end of next petal) 13 (14, 15) times, sl st in end of petal on next motif, ch 4, sl st in end of next petal, (ch 4, sl st in end of petal on next motif, ch 4, sl st in end of next petal) 13 (14, 15) times, sl st in end of next petal on Center Motif, ch 2, sl st in starting sl st.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in next ch-2 sp, work 4 sc in each ch-sp around to ch-sp above the Center Motif, 2 sc in last ch-sp, join with sl st in first sl st. Fasten off.

Finishing

Steam block, making sure to open all spaces and pin in place.

Let dry completely.

Weave in all yarn tails for each Flower Motif but join the center petals at the ends as you weave in. (See Diagram)

Pin piece to top making sure Center Motif is aligned at front center and the 2 motifs with no ch-sp between them are aligned with the back center

Using sewing thread and sewing needle, sew top edge of crocheted piece along top edge of top.

In the same manner, sew the sc round of the outer edge of the crocheted piece to the top.

Remove fabric straps from top.

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