Cropped Victoria Top

This loose-fitting, sleeveless, semi-cropped top is the perfect addition to any summer outfit. Featuring a simple linear-effect stitch to create dimension and interest in the fabric and crochet ribbed edgings for shaping and structure, this modern piece will be a hit this season.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Finished Bust Size 31 (35, 39, 43, 47)” to fit bust 29.5 (33.5, 37.5, 41.5, 45.5)”

1.5” positive ease recommended.

Shown in size 35”

Gauge: 20 sts and 11 rows = 4” [10 cm] in alternating hdc FL/BL pattern, blocked gently

Materials

Light weight yarnYarn: Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK (100% Cotton; 137 yards [125 meters]/50 grams): Vanilla Cream 408 (4 (5, 6, 6, 7) balls)

Hook: US size 7 (4.5 mm)

Notions: Markers, tapestry needle

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked flat from bottom up.

The pieces are seamed, then the neckline trim and tie back are worked flat, while the armhole trim is worked in the round.

Pattern

Front

Ch 78 (88, 98, 106, 116).

Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch to end of row. (77 (87, 97, 105, 115) sts)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc FL to end of row.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, hdc BL to end of row.

Rep Rows 2-3 a further 24 (24, 26, 26, 28) times.

Next Row: Ch 1, turn, sl st in next 5 (6, 6, 7, 7) sts, hdc FL until 5 (6, 6, 7, 7) sts rem. (67 (75, 85, 91, 101) sts)

Next Row: Ch 1, turn, hdc BL to end of row.

Next Row: Ch 1, turn, sl st in next 3 (3, 4, 4, 5) sts, hdc FL until 3 (3, 4, 4, 5) sts rem. (61 (69, 77, 83, 91) sts)

Next Row: Ch 1, turn, hdc BL to end of row.

Sizes – (35, 39, 43, 47) only

Next Row: Ch 1, turn, hdc dec FL, hdc FL until 2 sts rem, hdc dec FL. (- (67, 75, 81, 89) sts)

Next Row: Ch 1, turn, hdc BL to end of row.

Size – (-, -, -, 47) only

Next Row: Ch 1, turn, hdc dec FL, hdc FL until 2 sts rem, hdc dec FL. (- (-, -, -, 87 sts)

All Sizes

Row 1: Ch 1, turn, hdc FL to end of row.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc BL to end of row.

Rep Rows 1-2 a further 4 (5, 5, 6, 6) times.

Left Side

Row 1: Ch 1, turn, hdc FL in next 20 (21, 22, 23, 24) sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc BL to end of row.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, hdc FL in next 14 (15, 16, 17, 18) sts.

Row 4: Rep Row 2

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, hdc FL in next 11 (12, 13, 14, 15) sts.

Row 6: Rep Row 2

Row 7: Ch 1, turn, hdc FL until 2 sts rem, hdc dec FL. (10 (11, 12, 13, 14) sts)

Row 8: Rep Row 2

Row 9: Ch 1, turn, hdc FL until 2 sts rem, hdc dec FL. (9 (10, 11, 12, 13) sts)

Row 10: Rep Row 2.

Cut yarn and secure final st.

Right Side

Rejoin yarn on Right Side, 20 (21, 22, 23, 24) sts from the left hand edge.

Row 1: Ch 1, hdc FL into next 20 (21, 22, 23, 24) sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc BL to end of row.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sl st in next 6 sts, hdc FL until 6 sts rem. (14 (15, 16, 17, 18) sts)

Row 4: Rep Row 2.

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sl st in next 3 sts, hdc FL until 3 sts rem. (11 (12, 13, 14, 15) sts)

Row 6: Rep Row 2.

Row 7: Ch 1, turn, hdc dec FL, hdc FL in each st to end of row. (10 (11, 12, 13, 14) sts)

Row 8: Rep Row 2

Row 9: Ch 1, turn, hdc dec FL, hdc FL in each st to end of row. (9 (10, 11, 12, 13) sts)

Row 10: Rep Row 2.

Cut yarn and secure final st.

Left Back Panel

Ch 37 (41, 46, 50, 55).

Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch to end of row. (36 (40, 45, 49, 54) sts)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc FL to end of row.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, hdc BL to end of row.

Rep Rows 2-3 a further 24 (24, 26, 26, 28) times.

Next Row: Ch 1, turn, sl st in next 5 (6, 6, 7, 7) sts, hdc FL in each st to end of row. (31 (34, 39, 42, 47) sts)

Next Row: Rep Row 3.

Next Row: Ch 1, turn, sl st in next 3 (3, 4, 4, 5) sts, hdc FL in each st to end of row. (28 (31, 35, 38, 42) sts)

Next Row: Rep Row 3.

Sizes – (35, 39, 43, 47) only

Next Row: Ch 1, turn, hdc dec FL, hdc FL to end of row. (- (30, 34, 37, 41) sts)

Next Row: Rep Row 3.

Size – (-, -, -, 47) only

Next Row: Ch 1, turn, hdc dec FL, hdc FL to end of row. (- (-, -, -, 40) sts).

Next Row: Rep Row 3.

All Sizes

Rep Rows 2-3 a further 10 (11, 11, 12, 12) times.

Cut yarn and secure final st.

Right Back Panel

Ch 37 (41, 46, 50, 55).

Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch to end of row. (36 (40, 45, 49, 54) sts)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc FL to end of row.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, hdc BL to end of row.

Rep Rows 2-3 a further 24 (24, 26, 26, 28) times.

Next Row: Ch 1, turn, hdc FL until 5 (6, 6, 7, 7) sts rem. (31 (34, 39, 42, 47) sts)

Next Row: Rep Row 3.

Next Row: Ch 1, turn, hdc FL until 3 (3, 4, 4, 5) sts rem. (28 (31, 35, 38, 42) sts)

Next Row: Rep Row 3.

Sizes – (35, 39, 43, 47) only

Next Row: Ch 1, turn, hdc FL until 2 sts rem, hdc dec FL. (- (30, 34, 37, 41 sts)

Next Row: Rep Row 3.

Size – (-, -, -, 47) only

Next Row: Ch 1, turn, hdc FL until 2 sts rem, hdc dec FL. (- (-, -, -, 40 sts)

Next Row: Rep Row 3.

Rep Rows 2-3 a further 10 (11, 11, 12, 12) times.

Cut yarn and secure final st.

Buttonhole Facing (make 2)

Ch 93 (97, 101, 105, 109).

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch to end of row. (92 (96, 100, 104, 108) sts)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc FL to end of row.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc BL to end of row.

Row 4: Rep Row 2.

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc BL next 10 sts, *ch 5, sk 5, sc BL in next st, sc BL next 13 (14, 15, 16, 17) sts; rep from * a further 3 times, sc BL in each st to end of row.

Rows 6-9: Rep Rows 2-3.

Cut yarn and secure final st.

Finishing

Lay Back Panels on Front with wrong sides together.

Sew together at side seams from hem to armhole shaping point and at shoulder seams.

Lay Buttonhole Facing to align with back edges and sew together, taking care not to pull too tightly.

Rejoin yarn to shoulder seam, sc evenly around armhole to end of rnd, then continue working in sc BL for 3 rnds. Sl st to join, cut yarn and secure final st. Repeat for other armhole.

Rejoin yarn to Left Back at centre corner and sc evenly around neckline.

Row 1: Ch 1, turn, sc FL to end of row.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc BL to end of row.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc FL to end of row.

Cut yarn and secure final st.

Ties

Ch 241 (241, 251, 251, 261).

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch to end of row. (240 (240, 250, 250, 260) sts)

Row 2-4: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st to end of row.

Cut yarn and secure final st.

Lace tie through back buttonholes.

Weave in all ends and block gently.

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