Lighter than Air Top

Classic, elegant, airy — those are just a few of the words you could use to describe this lightweight top. From date nights to beach parties, you’ll get plenty of wear out of this summer staple.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Bust: 37 (41, 45, 49, 53, 57, 61)”; Length: 18.5 (18.5, 20, 20, 21.5, 21.5, 23)”

Gauge: 21 sts x 8 rows = 4” over Mesh Stitch AFTER machine washing and drying

Materials

Yarn: Kollage Riveting Sport Marled (100% recycled made from blue jeans: 95% cotton, 5% other; 350 yards [320 meters]/100 grams): #7911 Seaside Denim (3 balls)
Hook: US size H/8 (5.0 mm) hook or size to obtain gauge
Notions: Tapestry needle

Abbreviations

Half shell (Hsh): 2 dc in 3rd ch of tch
V stitch (V st): [dc, ch 1, dc] in next st
3 dc shell (3Sh): 3 dc in next st or sp
4 dc shell (4Sh): 4 dc in next st
5 dc shell (5Sh): 5 dc in next st
7 dc shell (7Sh): 7 dc in next st

Special Stitches

Mesh Stitch (multiple of 2 sts + 1)
Row 1: Ch multiple of 2 +1, dc in 6th ch from hook, *ch 1, sk 1 ch, dc in next st; rep from * across.
Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1 here and throughout), sk 1 st, dc in next dc, *ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next dc; rep from * across.
Rep row 2 only for Mesh St.

Pendulum Stitch (Multiple of 8 + 1)
Row 1: Ch 5, sk 3 sts, V st in next st, ch 2, sk 3 sts, dc in next dc, *ch 2, sk 3 sts, V st in next st, ch 2, sk 3 sts, dc in next dc; rep from * across.
Row 2: Ch 5, sk 2 ch and 1 dc, 3Sh in next ch 1 sp, ch 2, sk next dc and ch 2, dc in next dc, *ch 2, sk 2 ch and 1 dc, 3Sh in next ch 1 sp, ch 2, sk next dc and ch 2, dc in next dc; rep from * across.
Row 3: Ch 4, sk 2 ch, 5Sh in center dc of 3Sh, ch 1, sk next dc and ch 2, dc in next dc, *ch 1, sk 2 ch, 5Sh in center dc of 3 Sh, ch 1, sk next dc and ch 2, dc in next dc; rep from * across.
Row 4: Ch 3, *sk 1 ch, 7Sh in center dc of 5Sh, sk next 2 dc and ch 1, dc in next dc; rep from * across.
Row 5: Ch 3, dc in first dc, ch 2, dc in center dc of 7Sh, ch 2, sk 3 dc, *V st in next dc, ch 2, dc in center dc of 7Sh, ch 2, sk 3 dc; rep from * across to tch, Hsh in tch.
Row 6: Ch 3, dc in first dc, ch 2, dc in next dc, *ch 2, sk 2 ch and 1 dc, 3Sh in next ch 1 sp, ch 2, sk next dc and ch 2, dc in next dc; rep from * across to last 4 sts, ch 2, sk 2 ch and 1 dc, Hsh in 3rd ch of tch.
Row 7: Ch 3, Hsh in first dc, ch 1, sk next dc and 2 ch, dc in next dc, ch 1, sk 2 ch, *5Sh in center st of 3Sh, ch 1, sk 1 dc and 2ch, dc in next dc, ch 1, sk 2 ch and 1 dc; rep from * across to last st, 3Sh in 3rd ch of tch.
Row 8: Ch 3, 3Sh in first dc, sk 2 dc and 1 ch, dc in next dc, sk 1 ch, *7Sh in center dc of 5Sh, sk 2 dc and ch 1, dc in next dc, sk ch 1 and 2 dc; rep from * across to last st, 4Sh in 3rd ch of tch.
Rep rows 1-4 once.

Pattern Notes

Back and front worked the same from center out to each side.

Pattern

Work 2 pieces the same
Ch 100 (100, 108, 108, 116, 116, 124). Work in Mesh Stitch until piece measures 9.25 (10.25, 11.25, 12.25, 13.25, 14.25, 15.25)”. Work in Pendulum Stitch for 12 rows. Finish off.
With RS of first row facing, join in yarn at right hand end of row. Work row 2 of Mesh Stitch until this 2nd half measures 9.25 (10.25, 11.25, 12.25, 13.25, 14.25, 15.25)” from center. Work in Pendulum Stitch for 12 rows. Finish off.

Finishing

Sew shoulder seams from outer edge for 10.75 (11.5, 12.25, 13, 13.75, 14.5, 15.25)”. Sew side seams along top of last row of Mesh St only at each side leaving 8 (8, 8.5, 8.5, 9.5, 9.5, 10.5)” open at armhole and all of Pendulum Stitch loose. Machine wash and dry. Block to size. Weave in ends.

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Comments
  • Hi Kathy,

    The pattern is listed above under pattern. Any special or unique stitches are explained in the Special Stitches section. There are also downloadable charts below the images on the right side of the screen.

    Thanks!
    Julia Wiatr, editor

    Reply
  • I wish I knew too. I am beginning to seriously rethink my subscription in over an hour I have been going on thru patterns. I have yet to find nd one I would like to crochet.

    Reply

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