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Maci Seamless Crochet Top

Maci is a cute top-down, seamless crochet top worked in a bamboo blend yarn with a lace yoke and ruffle. This design has a lovely drape, loose sleeves and pretty edgings making it one of our favorites from this issue.

Time: Weekend Project

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Bust Size 33.25 (37, 39.5, 41.5, 43.5, 46.75) (49, 51, 53.25, 55.5)” to fit bust 32/34 (36, 38, 40, 42, 44/46) (48, 50, 52, 54)”

Shown in size 36”

Gauge: 14 sts and 9 rows = 4” [10 cm] using a 4.5mm hook in dc st and working in the round (after gentle steam blocking)

Materials

Light weight yarnYarn: King Cole Bamboo Cotton (50% Bamboo Viscose, 50% Cotton; 252 yards [230 meters]/100 grams): Color 618 Dusty Pink (MC 3 (3, 4, 4, 4, 5) (5, 5, 6, 6) balls)

Hook/Needles: US size G/6 (4.0 mm) hook, US size 7, (4.5 mm) hook

Notions: Markers, yarn needle

Abbreviations

Fdc – foundation double crochet

Special Stitches

1 Shell – 5 dc into ch-sp

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked in the round from the top down with a lace yoke, raglan shaping is then added before dividing for the sleeves. The body of the top is then completed and the yarn is joined back to the underarm to complete the sleeves, which are loose and floaty. Finally, a ruffle is worked into the chain stitches formed in the front loop on one round of the yoke.

Pattern

With 4.0 mm hook, Fdc 96 (96, 96, 96, 96, 104) (104, 104, 104, 104), sl st into the first st to form a ring being careful not to twist work. Use tail end of chain to neaten seam.

Change to 4.5 mm hook and continue as follows;

Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1 here and throughout), *skip 1 st, dc in next st, ch 1, rep from * to last st, skip last st, sl st into 3rd ch at beg rd. 48 (48, 48, 48, 48, 52) (52, 52, 52, 52) ch-sps

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in first st, *sc into next ch-sp, sc in next st, rep from * to last ch-sp, sc into ch-sp, sl st in first st at beg rd. 96 (96, 96, 96, 96, 104) (104, 104, 104, 104) sts

Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc here and throughout), dc into each st around, sl st into top 3rd ch at beg rd.

Round 4:  Ch 3, *skip 1 st, sc next st, ch 3, rep from * around, dc into sl st at beg rd. 48 (48, 48, 48, 48, 52) (52, 52, 52, 52) ch-sps

Round 5: Sl st into first ch-3 sp (PM this as first ch-sp), *Ch 3, sc next ch-sp, rep from * around, ending with last sc in sl st at beg rd.

Round 6: Sl st into first ch-3 sp (PM), *[ch 3, sc next ch-sp] 2 times, 5 dc next ch-sp (counts 1 Shell), sc next ch-sp, rep from * around working last sc into sl st at beg rd. 12 (12, 12, 12, 12, 13) (13, 13, 13, 13) shells and 24 (24, 24, 24, 24, 26) (26, 26, 26, 26) ch-3 sps

Round 7: Sl st into first ch-3 sp (PM), *ch 3, sc next ch-sp, ch 3, sc first dc, [ch 3, skip 1 dc, sc next dc] 2 times, ch 3, sc next ch-sp, rep from * around working last sc in sl st at beg rd. 60 (60, 60, 60, 60, 65) (65, 65, 65, 65) sps

Round 8: Sl st into first ch-3 sp (PM), *ch 3, sc next ch-sp, rep from * around working last sc in sl st at beg of rd.

Round 9: Sl st into first ch-sp, ch 3, 4 dc in same sp (counts 1 Shell), *sc next ch-sp, [ch 3, sc into next ch-sp] 3 times, make 1 Shell in next ch-sp, rep from * to last 4 ch-sps, sc next ch-sp, [ch 3, sc next ch-sp] 3 times, sl st into 3rd ch at beg rd. 36 (36, 36, 36, 36, 39) (39, 39, 39, 39) ch-3 sps, 12 (12, 12, 12, 12, 13) (13, 13, 13, 13) shells

Round 10: *[ch 3, skip 1 dc, sc next dc] 2 times, [ch 3, sc next ch-sp] 3 times, ch 3, sc next dc, rep from * around ending with last sc in top first st in rd. 72 (72, 72, 72, 72, 78) (78, 78, 78, 78) sps

Round 11: Sl st into first ch-sp (PM), *ch 3, sc next ch-sp, rep from * around working last sc into first sl st at beg of rd.

Round 12: Sl st into first ch-3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc into same sp (counts 2 dc), *ch 1, 2 dc in next ch-sp, rep from * around ending with 1 ch, sl st into top 3rd ch at beg rd. 216 (216, 216, 216, 216, 234) (234, 234, 234, 234) sts

Round 13: Ch 3, dc in each st in rd, sl st top ch 3 at beg rd.

Round 14: Ch 4, skip 1 st, *dc in next st, 1 ch, skip 1 st, rep from * around, sl st top 3rd ch at beg rd.

Round 15: Ch 1 (not counted as st), sc in each st and ch-sp around, sl st top first st in rd.

Round 16: Ch 3, dc in each st in rd, sl st top ch-3 at beg rd.

Round 17: Mark back loop of first st with SM, *ch 3, skip 1 st, scFL next st, rep from * around ending with last sc in BL of first st (marked with SM). Move SM up into first 3ch-sp to mark beginning position of Ruffle. 108 (108, 108, 108, 108, 117) (117, 117, 117, 117) sps

Round 18: Working in BL only under frill, ch 3, 1 dcBL same sp, *skip 1 st, 2 dcBL next st, rep from * to last st, skip last st, sl st top ch 3 at beg rd. 216 (216, 216, 216, 216, 234) (234, 234, 234, 234) sts

RAGLAN SHAPING

For Size 1 only

Ch 3, dc in each st around, sl st in top 3rd ch at beg rd. 216 sts. Continue to Raise Back instructions.

For sizes – (2, 3, 4, 5, 6) (7, 8, 9, 10) only

Ch 3, 1 dc in first st (counts 2 dc), -(54, 54, 54, 54, 61) (61, 61, 61, 61) dc, 3 dc in next st, pm 2nd of these 3 sts, -(52, 52, 52, 52, 54) (54, 54, 54, 54) dc, 3 dc in next st, pm 2nd of these 3 sts, -(54, 54, 54, 54, 61) (61, 61, 61, 61) dc, 3 dc in next, pm 2nd of these 3 sts, -(52, 52, 52, 52, 54) (54, 54, 54, 54) dc, dc into base of first st in rd (marked with SM), sl st into top ch 3 at beg rd. –(224, 224, 224, 224, 242) (242, 242, 242, 242) sts

Work -(1, 1, 0, 0, 1) (1, 0, 0, 0) rd(s) in dc st without shaping, moving each SM up as you work.

For Size 2 only

224 sts, Continue to Raise Back instructions.

For sizes – (-, 3, 4, 5, 6) (7, 8, 9, 10) only

Ch 3, 1 dc in first st (counts 2 dc), *dc to SM, 3 dc in SM stitch, (PM 2nd of these 3 sts), rep from * two more times, dc to end working 1 dc into base of first st in rd, sl st into top ch-3 at beg rd. (PM this st at first st in rd). – (-, 232, 232, 232, 250) (250, 250, 250, 250) sts

Repeat last Round – (-, 0, 1, 2, 1) (2, 3, 4, 5) more times.

– (-, 232, 240, 248, 258) (266, 274, 282, 290) sts. Continue to Raise Back instructions.

RAISE BACK

Ch 3 (PM as first st in rd), 55 (57, 59, 61, 63, 68) (70, 72, 74, 76) dc. Fasten off yarn.

With RS facing, rejoin yarn back to first st marked with SM. (If you wish to raise the back more than 1cm work extra row(s) at this point (repeating the last row), remember to pick up extra sts when working Sleeve and make decreases to keep stitch count correct.)

DIVIDE FOR SLEEVES

Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 55 (57, 59, 61, 63, 68) (70, 72, 74, 76) dc, ch 4 (8, 10, 12, 14, 14) (16, 18, 20, 22) for underarm, skip 52 (54, 56, 58, 60, 60) (62, 64, 66, 68) sts for Sleeve, dc next 56 (58, 60, 62, 64, 69) (71, 73, 75, 77) sts, ch 4 (8, 10, 12, 14, 14) (16, 18, 20, 22) for underarm, skip 52 (54, 56, 58, 60, 60) (62, 64, 66, 68) sts for Sleeve, sl st top ch-3 at beg rd.

120 (132, 140, 148, 156, 166) (174, 182, 190, 198) sts for Body.

BODY

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc into each st and ch in rd, sl st top ch-3 at beg rd. PM first st in rd and move SM up as you work.120 (132, 140, 148, 156, 166) (174, 182, 190, 198) sts

Work 18 (18, 18, 19, 19, 20) (20, 21, 21, 22) more rds in dc st. Add more rds here for a longer length top, increased yarn amounts will be needed for any extra length.

EDGING

Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc, ch 1), *skip 1 dc, dc in next st, ch 1, rep from * to last st, skip last st, sl st 3rd ch at beg rd. 60 (66, 70, 74, 78, 83) (87, 91, 95, 99) sps

Round 2: Ch 1 (not counted as st), sc into first st, sc into ch-sp, sc into each st and ch-sp around, sl st top first st in rd.

Round 3: Ch 1 (not counted as st), sc into first st, ch 1, (1 dc, ch 1) in next st, *(1 sc, ch 1) in next st, (1 dc, ch 1) in next st, rep from * around, sl st into first dc at beg rd.

Fasten off.

SLEEVES

RIGHT SLEEVE

RS facing and 4.5mm hook, join yarn with a sl st to 3rd (5th, 6th, 7th,  8th, 8th) (9th, 10th, 11th, 12th) ch at underarm, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc into next 1 (3, 4, 5, 6, 6) (7, 8, 9, 10) ch sts, 1 dc into row end, dc into each of next  52 (54, 56, 58, 60, 60) (62, 64, 66, 68) skipped sts for Sleeve, 3 dc into row ends of Raise Back (making sure to place one st in the corner to avoid gaping), dc into next 2 (4, 5, 6, 7, 7) (8, 9, 10, 11) ch sts at underarm, sl st into 3rd ch at beg rd. 60 (66, 70, 74, 78, 78) (82, 86, 90, 94) sts

Work 3 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5) (5, 6, 6, 7) more rds in dc st.

EDGING

Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc, ch 1), *skip 1 dc, dc in next st, ch 1, rep from * to last st, skip last st, sl st 3rd ch at beg rd.

Round 2: Ch 1 (not counted as st), sc into first st, sc into ch-sp, sc into each st and ch-sp around, sl st top first st in rd.

Round 3: Ch 1 (not counted as st), sc into first st, ch 1, (1 dc, ch 1) in next st, *(1 sc, ch 1) in next st, (1 dc, ch 1) in next st, rep from * around, sl st into first dc at beg rd.

Fasten off.

LEFT SLEEVE

RS facing and 4.5mm hook, join yarn with a sl st to 3rd (5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 8th) (9th, 10th, 11th, 13th) ch at underarm, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc into next 1 (3, 4, 5, 6, 6) (7, 8, 9, 11) sts, 3 dc into row ends of Raise Back (making sure to place one st in the corner to avoid gaping), dc into each of next 52 (54, 56, 58, 60, 60) (62, 64, 66, 66) skipped sts for Sleeve, 1 dc into row end, dc into next 2 (4, 5, 6, 7, 7) (8, 9, 10, 12) ch sts at underarm, sl st into 3rd ch at beg rd. 60 (66, 70, 74, 78, 78) (82, 86, 90, 94) sts

Work 3 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5) (5, 6, 6, 7) rds in dc st.

EDGING

Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc, ch 1), *skip 1 dc, dc in next st, ch 1, rep from * to last st, skip last st, sl st 3rd ch at beg rd.

Round 2: Ch 1 (not counted as st), sc into first st, sc into ch-sp, sc into each st and ch-sp around, sl st top first st in rd.

Round 3: Ch 1 (not counted as st), sc into first st, ch 1, (1 dc, ch 1) in next st, *(1 sc, ch 1) in next st, (1 dc, ch 1) in next st, rep from * around, sl st into first dc at beg rd.

Fasten off.

YOKE RUFFLE

Return to first ch-3 sp at front of yoke (marked with SM) and join yarn with a sl st.

Round 1: Ch 1, (1 sc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 1) in first ch-3 sp, *(1 sc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 1) in next ch-3 sp, rep from * around, sl st into first sc at beg rd. 432 (432, 432, 432, 432, 468) (468, 468, 468, 468) sts

Fasten off.

FINISHING

Weave in all yarn ends neatly.

Gently steam block work and lay flat to dry.

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