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Maurea Crochet and Fabric Top

Ready for warm-weather adventures, this transformed top is perfect for any occasion. In less than one day, you can transform a tube top to a truly stunning and trendy piece. From casual strolls on the beach to an elegant night on the town, you can make this top just in time for all your warm-weather escapes.

Time: 4-6 Hours pattern

Skill Level: Easy

Size: One size (bust size 38”) (see pattern description for adaptation to other sizes)

Gauge: 14 sts and 16 rows = 4” [10 cm] in MS.

Materials

Light weight yarnYarn: Garnstudio DROPS Muskat (100% Cotton mercerized); 109 yds [100 m]/50 g): pomegranate 87 (CC1), silver orchid 82 (CC2), taupe 24 (CC3); 1 ball each.

Notions: Sleeveless Top. Tapestry needle. Sewing needle. Matching thread.

Hook: US size G/6 (4 mm).
Chart: https://www.ilikecrochet.com/wp-content/uploads/Maurea-Crochet-and-Fabric-Top-Chart.jpg

Schematic: https://www.ilikecrochet.com/wp-content/uploads/Maurea-Crochet-and-Fabric-Top-Schematic.jpg

Special Stitches

Puff Stitch (PS): *Yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, pull up lp, keeping the yarn lps long; rep from * 4 more times, with 11 lps on hook yo and draw through all lps on the hook.

Moss Stitch (MS): Ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp.

Pattern Notes

I suggest to start with the 2 pentagon motifs, and then work the stripes and adjust their length on-the-go.

Back and front are symmetrical.

Pattern

Pentagon (make 2)

Rnd 1: With CC1, make a Magic Loop, ch 1 (count as sc), 9 sc, sl st on top of first st. (10 sc)

Rnd 2: Ch 3 (count as dc here and throughout), ch 1, *dc in next st, ch 1; rep from * 8 more times, sl st on top of first st. (10 dc, 10 ch-sps)

Rnd 3: With CC2, *PS in next ch-1 sp, ch 2; rep from * 9 more times, sl st on top of first st. (10 PS, 10 ch-sps)

Rnd 4: With CC3, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, * (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2; rep from * 3 more times, sl st on top of first st. (35 dc, 15 ch-2 sps)

Rnd 5: With CC2, ch 1 (count as sc), sc in each of next 2 dc, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch-2 sp, sc in each of next 3 dc, 2 sc in next ch-2 sp, sk next dc, 2 sc in next ch-2 sp, *sc in each of next 3 dc, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch-2 sp, sc in each of next 3 dc, 2 sc in next ch-2 sp, sk next dc, 2 sc in next ch-2 sp, rep from * 3 more times, sl st on top of first st. (60 sc, 10 ch)

Cut yarn and weave in all ends.

Straps (make 4: 2 bust and 2 shoulders)

With RS facing, start in one side of one pentagon (see schematic)

Row 1: With CC3; ch 2 in ch-2 sp *skip 1 sc, ch 1; rep from * 4 more times, sc in ch-2 sp. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, MS until last st, sc. Turn

Rows 3-4: With CC2, rep Row 2.

Rows 5-6: With CC1, rep Row 2

Bust (make 2)

Rep Rows 3-6 another 13 times

Shoulder (make 2)

Rep Rows 3-6 another 15 times

Try on before cutting yarn to assure a good fit with your top, and add or take out rows as needed.

Cut yarn and weave in all ends.

Assembly

With RS facing and the tapestry needle, sew straps with CC2 to the other pentagon. Weave in all ends.

Blocking/ironing is optional, but I recommend it for a better finishing.

With the sewing needle and thread that matches the top, sew the crochet piece around the inside upper edge of the top.

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