Shimmering Boatneck Blouse

This beautiful blouse is worked in a very simple pattern, so it’s perfect for crochet novices. The yarn does most of the work to create a festive, shimmering short sleeve top that’s perfect to wear for a night out. Choose a basic, neutral shade of yarn to create the perfect everyday blouse.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X to fit bust size 36″, 40″, 44″, 48″, 52″; Total length: 22″, 22″, 23″, 23″, 24″; Armhole depth: 9″, 9″, 10″, 10″, 11″; Sleeve length to underarm: 9″

Gauge: 18 sc = 4”

Materials

Yarn: Red Heart Boutique Swanky (62% acrylic, 38% polyester; 202 yards [185 meters]/100 grams): #9522 Tealessence (4 (5, 5, 6, 7) balls)
Hook: US size H/8 (5.0 mm) hook
Notions: Tapestry needle

Pattern Notes

Beginning ch 3 counts as dc throughout.
Sleeves are worked from the top down.

Special Stitches

Pattern Stitch (Multiple of 2 sts + 3)
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in every ch across. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 3, *dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc; repeat from *. End with dc in each of last 2 sc. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1 (count as sc), * sc in next dc, sc in next ch; repeat from *. Sc in each of last 2 dc. Turn.
Repeat rows 2-3 for pattern.

Pattern

Back

Ch 81 (91, 99, 107, 117).
Rows 1-42: Work as Pattern Stitch ending with row 2.
Row 43: Work as row 3 on next 75 (85, 91, 99, 107) sts. Turn.
Row 44: Work as row 2 on next 69 (79, 83, 91, 97) sts. Turn.

Sizes Small, Medium
Rows 45-69: Work as row 3 then continue working rows 2-3 ending with row 3. Turn.
Row 70: Ch 3, (dc in next sc, ch1, skip next sc) 5 times, hdc in next sc, (sc in each and every sc) 45 (51) times, hdc in next sc, (ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next sc) 5 times, dc in last dc. Turn.
Row 71: Ch 1, sc in every st across. Fasten off.

Sizes Large, 1X
Rows 45-73: Work as row 3 then continue working rows 2-3 ending with row 3. Turn.
Row 74: Ch 3, (dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc) 5 times, hdc in next sc, (sc in each and every sc) 59 (67) times, hdc in next sc, (ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next sc) 5 times, dc in last dc. Turn.
Row 75: Ch 1, sc in every st across. Fasten off.

Size 2X
Rows 45-77: Work as row 3 then continue working rows 2-3 ending with row 3. Turn.
Row 78: Ch 3, (dc in next sc, ch1, skip next sc) 6 times, hdc in next sc, (sc in each and every sc) 69 times, hdc in next sc, (ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next sc) 6 times, dc in last dc. Turn.
Row 79: Ch 1, sc in every st across. Fasten off.

Front

Work same as back until end of row 44.

Sizes Small, Medium
Rows 45-67: Work as row 3 then continue working rows 2-3 ending with row 3. Turn.
Row 68: Ch 3, (dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc) 6 times, hdc in next sc, (sc in each and every sc) 41 (51) times, hdc in next sc, (ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next sc) 6 times, dc in last dc. Turn.
Row 69: Ch 1, sc in every st across.
Row 70: Ch 3, (dc in next sc, ch1, skip next sc) 5 times, hdc in next sc, (sc in each and every sc) 45 (51) times, hdc in next sc, (ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next sc) 5 times, dc in last dc. Turn.
Row 71: Ch 1, sc in every st across. Fasten off.

Sizes Large, 1X
Rows 45-71: Work as row 3 then continue working rows 2-3 ending with row 3. Turn.
Row 72: Ch 3, (dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc) 6 times, hdc in next sc, (sc in each and every sc) 55 (63) times, hdc in next sc, (ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next sc) 6 times, dc in last dc. Turn.
Row 73: Ch 1, sc in every st across.
Row 74: Ch 3, (dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc) 5 times, hdc in next sc, (sc in each and every sc) 59 (67) times, hdc in next sc, (ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next sc) 5 times, dc in last dc. Turn.
Row 75: Ch 1, sc in every st across. Fasten off.

Size 2X
Rows 45-75: Work as row 3 then continue working rows 2-3 ending with row 3. Turn.
Row 76: Ch 3, (dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc) 7 times, hdc in next sc, (sc in each and every sc) 65 times, hdc in next sc, (ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next sc) 6 times, dc in last dc. Turn.
Row 77: Ch 1, sc in every st across.
Row 78: Ch 3, (dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc) 5 times, hdc in next sc, (sc in each and every sc) 73 times, hdc in next sc, (ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next sc) 5 times, dc in last dc. Turn.
Row 79: Ch 1, sc in every st across. Fasten off.

Sleeve (Make 2)

Ch 83 (83, 91, 91, 99).
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in every ch across. Turn.
Rows 2, 4: Ch 3, *dc in next sc, ch1, skip next sc; repeat from *. End with dc in each of last 2 sc. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1 (count as sc), * sc in next dc, sc in next ch; repeat from *. Sc in each of last 2 dc. Turn.

Decrease Rows
Row 5: Ch 1, skip next dc, sc in every st until last s sts, skip next dc, sc in last dc. (81 (81, 89, 89, 97) sts)
Row 6: Ch 3, *dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next 2 sc, (dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc) repeat until last 4 sts. Skip next 2 sc, dc in each of the last 2 sc. Turn. (77 (77, 85, 85, 93) sts)
Row 7: Ch 1 (count as sc), * sc in next dc, sc in next ch; repeat from *. Sc in each of last 2 dc. Turn.
Rows 8-25: Repeat rows 2-7, 3 times. (59 (59, 67, 67, 75) sts)
Rows 26-28: Repeat rows 2-4.
Row 29: Repeat row 3. Fasten off.

Finishing

Sew shoulder seams. Sew sleeves in the armholes. Sew side seams. Sew sleeve seams.
Block sweater to size. yarn ball

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