Wear this elegant, yet crochet simple lace summer top over a camisole or any other top for an extra layer of warmth on cool summer evenings. It’ll also come in handy at the beach as a cover.
This pattern is easy to adjust in size in the stitch multiple that is provided. And with a bit of math you could make this to fit close to the body, or increase the size for an oversized summer top.
That also means that you can use any yarn and hook size that you want. However, for this summer garment a DK cotton is recommended to help keep you cool in the hot sun.
The Stitch Pattern
The stitch pattern is elegant, yet super, super simple to do! All you need to know is how to make single crochets, double crochets, chain spaces, and then work a series of stitches into the chain spaces to create the lace. It’s really that simple!
This summer top is worked with two rectangles that are worked separately and then joined together. So basically it’s super easy to adjust the size of the armholes as well as the neck opening as you simply stop seaming once the opening is where you need it to be.
I used a DK mercerized cotton yarn, which has been discontinued. It was a thicker DK than most other DK weight yarns that I have worked with.
This pattern is on my list to be reworked with another yarn that is in. In the meantime, the only thing I can suggest is to do the gauge swatch, then go up a size or two in order to get the finished measurements that you need.
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- Yarn: Butterfly Mercerized Cotton (Double Knitting (#3) cotton, 125 gr./249 yds) – 3, (3, 3, 4, 4) skeins.
- Crochet Hook: G/4.00mm
- Other: Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle.
- Gauge: 16 sts = 4" and 10 rows = 3.5"
- To Fit Bust Size: 30, (34, 38, 42, 46)".
- Finished Size: 35, (38, 44, 47, 50)"
- Finished Length (After Blocking): 22.5, (22.5, 23.75, 23.75, 23.75)"
- Instructions are given for X-Small (XS). Sizes Small (S), Medium (M), Large (L), and X-Large (XL) are given in parenthesis.
- Make Two – One for Front & One for Back.
- Ch 71, (77, 89, 95, 101), or any multiple of 6 + 5.
- Row 1 (WS): Working into back bumps, sc in 2nd ch from hook and into each ch across. Turn. [70, (76, 88, 94, 100) sc]
- Row 2 (RS): Ch 3 (counts as first dc, now and throughout), dc in next st and into each st across. Turn. [70, (76, 88, 94, 100) dc]
- Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first 4 dc, *ch 2, sk next 2 dc, sc in next 4 dc; rep from * across. Turn. [48, (52, 60, 64, 68) sc and 11, (12, 14, 15, 16) ch-2 sps]
- Row 4: Ch 3, dc in next sc, ch 1, sk next 2 sc, work 4 dc in ch 2 sp, *ch 2, sk next 4 sc, 4 dc in next ch-2 sp; rep from * across to last 4 sts, ch 1, sk next 2 sc, dc in last 2 sc. Turn. [48, (52, 60, 64, 68) dc, 10, (11, 13, 14, 15) ch-2 sps and 2 ch-1 sps]
- Row: 5: Ch 1, sc in first dc and into each dc and into each ch across. Turn. [70, (76, 88, 94, 100) sc]
- Rows 6-61, (61, 65, 65, 65): Rep rows 2-5.
- Last Row: Rep row 2. Fasten Off leaving a 20" tail for sewing shoulder seams.
Finished Measurements Before Blocking
- Finished Width: 17.5, (19, 22, 23.5, 25)"
- Finished Length: 21.7, (21.7, 23.1, 23.1, 23.1)"
- Block both front and back pieces to measurements in schematic before seaming and edging.
- With WS facing out, sew the shoulder seams 3.5 (4, 4.5, 5, 5.5)" on each side, leaving a 10.5, (11, 13, 13.5, 14)" opening for the neck. Adjust the neck opening by shortening or lengthening the shoulder seams.
- Sew side seams leaving an 8, (8, 9, 9, 9)" opening for the armholes. Adjust armhole openings by shortening or lengthening side seams.
- Neck and Arm Openings: With RS facing, join yarn (preferably along seam), ch 1, sc evenly around; join with sl st in first sc. Fasten Off.
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