Last year I designed Las Nubes, a crochet fingering weight top. Light as a feather and oh so elegant. The top features a pineapple stitch border and a bottom up construction.

crochet fingering weight top

The Design:

Las Nubes was the first pattern I designed with the intention of selling it. Of course, hindsight is 20/20, naive little me did not realize how much math was involved to get a garment to fit different bodies. A lot, A lot of math is involved. Anyway, the pattern has been sold on ravelry and etsy for a year and part 1 has been available on the blog for just as long. This year to mark National Crochet In public Day and my 4th year podcasting, I decided to publish the second part of this crochet fingering weight top for free! I’m excited to make this pattern readily accessible to everyone!

The Yarn:

The yarn was actually responsible for giving the crochet fingering top it’s name, Las Nubes. I designed this top using Shalimar Yarns Aerie a blend of Merino, Kid Mohair and Silk all blended together in a single strand of luxury. The silk gives the yarn incredible shine, the merino provides memory and bounce and the kid mohair makes this the softest yarn to work with! Other than having a scrumptious blend, this yarn also produces gorgeous stitch definition. I highly encourage you to get your hands on some of this scrumptious yarn!

If , by any change, kid mohair isn’t to your liking you can of course make this crochet fingering weight top with 75/25 merino nylon blend. I would encourage you to use a fingering weight wool blend so that your crochet top blocks nicely.

Crochet Fingering Weight Top – Las Nubes Part II:

NOTES:

The blouse will stretch significantly with blocking, do not panic. If you would like a more closed yoke, simply keep decreasing.

Try on the garment as you make it to adjust to your taste. This becomes easier after you attach your sleeves.

PATTERN in sizes S – XL / US Terms

Measurements – Bust 33 (36,40,44) Hips 35 (40, 44, 48)

Materials:

Shalimar Yarns Aire base – Single ply 70 SW Merino/20 Kid Mohair/10 Silk
420 yds or similar yarn base. (SWOON) Highly recommended.

200 grams of Yarn for Both Small and Medium.

300 grams for the Large

400 grams for the XL

Hooks:

4.5mm

3.75mm

3.5mm

Stitches :

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

ex-sc – extended single crochet

hdc – half double crochet

dc – double crochet

trb – treble crochet

sc2tog – sc decrease

If you wish, the pattern for this fingering weight crochet top pattern through ravelry or etsy.

In part I of the Las Nubes Top we stopped at Round 11 so let us continue with round 12

Round 12 – Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 1dc in each stitch around (we will be skipping the ch spaces). Join with a slip stitch 130 (143, 156, 169)

switch to a 3.75 mm hook

Round 13 – For Small: Ch 2 (counts as the first hdc) , hdc in each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch ch 1.
For size medium: Ch2, 1 hdc in the first stitch, hdc increase in the next. hdc in each stitch until you reach the other side of the garment. hdc increase in the next two stitches, hdc until you are 1 stitch away from the beginning of the round, hdc increase, join with a slip stitch. Ch 1, 147 stitches

For large: Ch2, 1 hdc in the first stitch, hdc increase in the next. hdc in each stitch until you reach the other side of the garment. hdc increase in the next two stitches, hdc until you are 1 stitch away from the beginning of the round, hdc increase, join with a slip stitch. Ch 1. 160

For X-Large – Ch2, 1 hdc in the first stitch, hdc increase in the next 2 stitches. hdc in each stitch until you reach the other side of the garment. hdc increase in the next two stitches, hdc until you are 1 stitch away from the beggining of the round, hdc increase, join with a slip stitch. Ch 1 174

Round 14 – Ch 1, 1 extended single crochet (exsc) in the same stitch, 1 ex-sc in each stitch around. Slip stitch to the first stitch to join. 130 (147, 160, 174)

Round 15 – For size small – Ch 1, 1ex sc, invisible ex sc2tog twice. 1 exsc in each stitch until you have reached the next side of the garment.invisible ex sc2tog 3 times. 1 exsc stitch in each stitch around, stopping 2 stitches before the end of the round, exsc invisible decrease over these last 2 stitches. slip stitch to the first extended sc to join. A total of 6 stitches have been decreased for a total of 124.

for size medium – Ch 1, 1 exsc in the first stitch, invisible exsc increase in the next stitch. 1 exsc in each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch to first stitch. 148

for size large – Ch 1, 1 exsc in the first stitch, invisible exsc increase in the next stitch. 1 exsc in each stitch until you reach the next side. invisible extsc increase in next two stitches. 1 exsc in each stitch stopping 1 stitch before the end of the round. Invisible exsc increase in next stitch. Slip stitch to join. 164.

for size X-Large – Ch 1, 1 exsc in the first stitch, invisible exsc increase in the next two stitches. 1 exsc in each stitch until you reach the next side. invisible exsc increase in next 3 stitches. 1 exsc in each stitch stopping 1 stitch before the end of the round. Invisible exsc increase in next stitch. Slip stitch to join. 180.

All sizes

Rounds 16 – 19 – 1 exsc in each stitch around join with a slip stitch

Switch to a 3.5 mm hook

Continue working 1 exsc in each stitch around and joining with a slip stitch until you reach round 40 and 12”. (If you made your shirt longer, your row count and inches will be different.)

WE WILL NOW SPLIT FOR THE ARMHOLES AND MAKE OUR SLEEVES

Mark the sides of your garment, use the first stitch (the stitch you joined into) as your starting point and count 7 (10, 12, 14) stitches to the left, place a stitch marker on this 7th( 10, 12, 14) stitch , count 7 (9, 12,14) stitches to the right and place stitch marker on this 7th (10, 12, 14) stitch. LEAVE THESE 7 (10, 12, 14) STITCHES FROM ROUND 40 UNWORKED (this is the join side). We should have a total of 15 ( 21, 25, 29) stitches that we will use to attach our sleeve. Fold the garment in half and mark corresponding stitches on the other side.

Using a new ball of yarn Chain 65 ( 75, 90, 100) join to work in the round and make 1 exsc in each stitch for a total of 3 rows (1”)

NOTE: for the size small we will use 15 of the 65 stitches to join the sleeve to our body, for the medium 21 and for the large 25 and for the x-large 29.

Round 41 – For added texture, [ Place wrong side of sleeve to right side of garment, align 15 (21, 25, 29) stitches of the sleeve to the 15 (21, 25, 29) stitches marked on the body. Use the stitch marker to hold the sleeve to the body. For the moment we will ignore these 15 (21,25, 29) stitches.] We will now continue crocheting in spiral. 1 sc on the first sleeve stitch, pm, 1 exsc in the next 48 (53, 63, 68) 1 sc on the first stitch of the body, pm. 1 exsc in each stitch until you come upon the next marker. Attach the remaining sleeve following the instructions in [ ] and repeat from * to * for this sleeve. 1 exsc in each stitch stopping 2 stitches before the marker, we will work these remaining stitches in round 42.

NOTE : we will now start our reverse raglan shaping, instead of increasing at 4 points to create our yoke and armhole opening, we will be decreasing in 4 points. These 4 points are where the sleeve meets the body, we will sc2tog from the body and sc2tog from the sleeve.This means that for each round we will have decreased a total of 8 stitches. We will decrease using the normal sc decrease method.

Round 42 – decrease round – sc2tog (from body) pm, sc2tog (from sleeve), 1exsc in each stitch across stopping 1 stitch before the marker, sc2tog pm (from sleeve), sc2tog (from body). 1 exsc in each stitch across stopping 2 stitches before the marker. Repeat from * to *. 1 exsc in each stitch across until we reach the marker.

Round 43 – 1 exsc in each stitch around. Remember to replace your markers once you work into the stitches.

Rounds 44 – 52 – repeat round 42.

Round 53 – 1 exsc in each stitch around.

Rounds 54 – 57 – repeat round 42.

Round 58 – 1 exsc around.

Stop here for size small – 82 stitches around the yoke.

Continue for For size MEDIUM (decrease 126 stitches, 15 rounds of decrease)

Round 58 – 59 repeat round 42.

Round 60 – 1 exsc in each stitch around

Stop Here for MEDIUM – 92 stitches around the yoke.

Continue for Size LARGE (decrease 120 stitches, 16 rounds of decrease)

Round 58 – 60 repeat round 42

Rounds 61 – 1 exsc around.

STOP here for LARGE – 124 stitches around the yoke

For size X-LARGE (decrease 136 stitches, total of 17 rounds decreased)

Round 58 – 61 repeat round 42

Round 62 – 1 exsc in each stitch around.

124 stitches.

Fasten off and weave in ends!

Follow rounds 1 – 2 for all sizes.

Round 1 – With inside of the sleeve facing you, attach yarn at the bottom of the sleeve and Ch 1 work 1 exsc in each stitch around. Slip stitch to join, Ch1 . 65( 75, 90, 100)

Round 2 Work 1 exsc in each stitch around. Ch1

THESE instructions are for Sizes Small, Medium, and Large

Round 3 – Decrease round, to alternate the invisble decreases and make them less obvious, I divided my sleeve into 4 areas and made a decrease in each of these areas for a total of 4 decreases. We will work 1 exsc in the first stitch, invisible ex sc2tog, exsc until you reach the side of your sleeve and invisible ex sc2tog, exsc until you reach the top of the sleeve and ex sc2tog, exsc until you are 2 stitches away from the start of the round and ex sc2tog. Join with a slip stitch to close the round and Ch 1. 61(71, 86)

Round 4 – work 1 exsc in each stitch around. Slip stitch to join, Ch1

Round 5 – Decrease round, repeat round 4. 57 (67, 82)

Round 6 – work 1 exsc in each stitch around. Slip stitch to join, Ch1

Round 7 – Decrease round, repeat round 4. 53 (63, 78)

Round 8 – work 1 exsc in each stitch around. Slip stitch to join, Ch1

Round 9 Decrease round , For size small and medium only decrease 3 stitches 50 (60). And for size large decrease 4 (74)

For size SMALL AND MEDIUM

Round 10 – 11 work 1 exsc in each stitch around. Slip stitch to join, Ch1

STOP HERE FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM

LARGE

Round 11 – work 1 exsc in each stitch around. Slip stitch to join, Ch1

Round 12 – Decrease round – repeat round 4. 72 stitches total

Instructions for the x-l sleeve

Round 3 – Decrease round, to alternate the invisible decreases and make them less obvious, I divided my sleeve into 3 areas and made two decreases in each of these areas for a total of 6 decreases. We will work 1 exsc in the first stitch and in each stitch until you reach the side of your sleeve, invisible ex sc2tog, exsc until you reach the top of the sleeve and ex sc2tog, exsc until you reach the other side of the sleeve and ex sc2tog. Join with a slip stitch to close the round and Ch 1 a total of 6 stitches have been decreased. (94)

Round 4 – 1 exsc in each stitch around. Slip stitch to the first stitch to join, Ch 1. 94

Round 5 – decrease round, repeat round 4. Slip stitch to the first stitch to join, Ch1. 88

Round 6 – 1 exsc in each stitch around. Slip stitch to the first stitch to join. Ch1. 88

Round 7 – decrease round, repeat round 4. Slip stitch to the first stitch to join. Ch1 . 82

Round 8 – 1 exsc in each stitch around. Slip stitch to the first stitch to join. Ch 1. 82

Round 9 – decrease round, repeat round 4. Slip stitch to the first stitch to join, Ch1. 76

Rounds 10 – 11 – 1 exsc in each stitch around. Slip stitch to the first stitch to join, Ch1 76

Fasten off and weave in ends.

crochet fingering weight top

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