Add to your handmade wardrobe with the Flower Child crochet top. Fun, flirty and best of all warm weather approved.

This is part 1 of the Flower Child crochet top.

Part II of the Flower Child crochet top.

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Design and Inspiration

How do you guys feel about summer? I’ve only ever lived in one place that had actual seasons so summer and I are pretty intimate, although I will admit that our relationship has changed.

As a student summer meant the end of classes, the freedom to be a couch potato or do whatever I wanted. As an adult, summer doesn’t hold the same feeling of salvation. But it does mean, watermelon mojitos and a wardrobe change!

To kick off the summer I have designed a new crochet top. The top was inspired by the ongoing motif mania and the flower stitch. You guys must be pretty familiar with this stitch by now, after all just last year I released a Duster using this stitch.

Why do I love this stitch? Simple really, you get the motif look without the extra ends. Yes, I’m very lazy about weaving in ends. I just never think they are hidden enough.

Because of the fillet nature of this stitch, I always recommend using a cotton blend yarn, something that will not stretch epically.

The Yarn

Shine – n. a quality of brightness, especially from reflected light. A very apt name for a yarn, don’t you think?

Yes, yes it is. Which is why I used it! Shine Sport is a Wecrochet yarn, and it does earn its name. It’s a cotton/modal blend and it is oh so soft. Absolutely perfect for a crochet top. While on the website Shine sport is classified as a Sport weight yarn, I do find that it leans more towards the worsted side.

The yarn comes in 50g skeins each containing 110 yards. Which is why if you are looking for substitutions keep a careful eye on the yardage.

Overall, I think this yarn is very crochet top appropriate. It feels light and soft against the skin and the shine is just enough to add a bit of sophistication to your handmade item.

Can I make this crochet top?

If you know how to make the basic crochet stitches, you are well on your way to unlocking the crochet top level.

The Flower Child top is my third flower stitch design. Made with a cotton blend yarn and featuring a filet central panel. This top is a great addition to your summer wardrobe.

crochet top Flower Child PDF Version

“Like wildflowers; you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people thought you never would.”

E.V Thompson

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Flower Child Crochet Top

Materials:

  • 270(279,315,360,400,450)g / 600(660,710,880,908,990) yds of Shine Sport a 60/40 Pima Cotton Modal Blend. 110yds/50g
  • 4mm hook or size needed for gauge – Furls Crochet Hook
  • 3.75mm hook – I used a Tulip
  • yarn needle
  • scissor
  • tapestry needle
  • tape measure

Size:


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Bust Size28in 71cm33in 84cm36in 91.5cm40in 101.5cm44in 115.5cm47in 119cm

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Length18.75in 47.6cm19in 48.2619.5in 49.5cm
19.75 50cm20in 51cm20 51cm
Arm length6in 15cm6in 15cm6.5in 16.5cm6.5in 16.5cm7in 18cm7in 18cm
Upper Arm9.75in 25cm10in 25cm11in 28cm12in 30cm13in 33cm15in 38cm
Armhole Depth6.75in 16.5cm7.25in 18cm7.25in 18cm7.75in 20cm8in 20cm8.5in 21cm

Gauge:

4×4″ / 10×10 cm

16 stitches x 8 rows of dc with a 4mm crochet hook.

Stitches: US terms

  • ch – chain
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • fdc – foundation double crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • trb – treble
  • dec – decrease.

Refer to Flower Stitch for visual help.

Flower Stitch Pattern:

R1: ch2 sk ch space,13dc,ch2 sk ch space.

R2: ch2 sk ch space 4dc, ch2 sk2 trb, ch2 sk2, 4dc. ch2 sk ch.

R3: ch2 sk ch space, 2dc, ch5 sk 2dc and ch space, sc in trb,ch5 sk ch space and 2dc, 2dc, ch2 sk ch space.

R4: ch2 sk ch space 4dc, ch2, dc in sc, ch2, 4dc, ch2 sk ch space.

R5: ch2 sk ch space, 13dc,ch2 sk ch space.

R6: ch2, sk2, dc repeat from to 4 times, ch2, sk2 (6 ch2 spaces)

Notes:

  • Model is wearing a size 2(s) crochet top in the color Platinum.
  • Starting ch1 does not count as a stitch.
  • In the flower pattern the ch spaces count as stitches.
  • Garment is crocheted bottom up in two pieces.
  • Sleeves are crocheted separately and then attached.
  • In order to avoid the sagging that occurs when starting with a fdc you can make this row with a smaller hook.
Front

With 4mm hook

R1 – fdc 53(63,67,75,81,87)ch1 and turn.

R2 – 18(23,25,29,32,35)dc, ch2, sk2, dc repeat from to 4 times, ch2 sk 2, (6 ch2 spaces), 18(23,25,29,32,35)dc. ch1 and turn.

R3 – 18(23,25,29,32,35)dc. ch2 sk ch space,13dc,ch2 sk ch space. 18(23,25,29,32,35)dc. ch1 and turn.

R4 – 18(23,25,29,32,35)dc. ch2 sk ch space 4dc, ch2 sk2 trb, ch2 sk2, 4dc. ch2 sk ch 18(23,25,29,32,35)dc. ch1 and turn.

R5 – 18(23,25,29,32,35)dc. ch2 sk ch space, 2dc, ch5 sk 2dc and ch space, sc in trb,ch5 sk ch space and 2dc, 2dc, ch2 sk ch space. 18(23,25,29,32,35)dc. ch1 and turn.

Switch to a 3.75mm hook

R6 – 18(23,25,29,32,35)dc ch2, sk ch space, 4dc, ch2, dc in sc, ch2, 4dc, ch2 sk ch space, 18(23,25,29,32,35) dc. ch1 and turn

R7 – repeat row 3

R8 – repeat row 2

Repeat rows 3 – 8 once more.

Bust increases on either side.

Switch to a 4mm crochet hook.

R1 – dc, dc2inc, dc to center panel pattern, ch2 sk ch space,13dc,ch2 sk ch space. dc to 2 stitches before end of row, dc2inc, dc in last stitch. ch1 and turn. 2 stitches increased.

Size 1 and 2

R2 – 19(24)dc. ch2 sk ch space 4dc, ch2 sk2 trb, ch2 sk2, 4dc. ch2 sk ch. 19(24)dc. ch1 and turn.

Sizes 3, 4, 5, 6

R2 – dc, dc2inc, dc to center panel pattern. ch2 sk ch space 4dc, ch2 sk2 trb, ch2 sk2, 4dc. ch2 sk ch. dc to 2 stitches before end of row, dc2inc, dc in last stitch. ch1 and turn 2 stitches increased.

Size 1,2,3,4

R3 – 19(24,27,31)dc ch2 sk ch space, 2dc, ch5 sk 2dc and ch space, sc in trb,ch5 sk ch space and 2dc, 2dc, ch2 sk ch space. 19(24,27,31)dc. ch1 and turn.

Size 5,6

R3 – dc, dc2inc, dc to center panel pattern. ch2 sk ch space, 2dc, ch5 sk 2dc and ch space, sc in trb,ch5 sk ch space and 2dc, 2dc, ch2 sk ch space. dc to 2 stitches before end of row, dc2inc, dc in last stitch. ch1 and turn. 2 stitches increased.

All sizes

R4 – 19(24,27,31,35,38)dc. ch2 sk ch space 4dc, ch2, dc in sc, ch2, 4dc, ch sk ch space. 19(24,27,31,35,38)dc. ch1 and turn.

R5 – 19(24,27,31,35,38)dc ch2 sk ch space, 13dc,ch2 sk ch space. 19(24,27,31,35,38) dc. ch1 and turn.

R6 – 19(24,27,31,35,38)dc ch2, sk2, dc repeat from to 4 times, ch2, sk2 (6 ch2 spaces), 19(24,27,31,35,38)dc. ch1 and turn

Continue in established pattern

19(24,27,31,35,38)dc flower stitch pattern rows (see flower stitch pattern on page 2), 19(24,27,31,35,38)dc. ch1 and turn. Until piece measures 11.25 inch (28.6cm) from bottom edge. ch1 and turn

Armhole Shaping

(right side facing, row 4 of mid pattern repeat completed)

R1 – sl st 2(3,3,4,4,4)ch1 work dc in next stitch, dc until you reach center panel. work central pattern row 5, dc until you are 2(3,3,4,4,4)stitches from the end of the row. ch1 and turn.

R2 – dc, invisible dec, dc to center panel. work row 6 of center pattern. dc to 3 stitches before the end of the row. invisible dec, dc. ch1 and turn.

R3 – 16(20,23,26,30,33)dc, work row 1 of flower stitch pattern (see flower stitch pattern on page 2). 16(20,23,26,30,33)dc. ch1 and turn.

All sizes

Rows 4 – 8 continue working 16(20,23,26,30,33)dc, corresponding center panel row (see flower stitch pattern on page 2), 16(20,23,26,30,33)dc. ch1 and turn.

You will end on Row 6.

Neckline Shaping

R1 – dc until you are 4(4,4,5,5,5) stitches from the first ch2 space. sk1 stitch dc in next. ch1 and turn. 13(17,20,22,26,29)

R2 – dc, sk1, dc to end of row. ch1 and turn. 12(16,19,21,25,28)

R3 – dc to 2 stitches before end of row. sk1, dc. ch1 and turn. 11(15,18,20,24,27) size 1 and 2 stop here

Sizes 3,4,5,6

R4 – dc, sk1, dc to end of row. ch1 and turn. 17,19,23,26

R5 – dc to 2 stitches before end of row. sk1, dc. ch1 and turn. 16,18,22,25

Size 6

R6 – dc, sk1, dc to end of row. ch1 and turn. 24

All sizes

Complete 2 rows of dc no decreases. Cut yarn, leave a long enough tail to sew shoulder seam. 11(15,16,18,22,24)

Neckline (remaining side – right side facing)

R1 – Attach yarn 3(3,3,4,4,4) stitches to the left of the mid pattern panel, sk1 dc to the end of row. ch1 and turn.

R2 – dc to 2 stitches before end of row. sk1, dc. ch1 and turn.

R3 – dc, sk1, dc to the end of row. Size 1 &2 stop here

Sizes 3,4,5,6

R4 – dc to 2 stitches before end of row. sk1, dc. ch1 and turn.

R5 – dc, sk1, dc to end of the row.

Size 6

R6 – dc to 2 stitches before end of row. Sk1, dc. ch1 and turn. 11(15,16,18,22,24)

ALL SIZES:

Complete 2 rows of dc no decrease. Cut yarn, leave a long enough tail to sew shoulder seam.

Tune in next week for next instructions!

Back Panel, Sleeves and Seaming await!

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