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Crocheted with Novita Cotton Soft, this sweet top has a beautiful lace on the hem.
Magazine Novita Kesä 2017 -lehti (in Finnish)
Pattern N:o in Magazine 28
Skill level Intermediate
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Availability:In stock
SKU N021728
Pattern details
Size
XS(S)M(L)XL(XXL

Yarn demand
Novita Cotton Soft
(520) Rose 200(250)250(300)350(400) g

Needles and other supplies
Crochet hook:
Novita 3½ mm-4 mm or the size needed to obtain gauge.

Designer
Saara Toikka

Details

The Back

You will start by crocheting the lace for the hem, after which the piece will be crocheted from the hem up. See the direction of crochet from the pattern.

Begin by crocheting 11 ch sts to start off the hem lace.

1st row: make 1 treble (tr) into the 7th chain from hook, crochet 3 ch sts, make 1 tr to the last chain.

2nd row: Crochet 7 ch sts, 1 tr between the trebles from the last row into the ch st on the middle, crochet 3 ch sts, 1 tr.

3rd row: 5 ch sts, 1 tr between the trebles from the last row into the chain st on the middle, crochet 3 ch sts, make 13 trs into the chain sts and finish with 1 tr into first st.

4th row: 4 ch sts, 1 double crochet (dc) into the second tr, *3 ch sts, 1 dc into the next tr, repeat from * for another 10 times, 3 ch sts, 1 tr between the trebles from the previous row into the chain st on the middle, 3 ch sts, 1 tr into the last st.

Continue to crochet from row 5 of diagram I and repeat rows 1-8 for a total of 7(8)9(10)11(12) times. The hem lace consists of 8(9)10(11)12(13) treble arches in total and it measures approx. 36(42)45(50)54(59) cm.

Do not break yarn but continue to crochet the upper part of the top beginning from the even edge of the hem lace. Follow diagram II:

1st row: 3 ch sts, make 1 tr + 1 ch st + 2 trs in the middle of the next layer of trs in the hem lace, *skip 1 row of the hem lace and to the next row make 2 trs + 1 ch st + 2 trs, repeat from * and make 1 tr at the end. 16(18)20(22)24(26) treble fans in total.

Continue to crochet from row 2 of diagram II and repeat rows 2-3 until the vertical edge of the piece measures 17(17)18(19)21(23) cm after the hem lace.

On the next row, omit 1(2)2(3)3(4) treble fans for the armhole: work in sl sts over 1(2)2(3)3(4) treble fans, 3 ch sts and crochet the treble fans until 1(2)2(3)3(4) fans remain, turn work. 14(14)16(16)18(18) treble fans in total.

When the armhole measures 13(14)15(16)16(17) cm, mark the center 6(6)6(6)8(8) treble fans for the neckline. Crochet one side of the neckline first, and decrease 1 fan according to row 1 of diagram III: crochet through the next round until 1 fan remains before those you've just marked, make 2 tr into the next fan, turn work, 2 ch sts and crochet the fans to the end of row. 3(3)4(4)4(4) treble fans remain for the shoulder.

When the armhole measures 17(18)19(20)20(21) cm, break the yarn.

Join the yarn to the other end of the piece with 1 dc and crochet 2 ch sts. Crochet the other side of the neckline to match.

The Front

Crochet similarly to the back until the armhole measures 7(8)9(10)10(11) cm.

Mark the center 4(4)4(4)6(6) treble fans for the neckline. First crochet one side of the neckline and decrease 1 fan from the neckline edge according to row 1 of diagram III: crochet through the next row until 1 fan remains before those you've just marked, make 2 trs to the next fan, turn work, make 2 ch sts and crochet the fans until the end of row. Decrease 1 more fan according to rows 3-4 of the diagram. 3(3)4(4)4(4) treble fans remain for the shoulder.

When the armhole measures 17(18)19(20)20(21) cm, break the yarn.

Join the yarn to the other edge of the piece with 1 dc and crochet 2 ch sts. Crochet the other side of the neckline to match.

Finishing

Lay the pieces wrong side up to measurements on a surface, mist with a spray bottle and let dry.

Sew the shoulder seams and the side seams.

Pattern instructions
Finished dimensions
Body circumference 72(82)90(100)108(118) cm Length of the top 39(40)42(44)47(50) cm

Stitch patterns & gauge
Pattern:
Crochet according to the written instructions and the diagrams.

Gauge:
Width of 2 pattern repeats (= 8 chain stitches) of chart II = approx. 4,5 cm, for the lace on the hem the length of a pattern repeat (rows 4-7 of chart I) is approx. 4,5 cm and the width approx. 5 cm.

The Back

You will start by crocheting the lace for the hem, after which the piece will be crocheted from the hem up. See the direction of crochet from the pattern.

Begin by crocheting 11 ch sts to start off the hem lace.

1st row: make 1 treble (tr) into the 7th chain from hook, crochet 3 ch sts, make 1 tr to the last chain.

2nd row: Crochet 7 ch sts, 1 tr between the trebles from the last row into the ch st on the middle, crochet 3 ch sts, 1 tr.

3rd row: 5 ch sts, 1 tr between the trebles from the last row into the chain st on the middle, crochet 3 ch sts, make 13 trs into the chain sts and finish with 1 tr into first st.

4th row: 4 ch sts, 1 double crochet (dc) into the second tr, *3 ch sts, 1 dc into the next tr, repeat from * for another 10 times, 3 ch sts, 1 tr between the trebles from the previous row into the chain st on the middle, 3 ch sts, 1 tr into the last st.

Continue to crochet from row 5 of diagram I and repeat rows 1-8 for a total of 7(8)9(10)11(12) times. The hem lace consists of 8(9)10(11)12(13) treble arches in total and it measures approx. 36(42)45(50)54(59) cm.

Do not break yarn but continue to crochet the upper part of the top beginning from the even edge of the hem lace. Follow diagram II:

1st row: 3 ch sts, make 1 tr + 1 ch st + 2 trs in the middle of the next layer of trs in the hem lace, *skip 1 row of the hem lace and to the next row make 2 trs + 1 ch st + 2 trs, repeat from * and make 1 tr at the end. 16(18)20(22)24(26) treble fans in total.

Continue to crochet from row 2 of diagram II and repeat rows 2-3 until the vertical edge of the piece measures 17(17)18(19)21(23) cm after the hem lace.

On the next row, omit 1(2)2(3)3(4) treble fans for the armhole: work in sl sts over 1(2)2(3)3(4) treble fans, 3 ch sts and crochet the treble fans until 1(2)2(3)3(4) fans remain, turn work. 14(14)16(16)18(18) treble fans in total.

When the armhole measures 13(14)15(16)16(17) cm, mark the center 6(6)6(6)8(8) treble fans for the neckline. Crochet one side of the neckline first, and decrease 1 fan according to row 1 of diagram III: crochet through the next round until 1 fan remains before those you've just marked, make 2 tr into the next fan, turn work, 2 ch sts and crochet the fans to the end of row. 3(3)4(4)4(4) treble fans remain for the shoulder.

When the armhole measures 17(18)19(20)20(21) cm, break the yarn.

Join the yarn to the other end of the piece with 1 dc and crochet 2 ch sts. Crochet the other side of the neckline to match.

The Front

Crochet similarly to the back until the armhole measures 7(8)9(10)10(11) cm.

Mark the center 4(4)4(4)6(6) treble fans for the neckline. First crochet one side of the neckline and decrease 1 fan from the neckline edge according to row 1 of diagram III: crochet through the next row until 1 fan remains before those you've just marked, make 2 trs to the next fan, turn work, make 2 ch sts and crochet the fans until the end of row. Decrease 1 more fan according to rows 3-4 of the diagram. 3(3)4(4)4(4) treble fans remain for the shoulder.

When the armhole measures 17(18)19(20)20(21) cm, break the yarn.

Join the yarn to the other edge of the piece with 1 dc and crochet 2 ch sts. Crochet the other side of the neckline to match.

Finishing

Lay the pieces wrong side up to measurements on a surface, mist with a spray bottle and let dry.

Sew the shoulder seams and the side seams.


Skill levels

Beginner

Have you just learned to knit, maybe still trying to figure out the very basics like knit and purl stitches? Or are you picking up knitting again for the first time since elementary school? Start here.

Technique

Beginner-level patterns include only basic knitting techniques: knitting and purling. You’ll also need to cast on and cast off stitches. The projects can be worked flat or in the round. Easy, regular decreases are used. Most patterns are worked in stockinette or garter stitch. Other simple stitch patterns may occur, and they are always detailed in the written pattern. Stripes of different colours may be used, but no more advanced colourwork.

Patterns

All patterns are written and do not include charts. Abbreviations are not used. Getting gauge is not crucial to the finished piece. Patterns include mostly accessories such as scarved and beanies. Pillowcases and other home decoration pieces.

Adventurous beginner

Got the basics covered? You’d like to take a swing at your first pair of socks, perhaps some easy cables or colourwork? A treasure of patterns awaits you on this level.

Technique

Patterns on this level may include simple colourwork, cables or lace. Colourwork patterns repeats are relatively short, cables simple and symmetrical and lace patterns easy and relatively small, covering details rather than entire pieces. The colourwork, cable and lace stitches are not worked into decreases or increases. Colourwork yarn floats are short, max. 3-4 stitches. Picking up stitches may occur. On this level, you’ll also find easy patterns using domino knitting, log cabin knitting or tunisian crochet.

Patterns

Patterns may include simple charts. In case special techniques are employed, they are detailed our in the instructions, either as text or e.g. through videos. The patterns may also suggest ”shortcuts”, i.e. easier ways to accomplish a technique. Most of the basic socks with heel flaps or afterthought heels are on this level, as well as mittens with no-gusset thumbs. There’s also plenty of sweaters, usually yoke sweaters or raglan sleeve sweaters.

Intermediate

So knitting is a regular hobby for you? Abbreviations, charts and instructions are no more than a walk in the park? Perhaps you’re looking for something to challenge yourself with, even at the odds of frogging?

Technique

In addition to basic techniques, some special techniques may be employed on this level, e.g. short rows. The same pattern may include both lace and cables. Magic loop knitting or entrelac, two-coloured brioche stitch, also here. In general, patterns require a more advanced ability to "read" your knitting. Lace patterns are also more advanced than on the previous level, but the lace stitches are still worked on right side only. Intarsia may be included, but in relatively simple and symmetrical patterns.

Patterns

Patterns on this level can feature concurrent shaping, e.g. neckline shaping at the same time as sleeve decreases or sleeve decreases into cable pattern. Sweater sleeves may require more advanced shaping. Most of our sweaters are at this level. Other patterns include e.g. magic loop patterns and toe-up socks.

Advanced

Turn off that telly and lash the doors, maximum concetration required! Although this skill level doesn’t bring much more in terms of technique, there’s simply more going on at the same time. Skill, concentration and perception are requisite.

Technique

On this level, you’ll find more advanced intarsia patterns, including intarsia in the round. Brioche patterns with decreases and/or cables are also here. Beginning of rounds may shift and multiple markers are needed. Lace or cable stitches may be worked also from wrong side. We’ve also included patterns featuring steeks here. Steeking isn’t hard as such, but requires the nerves and confidence of an experienced knitter.

Patterns

Patterns may include complex steps and require simultaneous reading of both charts and written instructions. Gauge may vary over different steps of the project. The patterns often feature much details and a combination of techniques. The size of the project is not what determines whether it’s advanced or not; focus is on technique, overall complexity and the risk of errors during the project.

Gauge & Swatching

Gauge and Swatching

Every pattern is based on a certain gauge, expressed as stitches or rows per 10 cm. It is important that you make a swatch to check your gauge before you start the actual project. If your gauge doesn’t match the pattern’s gauge, your finished garment won’t be the correct size either.

Swatching Start by knitting a swatch. Use the yarn, the needles and the stitch pattern you intend to use in the project. Make the swatch a little wider than 10 cm, so that you’ll be able to measure the stitches properly. Block the swatch by pinning it to a surface, then steam it gently. Count the stitches; put a pin in a stitch, then measure 10 cm from that stitch and put another pin there. Count the stitches from pin to pin – that’s your gauge! If needed, measure both horizontal and vertical gauge (rows). If you’re measuring rib or brioche stitches, stretch out the swatch slightly before measuring.

Adjusting gauge

If your gauge doesn’t match the pattern gauge, you can adjust it by switching needle size. If your swatch has too few stitches per 10 cm (i.e. your knitting is too loose), switch to smaller needles. Conversely, if your swatch has too many stitches per 10 cm, your knitting is too tight and you’ll need a larger pair of needles. Always knit another swatch in order to determine proper gauge and sizing. Also note that the pattern yardage only applies to the pattern yarn, the yardage may differ if you choose another yarn.

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