Crocheted shoulder top

Crocheted shoulder top

This light and comfy cold shoulder top works with a smart skirt for the office or shorts for the beach.

You’ll need

  • 4(5,5,6) balls of 125m/50g Nurturing Fibres Eco-Fusion, colour Seashell
  • hook: 4mm
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors

Pattern sizes 

Small, medium, large, X-large

Finished measurements 

To fit chest: 82 (87, 92, 97)cm
Actual width and circumference: 50/100 (56.5/113, 63/126, 69.5/139)cm
Length to shoulder: 50cm, or custom length according to personal preference

Gauge

18sts x 9 rows = 10x10cm using a 4mm hook

Abbreviations 

2trtog – two trebles together (1st dec), beg – beginning, ch – chain, chsp/s – chain space/s, dc – double crochet, dec – decrease, rem – remaining, RS – right side, sk – skip, st/s – stitch/es, tr – treble

Important pattern notes 

  • Pattern is written in UK terminology.
  • Work ch3 at the beginning of tr rows. This counts as a stitch.
  • For a neater edge, try using a standing tr. See YouTube for great tutorials.

To make

 

Instructions front 

With a 4mm hook ch 96 (108, 120, 132).
Row 1: (RS) Insert hook in the 4th ch from hook and work 1tr, work 1tr in each ch across, turn. [94 (106, 118, 130) sts]
Row 2: Ch3, 1tr in the next 3 sts, *ch2, sk next 2 sts, 1tr in the next st*, rep from * to last 3 sts, 1tr in each of the last 3
sts, turn. [29 (33, 37, 41) open blocks]
Row 3: Ch3, 1tr in the next 3 sts, *ch2, 1tr in the next tr, (2tr in next 2chsp, 1tr in the next tr) 3 times*, rep from * a total of 7 (8, 9, 10) times, ch2, 1tr in the last 4 tr, turn. [8 (9, 10, 11) open blocks, 23 (26, 29, 32) closed blocks]
Row 4: Ch3, 1tr in the next 3 tr, *ch2, 1tr in the next 10 tr*, rep from * a total of 7 (8, 9, 10) times, ch2, 1tr in the last 4 tr, turn.
Rows 5-6: Rep prev row.
Row 7: Ch3, 1tr in the next 3 tr, *ch2, 1tr in the next tr, (ch2, sk next 2 tr, 1tr in the next tr) 3 times*, rep from * a total of 7 (8, 9, 10) times, ch2, 1tr in the next 4tr, turn.
Next rows: Rep rows 3-7 a total of 8 times. (For a longer top, work additional reps of rows 3-7).

Shape right neckline 

Row 1: Ch3, 1tr in the next 3 sts, *ch2, 1tr in the next tr, (2tr in next 2chsp, 1tr in the next tr) 3 times*, rep from * 1 (1, 2, 2) more times, ch2, 1tr in the next tr, (2tr in next 2chsp, 1tr in the next tr) once, 1tr in the next 2chsp, work 2trtog over the current 2chsp and next tr, turn.
Row 2: Ch2, 1tr in the next tr (creates a 2trtog) 1tr in the next 4 tr, (ch2, 1tr in the next 10 tr) 2 (2, 3, 3) times, ch2, 1tr in the last 4 tr, turn.
Row 3: Ch3, 1tr in the next 3 tr, (ch2, 1tr in the next 10 tr) 2 (2, 3, 3) times, ch2, 1tr in the next 3 tr, 2trtog over the last
2 sts, turn.
Row 4: Ch2, 1tr in next tr (creates 2trtog), 1tr in the next 2 tr, (ch2, 1tr in the next 10 tr) 2 (2, 3, 3) times, ch2, 1tr in the last 4 tr, turn.
Row 5: Ch3, 1tr in the next 3 tr, (ch2, 1tr in the next tr, (ch2, sk next 2 tr, 1tr in the next tr) 3 times) 2 (2, 3, 3) times, ch2, 1tr in the next tr, 2trtog over the last 2 sts, turn.
Row 6: Ch2, 1tr in the next tr, (creates 2trtog), 2tr in the next 2chsp, (1tr in next tr, 2tr in next 2chsp) 8 (8, 12, 12) times, 1tr in the last 4 tr, fasten off.

Shape left neckline 

Row 1: Sk the next 7 (11, 7, 11) 2chsps, and join yarn in the 7th (11th, 7th, 11th) tr from the last tr of the right neckline. Ch2, 1tr in the next 1chsp (creates 2trtog), 1tr in the same 1chsp, 1tr in the next tr, 2tr in the next 2chsp, 1tr in the next tr, *ch2, 1tr in the next tr, (2tr in next 2chsp, 1tr in the next tr) 3 times*, rep from * 1 (1, 2, 2) more times, ch2, 1tr in the last 4 sts, turn.
Row 2: Ch3, 1tr in the next 3 tr, (ch2, 1tr in the next 10 tr) 2 (2, 3, 3) more times, ch2, 1tr in the next 4 tr, 2trtog over the last 2 sts, turn.
Row 3: Ch2, 1tr in the next tr (creates 2trtog), 1tr in the next 3 tr, (ch2, 1tr in the next 10 tr) 2 (2, 3, 3) more times, ch2, 1tr in the last 4 sts, turn.
Row 4: Ch3, 1tr in the next 3 sts, (ch2, 1tr in the next 10 tr) 1 (1, 3, 3) more times, ch2, 1tr in the next 2 tr, 2trtog over the last 2 sts, turn.
Row 5: Ch2, 1tr in the next tr (creates 2trtog), 1tr in the next tr, (ch2, 1tr in the next tr, (ch2, sk next 2 tr, 1tr in the next tr) 3 times) 2 (2, 3, 3) times, ch2, 1tr in the last 4 sts, turn.
Row 6: Ch3, 1tr in the next 3 tr, 2tr in the next 2chsp, (1tr in next tr, 2tr in next 2chsp) 8 (8, 12, 12) times 2trtog over the last 2 tr, fasten off.

Back

Repeat as for front to the neck shaping.
Next 2 rows: Rep rows 3 and 4.

Shape right neckline 

Row 1: Ch3, 1tr in the next 3 tr, (ch2, 1tr in the next 10 tr) 2 (2, 3, 3) times, ch2, 1tr in the next 3 tr, 2trtog over the next 2 sts, turn.
Row 2: Ch2, 1tr in next tr (creates 2trtog), 1tr in the next 2 tr, (ch2, 1tr in the next 10 tr) 2 (2, 3, 3) times, ch2, 1tr in the last 4 tr, turn.
Row 3: Ch3, 1tr in the next 3tr, (ch2, 1tr in the next tr, (ch2, sk next 2 tr, 1tr in the next tr) 3 times) 2 (2, 3, 3) times, h2, 1tr in the next tr, 2trtog over the last 2 sts, turn.
Row 4: Ch2, 1tr in the next tr, (creates 2trtog), 2tr in the next 2chsp, (1tr in next tr, 2tr in next 2chsp) 8 (8, 12, 12) times, 1tr in the last 4 tr, fasten off.

Shape left neckline

Row 1: Sk the next 24 (28, 24, 28) sts, and join yarn in the 25th (29th, 25th, 29th) tr from the last tr of the right neckline, ch2, 1tr in the next tr (creates 2trtog), 1tr in the next 3 tr, (ch2, 1tr in the next 10 tr) 2 (2,3, 3) times, ch2, 1tr in the last 4 sts, turn.
Row 2: Ch3, 1tr in the next 3 sts, (ch2, 1tr in the next 10 tr) 2 (2, 3, 3) times, ch2, 1tr in the next 2 tr, 2trtog over the last 2 sts, turn.
Row 3: Ch2, 1tr in the next tr (creates 2trtog), 1tr in the next tr, (ch2, 1tr in the next tr, (ch2, sk next 2 tr, 1tr in the next tr) 3 times) 2 (2, 3, 3) times, ch2, 1tr in the last 4 sts, turn.
Row 4: Ch3, 1tr in the next 3 tr, 2tr in the next 2chsp, (1tr in next tr, 2tr in next 2chsp) 8 (8, 12, 12) times 2trtog over the last 2 tr, fasten off.

Join shoulder seams 

With right sides facing, join the shoulders with a single stitch at the neckline and a single stitch at the sleeves (see photo). Sew up the side seams, leaving an armhole opening of about 20cm and a side slit of about 10cm (adjust to personal preference).

Neck edging 

Join yarn at any side seam and work 1 round of evenly spaced dc all around the neck edge. Fasten off.

Finish up 

Weave in all remaining loose ends. Pin to measurements, spray with cold water and leave to dry.

Eco-fusion is a uniquely spun yarn with 125m to a ball. It’s 50% bamboo and 50% cotton and is lovingly hand-dyed in South Africa. Find stockists at Nurturingfibres.com

DESIGN AND CROCHET: BRENDA GROBLER AND PHOTO: DYLAN SWART

Magazine issue date: Feb, 2018

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