Crochet a charming gypsy top

sigeunertop

The squares with flower trims make this top interesting and a pleasure to crochet

By KAREN ADENDORFF
Photo ANDREA CALDWELL

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Difficulty: **

Materials

Nurturing Fibres’ ECO-FUSION bamboo and cotton yarn (50 g balls): 2 balls each Paris, Sunkissed Coral and Cornflower, 3 balls each Violet and Pickled Ginger and 4 balls Bordeaux (visit www.nurturingfibres.com for stockists); 3.25 mm crochet hook; needle to sew up

Size

Length = 68 cm; circumference = 106 cm

Abbreviations

beg = begin, c/off = cast off, ch st = chain stitch, dc = double crohet, h tr = half treble, rep = repeat, rnd = round, RS = right side, sl st = slip stitch, sp = space, st = stitch, t ch = turning chain, tr = treble crochet,

Pattern

FRONT

Square 1

With Sunkissed Coral, crochet 19 ch st. (The pattern requires multiples of 4 + 3 st)

1st row: 1 dc in 2nd ch st from hook, 1 dc in next ch st, *2 ch st, skip 2 ch st, 1 dc in next 2 ch st, rep from * to end, turn.

2nd row: 3 ch st, 1 tr in next dc, *2 ch st, skip 2 ch st sp, 1 tr in next 2 dc, rep from * to end, turn.

3rd row: 1 ch st, 1 dc in 1st and next tr, *2 ch st, skip 2 ch st sp, 1 dc in next 2 tr, rep from * to end, turn. Rep row 2 and 3 till there are 41 rows altogether. C/off.

Square 2

With Sunkissed Coral crochet 4 ch st, sl st in 1st ch st to shape ring.

1st rnd: 3 ch st, 2 tr in ring, (3 ch st, 3 tr in ring) 3 times, 3 ch st, sl st at top in beg-3 ch st. C/off.

2nd rnd: With Bordeaux, in any 3 ch st-sp, 3 ch st, (2 tr, 3 ch st, 3 tr) in same sp, [1 ch st, (3 tr, 3 ch st, 3 tr) in next 3 ch st-sp] 3 times, 1 ch st, sl st at top in beg-3 ch st. C/off.

3rd rnd: With Cornflower, in any 3 ch st-sp, 3 ch st, (2 tr, 3 ch st, 3 tr) in same sp, [1 ch st, 3 tr in 1 ch st-sp, 1 ch st, (3 tr, 3 dc, 3 tr) in next 3 ch st-sp] 3 times, 1 ch st, 3 tr in 1 ch st-sp, 1 ch st, sl st at top in beg-3 ch st. C/off.

4th rnd: With Pickled Ginger, in any 3 ch st-sp, 3 ch st, (2 tr, 3 ch st, 3 tr) in same sp, [1 ch st, (3 tr in next 1 ch st-sp, 1 ch st) twice, (3 tr, 3 ch st, 3 tr) in 3 ch st-sp] 3 times, (1 ch st, 3 tr in 1 ch st-sp) twice, 1 ch st, sl st at top in beg-3 ch st. C/off.

5th rnd: With Paris, in any 3 ch st-sp, 3 ch st, (2 tr, 3 ch st, 3 tr) in same sp, [1 ch st, (3 tr in next 1 ch st-sp, 1 ch st) 3 times, (3 tr, 3 ch st, 3 tr) in 3 ch st-sp] 3 times, (1 ch st, 3 tr in 1 ch st-sp) 3 times, 1 ch st, sl st at top in beg-3 ch st. C/off. Continue like this with rnd 6 (Violet) and 7 (Paris) and increase the 3 tr groups at the edge each time.

Now work across only one side as follows:

1st row: With Violet and RS to front, beg in corner 3 ch st-sp with 3 ch st, 2 tr in same sp, (1 ch st, 3 tr in next 1 ch st-sp) 6 times, 1 ch st, 3 tr in corner 3 ch st-sp, turn.

2nd row: 3 ch st, (3 tr in next 1 ch st-sp, 1 ch st) 6 times, 3 tr in next 1 ch st-sp, 1 ch st, 1 tr at top in beg-3 ch st, turn.

3rd row: 3 ch st, 2 tr in 1st sp, (1 ch st, 3 tr in next 1 ch st-sp) 6 times, 1 ch st, 3 tr in last sp, turn. Rep row 2 and 3 once more and row 2 once more (= 6 rows). C/off. Crochet across the length of the square for one more row: With RS front, start with 3 ch st in the corner 3 ch st-sp, 2 tr in same sp, (1 ch st, 3 tr in next sp) 9 times, 1 ch st, 3 tr in last sp. C/off.

Square 3

With Pickled Ginger, crochet 21 ch st. (The pattern requires odd number st)

1st row: 1 dc in 2nd ch st from hook, 1 dc in each st to end, turn.

2nd row: 3 ch st, *skip next dc, 1 tr in next dc, 1 tr in skipped dc, rep from * to last dc, 1 tr in last dc, turn. Don’t cut yarn but carry it up along edges.

3rd row: With Cornflower, 1 ch st, 1 dc in 1st and each tr to end.

4th row: As row 2. Rep row 3 and 4 another 9 times and change colour after each tr row. C/off. (= 22 rows altogether)

Square 4

With Bordeaux, beg with 23 ch st. (The pattern requires multiples of 4 + 3 st)

1st row: (1 tr, 3 ch st, 1 tr) in 5th ch st from hook, *skip 3 ch st, (1 tr, 3 ch st, 1 tr) in next ch st; rep from * to last 2 ch st, skip next ch st, 1 tr in last ch st, turn.

2nd row: 3 ch st, (4 tr, 1 ch st) in each 3 ch st-sp to before last sp, 4 tr in last sp, 1 tr at top in t ch, turn.

3rd row: 4 ch st, 1 tr in same st, (1 tr, 3 ch st, 1 tr) in each 1 ch st-sp to last 1 ch st-sp, skip last 4 tr, (1 tr, 1 ch st, 1 tr) in 3rd of t ch, turn.

4th row: 3 ch st, 2 tr in 1 ch st-sp, 1 ch st, (4 tr, 1 ch st) in each 3 ch st-sp to last sp, 3 tr in last sp, turn.

5th row: 3 ch st, (1 tr, 3 ch st, 1 tr) in each 1 ch st-sp, ending with 1 tr in t ch, turn. Rep rows 2-5 for 4 times and then rows 2, 3 and  4 = 24 rows altogether. C/off.

Square 5

With Paris, crochet 6 ch st, sl st in 1st ch st to shape ring.

1st rnd: 3 ch st, 15 tr in ring, sl st at top in beg-3 ch st.

2nd rnd: 4 ch st, (1 tr in next tr, 1 ch st) 15 times, sl st in 3rd of beg-4 ch st = 16 tr.

3rd rnd: sl st in next sp, 3 ch st, 1 tr in same sp, 1 ch st, (2 tr in next 1 ch st-sp, 1 ch st) 15 times, sl st at top in beg-3 ch st = 32 tr. C/off.

4th rnd: join Sunkissed Coral with 1 ch st, 1 tr in 1st sp, [6 ch st, 1 dc in next sp, (3 ch st, 1 dc in next sp) 3 times] 4 times, sl st in 1st dc.

5th rnd: sl st in 6 ch st-sp, (4 tr, 1 ch st, 5 tr) in 6 ch st-sp, [(1 ch st, 3 tr in next 3 ch st-sp) 3 times, 1 ch st, (5 tr, 1 ch st, 5 tr) in 6 ch st-sp] 3 times, (1 ch st, 3 tr in next 3 ch st-sp) 3 times, 1 ch st, sl st at top in beg-3 ch st.

6th rnd: 3 ch st, 1 tr in next 4 tr, *(1 tr, 1 ch st, 1 tr) in 1 ch st-corner sp, 1 tr in next 5 tr, (1 tr in next 3 tr) 3 times, 1 tr in next 5 tr, rep from * to end, ending with (1 tr in next 3 tr) 3 times, sl st at top in beg-3 ch st. C/off.

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Square 6

With Violet, start with 28 st. (The pattern requires multiples of 2 st)

1st row: 1 tr in 6th ch st from hook, *1 ch st, skip 1 ch st, 1 tr in next ch st, rep from * to end, turn.

2nd row: 4 ch st, 1 tr in next tr, *1 ch st, 1 tr in next tr, rep from * to end, turn. Rep 2nd row  24 times = 26 rows. C/off.

Square 7

With Pickled Ginger, crochet 35 ch st.

1st–7th row: crochet according to pattern of Square 1.

8th row: 3 ch st, 1 tr in next dc, (2 ch st, skip 2 dc, 1 tr in next 2 dc) 3 times, turn. Follow pattern for 24 rows. C/off.

Square 8

With Cornflower, crochet 28 ch st. (Pattern requires multiples of 8 + 4 st)

1st row: 1 tr in 6th ch st from hook, *1 ch st, skip next dc, 1 tr in next ch st, rep from * to end, turn.

2nd row: 3 ch st, *skip next 2 ch st-sp, (3 tr, 2 ch st, 3 tr) in next tr, skip next 2 ch st-sp, 1 tr in next tr, rep from * to end, ending with 1 tr in t ch, turn.

3rd row: 6 ch st, *1 dc in next 2 ch st-sp, 3 ch st, skip next 3 tr, 1 tr in next tr, 3 ch st, rep from * to end, 1 dc in 2 ch st-sp, 3 ch st, skip 3 tr, 1 tr in t ch, turn.

4th row: 4 ch st, *1 tr in next 3 ch st-sp, 1 ch st, 1 tr in next dc, 1 ch st, 1 tr in next 3 ch st-sp, 1 ch st, 1 tr in next tr, 1 ch st, rep from * to end, ending with 1 tr in nextg 3 ch st-sp, 1 ch st, 1 tr in next dc, 1 ch st, 1 tr in next 3 ch st-sp, 1 ch st, 1 tr in 3rd from beg-6 ch st, turn.

5th row: 3 ch st, *1 tr in next 1 ch st-sp, 1 tr in next tr, rep from * to end, ending with 1 tr in t ch, turn.

6th row: 4 ch st, skip next  tr, 1 tr next tr, *1 ch st, skip next tr, 1 tr in next tr, rep from * to end, ending with 1 tr in turn-ch st, turn. Rep  2nd to 6th row 2 times and then 2nd to 3rd row once = 18 rows altogether. C/off.

Square 9

With Pickled Ginger, crochet 20 ch st. Follow pattern of Square 6 and crochet 11 rows. C/off.

Square 10

With Violet, crochet 19 ch st. Follow pattern of Square 4 and crochet 10 rows. C/off.

Square 11

With Paris, crochet 4 ch st, sl st in 1st ch st to shape ring.

1st rnd: 3 ch st, 2 tr in ring, (3 ch st, 3 tr in ring) 3 times, 3 ch st, sl st at top in beg-3 ch st. C/off. Follow pattern of Square 2 with rnd 2 (Cornflower), rnd 3 (Bordeaux), rnd 4 (Pickled Ginger) and rnd 5 (Sunkissed Coral).

Square 12

With Bordeaux, crochet 52 ks.Follow pattern of Square 8 and crochet 14 rows. C/off.

Square 13

With Sunkissed Coral, crochet 50 ch st. Follow pattern of Square 6 and crochet 10 rows. C/off.

Square 14

With Paris, crochet 39 ch st. Follow pattern of Square 1 and crochet 17 rows. C/off.

Square 15

With Paris, crochet 25 ch st. Follow pattern of Square 3 with row 1 and 2 (Paris), rows 3 and 4 (Sunkissed Coral), rows 5 and  6 (Pickled Ginger), rows 7 and 8 (Paris) and rows 9 and 10 (Sunkissed Coral). C/off.

Square 16

With Violet, crochet 22 ch st. Follow pattern of Square 6 and crochet 14 rows. C/off.

Square 17

With Bordeaux, crochet 43 ch st. Follow pattern of Square 1 and crochet 29 rows. C/off.

Square 18

With Violet, crochet 29 ch st. Follow pattern of Square 3 and alternate colours after every 2nd row as follows: rows 1 and 2 ( Violet), rows 3 and 4 (Sunkissed Coral), rows 5 and 6 (Cornflower), rows 7 and 8 (Pickled Ginger), rows 9 and 10 (Paris), rows 11 and 12 (Bordeaux), rows 13 and 14 (Violet), rows 15 and 16 (Sunkissed Coral), rows 17 and 18 (Cornflower), rows 19 and 20 (Pickled Ginger), rows 21 and 22 (Bordeaux). C/off.

Square 19

With Paris, crochet 47 ch st. Follow pattern of Square 1 and crochet 11 rows. C/off.

Square 20

With Violet, crochet 23 ch st. Follow pattern of Square 3 and alternate colours after every 2nd row as follows: rows 1 and 2 (Violet), rows 3 and 4 (Pickled Ginger), rows 5 and 6 (Cornflower), rows 7 and 8 (Paris), rows 9 and 10 (Bordeaux), rows 11 and 12 (Sunkissed Coral), rows 13 and 14 (Violet), rows 15 and 16 (Pickled Ginger), rows 17 and 18 (Cornflower), rows 19 and 20 (Paris). C/off.

Square 21

With Violet, crochet 4 ch st, sl st in 1st ch st to shape ring.

1st rnd: 3 ch st, 2 tr in ring, (3 ch st, 3 tr in ring) 3 times, 3 ch st, sl st at top in beg-3 ch st. C/off. Follow pattern of Square 2 with rnd 2 (Sunkissed Coral), rnd 3 (Paris), rnd 4 (Cornflower), rnd 5 (Pickled Ginger). C/off.

Square 22

With Sunkissed Coral, crochet 28 ch st. Follow pattern of Square 8 and crochet 18 rows. C/off.

Square 23

Follow pattern of Square 5 and crochet rnd 1 to 3 with Pickled Ginger and rnd 4 and 5 with Cornflower. C/off.

Square 24

With Paris, crochet 23 ch st. Follow pattern of Square 1 and crochet 25 rows. C/off.

Square 25

With Violet, crochet 26 ch st. Follow pattern of Square 6 and crochet 14 rows. C/off.

Square 26

With Pickled Ginger, crochet 27 ks. Follow pattern of Square 1 and crochet 29 rows. C/off.

Square 27

With Cornflower, crochet 19 ch st. Follow pattern of Square 3 with only Cornflower and crochet 29 rows. C/off.

Square 28 (Crochet 4)

With Bordeaux, crochet 45 ch st. Follow pattern of Square blok 3 and crochet 9 rows. C/off. Crochet 2 squares with Bordeaux and 2 squares with Violet.

 

BACK

Crochet squares 1 to 6 as for Front.

Square 7

With Pickled Ginger, crochet 35 ch st. Crochet according to the pattern of Square 1. Rep rows 2 and 3 till there are 29 rows altogether.

30th row: 3 ch st, 1 tr in next tr, 2 ch st, skip 2 ch st-sp, (1 tr in next 2 dc, 2 ch st, skip 2 ch st-sp) twice, 1 tr in next 2 dc, turn.

31st row: 1 ch st, 1 dc in 1st and 2nd tr, 2 ch st, skip 2 ch st-sp, (1 dc in next 2 tr, 2 ch st, skip 2 ch st-sp) twice, 1 dc in last 2 tr, turn.

32nd row: As row 30. C/off.

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Square  8

With Cornflower, crochet 44 ch st. Follow pattern of Square 8 of Front to 16 completed rows.

17th row: 3 ch st, (skip next 2 ch st-sp, (3 tr, 2 ch st, 3 tr) in next tr, skip next 2 ch st-sp, 1 tr in next tr) 3 times, turn.

18th row: 6 ch st, 1 dc in 2 ch st-sp, (3 ch st, 1 tr in next tr, 3 ch st, 1 dc in 2 ch st-sp) twice, 3 ch st, 1 tr in turn-ks. C/off.

Crochet the rest of the squares the same as the front as well as the fronts of sleeves.

Darn away all the loose threads. Sew the squares together according to the diagram. Leave a slit of ± 14 cm on the Front. Place the RS of the Back on the RS of the Front, pin it on and sew up the sleeve and shoulder seams as well as the underarm seams.

Flowers

(crochet 12) Crochet 4 ch st, sl st in 1st ch st to shape ring.

1st rnd: 1 ch st, 10 dc in ring, sl st in 1st dc.

2nd rnd: (1 ch st, 3 tr in next dc, 1 ch st, sl st in next dc) 5 times. C/off.

Sleeve edges

1st rnd: With Bordeaux, start at seam with 1 ch st, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in every st to make

90 dc altogether, ending with sl st in beg-dc. (The number of dc has to be dividable by 6 ).

2nd rnd: 1 ch st, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in every dc in round, ending with sl st in beg-dc.

3rd rnd: 1 ch st, 1 dc in same st, *skip 2 dc, (2 tr, 1 ch st, 2 tr, 1 ch st, 2 tr) in next dc, skip 2 dc, 1 dc in next dc, rep from * to end, ending with sl st in beg-dc. C/off.

Bottom edge

1st rnd: With Bordeaux, start at side seam with 1 ch, st 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in every st to make 222 dc altogether, ending with sl st in beg-dc.

2nd–3rd rnd: As sleeve edge.

Neck edge

1st rnd: With Bordeaux, start at left Front at tip of split with 1 ch st, 3 dc in same st, crochet down 23 dc, 23 dc up the slit, 3 dc on top, 14 dc at front of neck, 32 dc along front of right shoulder, 4 dc along back of right shoulder, 32 dc across back of neck, 4 dc along back of left shoulder, 32 dc along front of left shoulder, 14 dc across front of neck, sl st in beg-dc, turn.

2nd rnd: 1 ch st, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in every dc, but skip 1 dc at every V  shape around neck (just after the 14 dc), as well as at V shape at the back (just after the 4 dc), crochet to the slit, turn.

3rd–4th rnd: Same as rnd 2. C/off.

String

With Bordeaux, crochet 200 ch st.

1st row: sl st in 2nd ch st from hook, sl st in every ch st to end. C/off. Thread string crosswise across slit at front.

Tassel

(Make 2)

Cut 15 strings of 14 cm. Tie the strings exactly in the middle with a short thread. Fold the strings at the knot and tie a thread  below the knot around the double strings and sew a tassel to each tip of the string.

Sew on the flowers according to the photo.

Diagram

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