Crochet a top combined with pieces of material

Crochet a top combined with pieces of material to make something plain, interesting

By KAREN ADENDORFF 

Difficulty: ***

Materials

MoYa 100% cotton yarn DK (50 g balls): 7 balls Taupe, 0.5 m thin, soft linen, 3.25 mm crochet hook, pointy crochet hook (to crochet through material), needle for weaving in threads, marker that will fade Size Length = 63 cm; circumference = 98 cm  

Abbreviations and stitch explanation

beg = begin; ch st = chain stitch; cl = cluster; c/off = cast off; dc = double crochet; rep = repeat; rnd = round; RS = right side; sl st = slip stitch; sp(s) = space(s); st = stitch;  tr = treble crochet; WS = wrong side 
Cluster: 
Draw the yarn over the hook and insert it in the following stitch. 
Do not finish the stitch so that there are two loops on the hook. 
Crochet the next stitch in the same way so that there are three loops on the hook. 
Draw the yarn over the hook and pull it through all the loops on the hook.

Method

Crocheted square (= 43 squares) Start with 5 ch st, sl st in 1st ch st to make a ring. 
1st rnd: 1 ch st, 8 dc in ring, sl st in 1st dc. 
2nd rnd: (3 ch st, 2 tr-cl in same st, 3 ch st, sl st in next dc) 8 times, ending with sl st in beg-sl st. 
3rd rnd: (5 ch st, 1 dc in next cl) 2 times, [2 ch st, 1 tr in next ch st (= between 2 petals), 2 ch st, 1 dc in next cl, 5 ch st, 1 dc in next cl] 3 times, 2 ch st, sl st in 3rd of  beg-5 ch st. 
4th rnd: 1 ch st, 1 dc in same st, (5 ch st, 1 dc in next 5 ch st-sp, 5 ch st, 1 dc in same 5 ch st-sp, 5 ch st, 1 dc in tr) 3 times, 5 ch st, 1 dc in next 5 ch st-sp, 5 ch st, 1 dc in same 5 ch st-sp, 5 ch st, sl st in beg-dc. 
5th rnd: 3 ch st, (3 tr in 5 ch st-sp, 1 tr in next dc, 5 tr in next 5 ch st-sp, 1 tr in next dc, 3 tr in next 5 ch st-sp, 1 tr in next dc) 3 times, 3 tr in next 5 ch st-sp, 1 tr in next dc, 5 tr in next 5 ch st-sp, 1 tr in next dc, 3 tr in next 5 ch st-sp, sl st at top of beg-3 ch st. 
6th rnd: 1 ch st, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next  6 tr, 2 dc in next  tr, (1 dc in next 13 tr, 2 dc in next tr) 3 times, 1 dc in next 6 tr, sl st in 1st dc = 60 dc. 
7th rnd: (This rnd is only crocheted over the 1st square. From the 2nd and following squares onwards they are crocheted together.) 1 dc in next dc, 3 ch st, skip 2 dc, 1 dc in next dc, 3 ch st, skip 2 dc, 1 dc in next dc, 3 ch st, 1 dc in same dc, [(3 ch st, skip 2 dc, 1 dc in next dc) 5 times, 3 ch st, 1 dc in same dc] 3 times, (3 ch st, skip 2 dc, 1 dc in next dc) 2 times, 3 ch st, skip 2 dc, sl st in beg-dc. C/off.

Attaching squares to each other

7th rnd: 1 dc in next dc, 3 ch st, skip 2 dc, 1 dc in vlg kb, 3 ch st, skip 2 dc, 1 dc in next dc, 1 ch st, 1 ch st through the corner 3 ch st-sp of previous square, back with 1 ch st, 1 dc in same dc, (1 ch st, 1 ch st through next 3 ch st-sp of previous square, back with 1 ch st, skip 2 dc, 1 dc in next dc) 5 times, 1 ch st, 1 ch st through the corner 3 ch st-sp of previous square, 1 ch st, 1 dc in same dc, finish off as described. Note that the squares in the middle have to be attached on more than one side.

Material squares (= 17 squares – only in front)
Fold material with right sides together and cut out 10.5 cm x 10.5 cm squares. Sew a hem of 0.5 cm all around but leave an opening to turn it inside out. Cut the corners, and turn the square inside out and sew a hem around it. Mark each corner with a marker and divide each side in 5 equal parts and mark them with a dot. Crochet with a pointy crochet hook 1 dc in the corner, *(3 ch st, 1 dc in next dot) 5 times, 3 ch st, 1 dc in same st; rep from * around, ending with sl st in 1st dc. C/off. Weave in all loose threads.

Bottom edge   

With RS facing, start at 1st 3 ch st-sp of a square:
1st rnd: 3 ch st, 2 tr in same 3 ch st-sp, 1 ch st, (3 tr in next 3 ch st-sp) 2 times, 1 ch st, (3 tr in next 3 ch st-sp) 2 times, 1 tr in corner sp, 1 tr in st between 2 squares, 1 tr in next corner sp of next square, *3 tr in next 3 ch st-sp, 1 ch st, (3 tr in next 3 ch st-sp) 2 times, 1 ch st, (3 tr in next 3 ch st-sp) 2 times, 1 tr in corner sp, 1 tr in st between 2 squares, 1 tr in next corner sp of  next square; rep from * to end, ending with sl st at top in beg-3 ch st.
2nd rnd: sl st in next 2 tr and in 1 ch st-sp, 3 ch st, (2 tr, 2 ch st, 3 tr) in same 1 ch st-sp, 1 ch st, *skip 6 tr, (3 tr, 2 ch st, 3 tr) in next 1 ch st-sp, 1 ch st; rep from * to end, ending with ch st at top in beg-3 ch st.
3rd rnd: sl st in next 2 tr and in 2 ch st-sp, 3 ch st, (2 tr, 2 ch st, 3 tr) in same 2 ch st-sp, 4 ch st, *(3 tr, 2 ch st, 3 tr) in next 2 ch st-sp, 4 ch st; rep from * to end, ending with sl st at top in beg-3 ch st.
4th rnd: sl st in next 2 tr and in 2 ch st-sp, 3 ch st, (2 tr, 2 ch st, 3 tr) in same 2 ch st-sp, 3 ch st, 1 dc over 4 ch st and at the same time over the 1 ch st of rnd 2, 3 ch st, *(3 tr, 2 ch st, 3 tr) in next 2 ch st-sp, 3 ch st, 1 dc over the 4 ch st and at the same time over the 1 ch st of rnd 2, 3 ch st; rep from * to end, ending with sl st at top in beg-3 ch st. C/off.  

Sleeve edges  

Start at bottom of sleeve.
1st rnd: as bottom edge.
2nd rnd: as bottom edge.
3rd rnd: sl st in next 2 tr as well as in 2 ch st-sp, 3 ch st, (2 tr, 2 ch st, 3 tr) in same 2 ch st-sp, 1 ch st, 1 dc in next 1 ch st-sp, 1 ch st, *(3 tr, 2 ch st, 3 tr) in next 2 ch st-sp, 1 ch st, 1 dc in next 1 ch st-sp, 1 ch st; rep from * to end, ending with sl st at top in beg-3 ch st. C/off.  

Neck edge  

Start on left shoulder with 1 dc in joint between 2 squares.
1st rnd: (3 ch st, 1 tr in next 3 ch st-sp) 5 times over front left shoulder, (3 ch st, 1 de in next 3 ch st-sp) 12 times across front of neck, (3 ch st, 1 dc in next 3 ch st-sp) 12 times over right shoulder, (3 ch st, 1 dc in next 3 ch st-sp) 12 times over back of neck, (3 ch st, 1 dc in next 3 ch st-sp) 6 times over back of left shoulder, sl st in beg-dc = 48 sp.
2nd rnd: sl st in next 3 ch st-sp, 3 ch st, (2 tr, 2 ch st, 3 tr) in same sp, 1 dc in next sp, *(3 tr, 2 ch st, 3 tr) in next 3 ch st-sp, 1 dc in next sp; rep from * to end, ch st at top in beg-3 ch st. C/off. Weave in loose threads.     

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