20 Oct 2015

Lion Brand Top

For Mother's Day I promised my mother that I would crochet her a tunic, based on a pattern she liked and with yarn that had been in her stash for years. We agreed on a free Lion Brand pattern. 

According to her measurements I had to go easy on the pattern, so before I started I did some recalculations and made changes to the pattern. When working on the first row it became clear that the image on the pattern descriptions is not representative. It turned out the neckline is very small and that instead of going easy on the pattern I had to enlarge it.

 














Changes I made:

Yoke:
Base ch/ sc 88
Rnd 1: Ch 3, dc in next to stitches, (ch3, skip next 2 sc, dc in next 3sc) 17 times, ch 3, sl st in top of beg ch - 18 ch-sp
Rnd 2: Sl st in next 2 dc, sl st in first ch sp, ch 3, 2dc in same space, (ch3, 3dc in next ch sp) around, ch3, sl st in top of begin chain - 18 ch-sp
Rnd 3 (incr round): Sl st in next 2 dc, sl st in first ch-sp, ch 3, 2dc in same space, ch 3, 2dc in same space (corner), ... (see original pattern)
Work 9 more incr rounds, working each corner in each corner ch-space (10 incr rounds in total; last round: corner, 15 ch-sp, corner, 12 ch-sp, corner, 15 ch-sp, corner, 12 ch-sp)

Joining Row: follow original pattern until "... to end." Ch3, sl st in top beg ch

Body:
-Working even on 32 ch-sp. Repeat Rnd 2 for 20 rounds.
-(ch 3, 3dc in next ch-sp, ch 2, 3dc in next ch-sp) all around for 13 rounds
-(dc in dc, 3dc in 3ch-sp, dc in dc, 2dc in 2ch-sp) all around for 1 round
-sc in dc all around (last round)

Sleeves:
-Follow original pattern until "...around", ch3, sl st in top of beg ch. Working even on 13 ch-sp, repeat Rnd 2 for 11 rounds
-(ch 3, 3dc in ch-sp, ch 2, 3dc in ch-sp) for 4 rounds
-(ch 2, 3dc in ch-sp) for 10 rounds
-(ch 1, 3dc in ch-sp) for 7 rounds
-(dc in dc, dc in ch-sp) for 1 round
-sc in dc all around (last round)

Finishing:
-Follow original pattern

Pattern: Crochet Bronze Beauty Top - Lion Brand
Yarn: Nordmark Rondo (6 1/2 skein)
Crochet Hook: 6mm
Gauge testing
Body measurements
Sleeve measurements
Yarn (right)

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