Monday, 22 March 2010
Easy one-stitch crochet baby top
This vintage baby top from a 1970s Woolworths magazine is perfect for a first crochet project - the only stitches you need to know are the chain stitch, and the UK treble stitch (that's USA double crochet stitch). There's minimal shaping - just one easy decrease stitch, explained below, and to make things even better, this is a perfect stash-busting project - an excellent way to use up all those pretty odds and ends of DK yarn.
I made mine in shades of lilac, pink and blue, or you can try making it in the original pattern's bright colours. Or different shades of just blue. Or neutrals... Or...
You will need: oddments of DK yarn, 3.5mm and 3mm crochet hooks. Buttons.
Measurements: To fit chest sizes 46 (51-56) cm or 18 (20-22 inches).
Tension: 19 sts and 11 rows = 10 cms square measured over tr on 3.5mm hook.
Special abbreviation: Dec 1 = work 1 tr until 2 loops remain on hook, work next tr until 3 loops remain on hook, yo and through the 3 loops.
Back: Using 3.5mm hook make 49 (53-57) ch and work 1 tr into 3rd chain from hook, 1 tr into each ch to end.
Next row: 2 ch (count as 1 tr), 1 tr into each st to end. 48 (52-56) tr.
Rep the last row until work measures 15 (16.5-18) cm (6 (6.5-7) inches) or required length to armholes. Tie a marker to each end of last row to mark end of side seams.
Work straight until back measures 9.5 (10-11) cms (3.75 (4-4.25) inches from markers.
Shape back neck: next row work 17 (18-19) tr, fasten off. Miss centre 14 (16-18) sts, rejoin yarn to next st, 2 ch, work to end. Fasten off.
Using 3.5mm hook make 23 (25-27) ch, work 1 tr into 3rd ch from hook, 1 tr into each ch to end. 22 (24-26) tr.
Work straight until front measures the same as back to markers. Tie a marker to one end of last row to mark end of side seam. Work straight until front measures 4 rows shorter than back to shoulder ending at side seam.
Shape front neck: next row work 19 (20-21) sts, turn. Dec 1 st (see special abbreviation) at neck edge on next 2 rows. Work 1 row. Fasten off.
Work to match left front reversing shaping.
Using 3.5mm hook make 27 (29-31) ch, work 1 tr into 3rd chain from hook, 1 tr into each ch to end. 26 (28-30) tr.
Work 1 row in tr. Continuing in tr, inc 1 st at each end (by working 2 tr into first and last st) of next and every following 2nd (2nd-3rd) row until there are 36 (38-40) sts. Work straight until sleeve measures 12.5 (14.5-16.5) cms (5 (5.75 - 6.5) inches. Fasten off.
Finishing and edgings:
Join side seams up to markers. Join shoulder and sleeve seams. Insert sleeves.
Edgings: With right side of work facing and using 3mm hook, join yarn to lower edge of right side seam, work 1 round of firm tr all round outer edge of jacket, working 3 tr into each corner, sl st to join.
Next round: 2 ch, work 1 tr into each tr, working 3 tr into each corner tr, work to end, sl st to join.
Next round: 2 ch, work 1 tr into each tr to end, sl st to join. Fasten off.
Work 2 rounds of tr around each cuff.
Sew buttons on left front edging as illustrated. Sew round corresponding space between 2 trs on right front edging for buttonholes.