Convergence Top: A Few Top Tips

Apr 3, 2014

Are you crocheting the fabulous Convergence Top by Linda Skuja from the cover of the Spring 2014 issue of Interweave Crochet?

Here are a few top tips to get you started.

 

Instead of working a starting chain, then a row of double crochet, work them both at the same time! A row of foundation double crochet is stretchier than a chain, and, to my mind, less pesky than working into a chain.

If you haven't done fdc before, you can learn how to do it right here.

You'll want to work the number of fdc given in parentheses at the end of Row 1 (rather than working the number of chains given at the beginning, because that number includes the ch 3 for the first dc). So, for the first size, you'll work 67 st.

Instead of working a Ch 3 at the beginning of a row, I like to work a linked double crochet (ldc). This eliminates the slight gap at the beginning of the row.

You can learn how to do that here.

Note that you work only the first stitch as an ldc. The rest of the row is regular dc.

ALSO: on row 9, add one stitch to the first stitch count. So, for instance, for the first size, you will work in 34 st instead of 33 st (this is because when you work a ch 3, it counts as the first st and you skip that st)

Whether you work ch 3 or work an ldc, slide a stitch marker into the first stitch, so you don't "lose" it on the next row.

And, yes, I do use all those stitch markers on the short rows. It's very easy to confuse a sl st with a ch 1 at the end of the short row. The markers make stitching back a snap.

I also use a stitch marker to mark how far across I need to crochet on Rows 11, 13, and 15. That way, I can just merrily stitch along without stopping to count.

When you're working a sl st in a ch, insert your hook between the top two loops and the bottom ridge loop (rather than just into the chain space). This is tidier.

Slip stitch loosely in all instances! You will need to work into those sl st later.

 

When you work the row of dc, insert the hook under the two loops of the sl st (NOT just one loop and NOT picking up a loop from the previous row).

ALSO: After working Row 18 (first row of dc after sl st), count your stitches!

After you work the row of dc, the sl st row will be more apparent on one side than another (see the ridge under the blue row at top, and the reverse side, which shows no ridge). And after you work the second short-row section, you'll notice that the ridge is on the opposite side. So you will have just one ridge on the outside (or inside, if you choose).

I kind of like this. If you do not like, you'll need to adapt. After the second slip-stitch row, break the yarn and work the next row of dc starting from the other end of the row. This will put both ridges on one side of the fabric.

NOW, you will have to decide if that is the inside or the outside of the garment.

THEN, because the Front is a mirror image of the Back, you will have to reverse your preference for the back. So, after the FIRST row of sl st, break the yarn and work the dc from the opposite site. For the second row of sl st, follow the pattern as written.

Confused? It's somewhat clearer when you work the pattern. Really.

So, there are your top tips! Stay tuned for another blog on how to get a custom fit for the fabulous Convergence Top.

Best,

Marcy


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STARLIGHT52 wrote
on Apr 9, 2014 11:46 AM

Thank you so much.  A group of us at The Knitting Tree, LA are doing a CAL and your tips will be most helpful for us.

Natalie

AnitaRC wrote
on Apr 11, 2014 9:30 AM

Is row 17 supposed to be all slip stitches?  If so, I guess I need to make them a little looser.  

Marcy Smith wrote
on Apr 11, 2014 1:17 PM

Hi AnitaRC! Yes, a whole row of sl st. Keep them loose enough to be able to work stitches into them!

Marcy

Bustybrown wrote
on May 25, 2014 2:15 PM

I was wonder about the nice ridge not showing after the second short row.  I want them to show so my remedy instead of making a yarn break was to crochet the first row of dc in the previous short row you do the sl st in.  The short row is really obvious to find and it doesn't look bad when finished.  You have the nice ridge like the first short row without a yarn break.  Also, be sure to count your stitches like Marcy suggested.  I'm still working on the back, so I haven't gotten to the suggestion about how to the mirror the front to the back, but am glad I found it, was a wondering about that as well.  Thanks so much Marcy.

Bustybrown wrote
on May 25, 2014 2:16 PM

I was wonder about the nice ridge not showing after the second short row.  I want them to show so my remedy instead of making a yarn break was to crochet the first row of dc in the previous short row you do the sl st in.  The short row is really obvious to find and it doesn't look bad when finished.  You have the nice ridge like the first short row without a yarn break.  Also, be sure to count your stitches like Marcy suggested.  I'm still working on the back, so I haven't gotten to the suggestion about how to the mirror the front to the back, but am glad I found it, was a wondering about that as well.  Thanks so much Marcy.

Susan@159 wrote
on Jun 27, 2014 9:21 PM

I'm just starting the convergence top and had seen comments on Ravelry that many crocheters were decreasing/increasing stitches to get a more custom fit.  Your blog post above indicates that there would be another blog on how to get a custom fit, but I can't find it on the blog site.  Did you ever do that post - if so, can you give me a link to it? Thank you for all the tips above - they are excellent!