When I walk into a clothing
store and spot an adorable cardigan, I immediately find it in my size
and head for the dressing room. But when I spot a pattern for a
magnificent crocheted top, determining if the design is a good fit for
my body type becomes more difficult. We don't all look like the models
pictured, thankfully, and a cardigan that accentuates someone else's
beautiful curves, may not flatter my straighter figure.
gathered a few friends at work for a little dress-up party with a few
of the sample garments in the office, and we photographed four summer
tops on each of us. Laughter and suggestions abounded as we shared
advice for altering the garments for each of our figures.
We would love to see the garments in sizes other than the sample sizes.
If you have crocheted these tops, please share pictures in the Member Photo Gallery.
Inspired by the vintage doily, this short-sleeve top was made
using bamboo thread crochet. This intermediate level raglan tee is constructed
in the round and features a V-stitch bodice, picot edged sleeves, and a pretty
Ideas for color, flower placement, and the
number of buttons proved that this was an easily garment to personalize.
Finished Size: 36 (40, 44, 48, 52)" bust circumference, buttoned. Garment shown at left measures 36", modeled with 2" ease.
KnitPicks Cotlin (70% tanguis cotton, 30% linen; 123 yd [112 m]/1¾ oz
[50 g]): #24836 lilac (MC), 7 (8, 8, 9, 10) balls; #24835 cerise (CC1),
#24467 blackberry (CC2) and #24462 sprout (CC3), 1 ball each.
Hook: Sizes E/4 (3.5 mm), G/6 (4 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
Notions: Yarn needle; three 13 mm buttons.
Gauge: 8 V-sts = 4" and 8 rows = 3" in V-st patt with larger hook.