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Clarice Sleeveless Top Down Summer Free Crochet Pattern

With its figure flattering styling, this babydoll pullover incorporates an easy stitch pattern to make a garment you’ll be able to wear throughout the year simply by layering over different pieces.

CrochetKim: Clarice Sleeveless Top Down Summer Free Crochet Pattern

Clarice
designed by Kim Guzman © May 2009
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Technique: Regular Crochet

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Finished Sizes

Small (Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X). Model shown in size Small with -2” ease.

To Fit Bust Sizes

32” (36”, 40”, 44”, 48”, 52”) (Measure at the widest part of the bust. Do not use bra size.)

Materials

Unblocked Gauge

With larger hook, 17 hdc (back loops only; see pattern) for 13 rows = 4”

Special Stitches

Foundation Half Double Crochet (fhdc): Yo, insert hook in lower vertical side bars of prior st, yo, pull through 1 lp on hook, yo, pull through 3 lps on hook

Shell (Sh): [2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in indicated space

Additional Abbreviations

beg=begin(ning), ch=chain, dc=double crochet, hdc=half double crochet, lp(s)=loop(s), RS=right side, rem=remaining, rep=repeat, rnd(s)=round(s), sc=single crochet, sk=skip, sl=slip, sp=space, st(s)=stitch(es), WS=wrong side, yo=yarn over

Notes

Garment is worked from shoulder to hem, without seams.

Back of garment is worked from top down. Shoulders are joined at the top and worked down, joining under the armholes. Garment skirting is worked down to hem.

This pattern is available in six sizes only.

CrochetKim: Clarice Sleeveless Top Down Summer Free Crochet Pattern

Instructions

Back

Row 1 (RS): With larger hook, ch 51 (57, 61, 63, 67, 67), hdc in third ch from hook and in each rem ch, turn.

Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as first hdc here and throughout), sk first hdc, working in back lps only, hdc in each rem hdc across, turn: 50 (56, 60, 62, 66, 66).

Rep row 2 until 15 (15, 15, 13, 13, 11) rows worked from beg.

Next row: Ch 2, working in back lps only, hdc in first hdc, hdc across to last hdc, 2 hdc in last hdc, turn: 52 (58, 62, 64, 68, 68) hdc.

Rep previous row until 17 (17, 19, 19, 21, 21) rows worked from beg. On final row, 54 (60, 68, 74, 82, 86) hdc. Fasten off.

First Front

Row 1 (RS): With WS of Back facing, join yarn, with larger hook, with sl st to begin working along unworked lps of row 1 of Back, ch 2, sk joining ch, hdc in each of next 5 (7, 8, 8, 9, 9) unworked lps, turn: 6 (8, 9, 9, 10, 10) hdc.

Don’t over-think this. Don’t try to imagine what you’re supposed to see. Just flip it over and do what the pattern says at the bottom the Back piece that you’ve created. Too many people are trying to imagine something that isn’t here. Just flip it over to the bottom and go. The pattern isn’t incorrect and it isn’t unclear. Just do what it says and you’ll be fine.

Row 2: Ch 2, sk first hdc, working in back lps only, hdc in each rem hdc across, turn: 6 (8, 9, 9, 10, 10) hdc.

Rep row 2 until 16 (18, 18, 20, 20, 22) rows worked from beg of First Front.

Next row: Ch 2, sk first hdc, working in back lps only, hdc across to within last hdc, fhdc (see Special Stitches) in last hdc, 15 (17, 18, 19, 20, 20) fhdc, hdc in last fhdc, turn: 22 (26, 28, 29, 31, 31) sts.

Next row: Ch 2, sk first hdc, working in back lps only, hdc across to last hdc, 2 hdc in last hdc, turn: 23 (27, 29, 30, 32, 32) hdc. Fasten off.

Second Front

Row 1: With WS of Back facing, working along unworked lps of row 1 of Back, count across 5 (7, 8, 8, 9, 9) sts from opposite side of row 1, join yarn in next unworked lp of ch, with larger hook, with sl st, ch 2, sk joining ch, hdc in each of next 5 (7, 8, 8, 9, 9) unworked lps, turn: 6 (8, 9, 9, 10, 10) hdc.

Row 2: Ch 2, sk first hdc, working in back lps only, hdc in each rem hdc across, turn: 6 (8, 9, 9, 10, 10) hdc.

Rep row 2 until 16 (18, 18, 20, 20, 22) rows worked from beg of Second Front.

Next row: Ch 17 (19, 20, 21, 22, 22), hdc in third ch from hook and in each rem ch, working in back lps only, hdc across, turn: 22 (26, 28, 29, 31, 31) sts.

Next row: Ch 2, working in back lps only, hdc in first hdc, hdc in each rem hdc across, turn: 23 (27, 29, 30, 32, 32) hdc. Do not fasten off.

Joining

Next row: With larger hook, ch 2, sk first hdc, working in back lps only, hdc across to last hdc, 2 hdc in last hdc, ch 6 (7, 9, 13, 15, 21),, without twisting, 2 hdc in first hdc of last row of Back, hdc across to last hdc of Back, 2 hdc in last hdc, ch 6 (7, 9, 13, 15, 21), without twisting, 2 hdc in first hdc of last row of First Front, hdc in each rem hdc, turn.

Next row: Ch 2, sk first hdc, working in back lps only, hdc in each hdc and in each ch across, turn: 116 (132, 148, 164, 180, 196) hdc.

Next row: Ch 2, sk first hdc, working in back lps only, hdc across, turn. Do not fasten off.

Neckline Trim

Row 1: With smaller hook, ch 1, sc evenly across edges of last 5 rows with 2 sc in corner, sc evenly around entire neckline, 2 sc in opposite corner of inner edge, sc evenly across edges of 5 rows, turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, except make 2 sc at left front corner and [sc, ch 5, sc] at right front corner. Do not fasten off. Beg working in rnds. Do not turn.

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Skirting

Rnd 1: With larger hook, ch 1, sc in each side edge of prior 2 rows and in each hdc around lower edge, sl st in first sc: 120 (136, 152, 168, 184, 200) sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc.

Note that I’ve changed to the smaller hook in the next round. There is a reason for this. Your project will ruffle out, if you don’t.

Rnd 3: With smaller hook, ch 1, sc in same sc as joining, * ch 3, sk 3 sc, [(dc, ch 1) 4 times, dc] in next sc, ch 3, sk 3 sc, sc in next sc, rep from * to within last 3 sc, ch 3, sk 3 sc, sl st in first sc.

Rnd 4: Ch 3, [dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in same sc, * ch 1, [sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 3] 3 times, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, Sh (see Special Stitches) in next sc, rep from *, ending with sl st in top of beg ch-3, sl st in next dc and in next ch-1 sp.

Rnd 5: Ch 3, [dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in same ch-1 sp, * ch 2, [sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3]2 times, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 2, Sh in ch-1 sp of next Sh, rep from *, ending with sl st in top of beg ch-3, sl st in next dc and in next ch-1 sp.

Rnd 6: Ch 3, [dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in same ch-1 sp, * ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, Sh in ch-1 sp of next Sh, rep from *, ending with sl st in top of beg ch-3, sl st in next dc and in next ch-1 sp.

Rnd 7: Ch 1, sc in same ch-1 sp, * ch 3, sk ch-3 sp, [(dc, ch 1) 4 times, dc] in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sc in ch-1 sp of next Sh, rep from *, ending with sl st in first sc.

Rep rnds 4-7, until garment measures approximately 21 (22, 23, 24, 25, 25)” from shoulder to hem, or to desired length, ending with a rnd 7 of stitch pattern. Fasten off.

Note: Garment will lengthen a minimum of 3” when worn or blocked. For best results, allow to hang overnight before fastening off at hem.

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Armhole Trim

With smaller hook, join yarn with sl st at bottom of armhole, ch 1, sc evenly around, sl st in first sc. Fasten off. Rep for opposite armhole.

Finishing

Block as desired. Attach button adjacent to button hole loop. Weave in ends securely.

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