As soon as I spotted this yarn, I knew I wanted to make something special with it. I love the earthy yellow, with the subtle greens and browns woven in. I kept it around for quite a while before I finally figured what I wanted to make with it.
I came across the Honeycomb Stitch and I knew I had found it! I wanted to make an open, airy top using the honeycomb stitch.
It’s an open stitch, almost like mesh. But unlike mesh, the stitch comes out very sturdy.
This pattern is available as an inexpensive, clearly formatted, PDF instant download HERE in my Etsy shop.
2 skeins worsted weight cotton or acrylic yarn (I used Lion Brand Heartland Yarn in Yellowstone)
NOTE: If you are making a top larger than the pattern indicates, you will need another skein
5.0 mm hook
Pattern Notes & Stitches to Know
Sl st – slip stich
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Dc – double crochet
Tr – treble crochet
Dc2tog and dc3tog – double crochet 2 together and double crochet 3 together
TOP MEASUREMENTS (size small):
Bust: 34 inches
Waist: 34 inches
Length 22 inches
Pattern is worked in two panels that are sewn together. Each panel is worked from the bottom up. The size can be changed by adjusting the starting chain. I chained enough to fit comfortably across the front of my waistline.
Top Panels (make 2)
NOTE: Starting chain can be bigger or smaller – it needs to be a multiple of 5 + 2 – because of this, I’m not adding stitch amounts at the end of each row
Row 1: sc in the second chain and in each ch across, ch 1, turn
Row 2: ch 1, sc in each of the first two stitches, *ch 5, skip 2 sc, sc in each of the next 3 stitches* repeat from * to * across to the last 4 sc, ch 5, skip 2 stitches, sc in the last 2 stitches, ch 1, turn
Row 3: 1 sc in the first stitch *5 sc in the ch 5 arch, skip next stitch, sc in the next stitch, skip the next stitch* repeat from * to * to the last 2 stitches, 1 sc in the last stitch, ch 5, turn (counts as tr + 2 ch)
Row 4: skip the first 2 stitches, sc in each of the next 3 stitches, *ch 5, skip 3 stitches, sc in the next 3 stitches* repeat from * to * until you get to the last 2 stitches, ch 2, tr in the last sc, ch 1, turn
Row 5: ch 1, sc in the first stitch, 2 sc in the ch 2 space, skip next stitch, sc in next stitch, skip next stitch, *5 sc in the ch 5 arch, skip next stitch, sc in next stitch, skip next stitch* repeat from * to * to the last ch 2 space, 2 sc in the ch space, sc in the 3rd chain of the ch 5 at the beginning of the previous row, ch 1, turn
Row 6: ch 1, sc in each of the first two stitches *ch 5, skip 3 stitches, sc in each of the next 3 stitches* repeat from * to * to the last 5 sc, ch 5, skip 3 stitches. sc in the last two stitches
Row 7 – Row 35: Repeat rows 3 – 6 to row 35 (or until desired length from the top of the bust). You will end on row 3’s pattern, do not ch 5
Row 36: ch 2, turn, hdc in first stitch *sc in next 5 stitches, hdc in next* repeat from * to * across, ch 3, turn (if you started with a chain of 52, you should have 61 stitches at the end of row 36)
Row 37 – 39: dc in same stitch and in each stitch across, ch 3, turn
NOTE: In the next rows, you will start working the sleeves. Using a stitch marker, mark where you want the scoop neck to be.
Row 40: dc in same stitch and in next 18 stitches (or until 3 stitches before your stitch marker), dc3tog (this will create a nice curved edge), ch 3, turn
Row 41: dc2tog, dc in each stitch across, ch 3, turn
Row 42 – 44: dc in same stitch and in each stitch across, ch 3, turn
Fasten off, weave in the ends
Join yarn to the opposite end of row 39 and repeat rows 40 – 44 for the other sleeve. Do not fasten off.
Ch 1, sc evenly around the entire panel, with 2 sc in each corner.
Fasten off, weave in the ends.
Make 2 panels. I highly recommend wet blocking both panels before moving on to the next step.
Pictured above is before blocking and this (below) is after wet blocking. It made a huge different for me and was worth the extra time.
Lay both panels together, wrong side out. There technically isn’t a “right side”, just whichever you like the best. Sew both pieces together with a sc along the top of both sleeves and along both sides. I did the top of the sleeves first, then put the top over my head and measured where I wanted the sleeves to be. (I sewed from rows 1 – 34 on each side)
Fasten off, weave in all the ends. Turn top right side out so the seam is on the inside.
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