Bizarrely, this one came to me in a dream. A and I are on our American road trip, and a few days before we headed off I had a vision of standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon wearing a beautiful crocheted top. Guess I just had to call it the Canyon Crochet Top!
I’m on a quest to see all 50 States before I turn 30. It’s a huge feat for me to have done 46 states so far and I’m feeling a huge sense of achievement. My crojo is back and my brain is whipping up so many exciting patterns, I don’t think my fingers can keep up.
The Schachenmayr Catania Grande yarn that I’ve chosen for this project was an accidental impulse purchase from Deramores a few weeks ago when searching for a white cotton yarn. I guess “accidental” makes it sound like a bad thing, but this yarn has been such a pleasure to work with. You can read my full review here.
The intention with this design was to make something simple, that would work up quickly, and be light and airy.
Being Aran weight yarn, I was worried about this top being a bit too bulky, and that the benefits of using a breathable cotton would be quickly diminished: read- pointless. By incorporating chain spaces, I’ve made sure this top works in hot weather as well as not too revealing.
It’s worked up in two rectangular sections that are sewn together- which means it’s super super simple. A great introduction to front post and back post crochet, this top oozes with texture even with its simple colour palette. I can’t wait to see your versions of my Canyon Crochet Top.
This pattern is written for sizes XS, S, M, L, XL and these are stated in this order in the brackets: XS (S, M, L, XL)
This pattern is written in UK terms (US Conversion is in the Abbreviations section below).
Sizing is for chest diameter: 28 (31.5, 35, 38.5, 42, 45.5) inches. Length: 21.5 (21.5, 21.5, 24.5, 27.5) inches long. If you find yourself in between sizes, add 6 sts to your starting Ch.
**If you do not want to use front post or back post treble crochets then replace them for normal treble crochet!**
You will need:
- 3.5mm crochet hook. (I use a KnitPro Waves hook which you can get here)
- 620 (620, 620, 705, 790) approx. yards of an Aran weight cotton yarn. I used 9 50g balls of Schachenmayr Catania Grande in White to make a size M.
- A yarn needle for those pesky ends! (I use these from KnitPro and they have the best large eye so sewing in is a breeze!)
- A trust pair of scissors.
DC = double crochet (UK) (US = single crochet)
TC = treble crochet (UK) (US = double crochet)
BPTC = backpost treble crochet (UK) (US = backpost double crochet)
FPTC = frontpost treble crochet (UK) (US = frontpost treble crochet)
Ch = Chain
St = Stitch
Sk = Skip
SlSt = slip stitch
Ch-sp = chain space
4″ x 4″ = 6 rows high (following pattern for rows 2-7 below) and 15 sts across (9 TC and 6 Ch following pattern below)
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Row 1: Ch 185 (185, 185, 197, 209, 221). TC in the 3rd Ch from hook. TC 2, [Ch3, TC 3] repeat from [ to ] to end. Ch3. Turn.
Row 2: BPTC 2, [Ch3, BPTC 3] repeat from [ to ] to end. Ch3. Turn.
Row 3: TC 2, [Ch3, TC 3] repeat from [ to ] to end. Ch3. Turn.
Row 4: As Row 3.
Row 5: FPTC 2, [Ch3, FPDC 3] repeat from [ to ] to end. Ch3. Turn.
Row 6 & 7: As Row 3.
Rows 2 – 7 make up the pattern.
Size XS: Repeat 1 more time and end on Row 5 on last repeat.
Size S: Repeat 2 times but end on Row 3 on last repeat.
Size M: Repeat 2 times but end on Row 5 on last repeat.
Size L: Repeat 3 times but end on Row 3 on last repeat.
Size XL: Repeat 3 times but end on Row 5 on last repeat.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
These two rectangles will make up the body of your top. You will need to sew them together to your preferred size head-hole. Below there is a diagram to illustrate.
As we are all different, and all have our own tastes, you can make the neck hole as deep as you want and you can vary this on the back side.
I used an invisible stitch and you can find a tutorial for one here. But you can use any of your preferred methods.
The middle of the rectangle will fall with the middle of your shoulder so this will give you an indication of where the front and back of your head hole will start and finish.
Once you have sewn the head hole. You will need to do the same for your arm holes following this diagram. Again this is personal preference. I left a 10 inch gap.
Weave in all ends.
Attach yarn to any stitch at the bottom of your top and DC all the way around. SlSt to join. Fasten off and weave in end.
Repeat for arm holes and head hole.
Tip: you don’t have to st into the chain itself but rather the ch-sp when they appear.
Fasten off and weave in all ends.
To make this top in any other size, or a child’s size:
The basic principle is: ch a multiple of 6 + 2. This ch should reach from the waist at the front, over the shoulder to the waist at the back.
Then repeat the pattern until the rectangular panel is wide enough to meet the front-middle of the chest and under the arm. That will give you the best fit. Then continue as above.
Voila! You have your very own Canyon Crochet Top! Id love to see your versions and hear how you got on! Join the Love Aly Crochet Designs and Crochet Community group on Facebook here.
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Here are some photos from my travels round the US to top things off!