Blue Shells Crocheted Top

This top looks great paired with jeans, and is easy enough for a beginner to make.

Materials:

2 balls Caron Kindness yarn in Dark Navy: 345 yards [315 meters]/198 g) / 5 mm hook / Size small/medium / Vst: (dc, ch 1, dc) in same space / Shell: 3 dc in same space

Upper section of top:

Chain 134 and carefully join into a circle without twisting chain.

Row 1: sc in first chain and in each around, slip stitch to first sc to join.

Row 2: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next sp, *skip next sp, shell in next sp, skip 2 sps, Vst in next sp, skip next sp; repeat from * around to last 2 sps, dc in each of last 2 sps, sl st to third ch of first ch-3.

Row 3: ch 3, dc in next sp, *Vst in middle sp of next Vst, shell in center dc of shell, repeat from * around to last 2 sps, dc in each of last 2 sps, sl st to third ch of first ch-3.

Row 4: ch 3, dc in next sp, *shell in center dc of next shell, Vst in ch-1 sp of next Vst, repeat from * around to last 2 sps, dc in each of last 2 sps, sl st to third ch of first ch-3.

Continue repeating Row 3 & 4 to desired length (mine measured 9.5” from top to bottom.

Skirt section of top:

Before starting the skirt section, crochet two rows of dc evenly spaced around, with dc’s placed in every space to ensure that the lower skirt will be a bit wider than the top section.

Then repeat with Row 2-4 to create the skirt. I continued the rows until the skirt section measured 8” in length.

Edging for the skirt:

2 dc in first sp, *ch 3, sk 2 sps, sl st in next sp, sk 2 sps, shell in next sp, repeat from * around to last shell before beginning 2-dc, ch 3, sk 2 sps, sl st in next sp, ch 3, dc in same space as first 2-dc pair, join with sl st in top of first (middle) dc. Fasten off and weave in end.

Straps: (make 2)

Row 1: ch 14, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across (13 sc)

Row 2: ch 3, sk 2 sps, shell in next sp, sk 2 sps, Vst in next sp, sk 2 sps, shell in next sp, sk 2 sps, dc in last sp.

Repeat Row 2 back and forth until strap measures approximately 15” long.

Make second strap.

Try on top and use markers to mark out exactly where on the front and back you should attach straps. Then turn piece to the wrong side, pin straps where you’ve marked, and sew each strap end to the top using a yarn needle.

Once the straps are attached, crochet a row of sc around each armhole, and also starting from back neck right around inside straps and front neck.

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