A step-by-step guide to crocheting the Violet Top.
Ever gotten halfway through a project and thought “Hang on, am I even doing this right?”
We have 🙋♀️
That’s why we’ve created these step-by-step guides to walk you through the process.
If you're a total newbie - WELCOME! 👋 Learning to crochet can feel a bit daunting to start with. That's why we've stripped away the complicated jargon and tried to keep things really simple so even if you're picking up the hook for the first time you can make a masterpiece.
Before we get started on the pattern we suggest you spend a bit of time learning the basic stitches you’ll need to complete your masterpiece. You can use the yarn that came in your kit to practice with. Once you've got these mastered you'll find this pattern is a cinch!
⚡️Let's get ready to rumble ⚡️
TEST YOUR TENSION
First thing's first. Before you start your project, make sure your tension is juuuust right 🥣 We do this by making a “tension swatch”. It's a bit like goldilocks, if the tension is too tight, your piece will be too small, and if it's too loose it may not hold its shape and might be too big.
If done correctly, your granny squares should measure 10cm x 10cm when made using your chunky cotton and 9mm hook.
Onto the top!
Remember, if you need a refresher on any of the techniques, check out our Learn to Crochet page.
You can make your top in size 6-8, 10-12, 14-16, 18-20 or 22-24. Your pattern is read like this: 6-8 (10-12, 14-16, 18-20, 22-24). Make sure you're following the right instructions for your chosen size.
Laying flat, your finished piece will measure approximately:
- 6-8: 40cm wide x 22cm high
- 10-12: 45cm wide x 32cm high
- 14-16: 50cm wide x 32cm high
- 18-20: 55cm wide x 32cm high
- 22-24: 60cm wide x 32cm high
LET'S WHIP UP A MASTERPIECE
Your pattern is written in U.S terms.
Our top is made up of granny squares which we sew together and then add straps. Depending on the size you're making the top is 2-3 squares deep and you'll want a nice mix of colours in your squares.
🌈 Identify your main colour before you start - you’ll have 3-6 balls of your main colour and you'll use this for the last round of you squares. The other colours in your kit can be rotated as colour 1 and 2 in your squares.
This is what your finished granny square will look like.
JOINING YOUR SQUARES
For placement, refer to the square charts at the bottom of this page.
We'll use our main colour to join our squares together. We’re using the "slip stitch on the back side" joining method and we'll join the horizontal seams first.
To neaten the edges we'll do a row of granny stitch along the bottom and top of your crop. This is what your top will look like once that's completed.
Using your first colour (not your main colour) chain 33 (35, 37, 38, 39), or the amount required to achieve your preferred strap length. Skip your first chain, then do 1 single crochet in 2nd chain from your hook. Then do 1 single crochet in every stitch until your reach the end of your row. Turn your work.
Change to your second colour. Let’s do 1 single crochet in every stitch until you reach the end of your row. Turn your work.
Using your main colour, slip stitch in every stitch until you reach the end of your row. Next, do 1 single crochet into the end of each row. Now we're going to work along the opposite edge. Do 1 slip stitch into every stitch until the end of the row, then do 1 slip stitch into the end of each row. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for seaming.
Repeat for your second strap.
You're nearly there! Let's attach our straps.
It's best to try your top on and use your stitch markers to mark the placement of the straps. Then, grab your darning needle and we're going to sew the straps to the body of your top.
Time to rock your masterpiece 💪🔥🥳
Well done on finishing your top! Epic job. We know from experience that there's nothing quite like that first time someone asks you where you got your top from 😎
We'd LOVE to see how you go! Share your masterpiece with us by tagging @cardigang_knits on socials or by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next time! 😘🧶💕
Morgan & Cat xx
SQUARE PLACEMENT CHARTS