The idea of this Dune Top Design came into my mind when I was working on a knitting top (which pattern by the way I will publish hopefully next week). But it wasn’t as easy as it seemed. I had a few key points in mind: to be easy, fast, and to use a mesh stitch pattern.

At first, I wanted to use the same cotton yarn as I used for the knitting top, which is a size 5, but it was thicker than I wanted and I ended up searching for some yarn. When finally found the yarn I needed to find the stitch pattern, which wasn’t easy either. I think I tried 4 different lace patterns until I stop with the one that I used.

Anyway, after all, I am happy with the result and I am happy that I can share it with you.

So. let’s move forward and see what you will need and how to make this top.

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MATERIALS

• Yarn: Size 4, Aran or Heavy Worsted Medium Weight yarn

• Crochet Hook:
o 4.5 mm crochet hook (for the bottom, neckline and sleeves edging)
o 6 mm crochet hook 
• yarn needle for weaving in ends
• Stitch markers
• Scissors

NOTES ABOUT DESIGN

The Dune Top is worked in a Lace Stitch Pattern with solid ribbing at the hem, neckline, and cuffs.
This top has a drop-shoulder design with a positive ease of 16 cm around the bust circumference.
The construction is out of 2 identical pieces, front and back panels, joined at the shoulders and sides. The sleeves are worked after joining the front and back panel, right into the armholes.

MEASUREMENTS AND SIZES
The Dune Top Pattern is available in 9 sizes, from XS up to 5X Large. The model is 168 cm tall, with an 86 cm Bust circumference, and wears a size Small.
The numbers are written below as follows: XS (S, M, L) (XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL); US sizes 0/2 (4/6, 8/10, 12/14) (14/16W, 18/20W, 22/24W, 26/28W, 30/32W)
All the measurements use as reference Standard Body Measurements by ASTM International.

Final Measuremnts of the Dune Top
*Neckline width a: 22 cm (25, 22, 25) (22, 25, 29, 29, 31)
Bust width b: 49 cm (52, 56, 59), (73, 78, 83, 88)
Armhole depth c: 17 cm (17, 17, 19), (21, 21, 21, 23, 25)
**Sleeve length. d: 38 cm (38, 38, 38), (38, 38, 38, 38, 39)
Length e: 55.5 cm (55.5, 55.5, 55.5), (56.5, 56.5, 57.5, 57.5, 57.5)
* neckline is measured to match the stitch pattern and that’s why it’s smaller on some bigger sizes;
** sleeves length is not proportional with plus sizes as the measurements don’t change in length, but in width

How much yarn do you need?
For the Dune Top I used:
The Cotton by We Are Knitters; Yarn composition: 100% Pima Cotton; Each ball has 100 grams and is approximately 212 meters.

For each size you will need:

4 (4, 4, 4), (5, 5, 5, 5, 6) balls or 690 (720, 750, 810), (880, 910, 960, 1060,1130) meters

ABBREVIATIONS

Ch – chain
sc – single crochet
scblo – single crochet in back loop only
dc – double crochet
dc2-Group – 2 dc togethger
ss – slip stitch
St(s) – stitch(es)
R – rows
** – repeated section.

TENSION

Using 6.00mm crochet hook in the main stitch pattern

15sts (3 pattern repeats) = 10 cm
5 rows = 10 cm

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STITCH PATTERN AND TECHNIQUES

dc2-Group: yarn over insert the hook into the indicated st, yarn over pull out a loop, yarn over and pass it through the first 2loops on your hook; yarn over insert the hook into the same st, yarn over pull out a loop, yarn over and pass it through the first 2loops on your hook, yarn over and pass it through all the loops on the hook;

The stitch pattern requires a multiple of 5+3 sts and is a one-row repeat.
R1: in the foundation ch.
5ch, 1 dc2-Group into the 6th st from the hook, *3ch, skip 4sts, (1sc, 3ch, 1dc2-group) in the next st. *rep until you have 3sts left, skip 2sts, 1dc in next st; ch5 and turn
R2: 1dc2-group into the first dc2group, *3ch, (1sc, 3ch, 1dc2group) into the next dc2-group). *rep. until the end of the row, 1dc in the third chain.
Rep. R2 until you complete the desired length.

HOW TO ADJUST THE PATTERN

Step 1: Measure your body parts and add desired ease or use a sample to get the desired measurements (use the MEASUREMENTS AND SIZES as a reference to know what body parts you need to measure)
Step 2: make a gauge swatch and see how many sts you have in 10/10 cm square.

Step 3: Calculate the number of sts and rows you will need to get to the measurements at step 1
Step 4: Follow the instructions in the pattern
to finish the top.

PATTERN NOTES

  • work front and back panel flat; turn after each row.
  • ch5 at the end of each row and turn;
  • work the sleeves after assembling front and back panels into the armhole;
  • work the sleeves in the round, but turn after each round.
  • front and back panels are worked identically.
  • the pattern is written in US terms.
  • for this sample, I used crochet techniques for assembling, but the parts can also be sewn together using a yarn needle.

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INSTRUCTIONS

FRONT AND BACK PANEL
RIBBING – use the 4.5 mm crochet hook
Start: ch7, turn
R1: start in the second st, 1sc in each st until the end of the row, 1ch and turn.
R2: 1sc in the first st, 1scblo in each of the following sts except the last one, 1sc in the last st. 1ch and turn.
Rep. R2 until you have 73 (78, 83, 88), (93, 98, 103, 113, 118) rows.
FRONT and BACK PANEL TRUNK – use the 6. mm crochet hook
R1:1ch and work across the ribbing rows; work 1sc in each side row.
R2: 5ch, 1 dc2-Group into the 6th st from the hook, *3ch, skip 4sts, (1sc, 3ch, 1dc2-group) in the next st. *rep until you have 3sts left, skip 2sts, 1dc in next st; ch5 and turn

R3: 1dc2-group into the first dc2group,
*3ch, (1sc, 3ch, 1dc2group) into the next dc2-group). *rep. until the end of the row, 1dc in the third chain.
Rep. R2 until you have in total: 25 (25, 25, 25) (26, 26, 27, 27, 27) rows.

Next, work 2 more rounds just into the shoulder sts.
*The neckline sts are not proportional with the plus sizes, to keep an even number of pattern repeats for each shoulder without increasing the width of the panel.
Adjust the neckline width if you want the neckline base to be larger or narrower.

Use stitch markers to mark the shoulders and the neckline sts.
1st in the instructions below = (1sc, 3ch, 1dc2-Group)

XS – shoulders 4sts, neckline 6sts
S – Shoulders 4sts, neckline 7sts
M – shoulders 5sts, neckline 6sts
L – shoulders 5sts, neckline 7sts
XL – shoulders 6sts, neckline 6sts
2XL – shoulders 6sts, neckline 7sts
3XL – shoulders 6sts, neckline 8sts
4XL – shoulders 7sts, neckline 8sts
5XL – shoulders 7sts, neckline 9sts

Start working on the first shoulder from where your yarn is. Work only into the shoulder sts and finish the row with a dc into the next 3ch.
Work a second row and fasten off.

Start the second shoulder into the ch3 before the first st. (not into the edge)

ASSEMBLING FRONT AND BACK PANEL

Use for assembling the crochet technique below or stitch the pieces together using a yarn needle.
Step 1: Lay both panels shoulder next to shoulder and rejoin yarn into the ch3 at the bottom, of the right side
Step 2: 5ch, slip st into the next dc2-group of the left side, 1dc2-group, slip st into the next dc2-group of the right side, *3ch, slip st into the next dc2-group of the left side, (1sc, 3ch, 1dc2-group) in the same st, slip st into the dc2-group of the right side.
Rep. from * until you complete all the stitches on the shoulders. You can finish with a dc into the last dc of the left side and fasten off.
Rep. the same for the second shoulder.

SIDE SEAMING FRONT AND BACK PANEL

The same as shoulder seaming, you can use a yarn needle to join the pieces together.
Before starting seaming use stitch markers to mark the armholes. Make sure you mark the same number of rows on each panel.
Armhole rows: 9 (9, 9, 10), (11, 11, 11, 12, 13)
For the technique using the crochet hook, follow the steps below. we will join the side using the ch3 and dc on the edges.
Step1: lay the pieces side to side and rejoin yarn into the bottom bump of the dc or the first ch of ch3 and slip st of the right side
Step 2: 1ch, slip st into the first ch of the ch3, or the bump of dc, of the left side
Step 3: 1ch, sl st into the top of dc, or top st of ch3, of the right side, 1ch, 1 sl st into the top ch of ch3 or top of dc, of the left side,
Rep. until tou complete all sts.

SLEEVES

  • Work the sleeves in the round, but turn after each round.
  • Rejoin yarn at the armpit
  • we will work into the side rows of the front and back panel and each side row will represent 2sts for our st pattern.
  • According to your size, the first side row can be a dc stitch as in the chart below or can be a ch3.

R1: rejoin at the armpit
5ch, 1dc2-group into the bottom of first side row (can be the first ch of ch3 or bottom bump of a dc), *3ch, skip 2side rows, (1sc, 3ch, 1dc2-group into the bottom of next side row.
*rep. until you get at the end of the round. Close the round with a sl st into the third ch. 5ch and turn.

Note: after passing the shoulder seam you will have the sts in the mirror and you will have to work into the top of the dc or into the top st of the ch3

R2: 1dc2-group into the first dc2-group,
*3ch, (1sc, 3ch, 1dc2group) into the next dc2-group). *rep. until the end of the round, sl st into the third ch, ch5, and turn.
Rep R2 until you have the desired length or until you have in total:
18 (18, 18, 18, 18, 18, 18, 18, 19) rounds.

The last 2 rounds of the sleeves will be in single crochet stitches as a base for the RIBBING.
Next round: 1ch, 1sc, 1sc in next dc2-group, *3sc in next 3ch-sp, 1sc in the top of next ch3 (the one before the dc2-group), 1sc in the next dc2-group. *rep. until the end of the round

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Last round decrease round:
*1sc in next 2sts, sc2tog, 1sc in next st, sc2tog, 1sc in next st, sc2tog. *Rep. until the end of the round.

Note: the decrease pattern might not match perfectly the number of sts of the sleeve. Follow the decrease pattern until you finish all the sts.
If you want the cuff to be narrower you can work one more round and make a few more decreases.

CUFFS and NECKLINE RIBBING
Use the 4.5 mm crochet hook

Follow the same pattern to work the cuffs and neckline ribbing.

R1: ch7, starting in the second st and sc in each st, 1sl st into the next 2sts of the edge.

R2: 1scblo in each st, except the last one, 1sc in the last st; 1ch and turn
R3: 1sc in the first st, 1scblo in the each of the next sts, sl st into the next 2sts of the edge.
Rep. R2 and R3 until you complete all sts.
Join the edges using sl stitches.

NECKLINE RIBBING

Before working the neckline Ribbing work first a foundation round in single crochet.
Repeat the same pattern as the first round in single crochet of the sleeves.
See the pattern above.
When working into the side rows, work 2sts/row.
After finishing the base round, repeat the RIBBING pattern above.

TO FINISH
Weave in all looser ends and block to measurements.

And done! I can wait to see yours! 

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4 Comments

  1. Love the dune top. There are only 2 stitches left at the end of row 2.

    • Bykaterina

      Thank you so much! I will check one more time the numbers! 😊

  2. Millie O.

    I love this top, but then again, I love all of your work.
    Thank you for sharing your great talent with us.
    Sincerely,
    Millie xoxo