Well, the Flower Buds Top is finally here. I started this project a long time ago, but it was that kind of project, that was a pleasure to work on, but it wasn’t a pleasure to write the pattern. or at least this is what I was thinking at first and I tried to push this part of the job as later as I could. 😁

I love this top so much and I had in mind a top with a round yoke since last year and I am happy that I can finally share with you this design.

The V stitch is one of my favorites, but what usually happens when I am working on a project now and then, is that I change my mind constantly regarding the stitches I want to use. That’s why I included in the design Popcorn stitches as well for a bit of texture and so the making process not to be too boring. But, you can easily use only V stitches, or why not only Popcorn stitches using the same pattern.

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I hope you will enjoy this project and I am excited to see your color versions. 

Let’s see what we will need and how to make this top.

MATERIALS

  • Yarn: fingering weight cotton
  • Crochet Hook: 4 mm crochet hook
  • You will need a yarn needle for weave in ends
  • Stitch markers
  • Scissors
  • Elastic band

 NOTES ABOUT DESIGN

The Flower Buds Top has a top-down construction with a round yoke.

This pattern requires double crochet, chain stitches, single crochet stitches, popcorn stitches, and working in the round.

It’s an oversized top with a positive ease of about 22 cm around the bust circumference.

The design alternates rounds in V stitches and rounds in Popcorn stitches.

MEASUREMENTS AND SIZES

Neckline a: 23 cm (24, 24, 25, 26, 26)

Bust Width b: 54 cm (59, 63, 69, 74, 79)

Yoke depth c: 20 cm (21, 23, 24, 25, 26)

Sleeve Circ. d: 54 cm (58, 64, 72, 82, 88)

Length e: 45 cm (46, 48, 49, 50, 51, 53, 54)

The pattern is written in sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL, and 3XL

How much Yarn do you need?

I used the Hobbii Rainbow Mercerised Cotton. Each skein has 50 grams and 170 meters

For each size, you will need:

Hobbii Rainbow S M L XL XXL 3XL
50g/170m 6 8 9 9 10 11
Green 5 6 7 7 8 9
Coral 1 2 2 2 2 2

STITCH PATTERN AND TECHNIQUES

This Flower Buds Top design is worked in V stitch and Popcorn Stitch

The top is worked in the round.

V stitch

*(1dc, 1ch, 1dc) in the same stitch or 1ch-sp, 1ch, skip next 3sts or next 1ch-sp. * rep. until the end of the round.

Popcorn Stitch

5dc in the same stitch or 1ch-sp, pull out the hook; insert the hook into the first dc and then back into the working loop; pass the loop through the first dc.

Popcorn st at the beginning of the round

3ch, 4dc I the same st or ch-sp, pull out the hook; insert the hook into the third ch and then back into the working loop; pass the loop through the first dc.

*for this specific design, work the popcorn stitch into the 1ch-ap of the previous round V stitch. Work 3ch between the popcorn stitches.

ABBREVIATIONS

  • Ch – chain
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Dc – double crochet
  • Vst – V Stitch; (1dc, 1ch, 1dc) in the same st or 1ch-sp. 1ch
  • Pop – Popcorn stitch
  • Inc – Icrease: (1Vst, 1ch, 1Vst) in the same 1ch-sp
  • Slst – slip stitch
  • St(s) – stitch(es)
  • R – rounds
  • Ch-sp – chain space
  • ** – repeated section.

 TENSION (GAUGE)

Using a 4 mm crochet hook

5.5 Vst = 10 cm

9 rows in Vst = 10 cm

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NOTES

Each round starts in the first 1ch-sp; make 2slip stitches to get to the starting point.

Make 3ch at the beginning of each round. 3ch counts as the first double crochet.

Close each round with a slip stitch in the third stitch of the starting chain.

Work 1ch st the beginning of every single crochet round. 1ch does not count as the first single crochet.

In the written pattern below, every Vst will be considered one st. When is written 1Vst in the next st, work the Vst into the 1ch-sp of the next Vst

Always work one chain after a Vst and skip 1ch-sp unless the pattern specifies otherwise.

Always work the first Vst in a round (4ch, 1dc) in the same space.

When working a Vst round, over a pop round, work the Vst into the pop stitches.

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INSTRUCTIONS

YOKE

Numbers for sizes M, L, XL, XXL, and 3XL are written between brackets.

Start:  work 100 (100, 100, 108, 112, 112) ch stitches. Close with an sl st into the first ch to make a circle.

R1: ( 4ch, 1dc) in the same st, 1ch, skip the next 3 sts, *1Vt in next st, 1ch, skip next 3 sts. *rep. until the end of the round. Close the round with an sl st into the third chain. (25, 25, 25, 27, 28, 28 Vst)

R2:  *1Inc, 4Vsts (1Inc, 4Vsts; 1Inc, 4Vsts; 1Inc, 2Vsts; 1Inc 3Vsts; 1Inc, 3Vsts). *rep until the end of the round. (30, 30, 30, 36, 35, 35 Vsts)

R3: 1Vst in each Vst (30, 30, 30, 36, 35, 35 Vsts)

R4: *1Inc, 2Vsts (1Inc, 2Vsts; 1Inc, 2Vsts; 1Inc, 2Vsts; 1Inc 4Vsts; 1Inc, 4Vsts). *rep until the end of the round (40, 40, 40, 48, 42, 42 Vsts)

R5: Rep. R3 (40, 40, 40, 48, 42, 42 Vsts)

R6: *1Inc, 3Vsts (1Inc, 3Vsts; 1Inc, 3Vsts; 1Inc, 2Vsts; 1Inc 1Vsts; 1Inc, 1Vsts). *rep until the end of the round (50, 50, 50, 64, 63, 63 Vsts)

R7: Rep. R3 (50, 50, 50, 64, 63, 63 Vsts)

R8: *1Inc, 4Vsts (1Inc, 4Vsts; 1Inc, 4Vsts; 1Inc, 7Vsts; 1Inc, 6Vsts; 1Inc, 6Vsts). *rep until the end of the round (60, 60, 60, 72, 72, 72 Vsts)

R9: Rep. R3 (60, 60, 60, 72, 72, 72 Vsts)

R10: *1Inc, 5Vsts (1Inc, 5Vsts; 1Inc, 5Vsts; 1Inc, 8Vsts; 1Inc, 5Vsts; 1Inc, 5Vsts). *rep until the end of the round (70, 70, 70, 80, 84, 84 Vsts)

R11: 1Pop in the first Vst, 3ch, skip the next 1ch- sp, *1Pop in the next Vst, 3ch, skip the next 1ch-sp. *rep. until the end of the round. Close the round with sl st into the first pop. (70, 70, 70, 80, 84, 84 pop sts)

R12: *1Inc, 6Vsts (1Inc, 6Vsts; 1Inc, 6Vsts; 1Inc, 7Vsts; 1Inc, 6Vsts; 1Inc, 6Vsts). *rep until the end of the round (80, 80, 80, 90,96, 96 Vsts)

R13: rep. R11 (80, 80, 80, 90,96, 96 pop sts)

R14: *1Inc, 7Vsts (1Inc, 7Vsts; 1Inc, 7Vsts; 1Inc, 8Vsts; 1Inc, 7Vsts; 1Inc, 7Vsts). *rep until the end of the round (90, 90, 80, 100,108, 108 Vst)

R15: rep. R11 (90, 90, 80, 100,108, 108 Pop. sts)

Size S only

R16 – R18: Rep. R3 (1Vst in each Vst).

Move to the Body Section.

*first size M. Between the  () sizes L, XL, XXL, and 3XL

R16: *1Inc, 17Vsts (1Inc, 8Vsts; 1Inc, 9Vsts; 1Inc, 8Vsts; 1Inc, 8Vsts). *rep until the end of the round. 95, 100, 110, 120, 120 Vst)

R17: Rep. R3 (95, 100, 110, 120, 120 Vst)

Only for Size M

R18 – R19: Rep. R3

*first size L. Between the  () sizes XL, XXL, and 3XL

R18: *1Inc, 19Vsts (1Inc, 21Vsts; 1Inc, 14Vsts; 1Inc, 9Vsts). *rep. until the end of the round. (105, 115, 128, 132 Vst.)

R19: Rep. R3 (105, 115, 128, 132 Vst.)

Only for sizes L, XL, XXL

R20: Rep. R3 (105, 115, 128 Vst). Change to Coral (optional)

R21: Rep. R11 (Popcorn stitch round) – 105, 115, 128 Pop. Change to Green

Only for size XL, XXL

R22: Rep. R3. (115, 128 Vst)

Only for size XXL

R23: In coral: Rep. R11. (128 Vst)

Only for Size 3XL

R20: 1Inc, 65Vsts. Rep 2 times until the end of the round. (134 sts)

R21: Rep. R11 (Popcorn stitch round) – 134 Pop. Change to Green

R22: Rep. R3. (134 Vst) change to Coral

R23: In coral: Rep. R11. (134 Vst)

BODY

Use stitch markers to mark the 4 sections of the yoke (front, back, and sleeves)

Front and back: 30 (32, 35, 38, 41, 43) Vst or Pop sts

Sleeves: 15 (16, 18, 20, 23, 24) Vst or Pop sts each.

R1: Separating round

*for size XL the separating round will be in Popcorn sts.

Work either Vst or Pop according to your size:

St = Vst or Pop st

 1 st in next 30 (32, 35, 38, 41, 43) sts, skip the next

15 (16, 18, 20, 23, 24) sts (sleeve sts), 1 st in next 30 (32, 35, 38, 41, 43) sts, skip next 15 (16, 18, 20, 23, 24) sts (sleeve sts), and close the round with a sl st into the third chain.

Next, continue alternating Vst rounds with Pop stitches rounds until you complete the desired length.

This specific pattern (according to the measurements) requires to work 19 more rounds, after the separating round for the body section.

Next, you will find the instruction for the pattern of the body section, which are the Vst rounds and Pop stitches round.

You can adjust this pattern as you wish.

Size S:

R2: Vst round Change to Coral

R3: Pop st round Change to Green

R4: Vst round Change to Coral

R5: pop st round Change to Green.

R6 – R10: Vst round

R11: Pop st round

R12: Vst round

R13: Pop st round

R14: Vst round

R15: Pop st round

R16 – R20: Vst round

Size M

R2: in coral: Pop st round Change to Green

R3: Vst round Change to Coral

R4: pop st round Change to Green.

R5 – R9: Vst round

R10: Pop st round

R11: Vst round

R12: Pop st round

R13: Vst round

R14: Pop st round

R15 – R20: Vst round

Size L

R2: in coral: pop st round Change to Green.

R3 – R7: Vst round

R8: Pop st round

R9: Vst round

R10: Pop st round

R11: Vst round

R12: Pop st round

R13 – R17: Vst round

R18: Pop st round

R19: Vst round

R20: Pop st round

 Size XL

R2 – R6: Vst round

R7: Pop st round

R8: Vst round

R9: Pop st round

R10: Vst round

R11: Pop st round

R12 – R16: Vst round

R17: Pop st round

R18: Vst round

R19: Pop st round

R20: Vst round

Size XXL, 3XL

R2 – R5: Vst round

R6: Pop st round

R7: Vst round

R8: Pop st round

R9: Vst round

R10: Pop st round

R11 – R15: Vst round

R16: Pop st round

R17: Vst round

R18: Pop st round

R19: Vst round

R20: Pop st round

EDGING

Work the edging around the neckline, sleeves, and bottom hem.

Use a smaller hook size (3.5 mm)

R1: (1ch, 1sc) in the same st, 1sc in each st around (ch stitch or dc). Close the round with a sl st into the first sc.

R2 – R4: Rep. R1.

Optional for the bottom hem edging, add an elastic band.

Measure the elastic band to have 3-4 cm less than the waist circumference. Sew the ends.

R1 – R2: 1sc in each st around.

R3: insert the elastic band: work the sc crochet stitches around the elastic band.

Insert the hook into the next st, under the elastic band, yarn over, and pull out a loop and bring it in front of the elastic band; Yarn over and finish the sc.

Repeat until you finish the entire round.

R4 – R5: 1sc in each st around.

TO FINISH

Weave in all loose ends and block to measurements.

And done!

A new top to add to your self-made wardrobe. 

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