Women’s blouse crochet pattern – purple flower petal pattern
Step-by-step crochet instructions
Make a foundation of 200 chain stitches or multiples of 16 chains plus 8 additional chains.
Crochet the flower petals pattern for 40 rows. For the first 24 rows use the same size hook you started with, then for the following 8 rows use a smaller size hook, and for the last 8 rows use the larger size hook again. It is necessary to use a smaller size hook in order not increase and decrease chain stitches.
1st row – hook into 7th ch., dc1, [ch2, sk2, sc1, ch2, sk2, dc1, HP1, sk2, VP1, sk3, VP1, HP1, sk2, dc1] to end plus RC3
2nd row – [ch2, sk HP, VP1, ch3, VP1, ch2, sk HP, dc1, ch2, sk2, sc1, ch2, sk2 dc1] to last 2 chs; ch1, sk1, dc1 + RC3
3rd row – HP1, hook into 7th ch., VP1, sk3, VP1, HP1, sk2, dc1, ch2, sk2, sc1, ch2, sk2, dc1, [HP1, sk2, VP1, sk3, VP1, HP1, sk2, dc1, ch2, sk2, sc1, ch2, sk2, dc1] to last 2 chs; ch1, sk1, dc1 + RC4
4th row –hook into 7th ch., dc1, [ch2, sk2, sc1, ch2, sk2, dc1, ch2, sk HP, VP1, ch3, VP1, ch2, sk HP, dc1] to end + RC4
Repeat the pattern starting from the 1st row.
(use ¼ of the total number of chain stitches or 3 flowers)
Continue the pattern for 3 flowers (bearing in mind that the pattern requires multiples of 16 chains). At the end of the 1st row, reuse the base chain of the second VP to work the very last dc1. It is important to do so because that way will be easier to start the back part. Lastly, work RC3 as usual and proceed the pattern for 2 flowers (on 2/3 ch. sts of the front part) for the 2nd row. You should have 40 chains ([2 x 16] + 8) in total.
Work the 40 chains up for 12 more rows or form 7 flowers in total. For the last 15th row of the front part, work sc to end.
Cut the yarn and secure it or work sl.sts down to the 40th row.
Continue the pattern for 6 flowers or 2/4 of the initial total number of chain stitches for 12 rows.
Back shoulder piece
Crochet the pattern on 2 flowers for 2 rows (the 13th and 14th rows) on 2 flowers.
For the last 15th row of the first shoulder piece, work sc to end.
Work sl.sts for the 15th row down to 12th row of the back part and continue sc to last 2 flowers of the row to crochet the second shoulder pieces. In other words, work the pattern on last 2 flowers of the 13th row. Then proceed the pattern for the 14th row as usual and for the 15th row – sc to end.
Second front part
Work the 2nd part as the 1st one, but attach the yarn from the left side of the garment and not from the back part side. Work the pattern on the 3 remaining flowers and on the wrong side first. Then work the pattern on the 2 flowers for 13 rows more. The last 15th row – sc to end.
Join shoulder pieces together from the wrong side.
Work sc for the armhole edges.
Attach the yarn from the top of the garment near the neck point and from the side where you plan to sew the buttons. Work sc to the bottom of the garment (to the foundation chain), then add RC1, and come back up with sc to the top of the blouse again + RC1. Lastly, work sc down and all the way around to the other 1st row of the front part (neck point).
Decide what intervals between each buttonhole will be. To do so, you need to count your total number of chains from the top of the garment (41st row) down to the initial foundation chain and divide it by a number of buttons you have.
In my case, the intervals between each buttonhole will be 15 chains. When you turn the garment to the wrong side, work sc2, [ch2, sk2, sc15] to last several chains; sc to end plus RC1
Last time, work from the bottom of the garment to the top working sc1 in each chain and sc5 in each buttonhole.
1st row – sc to end + RC1
2nd row – [sc2, ch2, sc1 on the 1st of those 2 chs] to end