Crochet women’s summer top - red azalea pattern
Step-by-step crochet instructions
In order to make the summer top, it is necessary to start from the middle of the garment and work all the way down. In addition, use different size crochet hooks to avoid increasing chains. Then attach the yarn to the initial foundation chain and crochet from the middle up.
Make a foundation chain of 103 chains (ch.) or multiples of 6 chains plus 1 additional ch. Connect the first and last chains together with slip stitch (sl.st.)
Crochet from the middle down
1st round – sc to end
2 – 4 rounds – blsc to end
5th round – blsc to end plus sl.st.1
If desired, you may work more rounds of blsc
Red azalea pattern
6th round – ch.1, [skip 3, dc2 in 1 ch., bump*, dc3 in 1 ch., bump, dc2 in 1 ch.] to end plus sl.st.1
*bump – ch.2, sc1 on the 1st of the 2 chains
7th round – ch.1, [dc2 in 1 ch., bump*, dc3 in 1 ch., bump, dc2 in 1 ch. on 3 chains between each 2 bumps of the previous round] plus sl.st.1
8 -19 rounds or more = 7th round
Flip the garment to the wrong side because on the wrong side of the pattern looks better.
Crochet from the middle up
Attach the yarn on the other side of your initial foundation chain.
1 – 10 rounds – sc to end increasing 1 ch. every other round. After that you should have 5 chains more or 108 chains in total.
Continue Red azalea pattern for 54 chains (multiples of 6 chs) or half of your total chains working right and wrong sides.
1st row – ch.1, [skip 3, dc2 in 1 ch., bump*, dc3 in 1 ch., bump, dc2 in 1 ch.] to last 4 chains, skip 3, dc1 + 1 returning chain (rc)
After the 1st row, you should form 8 columns of flowers.
2nd row – ch.1, [dc2 in 1 ch., bump*, dc3 in 1 ch., bump, dc2 in 1 ch. on 3 chains between each 2 bumps of the previous round] to end. At the end of the row, work dc1 in the last chain of the row +rc1
3 – 7 rows = 2nd row
Front shoulder piece:
8 – 10 rows - work the pattern for 2 columns
Step 7 (optional)
Work sl.st. down to 7th row, and continue sc to last 2 columns skipping chains between each set of bumps. The other option is to cut the yarn and secure it. Then attach it before last 2 columns to continue the pattern for the 2nd shoulder piece.
Step 8 = step 6
Back part – work the pattern for 9 rows
1st back shoulder piece – crochet the Red azalea pattern for 2 columns one row. From the 10th row work sl.st. down to 9th row and proceed sc to last 2 columns.
2nd back shoulder piece – crochet the pattern to end.
Flip the garment on the wrong side, and join front and back shoulder pieces matching closely columns. That way the seam won’t be visible.
Work sc to end for all edges.
Weave in all the end of the yarn including your starting point.