Summer Flower Top

Figure 1. Summer Flower Top.

Wow! I shared a pic of my newest creation on Instagram and I’ve never had a welcome like that. It is a summer top made of cute flower granny squares! Since the pic of the top got so many shares and saves there, I decided to share the pattern with you! 🙂

What makes the top so special is the color set! The floral part of the square is made of Scheepjes Stone Washed and River Washed yarns. I bought Scheepjes Colour Pack Stone Washed – River Washed yarn pack that contains 58 little cute yarn balls of different colors (one of my best purchases when it comes to yarn!). The black parts of the top are crocheted using Novita Cotton Soft yarn. I have included crochet instructions for two sizes – XS/S or S/M. The top shown in the pic above is size XS/S. The larger size is crocheted by adding additional round for the granny square so the amount of squares remain the same in both sizes. The smaller size is quite flat from the chest so there might be no room for bras. 😀

Method: Crochet

Tools: Crochet hook 3.0 mm

Yarn: Scheepjes Stone Washed – River Washed yarn pack & Novita Cotton Soft in color ”noki” (099) 2 balls (XS/S), 2-3 balls (S/M).

The finished top in size XS-S measures approx. 71 cm when not stretched and in size S-M it measures approx. 80 cm when not stretched.

The top is made of colorful squares and triangles. The Figure 2 shows three tables. The table on the left shows the yarn color names and codes and which alphabets represent each colors. The tables on the right show the color order in the squares and in the triangles. The first letter represents the color of the inner circle or half circle and the second letter the color of the next round and so on. The numbers 1-15 in front of the color orders represent the numbers of each square/triangle. This number information is needed so that each square and triangle are in the correct place when joining them together. The correct order is presented in the end of the pattern (Figure 16).

Figure 2. Yarn colors and corresponding alphabets and color order in the squares and triangles.

The pattern was not tested with other crocheters so be aware that there might be mistakes. Please, feel free to contact me anytime if you face any problems with the pattern. 🙂

 

Flower Granny Square

Figure 3. The square crochet pattern (a bit twisted one though :)).

Figure 4. The symbol chart for the granny square and triangle.

Start the flower granny square doing a magic loop with the first color (XYZN). XYZN represents the color order of the square so that X represents the yarn color of the first round, Y represents the second round’s color and so on. N represents black yarn that finishes the square. The bolded letter in XYZN indicates the yarn color that is used in the following round.

Round 1: Chain 4 into the loop (this counts as the 1st treble (tr) crochet stitch). Insert a treble crochet and pull the yarn through both loops on your hook. Close the cluster with a chain stitch and chain one (1). *Crochet a 2-tr-cluster: insert a tr into the loop but do not pull the yarn through the last two loops on your hook. Instead, insert the second tr and pull the yarn through until you have three (3) loops on your hook. Pull the yarn through all of them and close the cluster with a chain. Chain 1.* Repeat * 10 more times. Pull the tail end of the yarn and close the round with a slip stitch (sl st) to the top of the first cluster. You now have 12 clusters in a magic loop.

Figure 5. The round 1 of the granny square.

Change the color (XYZN). 

Round 2. Crochet a slip stitch to the chain between the first and the second tr-cluster. Chain 3 (this counts as the 1st double (dc) crochet stitch). Insert a dc and pull the yarn through both loops on your hook. Close the cluster with a chain stitch and chain one (1). *Crochet a 2-dc-cluster: insert a dc to the chain between the second and the third tr-cluster but do not pull the yarn through both loops on your hook. Instead, insert the second dc and pull the yarn through until you have three (3) loops on your hook. Pull the yarn through all of them and close the cluster with a chain. Chain 1. Now, insert two 2-dc-clusters to the chain between the third and the fourth tr-cluster (close the first 2-dc-cluster with a chain and chain 1. Insert the second 2-dc-cluster and close it with a chain and chain 1.)* Repeat * 3 more times. Close the round with a sl st to the top of the first cluster.

Figure 6. The round 2 of the granny square.

Change the color (XYZN).

Round 3. Crochet a slip stitch to the chain between the first and the second dc-cluster. Chain 3 (this counts as the first dc). Insert a dc but do not pull the yarn through the last two loops. Instead, insert the third dc and pull the yarn through until you have three (3) loops on your hook. Pull the yarn through all of them and close the cluster with a chain. Chain 1. *Crochet a 3-dc-cluster: insert a dc to the chain between the second and the third dc-cluster but do not pull the yarn through both loops on your hook. Instead, insert the second dc and pull the yarn through until you have three (3) loops on your hook. Insert the third dc and pull the yarn through until you have four (4) loops on your hook. Pull the yarn through all of them and close the cluster with a chain. Chain 1. Now, insert two 3-dc-clusters to the chain between the two 2-dc clusters (close the first 3-dc-cluster with a chain and chain 1. Insert the second 3-dc-cluster and close it with a chain and chain 1.) Insert one 3-dc-cluster to the next chain between 2-dc-clusters as described earlier. Insert another 3-dc-cluster to the next chain.* Repeat * 3 more times (except in the last repetition time, do not follow the last sentence of *). Close the round with a sl st to the top of the first cluster.

Figure 7. The round 3 of the granny square.

Change the color to black (XYZN).

Round 4. Crochet a slip stitch to the chain between the first and the second 3-dc-cluster. Insert the first 3-dc-shell: chain 3 (this counts as the first dc) and insert two dcs to that same chain between the first and the second 3-dc-cluster. Move on forward to the chain between the second and the third 3-dc-cluster and insert a 3-dc-shell (no chaining between the shells). *Now after a total of two 3-dc-shells, insert two 3-tr-shells to the chain between the two 3-dc-clusters and chain 1 between these 3-tr-shells. Insert a total of four (4) 3-dc-shells to each chain between 3-dc-clusters of the round 3.* Repeat * 3 more times. Insert two 3-tr-shells the the last corner as described earlier and then insert 3-dc-shells to each chain before the end of the round (two shells in total). Close the round with a sl st to the top of the chained dc.

Figure 8. The round 4 of the granny square.

For size XS/S the flower granny square is now finished. For larger size (S/M) follow the round 5: Use the same color again (XYZNN).

FOR SIZE S/M: Round 5. Repeat the round 4 so that you insert 3-dc-shells to every space between previous round’s 3-dc-shells and two 3-tr-shells to the chain between previous round’s 3-tr-shells.

Figure 9. The round 5 of the granny square (for size S/M).

Crochet a total of 12 flower granny squares according to the table in the Figure 2.

 

Flower Granny Triangle

Figure 10. The triangle crochet pattern.

Crochet three (3) flower granny triangles. You can find the color order for the triangles in the Figure 2. Start the triangle doing a magic loop with the first color (XYZN).

Triangle round 1: Chain 4 into the loop (this counts as the 1st treble (tr) crochet stitch). Insert a treble crochet and pull the yarn through both loops on your hook. Close the cluster with a chain stitch and chain one (1). *Crochet a 2-tr-cluster: insert a tr into the loop but do not pull the yarn through the last two loops on your hook. Instead, insert the second tr and pull the yarn through until you have three (3) loops on your hook. Pull the yarn through all of them and close the cluster with a chain. Chain 1.* Repeat * 4 more times. Pull the tail end of the yarn so that the clusters form a half circle. You now have 6 clusters in a magic loop.

Figure 11. The round 1 of the triangle.

Change the color (XYZN). 

Triangle round 2. Chain 3 (this counts as the 1st double (dc) crochet stitch) and turn the work around. Insert a dc to the top of previous round’s 2-tr-cluster right next to the 3 chains and pull the yarn through both loops on your hook. Close the cluster with a chain stitch and chain one (1). *Crochet a 2-dc-cluster: insert a dc to the chain between the first and the second 2-tr-cluster but do not pull the yarn through both loops on your hook. Instead, insert the second dc and pull the yarn through until you have three (3) loops on your hook. Pull the yarn through all of them and close the cluster with a chain. Chain 1.* Repeat * one more time. Now, insert two 2-dc-clusters to the chain between the third and the fourth 2-tr-cluster (close the first 2-dc-cluster with a chain and chain 1. After the second 2-dc-cluster, close it with a chain and chain 1). Then repeat * 3 more times but do the last 2-dc-cluster to the top of previous round’s 2-tr-cluster. 

Figure 12. The round 2 of the triangle.

Change the color (XYZN).

Triangle round 3. Chain 3 (this counts as the 1st double (dc) crochet stitch) and turn the work around. Insert a dc to the top of previous round’s 2-dc-cluster right next to the 3 chains but do not pull the yarn through the last two loops. Instead, insert the third dc to the same loop as the second dc and pull the yarn through until you have three (3) loops on your hook. Pull the yarn through all of them and close the cluster with a chain. Chain 1. *Crochet a 3-dc-cluster: insert a dc to the chain between the first and the second 2-dc-cluster but do not pull the yarn through both loops on your hook. Instead, insert the second dc and pull the yarn through until you have three (3) loops on your hook. Insert the third dc and pull the yarn through until you have four (4) loops on your hook. Pull the yarn through all of them and close the cluster with a chain. Chain 1.* Repeat * two more times. Now, insert two 3-dc-clusters to the chain between the two 2-dc clusters (close the first 3-dc-cluster with a chain and chain 1. Insert the second 3-dc-cluster and close it with a chain and chain 1.) Then repeat * 4 more times but do the last 3-dc-cluster to the top of previous round’s 2-dc-cluster.

Figure 13. The round 3 of the triangle.

Change the color to black (XYZN).

Triangle round 4. Chain 4 and this time, do not turn the work around. From now on, you will work around the triangle. The 4 chains belong to the last cluster of this round. Base side: Now, you will work the base side (the longest side) of the triangle. Insert three (3) dc stitches to the last dc of the triangle round 3. These three dcs form a 3-dc-shell. Move on forward to the next space (the 3 chains of the triangle round 2) and insert a 3-dc-shell (no chaining between). Move on to the last tr of the triangle round 1 and insert a 3-dc-shell. Now after a total of three 3-dc-shells, chain 1 and insert another three 3-dc-shells to the corresponding spaces as the first three 3-dc-shells. Next comes the right corner: insert two 3-tr-shells to the top of the first 3-dc-cluster of the previous round (round 3) and chain 1 between the 3-tr-shells. Next comes the right side: insert a total of four (4) 3-dc-shells to each chain between 3-dc-clusters of triangle round 3. Next comes the top corner: insert two 3-tr-shells (chain 1 between the 3-tr-shells) to the chain between two 3-dc-clusters of the triangle round 3. Next comes the left side: insert a total of four (4) 3-dc-shells to each chain between 3-dc-clusters of triangle round 3. Next comes the left corner: insert two 3-tr-shells to the top of the last 3-dc-cluster of the previous round (round 3) and chain 1 between the 3-tr-shells, NOTE: in the second 3-tr-cluster, do not insert the third tr because you have already chained one tr in the beginning of this round. Close the round with a sl st to the top of this chained tr.

Figure 14. The round 4 of the triangle.

For size XS/S the flower granny triangle is now finished. For larger size (S/M) follow the round 5: Use the same color again (XYZNN).

FOR SIZE S/M: Triangle round 5. Repeat the round 4 so that you insert 3-dc-shells to every space between previous round’s 3-dc-shells and that you insert two 3-tr-shells to the chain between previous round’s 3-tr-shells.

Figure 15. The round 5 of the triangle.

 

Joining flower granny squares and triangles together

 

Next step is to join squares and triangles together! I used the flat slip stitch joining method and I used the black yarn. You can find a great photo tutorial here (https://www.craftpassion.com/flat-slip-stitch-granny-join/) or a video tutorial here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5u0JQckUVZc).

The Figure 16 below shows how to assemble the squares and triangles. Note that there are only three triangles, the back hem of the top will be left ”open” as you can see in the Figure 16.

Figure 16. Assembly of the squares and triangles from front and back of the top.

Join the squares/triangles so that you crochet two sides together from bottom to top and then the next two parallel sides together and so on. Then join those sides together that are perpendicularly to the first sides.

Start joining the squares/triangles together first from the chains of 3-tr-shells and then move on to the loops. Crochet flat slip stitches until you reach the 3-tr-shell chains again and crochet one flat slip stitch to those chains too. Then move on straight to the next squares without chaining between. When you have joined all squares parallelry, start joining the other sides. When you reach the perpendicular flat slip stitch seam, chain 1 and cross over it. Start joining the next squares together first from the chains of 3-tr-shells and then move on to the loops.

 

Straps and finalizing edges

 

After you have joined all the squares and triangles together the next step is to crochet the shoulder straps. Start from the top corner of the square from the back side of the top and chain 40 (you can also test what length is best for you). Join the strap with a slip stitch to the corresponding top corner of the square from the front side and cut the yarn. Do the same thing to the other shoulder strap but this time do not cut the yarn. Now, you finalize the edges and the straps by crocheting slip stitches first along the front neckline, then along the first strap you chained, then along the back neckline and finally along the second strap. Cut the yarn and close the round with additional slip stitch. Finalize them hem edge with slip stitches. Weave in the ends.

There you have a beautiful crocheted summer flower top! Please feel free to ask or give comments and corrections about the pattern.

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