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Crocheted halter top and shawl

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Crocheted halter top and shawl

Halter is worked in shell pattern throughout. Instructions are written for Extra-Small (XS) size. Any changes for Small (S) or Medium/Large (M/L) are written in brackets. If there is only one set of figures, it applies to all sizes. Standard abbreviations are used. Recommended for crocheters with some experience.



Finished top fits bust measurement:
Extra-Small: 81.5 cm (32 ins)
Small: 86.5 cm (34 ins)
Medium/Large: 91.5 to 96.5 cm (36 to 38 ins)

You need:
Patons Grace pure cotton yarn (50 g balls) as follows:
4(5,5) balls main colour (MC), 60450 Coral
Small quantities of Contrast A (60604 Terracotta), Contrast B (60603 Apricot) and Contrast C (60451 Mango)
3 mm crochet hook and 3.5 mm crochet hook OR whichever size you require to produce the tension given below
Tapestry needle

Tension:
3-1/2 shells and 11 rows = 10 cm (4 ins) in pattern with larger hook. TO SAVE TIME, TAKE TIME TO CHECK TENSION.

FRONT
**With larger hook and MC, ch 80 (86,92).
Foundation row (right side): 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, *skip next 2 ch, 5 dc in next ch (shell made), skip next 2 ch, 1 sc in next ch, rep from * to end of ch, turn. 13 (14,15) shells in row.
Row 1: Ch 3, 2 dc in first sc, *skip next 2 dc, 1 sc in next dc, skip next 2 dc, shell in next sc, rep from *, ending with 3 dc in last sc, turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, 1 sc in first dc, *skip next 2 dc, shell in next sc, skip next 2 dc, 1 sc in next dc, rep from *, ending with 1 sc in top of turning ch, turn.
Last 2 rows form pat.

Cont in pat until work from beg measures 24(24, 27) cm / 9-1/2 (9-1/2,10-1/2) ins, ending with right side facing for next row.**

To shape top:
Row 1 (right side): Sl st in each of first 3 dc, sl st in next sc, sl st in each of next 3 dc, ch 1, 1 sc in same dc as last sl st, pat to last 9 sts, skip next 2 dc, 1 sc in next dc, turn. Leave rem sts unworked.
Row 2: Sl st in first sc, sl st in each of next 3 dc, ch 1, 1 sc in same dc as last sl st, pat to last shell, skip next 2 dc, 1 sc in next dc, turn. Leave rem sts unworked.

Rep last row 4 (4,5) times more. 6 (7,7) shells in row.

Ch 3, 2 dc in first sc, *skip next 2 dc, 1 sc in next dc, skip next 2 dc, shell in next sc, rep from *, ending with 3 dc in last sc, turn.
Next row: Ch 1, 1 sc in first dc, *skip next 2 dc, shell in next sc, skip next 2 dc, 1 sc in next dc, rep from *, ending with 1 sc in top of turning ch, turn.

Rep last 2 rows 4 times more. Fasten off.

BACK
Work from ** to ** as given for Front. Fasten off.

To make edging:
Sew side seams. With right side facing and smaller hook, join yarn with sl st to top right-hand corner of Front. Work 1 row of sc evenly down right front shaping, across Back and up left front shaping. Do not turn.
Next row: Working from left to right instead of from right to left as usual, work 1 reverse sc in each sc to end of row. Fasten off.

To make casing:
Fold last 2 rows of Front to wrong side and sew in place, leaving ends open to make casing for tie.

To make tie:
With larger hook, make a chain 122 cm (48 ins) long. turn chain sideways and sl st in centre 'bump' at back of 2nd ch from hook, continue, sl st in each bump to end of ch. Fasten off.

FLOWERS
With smaller hook, ch 5, Join with sl st to first ch to form ring.
Rnd 1: [Ch 3, 1 dc in ring, ch 3, sl st in ring] 6 times. Fasten off, leaving approx 15 cm (6 ins) yarn end for sewing Flower to garment.

Rep to make 10(11,12) flowers each with A, B and C.

With tapestry needle and matching yarn, sew flowers around bottom edge of garment as shown in photo.

Finished shawl is approx 152.5 cm (60 ins) wide (along top edge) and 63.5 cm (25 ins) deep, not including the tassel length. The first motif is made separately, then, as you make each successive motif, you will join it to the shawl as you work Rnd 4 until you have made a total of 70 triangular motifs. Refer to Diagram as you work. Standard abbreviations are used. Recommended for crocheters with some experience.

You need:
Patons Grace (50 g balls) pure cotton yarn as follows:
7 balls, main colour (MC), 60437 Rose
5 balls, contrast A (A), 60604 Terracotta
4 balls, contrast B (B), 60603 Apricot
2 balls, contrast C (C), 60409 Ruby
3.5 mm hook OR whichever size you require to produce the tension given below
Tapestry needle
Note: Click here to see larger image and get diagram.

Tension
1 motif = approx 12.5 cm (5 ins) square.

To make:

To work the first motif:
With C, ch 5, join with sl st to first ch to form ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 3, [yoh and draw up a loop in ring, yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice, yoh and draw through all loops on hook -- dc2tog made, ch 5, [yoh and draw up a loop in ring, yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook] 3 times, yoh and draw through all loops on hook -- dc3tog made, *ch 3, dc3tog, ch 5, dc3tog, rep from * once more, ch 3, join B with sl st to top of ch 3.
Rnd 2: With B, sl st in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, dc2tog in same sp, ch 4, [yoh twice and draw up a loop in same ch 5 sp, (yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice] 3 times, yoh and draw through all loops on hook -- tr3tog made, ch 5, sl st in top of tr3tog -- picot made, ch 4, dc3tog in same ch 5 sp, *ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, [dc3tog, ch 4, tr3tog, picot, ch 4, dc3tog] all in next ch 5 sp, rep from * once more, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, join A with sl st to top of ch 3.
Rnd 3: With A, ch 3, 5 dc in next ch 4 sp, *[2 dc, ch 5, 2 dc] in next picot, 5 dc in next ch 4 sp, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, 1 dc in next sc,** 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, 5 dc in next ch 4 sp, rep from * once more, then from * to ** once, 2 dc in last ch 3 sp, join MC with sl st to top of ch 3.
Rnd 4: With MC, sl st in next dc, ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), [skip next dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch 1] 3 times, *[dc3tog, ch 3, tr3tog, picot, ch 3, dc3tog] in next ch 5 sp, ch 1,** [1 dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next dc] 10 times, 1 dc in next dc, ch 1, rep from * once more, then from * to ** once, [1 dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next dc] 7 times, ch 1, join with sl st to 3rd ch of ch 4. Fasten off.

To make remaining motifs:
Work Rnds 1 through 3 as given, above.
Rnd 4: Work Rnd 4 as given, above, but join appropriate edges as follows: *[Dc3tog, ch 3, tr3tog, ch 2, sl st in corresponding corner of adjoining Motif, ch 2, sl st in tr3tog, ch 3, dc3tog] in next ch 5 sp,* ch 1, sl st in corresponding ch 1 sp of adjoining Motif, ch 1, [1 dc in next dc, ch 1, sl st in corresponding ch 1 sp of adjoining Motif, ch 1, skip next dc] 10 times, 1 dc in next dc, ch 1, sl st in corresponding ch 1 sp of adjoining Motif, ch 1, rep from * to * for next corner.

To make tassels:
Cut a strip of cardboard 11 cm / 4-1/2 ins wide. Wind MC around strip 25 times, then, leaving a long end, break yarn and thread end through needle. Slip needle through all loops, tie tightly at top, leaving end to sew tassel onto shawl and remove cardboard. Wind yarn tightly around loops 2.5 cm / 1 in below top and tie securely. Cut loops at bottom, to create tassel. Sew one tassel to each point of shawl.

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