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Off the Shoulder Top

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Looking to spruce up your closet? Easy crochet patterns like the Off the Shoulder Top from Coats & Clark will give you a whole new look.

Materials: 

  • Cotton Blend Medium (Worsted Weight) Yarn: 750 (850, 950, 1050) Yards No. 1004 Citrus.
  • AUNT LYDIA’S® “Quick Crochet”, Art. 174 (400 yard balls)
  • OR
  • J.&P.COATS® ROYALE™ “Quick Crochet” Art 169 (400 yard balls):
  • Crochet Hook: 5mm [US H-8]
  • Yarn needle.

Note: Directions are for size Small. Changes for sizes Medium, Large and Extra Large are in parentheses. 

To Fit: 30-32 (33-35, 36-38, 37-39)".
Finished Bust: 35½ (37¾, 41, 43½)"

GAUGE: 14 sts = 4"; 14 rows = 4" in pat.
CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.

Instructions: 

BACK and FRONT (Alike): Ch 63 (67, 73, 77).

Row 1 (Right Side): Sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, * sc in next ch, hdc in next ch; rep from * across; turn – 62 (66, 72, 76) sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, * sc in hdc, hdc in sc; rep from * across; turn.
Rep Row 2 for pat until 4" from beg, end wrong side row.

Shape Waist-Dec Row: Ch 1, [sc in hdc, hdc in sc] 4 times; skip next hdc, draw up a lp in next 2 sts, yo and draw through all 3 lps on hook, hdc in next sc – dec2 made; work in pat to last 12 sts; dec2 over next 4 sts, work in pat to end; turn – 58 (62, 68, 72) sts.Work 5 rows even in pat. Rep Dec Row – 54 (58, 64, 68) sts.Work even until 8 (8, 9, 9)" from beg, end wrong side row.

Inc Row: Ch 1, [sc in hdc, hdc in sc] 4 times; [(sc, hdc) all in next st] twice – inc2 made; work in pat to last 10 sts; inc2 over next 2 sts, work in pat to end; turn – 58 (62, 68, 72) sts.Work 5 rows even in pat. Rep Inc Row – 62 (66, 72, 76) sts.Work even until 14½ (14½, 15, 15)" from beg, end wrong side row.

Shape Armholes: Ch 1, sl st in first 2 sts, ch 1, work in pat to last 2 sts; turn, leaving last 2 sts unworked – 58 (62, 68, 72) sts.Work 1 row even.

Next Row: Ch 1, sc in hdc, hdc in sc, dec2 over next 4 sts, work in pat to last 6 sts; dec2 over next 4 sts, sc in hdc, hdc in sc; turn – 54 (58, 64, 68) sts.Work 1 row even. Rep last 2 rows until 42 (46, 52, 56) sts rem.Work even until armhole measures 4½ (5, 5¾, 6¼)". Fasten off.

SLEEVES: Ch 41 (43, 45, 47).Work in pat same as back and front over 40 (42, 44, 46) sts for 2 rows.

Shape Armholes: Ch 1, sl st in first 2 sts, ch 1, work in pat to last 2 sts; turn, leaving last 2 sts unworked – 36 (38, 40, 42) sts.Work 1 row even.

Next Row: Ch 1, sc in hdc, hdc in sc, dec2 over next 4 sts, work in pat to last 6 sts; dec2 over next 4 sts, sc in hdc, hdc in sc; turn – 32 (34, 36, 38) sts.Work 3 (5, 5, 5) rows even. Dec2 at each end of next row as before.Work 3 (3, 5, 5) rows even. Dec2 at each end of next row.Work 3 (3, 3, 5) rows even. Dec2 at each end of next row – 20 (22, 24, 26) sts.Work 1 row even. Fasten off.

STRAPS (Make 2): Ch 27.Work 1 row of pat across – 26 sts. Fasten off.

FINISHING: Sew side and sleeve seams; sew sleeves in place.

Neck Edging-Rnd 1: With right side facing, attach yarn at a seam; ch 1, work 1 rnd sc around entire neck edge, having an even number of sc;
join with a sl st to first sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 4, skip next sc, * dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc; rep from * around; join to 3rd ch of ch-4. Fasten off.

Sew ends of straps under edging approximately 1½ (2¼, 2¾, 3¼)" in from seams on front and back.Weave in ends. close up of off the shoulder
 

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