Keiki Top

While The Animator's Wife was designing the Cherry Blossom Corset Halter this summer, Little Lovely said she wanted one, too! But we think 4 years old is a bit too young to be wearing corsets, so we came up with a similar design just for her.

Keiki Top

Our Keiki Top uses the same stitch pattern as the Cherry Blossom Corset Halter, but is worked in a style appropriate for young girls. And the best part is, there's no shaping involved, so it's so easy to work up!



Keiki Top

Finished Size: S (M, L)*

*S = 2T-4T; M = 6-10; L = 12-16

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials:
Cascade Luna: 3 (4, 6) skeins
Size J-10 (6.0 mm) crochet hook
Yarn needle
Optional:
1 (5/8-inch) button
Sewing thread in coordinating color
Sewing needle

Gauge Square: Ch 25. Row 1. Sc in second ch from hook and ea ch across. Row 2. Ch 1; turn. Sc in first dc, *skip next 3 st, (dc3tog, ch 2, dc3tog, ch 2, dc3tog, ch 1) in next st, skip next 3 st, sc in next st; fan made. Rep from * across. Row 3. Ch 3; turn. Dc in first sc, *ch 2, sc in top of next fan, ch 2, 3 dc in next sc; rep from * 2 (3) times. 2 dc in last sc. Row 4. Ch 2; turn. (Dc, ch 2, dc3tog, ch 1) in first dc, sc in next sc; half-fan made. *Skip next dc, (dc3tog, ch 2, dc3tog, ch 2, dc3tog, ch 1) in next dc, skip next dc, sc in next sc; rep from * 1 (2) times. (Dc3tog, ch 2, dc2tog) in last dc. Row 5. Ch 2; turn. Sc in top of first half-shell, *ch 2, 3 dc in next sc, ch 2, sc in top of next shell; rep from * 1 (2) times. Ch 2, 3 dc in next sc, ch 2, sc in top of last half-shell. Rows 6-13. Rep rows 2-5. 3 reps and 12 rows = 6 inches.


Be sure to block your gauge square before measuring!

Pattern Note: For stitch count purposes, we are counting the chain stitch as a stitch.

Main Body
Worked from the bottom up in the round, joining and turning between rounds.

Ch 98 (114, 130), leaving a 6-inch tail for sewing.

Rnd 1. Sc in second ch from hook and ea rem ch across. Join with sl st in first sc to form ring, taking care not to twist the stitches. 97 (113, 129) sc.

Rnd 2 (RS). Ch 1; turn. *Sc in next st, skip next 3 st, (dc3tog, ch 2, dc3tog, ch 2, dc3tog, ch 1) in next st, skip next 3 st; fan made. Rep from * across. Join with sl st in first sc. 12 (14, 16) shells.

Rnd 3.  Ch 3; turn. Dc in first sc, *ch 2, sc in top of next fan, ch 2, 3 dc in next sc; rep from * around, ending last rep with 1 dc in same st as joining. Join with sl st in top of t-ch.

Rnd 4.  Ch 2; turn. (Dc, ch 2, dc3tog, ch 1) in first dc, sc in next sc, *skip next dc, (dc3tog, ch 2, dc3tog, ch 2, dc3tog, ch 1) in next dc, skip next dc, sc in next sc; rep from * around. (Dc3tog, ch 2, dc) in same st as joining. Join with sl st in top of t-ch.

Rnd 5.  Ch 1; turn. Sc in top of first half-shell, *ch 2, 3 dc in next sc, ch 2, sc in top of next shell; rep from * around. Ch 2, 3 dc in next sc, ch 2, join with sl st in first sc.

Rnds 6-9 (6-13, 6-17). Rep rnds 2-5.

Do not finish off.


Front Armhole Shaping
Worked in rows.

Row 10 (14, 18). Ch 1; turn. *Sc in next st, skip next 3 st, (dc3tog, ch 2, dc3tog, ch 2, dc3tog, ch 1) in next st, skip next 3 st; fan made. Rep from * 4 (5, 6) times. Sc in next st; leave rem st un-worked. 5 (6, 7) shells.

Row 11 (15, 19).  Ch 3; turn. Dc in first sc, *ch 2, sc in top of next fan, ch 2, 3 dc in next sc; rep from * across, ending last rep with 2 dc in last sc.

Row 12 (16, 20).  Ch 2; turn. (Dc, ch 2, dc3tog, ch 1) in first dc, sc in next sc; half-fan made. *Skip next dc, ((dc3tog, ch 2, dc3tog, ch 2, dc3tog, ch 1) in next dc, skip next dc, sc in next sc; rep from * across. (Dc3tog, ch 2, dc2tog) in last dc.

Row 13 (17, 21).  Ch 2; turn. Sc in top of first half-shell, *ch 2, 3 dc in next sc, ch 2, sc in top of next shell; rep from * across. Ch 2, 3 dc in next sc, ch 2, sc in top of last half-shell.

Rows 14-21 (18-29, 22-33). Rep previous 4 rows.

Finish off.

Back Armhole Shaping
Worked in rows.

With RS facing, skip next 6 un-worked stitches from row 10 (14, 18). Join yarn with sl st in next st; ch 1.

Row 10 (14, 18). *Sc in next st, skip next 3 st, (dc3tog, ch 2, dc3tog, ch 2, dc3tog, ch 1) in next st, skip next 3 st; fan made. Rep from * 4 (5, 6) times. Sc in next st; leave rem st un-worked. 5 (6, 7) shells.

Rows 11-21 (15-29, 19-33). Worked the same as Front Armhole Shaping.

Finish off.

Finishing

Sew shoulders 1-2 inches in from either side. Close the gap between stitches at the waist with the 6-inch tail left at the beginning. Weave in all ends. If desired, sew a decorative button onto the back mid-neckline (Little Lovely wanted a button on her top just like Mommy's).

Optional Shoulder Fastening: If you find the neckline to be too small to fit over the child's head, do not sew the shoulders together. Instead, finish the top edge of the front and back with a single crochet edging. Make button holes on either edge of the front: 3 chain stitches per button. Sew 5/8-inch buttons to the back to line up with the buttons. This way you can button the top at the shoulders.

Edges

Join yarn with sl st in neckline. Ch 1; sc evenly around. Join with sl st in first sc; finish off. Repeat for both armholes.

Abbreviations
ch          chain
dc          double crochet
ea          each
rem          remaining
rep          repeat
rnd          round
rnds          rounds
RS          right side
sc          single crochet
sl st          slip stitch
st          stitch
t-ch          turning chain
tog          together

3 comments:

  1. What weight yarn is this? Worsted Weight (4 us) or Sport/Do Weight (3 us))

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    1. It's worsted weight cotton. I would suggest another worsted weight cotton if substituting a different yarn, because cotton does not have as much elasticity as wool or acrylic and your gauge may be off with another fiber.

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