Saturday, July 15, 2017

Oasis Cluster Top - Free Crochet Pattern

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This top was first published in the Happily Hooked Magazine, Issue 27 for June 2016, which features Summer Vacation makes. I wanted to create a lightweight, kinda open, oversized top that could be worn as a cover up, or over a white tank top paired with some white shorts -- oops, speaking from my own wardrobe, hehe! This top features a super easy construction and assembly, and allows the freedom of adjusting the straps/shoulder length, and overall length to give you a custom fit that you’ll love!

Materials:
    - 1175 - 1645 Yards of #1 Fine Weight Yarn - I used Premier’s Wool Free Sock Yarn in the Oasis Stripe colorway
    - H8/5mm Crochet Hook
    - #18 Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends & Assembly

Time Spent:
    I worked the medium size in several seatings, putting in about 14 hours.

Measurements:      
Teen/Women XS, S, M, L, XL
Finished Measurements:
Busts: 28”, 32”, 36”, 40”, 44”
Lengths: 21⅜”, 22⅛”, 22⅞”, 23⅝”, 24⅜”

Gauge:      
20 DC = 4”

Abbreviations:
    - DC - Double Crochet
    - dc4tog cl - double crochet four stitches together to equal a cluster
       To dc4tog cl: work the following all into one stitch: Yarn over, insert hook into the stitch, yarn over, pull through (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops on hook, yarn over, insert hook into the same stitch, yarn over, pull through (4 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops on hook, yarn over, insert hook into the same stitch, yarn over, pull through (5 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops on hook, yarn over, insert hook into the same stitch, yarn over, pull through (6 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops on hook, yarn over, pull through all 5 loops on the hook.

Pattern Notes:
    Beginning chain counts towards final stitch count.

Each dc4tog cl counts as one stitch.

Top is designed to fit a little oversized given yarn type used.

Instructions for smallest size given, with larger options in brackets.

I chose to slip stitch the pieces together as I think this creates a strong bond, however, you may feel more comfortable sewing the pieces together. If you choose to sew the pieces, you may want to use stitch markers.

As far as the shoulder/neck opening part goes, you can create thinner straps and a larger, more flexible neck opening by slip stitching through less stitches. You may want to slip stitch through this part, and then try on before fastening off so you can adjust as desired. And for the length, you can work less repeats for a shorter top.
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Pattern:
    
Main Body - Make 2:
    Chain 73, (82, 94, 100, 112). DC in the 4th chain, and each chain across. (71, 80, 92, 98, 110 DCs)

Round 2:  Chain 2, turn. DC in the 2nd and 3rd stitches, chain 2, skip 2 stitches, (dc4tog cl in the next stitch, chain 2, skip 2 stitches) 21x (24x, 28x, 30x, 34x), DC in the last 3 stitches. (21, 24, 28, 30, 34 clusters and 6 DCs)

Rounds 3:  Chain 2, turn. DC into the 2nd stitch, and each stitch across. (71, 80, 92, 98, 110 DCs)

Round 4 - 57 [59, 61, 63, 65]: Repeat Rows 2 and 3.

Fasten Off as usual after first piece, but do not fasten off after second piece.

Shoulders/Neck Opening: Chain 1, turn. Lay the piece together with right sides facing. Working through both layers, slip stitch in the 1st 18, (21, 26, 28, 34) stitches;
Working through just the top layer, slip stitch into the next 35, (38, 40, 42, 42) stitches;
Working through both layers, slip stitch in the last 18, (21, 26, 28, 34) stitches.
Fasten Off.

Sides: Still working on wrong side, leave 7”, (7½”, 8”, 8½”, 9”) unsewn for armholes. Reattach yarn through both layers afterwards, and slip stitch across to end of top. Repeat on other side.

Fasten Off, and weave in all ends.
Please feel free to make and sell your own Oasis Cluster Top using this pattern, but please DO NOT claim this pattern as your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my pattern anywhere, link to it instead.

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