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DROPS 99-21 by DROPS Design
"A long top. Perfekt with white summer outfits or maybe with your bikini on the beach?"
DROPS crochet top in ”Silke-Alpaca”
DROPS 99-21
Size: S/M – L – XL
Finished measurements at chest: 34 5/8”-37 ¾”-41”
Full length: 24”-26 ¾”-29½”

Materials: DROPS Silke-Alpaca from Garnstudio
350-400-500 g color no 6208, light gray-blue

DROPS crochet hook size 6 mm [J/10] – or the crochet hook size needed to obtain correct crochet gauge.

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Crochet gauge: 3 rounds of the crochet square measures 6.5 cm [2½”] and 11 tr x 3 rounds of texture pattern = 10 x 10 cm [4’’ x 4’’]

Crochet info: Substitute first tr on each row/round with 4 ch. Substitute first sc on round with 1 ch. Finish round with 1 sl st in beginning of round.

Picot: 1 picot = 3 ch, 1 sl st in 3rd ch from crochet hook.

Texture pattern:
1st row: 1 sc in each tr.
2nd row: 1 tr in each sc.
1st and 2nd row = 1 pattern repeat of texture pattern.

Binding off tip (applies to neckline):
Bind off at beginning of row as follows: Crochet 3 sl st over 3 first sc.
Bind off at end of row as follows: Turn piece when 3 sc are left.

First crochet 2 squares that are put tog = bottom part of top. In Size S/M crochet to 7th round, inclusive. In Size L crochet to 8th round, inclusive. In Size XL crochet to 9th round, inclusive. Then crochet a border around the squares and at last crochet the top part of the top onto the 2 squares.

BOTTOM PART:
Crochet panel: Crochet 4 ch create a ring with 1 sl st in first ch.
1st round: Read Crochet tip! Crochet 8 sc around ring.
2nd round: Crochet 3 tr in each sc = 24 tr.
3rd round: Crochet 1 tr, *3 ch, skip 1 tr, 1 tr in next tr*, repeat from*-* and finish with 3 ch and 1 sl st in beginning of round = 12 tr.
4th round: Crochet 3 tr in first tr, *3 ch, skip 3 ch, 3 tr in next tr*, repeat from*-* and finish with 3 ch skip 1 tr and 1 sl st in beginning of round = 36 tr.
5th round: Crochet 1 tr in each tr and 3 tr in each ch loop = 72 tr. Square now measures 20 cm [8’’] in diameter.
6th round: Crochet 1 tr in first tr, *3 ch, skip 1 tr, 1 tr in next tr*, repeat from*-* and finish with 3 ch, skip 1 tr and 1 sl st in beginning of round = 36 tr.
7th round: *1 tr and 3 ch in each of 8 first tr, 1 tr in next tr, 3 ch, 1 tr in same tr, (= edge), 3 ch *, repeat from *-* 4 times in total and finish with 1 sl st in beginning of round = 40 tr.
Finish size S/M here.
8th round: *1 tr and 3 ch in each of 8 first tr, 2 tr in next tr, 3 ch, 2 tr in next tr, (= edge), 3 ch *, repeat from *-* 4 times in total and finish with 1 sl st in beginning of round = 48 tr. Finish size L here.
9th round: *1 tr and 3 ch in each of 8 first tr , 2 tr in next tr, 1 tr in next tr, 3 ch, 1 tr in next tr, 2 tr in next tr (= corner), 3 ch*, repeat from *-* 4 times in total and finish with 1 sl st in beginning of round = 56 tr.
Finish size XL here.
Last round (crochet to complete all sizes): 1 tr in each tr and 1 tr in each ch loop . Crochet each corner as follows: 2 tr in each of 1-2-3 first tr, 3-5-7 tr in ch loop, 2 tr in each of next 1-2-3 tr = 96-120-144 tr. Crochet 1 square more.

Picot edge: Crochet a picot edge on 2 sides opposite each other on each square – see figure 1. Begin mid corner.
Crochet as follows: 1 sc around first tr, *1 picot – see explanation above, skip 1 tr, 1 sc around next tr *.
Repeat from *-* 12-15-18 times in total = 12-15-18 picots.
Turn piece and crochet back as follows: Crochet sl st until 2nd ch on last picot, *6 ch, 1 sc around 2nd ch on next picot*, repeat from *-*. Cut and sew thread. Panel measures approx 39-43-47 cm [15 1/4”-17”-18½”] in diameter.

Crocheting together: Place squares together and crochet tog – see Figure 1. Crochet squares tog on both sides with picot edges – so a cylinder is formed. Crochet 1 sc in first loop on the one square, 2 ch, 1 sc in first loop on second square, *3 ch, 1 sc in next loop on the one square, 2 ch, 1 sc in next loop on second square* repeat from *-* until squares are crochet tog on side.

TOP PART: Crochet the top part now: Crochet around top edge as follows:
1st round: Crochet 1 tr in first tr, *3 ch, skip 1 tr, 1 tr in next tr*, repeat from*-* and finish with 3 ch. Crochet as follows between squares: 1 tr, *3 ch, skip approx 1 cm [3/8’’], 1 tr *, repeat from *-* 4 times in total, finish off with 3 ch = 34-40-46 tr with 3 ch between each.
2nd round: Crochet 1 sc in first tr, *1 picot, skip 3 ch, 1 sc in next tr * repeat from *-* on entire round = 34-40-46 picots.
3rd round: sl st to ch loop on first picot, 2 tr in 2nd ch in each picot, finish off with 1 sl st in first tr = 68-80-92 tr.
4th round: *1sc in first tr, 2 sc in next tr*, repeat from *-* and finish with 1 sl st in first tr = 102-120-138 sc.
Split piece and crochet back and front pieces separately back and forth.

Front piece: = 51-60-69 dc. Place where 2 squares are crochet tog mid front and mid back on the top part. Middle of squares are placed on side of top part. Crochet next round from WS. Crochet tr in each of middle 41-48-55 sc (do not crochet over 5-6-7 sc on each side = armhole) = 41-48-55 tr. Now crochet texture pattern –see explanation above. Crochet 3-4-5 pattern repeats, then split piece.

Left front piece: On 1st row on 4th-5th-6th pattern repeat crochet sc but only over first 17-19-22 tr. Turn piece. Now bind off 3 tr for neckline towards mid front (i.e. in beginning of row of tr) – read binding off tip - 2 times in total = 11-13-16 tr/sc left on shoulder. Cut and sew thread after 7-8-9 pattern repeats.

Right front piece: On 1st row on 4th-5th-6th pattern repeat crochet sc but only over first 17-19-22 tr (crochet from middle towards sides.) Turn piece. Now bind off 3 tr for neckline towards mid front (i.e. in beginning of row with tr) – read binding off tip - 2 times in total = 11-13-16 tr/sc left on shoulder. Cut and sew thread after 7-8-9 pattern repeats.
Top part measures approx 21-24-27 cm [8 ¼”-9½”-10 5/8”].

Back piece: = 51-60-69 sc. Crochet 1 tr in each of middle 41-48-55 sc (do not crochet over 5-6-7 sc on each side = armhole) = 41-48-55 tr. Crochet 6-7-8 pattern repeats with texture pattern, now crochet 1 last pattern repeat over 11-13-16 sc/tr only on each side (do not crochet middle 19-22-23 sc/tr = neckline.) Cut and sew thread after 7-8-9 pattern repeats.

Assembly: Sew shoulder seams.

Crochet edges: Crochet around bottom edge of top as follows:
1st round: Crochet 1 tr in first tr, *2 ch, skip 3 tr, 1 tr in next tr*, repeat from*-* and finish with 2 ch and 1 sl st in first tr.
2nd round: 2 tr in first tr, *4 ch, 2 tr in same tr, 1 ch, 2 tr in next tr *, repeat from *-* and finish with 4 ch, 2 tr in same tr, 1 ch and 1 sl st in first tr.
Crochet around neckline as follows: 1 sc , *4 ch, skip approx 2 cm [3/8’’], 1 sc*, repeat from *-* finish off with 4 ch and 1 sl st in first sc.

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