Mediterranean Love by DROPS Design

Crochet top with open back in DROPS Safran Mouliné or Safran

DROPS 65-13
NOTE: Safran Mouliné, the yarn originally used in making this garment was discontinued.
Safran has been substituted in this translation.

Sizes: Extra Small - Small - Medium - Large
Corresponds to bra sizes 70 - 75 - 80 - 85

Materials: DROPS SAFRAN from Garnstudio
100-150-150-150 g col. no. 18, natural

Or use:
Materials: DROPS Safran from Garnstudio
100-150-150-150 g col. no 71, marzipan

DROPS 3 mm [US C] Crochet hook, or size needed to obtain correct gauge.

2 DROPS Mother-of-pearl buttons, no. 521


Alternative Yarn – See how to change yarns here
Yarn Groups A to F – Use the same pattern and change the yarn here
Yarn usage using an alternative yarn – Use our yarn converter here


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Pattern instructions

NOTE: This pattern is written in American English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from inches to cm - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in American and British English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in British English, please click here.
Crochet gauge: 20 dc x 11 rows = 10 x 10 cm [4" x 4"].

Pattern: See chart. Crochet the entire chart for all sizes.

Crocheting tip:
When dec 4 sc: at the beginning of row, ch 6, skip the first 4 dc on row and start working in 5th dc on row, work until 4 dc remain, turn.
When dec 3 sc: at the beginning of row, ch , skip the first 3 dc on row and start working in 4th dc on row, work until 3 dc remain, turn.
When dec 2 sc: at the beginning of row, ch 4, skip the first 2 dc on row and start working in 3rd dc on row, work until 2 dc remain, turn.

Body: Chain 170-183-196-210.
Row 1:
1 double crochet (dc) in the 3rd ch from the hook, 2 dc in the next 2 sts, * skip 1 ch, 3 dc in the next 3 sts *, repeat from * - *= 129-139-149-159 dc.
Rows 2 through 9-10-11-12:
1 dc in each dc from the previous row -- at the same time inc 1 dc on each side every row 8-9-10-11 times = 145-157-169-181 dc.
Now the work measures approx. 7-8-9-10 cm [2.75" - 3-1/8" - 3.5" - 4"].
***Now dec on both sides on every row - see Crocheting tip - at the same time, the chart begins - see to it that the chart comes at the center of the work - over the center 55 dc.
Dec on both sides as follows: 4 dc 2-3-6-8 times, 3 dc 3-7-7-7 times, 2 dc 14-9-6-5 times; from here, crochet the rest of the work according to the chart.
After the chart the work measures approx. 30-31-32-34 cm.

Crochet 1 buttonhole-loop with crochet hook size 3 and beige-mixed uppermost at each side at the back as follows: 1 double crochet, 2 slip sts, skip over ½ cm, 1 double crochet. Try on the top to see where the buttons should be sewn on - 1 button on the bottom side of the left back piece and 1 button on the top side of the right back piece. Crochet 3 bands of slip sts approx. 1 meter in length. Braid these together, tie a knot in each end and draw the cord through the uppermost row of holes.

This pattern has been corrected. .

Updated online: 26.02.2019
Correction: Body: Work a ch-row of 170 - 183 - 196 - 210 sts on hook size 3 mm = US 2,5 with beige brown. On next row work dc over ch-row as follows: 3 dc (replace 1st dc with 3 ch), * skip 1 ch, 3 dc *, repeat from *-* (i.e. work 3 dc over 4 ch) until 0-1-2-0 chains remain, work 1 double crochet in each chain = 129-139-149-159 tr.
Updated online: 11.04.2019
Updated crochet tip


All measurements in charts are in cm.

symbols = 1 double crochet
symbols = work 2 double crochets in 1 double crochet on the row below / work 2 double crochets between 2 double crochets from the row below
symbols = 2 chain stitches
symbols = 3 chain stitches

Do you need help with this pattern?

Thank you for choosing a DROPS Design pattern. We take pride in providing patterns that are correct and easy to understand. All patterns are translated from Norwegian and you can always check the original pattern (DROPS 65-13) for measurements and calculations.

Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

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Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

We have also step-by-step guides for different techniques which you'll find here.

1) Why is the knitting/crochet tension so important?

Knitting tension is what determines the final measurements of your work, and is usually measured per 10 x 10 cm. It is provided like so: number of stitches in width x number of rows in height - eg: 19 stitches x 26 rows = 10 x 10 cm.

The knitting tension is very individual; some people knit/crochet loosely while others work tightly. You adjust the knitting tension with the needle size, which is why the suggested needle size only serve as a guide! You need to adjust this (up or down) to ensure that YOUR knitting tension matches the knitting tension provided in the pattern. If you work with a different knitting tension than provided you will have a different yarn consumption, and your work will have different measurements than what the pattern suggests.

The knitting tension also determines which yarns can replace each other. As long as you achieve the same knitting tension you can replace one yarn with another.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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2) What are the yarn groups?

All our yarns are categorised into yarn groups (from A to F) according to thickness and knitting tension – group A contains the thinnest yarns and group F the thickest. This makes it easier for you to find alternative yarns to our patterns, should you wish to switch yarn. All yarns within the same group have a similar knitting tension and can easily replace each other. However, different yarn qualities have different structures and properties which will give the finished work a unique look and feel.

Click here for an overview of the yarns in each yarn group

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3) Can I use a different yarn than what the pattern suggests?

The important thing when changing from one yarn to another is that the knitting/crochet tension remains the same. This is so that the measurements of the finished piece will be the same as on the sketch provided. It is easier to achieve the same knitting tension using yarns from the same yarn group. It is also possible to work with multiple strands of a thinner yarn to achieve the knitting tension of a thicker one. Please try our yarn converter. We recommend you to always work a test swatch.

Please NOTE: when changing yarn the garment might have a different look and feel to the garment in the photo, due to individual properties and qualities of each yarn.

See DROPS lesson: Can I use a different yarn than the one mentioned in the pattern?

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4) How do I use the yarn converter?

At the top of all our patterns you’ll find a link to our yarn converter, which is a helpful tool should you wish to use a different yarn than suggested. By filling in the yarn quality you wish to replace, the amount (in your size) and number of strands, the converter will present good alternative yarns with the same knitting tension. Additionally it will tell you how much you’ll require in the new qualities and whether you’ll need to work with multiple strands. Most skeins are 50g (some are 25g or 100g).

If the pattern is worked with multiple colours, every colour will have to be converted separately. Similarly, if the pattern is worked with several strands of different yarns (for example 1 strand Alpaca and 1 strand Kid-Silk) you will have to find alternatives for each, individually.

Click here to see our yarn converter

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5) Why do I get the wrong knitting tension with the suggested needle size?

The needle size provided in the pattern serves only as a guide, the important thing is to follow the knitting tension. And since knitting tension is very individual, you will have to adjust the needle size to ensure that YOUR tension is the same as in the pattern – maybe you’ll have to adjust 1, or even 2 needle sizes, up or down to achieve the correct tension. For this, we recommend that you work test swatches.

Should you work with a different knitting tension than the one provided, the measurements of the finished garment might deviate from the measurement sketch.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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6) Why is the pattern worked top-down?

Working a garment top-down provides more flexibility and room for personal adjustment. For example it is easier to try the garment on while working, as well as making adjustments to length of yoke and shoulder caps.

The instructions are carefully explaining every step, in the correct order. Diagrams are adjusted to the knitting direction and are worked as usual.

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7) Why are the sleeves shorter in larger sizes?

The total width of the garment (from wrist-to-wrist) will be larger in the larger sizes, despite the actual sleeves being shorter. The larger sizes have longer sleeve caps and wider shoulders, so there will be a good fit in all sizes.

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8) What is a repeat?

Diagrams are often repeated on the round or in height. 1 repeat is the diagram the way it appears in the pattern. If it says to work 5 repeats of A.1 in the round, then you work A.1 a total of 5 times after/next to each other in the round. If it says to work 2 repeats of A.1 vertically/in height you work the entire diagram once, then begin again at the start and work the entire diagram one more time.

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9) How do I work according to a knitting diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is read from bottom to top, from right to left. 1 square = 1 stitch.

When working back and forth, every other row is worked from the right side and every other row is worked from the wrong side. When working from the wrong side, the diagram will have to be worked reversed: from left to right, knit stitches are purled, purl stitches are knit etc.

When working in the round every round is worked from the right side and the diagram are worked from right to left on all rounds.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

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10) How do I work according to a crochet diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is worked from bottom to top, from right to left.

When working back and forth every other row is worked from the right side: from right to left and every other row is worked from the wrong side: from left to right.

When working in the round, every row in the diagram are worked from the right side, from right to left.

When working a circular diagram you start in the middle and work your way outwards, counter clockwise, row by row.

The rows usually start with a given number of chain stitches (equivalent to the height of the following stitch), this will either be depicted in the diagram or explained in the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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11) How do I work several diagrams simultaneously on the same row/round?

Instructions for working several diagrams after each other on the same row/round, will often be written like so: “work A.1, A.2, A.3 a total of 0-0-2-3-4 times". This means you work A.1 once, then A.2 is worked once, and A.3 is repeated (in width) the number of times provided for your size – in this case like so: S = 0 times, M = 0 times, L=2 times, XL= 3 times and XXL = 4 times.

The diagrams are worked as usual: begin with the first row in A.1, then work the first row in A.2 etc.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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12) Why does the piece start with more chain stitches than it’s worked with?

Chain stitches are slightly narrower than other stitches and to avoid working the cast-on edge too tight, we simply chain more stitches to begin with. The stitch count will be adjusted on the following row to fit the pattern and measurement sketch.

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13) Why increase before the rib edge when the piece is worked top-down?

The rib edge is more elastic and will contract slightly compared to, for example, stocking stitch. By increasing before the rib edge, you avoid a visible difference in width between the rib edge and the rest of the body.

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14) Why increase in the cast-off edge?

It’s very easy to cast off too tightly, and by making yarn overs while casting off (and simultaneously casting these off) you avoid a too tight cast off edge.

See DROPS video: How to bind off with yarn overs (yo)

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15) How do I increase/decrease on every 3rd and 4th row/round alternately?

To achieve an even increase (or decrease) you can increase on, for example: every 3rd and 4th row alternately, like so: work 2 rows and increase on the 3rd row, work 3 rows and increase on the 4th. Repeat this until the increase is complete.

See DROPS lesson: Increase or decrease 1 st on every 3rd and 4th row alternately

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16) Why is the pattern slightly different than what I see in the photo?

Pattern repeats can vary slightly in the different sizes, in order to get the correct proportions. If you’re not working the exact same size as the garment in the photo, yours might deviate slightly. This has been carefully developed and adjusted so that the complete impression of the garment is the same in all sizes.

Make sure to follow instructions and diagrams for your size!

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17) How can I work a jacket in the round instead of back and forth?

Should you prefer to work in the round instead of back and forth, you may of course adjust the pattern. You’ll need to add steeks mid-front (usually 5 stitches), and follow the instructions. When you would normally turn and work from the wrong side, simply work across the steek and continue in the round. At the end you’ll cut the piece open, pick up stitches to work bands, and cover the cut edges.

See DROPS video: How to knit steeks and cut open

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18) Can I work a jumper back and forth instead of in the round?

Should you prefer to work back and forth instead of in the round, you may of course adjust the pattern so you work the pieces separately and then assemble them at the end. Divide the stitches for the body in 2, add 1 edge stitch in each side (for sewing) and work the front and back pieces separately.

See DROPS lesson: Can I adapt a pattern for circular needles into straight needles?

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19) Why do you show discontinued yarns in the patterns?

Since different yarns have different qualities and textures we have chosen to keep the original yarn in our patterns. However, you can easily find options among our available qualities by using our yarn converter, or simply pick a yarn from the same yarn group.

It is possible that some retailers still have discontinued yarns in stock, or that someone has a few skeins at home that they would like to find patterns for.

The yarn converter will provide both alternative yarn as well as required amount in the new quality.

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20) How do I make a women’s size garment into a men’s size one?

If you have found a pattern you like which is available in women’s size it’s not very difficult to convert it to men’s size. The biggest difference will be the length of sleeves and body. Start working on the women size that you think would fit across the chest. The additional length will be worked right before you cast off for the armhole/sleeve cap. If the pattern is worked top-down you can add the length right after the armhole or before the first decrease on sleeve.

Regarding additional yarn amount, this will depend on how much length you add, but it is better with a skein too many than too few.

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21) How do I prevent a hairy garment from shedding?

All yarns will have excess fibres (from production) that might come off as lint or shedding. Brushed yarns (ie hairier yarns) have more of these loose, excess fibres, causing more shedding.

Shedding also depends on what is worn under or over the garment, and whether this pulls at the yarn fibres. It’s therefore not possible to guarantee that there will be no shedding

Below are some tips on how to get the best result when working with hairier yarns:

1. When the garment is finished (before you wash it) shake it vigorously so the looser hairs come off. NOTE: do NOT use a lint roller, brush or any method that pulls at the yarn.

2. Place the garment in a plastic bag and put it in your freezer - the temperature will cause the fibres to become less attached to each other, and excess fibres will come off easier.

3. Leave in the freezer for a few hours before taking it out and shaking it again.

4. Wash the garment according to the instructions on the yarn label.

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22) Where on the garment is the length measured?

The measurement sketch/schematic drawing provides information regarding the full length of the garment. If it’s a jumper or a jacket the length is measured from the highest point on the shoulder (usually closest to the neckline), and straight down to the bottom of the garment. It is NOT measured from the tip of shoulder. Similarly, the length of yoke is measured from the highest point on the shoulder and down to where yoke is split into body and sleeves.

See DROPS lesson: How to read a schematic drawing

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23) How do I know how many balls of yarn I need?

The required amount of yarn is provided in grams, eg: 450 g. To calculate how many balls you’ll need you first need to know how many grams are in 1 ball (25g, 50g or 100g). This information is available if you click on the individual yarn quality on our pages. Divide the amount required with the amount of each ball. For example, if each ball is 50g (the most common amount), the calculation will be as follows: 450 / 50 = 9 balls.

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Comments / Questions (97)

country flag Valería wrote:

Hola qyuero tejer el top mediterráneo love..pero no se leer los diagramas ..solo entiendo vídeos Tendrías el tutoriales de ese top ..muchas gracias .de ante mano

16.11.2021 - 04:21

DROPS Design answered:

Hola Valeria, no tenemos vídeos tutoriales paso a paso de este patrón, aunque tenemos vídeos, que puedes encontrar bajo las instrucciones de la labor, para ayudarte a realizar la prenda.

21.11.2021 kl. 18:51

country flag Mia wrote:

Hvordan laver man det øverste stykke i diagrammet?

11.09.2021 - 10:49

country flag Amy wrote:

Hello, I'm getting close to finishing this pattern and the button-hole loop has me stumped. I'm kind of a beginner so I just don't understand how to follow these instructions. Can you explain it a little more for me? Where exactly on the back does this loop attach? And how do you start a double crochet with a new piece of yarn? Do you chain first? And how do you finish it off so it stays attached? I'm having trouble understanding this part.

30.08.2021 - 23:11

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Amy, the loop should be made on teh upper corner of the leeft back. You attach the yarn with a dc (UK terms), make 2 chain stitch and yo another dc about half a centimeter away from the first one. I suggest weaving in the ends of the thread, it will make your buttonhole more stable. Happy Stitching!

31.08.2021 kl. 00:36

country flag Gro Buttingsrud wrote:

Hei! Jeg er veldig glad i alle drops-oppskriftene, men det er fryktelig frustrerende at bildet av det jeg lager ikke kommer med når jeg skriver ut oppskriften på papir. Det er jo kjekt å se hvordan det ferdige produktet blir. Jeg må laste ned bildet, lagre det, og så skrive ut bildet for seg selv. Er det noen måte å fikse dette på en enklere måte?

10.07.2021 - 19:08

DROPS Design answered:

Hej Gro, jo når du skriver ud, skal du klikke på "skriv ut" knappen som ligger inde på selve opskriften, lige ved siden af Trenger du hjelp :)

13.07.2021 kl. 14:55

country flag Teresa wrote:

Per favore un chiarimento: prima del diagramma le diminuzioni di 4 m.a. 2 volte, si intende 2 giri o 2 volte una per lato? Grazie mille

25.06.2021 - 16:57

DROPS Design answered:

Buonasera Teresa, deve diminuire 4 maglie a ogni lato su tutte le righe per 2 volte. Buon lavoro!

25.06.2021 kl. 20:48

country flag Zeline wrote:

Bonjour. Merci de votre réponse. C'est bcp plus logique : en imprimant le modèle la dernière instruction du diagramme a disparu. Autre question : Il est écrit de faire 2 B dans la bride centrale du diagramme. Donc on se retrouve au rang suivant avec 2 B de part et d'autre du milieu du diagramme. Dans laquelle faut il faire à nouveau 2 B pour augmenter ? La 1ere ou la 2eme ? Merci

24.06.2021 - 09:51

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Zeline, au 2èime rang, vous crochetez jusqu'à ce qu'il reste 1 maille avant la maille centrale, puis 1 ml, sautez la bride suivante, 2 brides dans la bride suivante, 1 ml, sautez la bride suivante, et continuez avec 1 bride dans chaque bride. Bon crochet!

24.06.2021 kl. 17:32

country flag Zeline wrote:

Bonsoir Je n'ai pas bcp d'expérience au crochet sans être totalement débutante. Pour autant je ne comprends pas bien le diagramme : si un point représente 2 ml, 2 points représentent alors 4ml. Ce qui veut dire que le nb de mailles total du diagramme augmente et ne reste pas constant et égal à 55 .... Pouvez vous m'éclairer car là le dessin de mon diagramme prend une forme bombée ....

23.06.2021 - 22:13

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Zeline, selon la légende du diagramme, 2 points = 3 mailles en l'air (= dernier symbole). Le nombre de mailles du diagramme ne va diminuer que vers la fin, lorsque le point ajouré a atteint les bords et que l'on va diminuer en début/fin de rangs. Pensez à bien crochetez vos mailles en l'air aussi longues que vos brides sont larges, en cas de doute, montrez votre ouvrage à votre magasin, ce sera ainsi plus facile pour eux de pouvoir vous aider. Bon crochet!

24.06.2021 kl. 08:33

country flag Stella wrote:

1. Häkel ich das V in eine Masche vom V aus der unteren Reihe und lasse die zweite aus ? Oder häkeln ich das V in die Schlaufe zwischen den beiden Maschen des V ? 2. Häkel ich ein einfaches oder doppeltes Stäbchen bei dem V ? 3. Häkel ich bei dem äußersten V, das in ein einfaches Stäbchen „I“ kommt ein einfaches oder doppeltes Stäbchen ? 4. im oberen Teil habe ich mehr als 55 Machen. Ist das richtig ? Danke für die Antwort.

02.05.2021 - 15:38

country flag Friederike wrote:

So eine schlechte Anleitung habe ich selten gesehen ! Die Fragen werden auch nicht verständlich beantwortet !!

02.05.2021 - 15:37

country flag Anyluxis wrote:

Buongiorno, io non ho ancora imparato ad usare l'uncinetto ma me la cavo con i ferri, sarebbe quindi possibile realizzare questo lavoro ai ferri oppure no? Ad esempio a cosa corrisponderebbe una catenella? Ringrazio in anticipo.

08.04.2021 - 17:08

DROPS Design answered:

Buonasera Anyluxis, non ci è possibile adattare un modello all'uncinetto alla lavorazione a maglia, può cercare però un modello simile lavorato a maglia. Buon lavoro!

08.04.2021 kl. 17:30

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