PINEAPPLE LACE TANK TOP
Uses size 10 cotton crochet thread (approximately 1,000 yards) and size 3 hook for lower body and size 5 hook for top section to get slight flair Instructions given for medium size. Increasing or decreasing stitches or hook size will produce a larger or smaller top.
MOTIF 1 – multiple of 8 stitches x 3 for basic body pattern (multiple of 24 needed for this motif). SIZE MEDIUM: Using a size 3 needle, chain 288 and carefully join. Chain 3 for first dc on each row. Join each completed row with a slip stitch. Complete motif is 4 rows. When work measures 5” ending on row 4, change hook to size 5 and work 5 more rows to end this motif on a row 1.
Now to prepare for pineapple motif , at join, chain 1, single crochet (SC) in join, chain (ch) 5 and sc in center stitch of ch 3 on previous row, chain 5 and sc in 3rd dc of group of 5 dc of previous row. Continue around garment, joining with slip stitch. Sip into center chain of first motif and begin motif 2 according to graph below. Note larger lines are dc, smaller are sc.
BACK neckline: join at edge of underarm opening and work in pattern for 7 rows of shells before again dividing work for back neckline as you did the front. Straps will be 2 rows shorter than the front because the body is 2 rows longer. When front and back are complete, join straps, weave in ends.
Turn work over and using size 3 hook, work chain 5 loops on the bottom as you did on the top of motif 1. Begin pineapple motif again and work 6 rows are before. The last 4 rows of each pineapple are worked without connecting them. Join thread in the outer shell, complete 4 rows and fasten off. This will leave you an open hem
Edge neck and armholes with: join with sl st at shoulder, ch 1 sc in join, ch 3 & dc in 1st chain, sc in edge of work about 1/3 of an inch from previous sc. Continue around and join to first sc, fasten off and weave in edges.
I recommend blocking, I pin the garment to achieve desired dimensions and spray with water to dampen. Allow to dry and then remove pins. Blocking relaxes the stitches, pulls edging into preferred definition and sizes the garment for a professional look.
These are the suggested measurements for standard sizing. Use them as a guideline for designing your garment. I encourage you to modify, alter or otherwise make this pattern unique to yourself. You may sell your finished items but I would appreciate a mention as designer.
Copyright 2012 by Loye’s Thead