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Home : Patterns : Empire Top
 

Free Crochet Pattern: Empire Top

Lion Brand® Lion® Organic Cotton
Pattern #: 70525AD
Rating: *****4.3 (based on 6 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy + (Level 3)

SIZE: Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X
Finished Chest 32 (36, 40, 44, 48) in. (81.5 (91.5, 101.5, 112, 122) cm)
Finished Length 27 1/2 (29, 30 1/2, 32 1/2, 34) in. (70 (73.5, 77.5, 82.5, 86.5) cm)
Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

CORRECTIONS: None
 

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Lion® Organic Cotton

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Lion® Organic Cotton
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*Lion® Organic Cotton (Article #680). 100% Organic Cotton; package size: 1.75oz/50.00 gr. (82yds/75m) pull skeins

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•  680-004 Lion Organic Cotton Yarn: Cypress
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$ 58.41 11, 13, 15, 17 
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Additional Materials
9 buttons 1/2 in. (12 mm) diameter
 

Empire Top

Lion Brand® Lion® Organic Cotton

GAUGE:

18 hdc = 4 in. (10 cm) with smaller hook. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


BAND
With smaller hook, ch 26 (28, 31, 33, 36).
Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across - 24 (26, 29, 31, 34) hdc.
Row 2: Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across.
Rep last row until piece measures 33 (37, 41, 45, 49) in. (84 (94, 104, 114, 124.5) cm) from beg. Fasten off. Overlap the short ends of Band by 1 in. (2.5 cm) and pin to form center back. Sew along one long edge of the overlapped section to secure the 2 layers together along that edge only. Bodice sts will be worked along this joined edge. Overlapped section is center back.
Bodice
From RS with smaller hook, join yarn with sl st at center back.
Rnd 1: Ch 2, work 122 (138, 154, 170, 186) hdc evenly spaced around lower edge of Band; join with sl st in first hdc.
Rnds 2-4: Ch 2, hdc in each st around; join with sl st in first hdc.
Change to larger hook, and rep last rnd until Bodice measures 13 (14, 15, 16, 17) in. (33 (35.5, 38, 40.5, 43) cm) from beg. Fasten off.

Straps
Mark center 6 (6, 6 1/2, 6 1/2, 7) in. (15 (15, 16.5, 16.5, 18) cm) along top front edge of Band.
Right Strap
From RS with smaller hook, join yarn with sl st at left edge of the marked center section.
Row 1: Ch 2, work 13 (15, 15, 18, 18) hdc evenly spaced across 3 (3 1/2, 3 1/2, 4, 4) in. (7.5 (9, 9, 10, 10) cm) towards side edge of Band.
Row 2: Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across. Rep last row until Strap measures 18 (18, 18, 19, 19) in. (45.5 (45.5, 45.5, 48.5, 48.5) cm) from beg. Fasten off.
Left Strap
From RS with smaller hook, join yarn with sl st 3 (3 1/2, 3 1/2, 4, 4) in. (7.5 (9, 9, 10, 10) cm) to right of the marked center section.
Row 1: Ch 2, work 13 (15, 15, 18, 18) hdc evenly spaced across to marked section.
Row 2: Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across. Rep last row until Strap measures 18 (18, 18, 19, 19) in. (45.5 (45.5, 45.5, 48.5, 48.5) cm) from beg. Fasten off.

FINISHING
Weave in ends.
Sew 5 buttons, evenly spaced, along inner edge of center back. Use spaces between sts as buttonholes. Mark center 5 (5, 5 1/2, 5 1/2, 6) in. (12.5 (12.5 (14, 14, 15) cm) along top back edge of Band. Sew 2 buttons, spaced 2 in. (5 cm) apart, on either side of marked section. Use spaces between sts on Straps as buttonholes.


 
ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
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beg = begin(s)(ning) ch(s) = chain(s)
hdc = half double crochet rep = repeat(s)(ing)
rnd(s) = round(s) RS = right side
sl st = slip stitch st(s) = stitch(es)


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Ratings and Reviews
Pattern Average Rating: *****4.3 (based on 6 reviews)
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Empire Top Reviewed by Tanya Boynetskiy on 2012-04-21 ***
I was excited about doing this pattern, it was my first attempt doing an adult top. I used a worsted weight yarn but not cotton, I'm not sure what it was, but it didn't turn out the way I expected it to. the sleeves were too long and it was kind of stiff. It's a cute top and maybe adjusting the sleeves the right length for each person and using a softer yarn would make it more appealing. Great pattern but needs to be customized for each individual person.


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