Author:
Ulrikke Henninen

Ulrikke is the designer and maker behind @highinfibre. Her passion is to create crochet clothing, and she aims to create simple and chic items that can be made by anyone who sets their mind to it. She also likes to think that crochet can have a meditative, empowering, and even therapeutic effect on your mind. Right?! Ulrikke finds endless possibilities in designing garments, and crocheting feels to her like a much welcomed balance to the culture of fast fashion and unsustainable mass production. Ulrikke is also a professional cellist, with a master’s degree in performing arts, and currently enjoys working at the Norwegian Opera and Ballet.

Halter Neck Crochet Top Pattern

Patterns/DIY
8/13/2018

Hi guys!

I am Ulrikke, the maker and designer behind @highinfibre.

I am so excited to share this crochet pattern for my halter neck top with all of you! This design is particularly dear to me, as it is the first garment pattern I ever created. I started garment designing at the end of 2017, and I haven’t been able to stop ever since! The process of creating something on your own, from an idea to a finished product, is immensely satisfying, and I love the combination of creativity and practical mathematics – it never stops challenging me! If you are interested in seeing my other creations, simply head over to my Instagram, I would love to connect with you!

When I first got the idea for this pattern, I wanted to create something that could be achieved and enjoyed by fellow crocheters of all levels. I love the simplicity of the top, and I must confess that I have one in three different colours! It is the perfect project for occupying yourself on your daily commute, for bingeing your favourite show, or whiling the day away with friends and family. Once you get going, there is very little counting needed, all you need to do is repeat – watch your work grow – and enjoy the process. Sounds good, I know!

MATERIALS:

  • 3.5 mm crochet hook (US E/4, UK 9)
  • Cotton yarn (I used pima cotton): 160 grams (3-4 skeins, suitable for a 3.5 mm hook)
  • Double D-ring buckle (30 mm)
  • 2 snap buttons (sew-on)
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

 

KEY:

(US terms)

CH : chain

SC : single crochet

HDC : half double crochet

DC : double crochet

ST : stitch

SL ST : slip stitch

HALTER NECK CROCHET TOP

Collar

Row 1

Chain 8. Start in the 2nd CH from the hook, HDC across (7). CH 1 and turn.

Row 2 – 53

HDC in the next 7 stitches, chain 1 and turn.

Row 54

HDC in the next 7 stitches. Fasten off.

 

Main part, including waist straps

Row 1

With your work placed sideways, start crocheting in the top of row no. 19 (counting from the rights side towards the left).

CH 1 (not a ST), SC on top of the next 18 rows. CH 1 and turn.

Row 2

HDC in the next 18 stitches. CH 1 and turn.

Row 3

2 HDC in the same ST, HDC in the next 16, 2 HDC in the last ST of this row (22). CH 1 and turn.

Row 4 – 44

2 HDC in the first ST, HDC across, 2 HDC in the last ST. CH 1 and turn.

Row 45

2 HDC in the first ST, HDC in the next 14. CH 1 and turn.

Row 46

HDC in the next 16 stitches. CH 85 (continuing in the same direction).

Row 47

Start in the 2nd CH from the hook. HDC across (to the start of the previous row). CH 1 and turn.

Row 48 – 51

HDC across, CH 1 and turn (you should have 5 rows in total for the waist straps). After the last row of the first strap, fasten off.

For your second waist strap, start in the stitch shown in the photo above.

Row 1

CH 1 (not a ST). Start in the same ST, HDC across (crocheting towards the left). CH 100 (continuing in the same direction).

Row 2

Start in the 2nd CH from the hook. HDC across (to the start of the previous row). CH 1 and turn.

Row 3 – 6

HDC across, CH 1 and turn (5 rows in total for the waist straps). After the last row of the second strap, do not CH 1 quite yet, and do not fasten off! Continuing in the same direction, SL ST in to the next 2 stitches (you will find these right on the other side of the split. Now CH 1 and turn.

Border

SC in the first ST, skip 1 ST, 5 DC in the next ST, skip 1 ST, SC in the next ST. *Skip 1 ST, 5 DC in the next ST, skip 1 ST, SC in the next ST* repeat 18 times. You should end with a SC. Fasten off.

Sew in all your ends.

 

Sew on your snap buttons. Make sure the placement fits nicely around your neck before you sew them on.

 

Sew on your D-ring belt buckle. Make sure it will be placed in the middle of your front when wrapping and securing the straps around your waist. I used a yarn needle and some of the leftover yarn from this project to fasten the buckles by creating a seam right behind the buckles, and along each side of the leftover part of the strap that has been folded over to hold the buckles in place. But feel free to use your own preferred method of course!

 

And you are finished!

I hope you had fun with this little project! Which colour did you choose?! I would love to see your finished projects, fellow crocheters out there! Tag me on Instagram, @highinfibre, and use the hashtag #highinfibrecrochet.

I am so grateful to the Hook Nook Team for giving me the opportunity to share this with the amazing community of makers out there! It really is an amazing platform for inspiration and maker empowerment, and I am so excited to get the opportunity to contribute amongst so many talented and inspiring people. Thank you!

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