Hey peoples! It’s me, Sarah Quilici, the maker behind One Yellow Feather Co. and if you’re reading this then that means I have achieved one of my dreams goals. To be featured on The Hook Nook blog!
My mom taught me how to crochet in the parking lot of a toy store at 5 in the morning. We were waiting for it to open so we could buy beanie babies. Do you remember those?! Anywho, It’s now been 18 years since I started crocheting and I have now just begun dabbling in creating my own patterns.
This idea came to me from a top I saw on Pinterest. It’s called a Jiffy shirt! It looks like it’s a top from the 1920’s or ’30’s and it was such a neat idea that I had to make it my own! The best thing about this crop top is that it can be made to your EXACT measurements!! So I can’t wait to see your color and yarn choices. Craft on, my friends!
Weight 4 yarn (I used "Sweet Divinity" from Hobby Lobby)
This yarn acts like a weight 3 so keep that in mind when purchasing your yarn!
Size 4mm hook
2 Stitch markers
Single crochet (sc)
Half double crochet (hdc)
Double crochet (dc)
Half double crochet 2 together (hdc2tog)
You will be measuring your shirt size by your waist. For reference,
I am 5'3" with a 26 inch waist (I made a small)
Extra small = 23/24 inches across (1,400 yards)
Small = 25/26 inches across (1,400 yards)
Medium = 28/30 inches across (1,500 yards)
Large = 32/34 inches across (1,500 yards)
Extra Large = 36/38 inches across (1,600 yards)
Special stitches; Modified Sedge Stitch
Working in multiples of 2, single crochet and double crochet in the same stitch, every other stitch.
When measuring the strap for your waist size, stretch the foundation chain a little when measuring to ensure a more accurate measurement.
To begin, measure your waist size and then double that measurement. For example, my waist is 26 inches x 2 = 42 inches.
Row 1: Once you have chained double your waist size, hdc in the second chain from your hook and across until the end. Chain 1, turn.
Row 2: Hdc2tog. Hdc until the last 2 stitches. Hdc2tog. Chain 1, turn.
Repeat Row 2, 3 more times. Making a total of 5 rows.
To make sure the body of the pattern is in the middle of the strap, fold your strap in half and measuring from folded half towards the ends, divide your waist size in half and place stitch markers at half your waist measurement.
Make sure you have multiples of 2 between the stitch markers. This is where you will crochet the body of the crop top.
To start the body, join yarn to right side of your strap and chain 1.
Row 1: *Skip hdc stitch and place a sc and a dc into the same stitch.
Repeat from * until you reach your other stitch marker. Chain 1 and turn.
Continue in Sedge Stitch pattern until your work reaches 14 inches or adjust length if you have a longer or shorter body.
Fold your work in half again and measure 5 inches from the center of your work to the outside edge and place stitch markers. The neckline is almost off the shoulders so you can adjust the neckline smaller to your personal preference.
Count how many stitches you have between your stitch markers and make sure to have a multiple of 2.
Work in Sedge stitch pattern until first stitch marker. Chain the number of stitches you need for your neckline and join to where you placed your other stitch marker. Then finish the row in Sedge stitch pattern. Chain 1, turn.
When you work back over your chain stitches be sure to work in the Sedge stitch pattern. Continue in Sedge stitch pattern until back and front are the same length.
Now you will chain stitches for the thinner strap. Chain stitches until your strap is the same length as one side the thicker strap (pictured below). Hdc back over the chain stitches and across the bottom of the crop top. Then chain stitches until you reach the same length as the thicker strap on the other side. Then hdc back to the body of the crop top and slip stitch to the body. Then fasten off and weave in any loose ends you may have.
To wear your crop top, place crop top over your head with the thinner straps in front and the thicker strap in the back. Tie the thinner straps behind you first. Then bring the thicker strap forward and tie in a cute bow in the front!
Can't wait to see your Tea Time Crop Top! Don't forget to tag me in your makes! @oneyellowfeatherco using the hashtag #theteatimecroptop And if you have any questions feel free to get in contact with at firstname.lastname@example.org