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Boisfort Top for Girls Free Crochet Pattern by KT and the Squid

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The Boisfort Top is a ¾ length sleeve, bottom up construction sweater made in one piece. Designed with stripes and a button detail on the sleeve this is an ideal everyday sweater. This sweater is made with sport weight yarn making it the ideal medium weight sweater for spring and fall. The intermediate crocheter starting out making garments will find this pattern just right with the double crochet stitches and the simple color changes.

Sizes

2 (4, 6, 8, 10)

Fits chest 21 (23, 25, 26, 28)”
Finished chest measures 27 (29, 31, 32, 34)”

Garment is shown on a model with a 26” chest in size 6. This top is designed to fit with 6” of positive ease.

Yarn

Cascade Yarns Heritage 150 (75% superwash merino wool/25% nylon; 150g/492yds; sport/fine/2 weight)

  • #5618 Snow (color A) – 1(1, 2, 2, 2) balls

  • #5655 Como Blue (color B) – 1(1, 2, 2, 2) balls

Hook

US Size F- (3.75 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge

Other Materials

Tapestry needle

2 (1/2”) buttons

Gauge

20 dc x 11 rows = 4″ (blocked)

Save time, check your gauge.

Notes

This sweater is worked from the bottom up in one piece.

Abbreviations

fdc = foundation single crochet

sc(s) = single crochet(s)

st(s) = stitch(es)

ch = chain

FLO = front loop only

dc = double crochet

fpdc = front post double crochet

bpdc = back post double crochet

dc2tog = double crochet 2 together

Special Stitches

Foundation Double Crochet (Fdc): Ch 3, Yarn over, insert hook into the 3rd ch from hook, yarn over, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 1 loop on hook (this makes the ch), (yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook) twice (completes the dc).

Next Fdc: Yarn over, insert hook under the 2 loops of the ch of the last st and pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 1 loop, (yarn over pull through 2 loops) twice.

Stripe Pattern

Work 2 rows/rounds in color A, then 2 rows/rounds in color B throughout the top.

To change color, work to the last step of the last st before the color change. Draw up a loop of the new color to complete the st and continue with pattern.

Drop the unused color at the end of each stripe and carry it up through the inside of the sweater. Do not fasten off unless instructed.

Instructions

Bottom

Remember to follow the stripe pattern above.

Round 1 (WS): With color A, fdc 136 (146, 154, 162, 172), being careful not to twist, join with a slip st to the first fdc. 136 (146, 154, 162, 172)

Round 2 (RS): Ch 2 (does not count as a st from here on), turn, dc in every fdc around, join with a slip st to the first st. 136 (146, 154, 162, 172)

Round 3: Ch 2, turn, dc in every dc around, join with a slip st to the first st. 136 (146, 154, 162, 172)

Repeat round 3, until you have 24 (28, 32, 34, 38) total rounds.

Split for Arm Openings

You will now work in rows to split for the arm openings. Continue working in the stripe pattern.

Back

Turn, skip 3 sts from fasten off, join with the next color in the stripe pattern.

Row 1: Ch 2, dc in the first 62 (67, 71, 75, 80).

Row 2: Ch 2, turn, dc in every st across. 62 (67, 71, 75, 80)

Repeat row 2, until you have 6 (8, 8, 10, 10) total rows.

Split for Neck (back)

Row 1: Ch 2, turn, dc in the first 15 (15, 17, 19, 19), dc2tog. 16 (16, 18, 20, 20)

Row 2: Ch 2, turn, dc in every st across. 16 (16, 18, 20, 20)

Fasten off.

With wrong side facing, return to the last row of the back (before the split for neck), skip 28 (33, 33, 33, 38) and join with the next color in the stripe pattern.

Row 1: Ch 1, dc2tog, dc in each remaining st. 16 (16, 18, 20, 20)

Row 2: Ch 2, turn, dc in every st across. 16 (16, 18, 20, 20)

Fasten off.

Front

With wrong side facing, return back to the last round of the bottom, skip 6 sts from the first row of the back, join with the next color in the stripe pattern.

Row 1: Ch 2, dc in the first 62 (67, 71, 75, 80).

Row 2: Ch 2, turn, dc in every st across. 62 (67, 71, 75, 80)

Repeat row 2, until you have 4 (4, 4, 6, 4) total rows.

Split for Neck (Front)

Row 1: Ch 2, turn, dc in the first 18 (20, 22, 24, 26), dc2tog. 19 (21, 23, 25, 27)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, dc2tog, dc in each remaining st. 18 (20, 22, 24, 26)

Row 3: Ch 2, turn, dc in each st until 2 sts remain, dc2tog. 17 (19, 21, 23, 25)

Row 4: Repeat row 2. 16 (18, 20, 22, 24)

Repeat rows 3 and 4 consecutively until you have 4 (6, 6, 6, 8) total rows.

Last row: With the same color as the previous row, slip st the last row to the last row of the back on the same side.

Fasten off.

With wrong side facing, return to the last row of the front (before the split for Neck), skip 22 (23, 23, 23, 24) and join with the next color in the stripe pattern.

Row 1: Ch 1, dc2tog, dc in each remaining st. 19 (21, 23, 25, 27)

Row 2: Ch 2, turn, dc in each st until 2 sts remain, dc2tog. 18 (20, 22, 24, 26)

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, dc2tog, dc in each remaining st. 17(19, 21, 23, 25)

Row 4: Ch 2, turn, dc in each st until 2 sts remain, dc2tog. 16 (18, 20, 22, 24)

Repeat rows 3 and 4 consecutively until you have 4(6, 6, 6, 8) total rows.

Last row: With the same color as the previous row, slip st the last row to the last row of the back on the same side.

Fasten off.

Sleeves

Continue working in the stripe pattern.

With wrong side facing join with color A to the 4th unworked stitch of the last row of the bottom.

Round 1: Ch 2, dc in the first 3 sts, evenly dc around the arm opening placing 3 dc per stripe, dc in the last 3 sts, join with a slip st to the first st. 30 (36, 36, 42, 42)

Rounds 2-4: Ch 2, turn, dc in each st around, join with a slip st to the first st. 30 (36, 36, 42, 42)

Round 5: Ch 2, turn, dc2tog, dc in each remaining st around, join with a slip st to the first st. 29 (35, 35, 41, 41)

Round 6-9: Ch 2, turn, dc in each st around, join with a slip st to the first st. 29 (35, 35, 41, 41)

Repeat rounds 5-9, until you have 15 (21, 23, 23, 27) total rounds. 27 (32, 32, 38, 37)

Last Round: Ch 1, turn, fpdc in the first st, bpdc in the next, *fpdc in the next, bpdc in the next; repeat from * around, join with a slip st to the first st. 27 (32, 32, 38, 37)

Fasten off, repeat on the other side.

Back Bottom Trim

Continue working in the stripe pattern.

With right side facing, join with color B to unworked side of the first fdc.
Row 1 (RS): Ch 1, dc2tog, dc in the next 64 (69, 73, 77, 82), dc2tog. 66 (71, 75, 79, 84)

Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, turn, dc2tog, dc in each st until 2 sts remain, dc2tog. 64 (69, 73, 77, 82)

Repeat row 2, 4 more times

Fasten off.

Front Bottom Trim

Join with color B to the next unworked fdc of the bottom.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 of the Back Bottom Trim until you have 4 rows.

Last Round: With color B, ch 1, turn, evenly sc around the bottom, join.

Fasten off.

Neck trim

Round 1: With right side facing, join with color B to any stitch of the neck opening, ch 1, evenly sc around the entire neck opening, join with a slip st to the first st.

Round 2: Ch 1, working in the FLO, sc in each st around, join with a slip st to the first st.

Repeat round 2, 2 more times.

Fasten off.

Button Loops (make 2)

With color B, ch 24.

Round 1: 3 sc in the 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch until 1 ch remains, (sc, ch 3, sc) in last ch, working in the opposite side of the ch, sc in the next ch, sc in each remaining ch until 1 ch remains, skip the last ch (the one with 3 scs) join with a slip st to the first st.

The ch-3 space will be the button hole.

Round 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in the first 3 sts, sc in each st to the ch-3 space, 4 sc in the ch-3 space, sc in each remaining st, join with a slip st to the first st.

Fasten off, leave tail for sewing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finishing

Block, weave in all ends (leave one tail on the button loop on the side without the button hole for sewing).

Place the end of the button loop without the buttonhole on the inside of the 5th stripe from the bottom of the sleeve and the button on the outside of the sleeve in the same place. Use the untrimmed end to sew the button loop and the button on at the same time.

Sew the button loop higher or lower on the sleeve for a more or less scrunched up sleeve.