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Garden Gal Top Free Crochet Pattern by KT and the Squid

The Garden Gal Top is a free crochet pattern for women size XS through XL. This pattern is great for beginners and would be perfect to wear in the warmer months!

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Sizes
XS(S, M, L, XL)

Garment is shown on a model with a 32” bust in size S. This top is designed to fit with approximately 2” of positive ease.

Sizes, Measurements and Yardage Estimates

Size: Bust, Finished bust, Length, MC yards, CC yards
XS: 28″, 32″, 22.5″, 750 yards, 100 yards
S: 32″, 36″, 23″, 830 yards, 130 yards
M: 36″, 40″, 23″, 912 yards, 155 yards
L: 40″, 44″, 23.5″, 1020 yards, 160 yards
XL: 44″, 48″ 24 “, 1120 yards, 220 yards

Yarn
2 colors Mary Maxim Fresh

Hook
H/5mm hook
G/4mm Hook


Gauge
With H hook:
16 dc by 9 rows = 4” square
With G hook:
18 dc by 11 rows = 4” square
Save time, check your gauge. Gauge is measured after blocking.

Notes
• Please read all instructions before beginning.
• There is no right or wrong side to the stitch pattern but you will pick a side when seaming the shoulders together.
• This top is worked in one piece with little seaming at the shoulders. You will start by working in the round from the bottom up. You will then work the front, then the back, seam the shoulders together and attach the sleeves.
• Pay careful attention to the turns.
• The ch 2 will not count as a st at the beginning of each row/round. When instructions say to join, join with a ss to the first dc of the round.
• Instructions for this top are written for all sizes as XS(S, M, L, XL).
• This pattern is based off standard sizes. If you can, I recommend trying the
top on the recipient as you go so you can make adjustments as needed.
• The G hook will only be used for the sleeves.

Abbreviations
Ch = chain
St = stitch
Ss = slip stitch
Dc = double crochet
Dc2tog = double crochet 2 together
MC = main color
CC = contrasting color

Instructions

Body
With MC and H hook loosely ch 128(144, 160, 176, 192), being careful not to twist, join to the first ch.
Round 1 – Ch 2 (does not count as a st from here on), dc in the 1st ch and every ch around, join. 128(144, 160, 176, 192)
Round 2 – Ch 2, turn, dc in every st around, join, turn 128(144, 160, 176, 192)
Repeat round 2 32(32, 31, 31, 31) more times.

Front
*You will now split for the arm holes and start working in rows.
Row 1 – Ch 2, turn, dc in the 1st 64(72, 80, 88, 96). 64(72, 80, 88, 96)
Repeat row 1 7(8, 9, 10, 11) more times.

Split for Neck
Row 1 – Ch 2, turn, dc in the next 21(23, 25, 27, 31), dc2tog. 22(24, 26, 28, 32)
Row 2 – Ch 1, turn, dc2tog, dc across. 21(23, 25, 27, 31)
Row 3 – Ch 2, turn, dc until 2 sts remain, dc2tog. 20(22, 24, 26, 30)
Row 4 – Repeat row 2. 19(21, 23, 25, 29)
Row 5 – Repeat row 3. 18(20, 22, 24, 28)
Row 6 – Repeat row 2. 17(19, 21, 23, 27)
Row 7 – Repeat row 3, fasten off. 16(18, 20, 22, 26)
Return back to the last row before the split for the neck, skip 18(22, 26, 30, 30) sts, join.
Row 1 – Ch 1, dc2tog, dc across. 22(24, 26, 28, 32)
Row 2 – Ch 2, turn, dc until 2 sts remain, dc2tog. 21(23, 25, 27, 31)
Row 3 – Ch 1, turn, dc2tog, dc across. 20(22, 24, 26, 30)
Row 4 – Repeat row 2, fasten off. 19(21, 23, 25, 29)
Row 5 – Repeat row 3, fasten off. 18(20, 22, 24, 28)
Row 6 – Repeat row 2, fasten off. 17(19, 21, 23, 27)
Row 7 – Repeat row 3, fasten off. 16(18, 20, 22, 26)

Back
Return to the last round of the bottom, join with CC to the next unworked st.
Row 1 – Ch 2, dc in 1st, *skip 1, 2 dc in next; repeat from * until 1 st remains, dc in last. 64(72, 80, 88, 96)
Row 2 – Ch 2, turn, dc in 1st, 2 dc between next 2 dc group across, dc in the last. 64(72, 80, 88, 96)
Repeat row 2 11(12, 13, 14, 16) more times.

Split for Neck
Row 1 – Ch 2, turn, dc in 1st, (2 dc between next 2 dc group) 7(8, 9, 10, 12) times, dc in between the next 2 dc group, dc2tog over the next 2. 17(19, 21, 23, 27)
Row 2 – Ch 1, turn, dc2tog, 2 dc between next 2 dc group across, dc in the last. 16(18, 20, 22, 26)
Row 3 (shoulder seam) – Ss the 16(18, 20, 22, 26) sts of this last row to the corresponding 16(18, 20, 22, 26) sts of the last row of the front, fasten off.
*At this point there is no right or wrong side so just pick a side here
Return back to the last row before the split for the neck, skip 28(32, 36, 40, 40) sts, join.
Row 1 – Ch 1, dc2toc over 1st 2, dc in between the same 2 dc group, (2 dc between next 2 dc group) 7(8, 9, 10, 11) times, dc in the last. 17(19, 21, 23, 25)
Row 2 – Ch 2, turn, dc in 1st, 2 dc between next 2 dc group across, dc2tog over the last 2. 16(18, 20, 22, 26)
Row 3 (shoulder seam) – With wrong side facing ss the 16(18, 20, 22, 26) sts of this last row to the corresponding 16(18, 20, 22, 26) sts of the last row of the front, fasten off.

Sleeves
With right side facing join with MC using the G hook to the end of any row at the arm opening (close to the underarm seam is best).
Round 1 – Ch 2, 2 dc in the end of every round around, join. 60(64, 68, 72, 76)
Round 2 – Ch 2, turn, dc in the end of every st around, join. 60(64, 68, 72, 76)
Repeat round 2 9(9, 8, 7, 6) more times, fasten off.
Repeat for other sleeve.

Finishing
Bottom
With MC and H hook join to the first ch of the foundation ch on the bottom of the top.
Round 1 – Ch 2, working on the opposite side of the foundation ch work 2 dc in 1st, skip 1, *2 dc in next, skip 1; repeat from * around, join. 128(144, 160, 176, 192)
Round 2 – Ss between the 1st 2 dc group, ch 2, 2 dc between the same 2 dc group, 2 dc between the next 2 dc group across, join, fasten off. 128(144, 160, 176, 192)

Neck
With MC and H hook join to any st at the neck.
Round 1 – Ch 1, sc evenly around, join.
Round 2 – Ch 1, sc in every st around, join, fasten off, weave in all ends, block to measurements.

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