Half-Double Crochet Halter Top
See-through tops! A major problem in crochet. If you wear a shirt underneath it just doesn’t look the same. If you only wear your bra underneath you can be perceived as a harlot or some other choice words. If you wear nothing underneath, my personal favorite, there might be some “accidents”. Ways I have remedied this problem in the past are very tight stitches, sewing a backing on my pieces and cutting the straps off bras and sewing the cups directly into my pieces. This top I chose something a little different, half double crochet stitches.
This stitch is not anything new or crazy, but I have always hated them because they take twice as much yarn and are just as slow progressing as single crochet stitches. However, they are tighter and are not see-through! Hurray a solution. So yes, the pattern you are about to read uses more yarn than a my other halter pattern and it will be slightly more tedious, but you will not have any “accidents”. Of course I could not bare the idea of no skin showing so the side panels show a little skin and it is cropped. If you don’t want to show any skin, you can easily modify the pattern to not skip any stitches and create more rows for a longer bodice.
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Level — Beginner
Yarn — Sugar’n Cream 2 skeins
Cost — Roughly $6
3.75 MM Hook
1 HDC in each st until the end of the row
Ch 1 in the same st insert 1 HDC, 1 HDC in each st until the end of row, in the last st 2 HDC total. Repeat this pattern for 8 more rows.
Ch 1, 1 HDC in each st until end of row. Repeat this pattern for 25 more rows or until top is desired length.
Border the top with a row of SC making your own spaces in with your hook. Join the border with a ss.
On the first side of your top (where you joined the border) Ch 5, skip 1 st, in the next st 1 TR, *Ch 1, skip 1, 1 TR. Repeat from * until you’ve reached the 10th row from the top. Repeat this sequence for one more row.
Ch 1, 1 HDC in each st until end of row. In the rows to come you will insert 1 HDC in each st until the end of the row while eliminating 2 stitches from the middle of the row with at least one HDC in between the stitches you skip. This will cause the side panels to narrow. Continue eliminating stitches until you have 5 stitches in your last row. Cut and tie off your work.
Inserting your hook into the other side of your top you will repeat the pattern for the side panel beginning with chaining 5 and a row of TR-skip, TR-skip. Once you have completed your other side panel cut off work and tie.
Ch 150 in the same color and cut and tie of work. Ch 250 in same color and cut and tie off work.
In your second color start another border row of SC. When you reach the neck of your top, SC around your 150 st length chain. This will be your ties around your neck.
When you reach the end of your new color SC border row join with a ss. You will do one more row in your second color only on the bottom of your shirt. This row will be a Shell Stitch Pattern.
Starting in the bottom right hand corner Ch 3 and insert to DC in the same st, skip two st, in the next st 1 SC. *Skip 2 st, in the next st 5 DC, skip 2 st, in the next st 1 SC. Repeat from * until you’ve reached the last st. If you ended on a 1 SC tie off your work and cut. If instead you end on the 5 DC, mimic the first st of the row with 3 DC instead of the full 5 and cut off your work and tie.
Finally use the Ch of 250 stitches and weaving the string through your stitch create a corset back.
Sew in your ends and you are done!
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