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Fun Day Tank: Free Crochet Pattern | KT and the Squid

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Sizes

4(6, 8, 10, 12)

To fit chest: 23(25, 27, 28, 30)”

Finished chest: 25(27, 29, 30, 32)”

Length: 16(16.5, 18.5, 20, 21)”

Yarn

DK/Light #3 weight yarn
Sample is done in Bernat Cotton-ish

Hook

I/5.5mm hook

Gauge

12 esc by 11 rows = 4” square

Save time and check your gauge!

Abbreviations

Ch = chain
St = stitch
Ss = slip stitch
Sc = single crochet
Esc = extended single crochet
MC = main color
CC = contrasting color


Special Stitches

Extended Single Crochet (esc): Insert hook into st indicated, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 1 loop on hook, yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook.

Triangle: Yarn over, insert hook into first st indicated, pull up a loop, (yarn over, insert hook into next st, pull up a loop) twice, yarn over pull through all 7 loops on the hook.

Picot: Ch 3, ss into the 3rd ch from hook.

Notes

  • Please read all instructions before beginning.
  • 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 back, then the front, seam the shoulders together and add the trim.
    This pattern is based off standard sizes.
  • Carry the MC throughout (do not fasten off). If you are only using 1 CC you can carry it as well. If you are using more than one CC fasten off when changing colors.
  • The ch 2 at the beginning of a round or row counts as an esc.
  • Pattern is written for all sizes as 4(6, 8, 10, 12)

Instructions

Bottom

With MC loosely ch 76(80, 88, 92, 96), being careful not to twist, join to the first ch.

Round 1 – Ch 2 (counts as an esc from here on), esc in the next chain and every ch around, join to the top of the beg ch-2. 76(80, 88, 92, 96)

Round 2 – With CC loosely ch 1 (does not count as a st from here on), make a triangle in the last st of the previous round and the first 2 sts, ch 2, *make a triangle in the same st of the last st of the previous triangle and the next 2 sts, ch 2: Repeat from * around, join to the top of the first triangle. 38(40, 44, 46, 48) triangles and 38(40, 44, 46, 48) ch-2 spaces

Round 3 – With MC ss into the first ch-2 space, ch 2 (counts as an esc), esc in the same ch-2 space, 2 esc in each ch-2 space around, join to the top of the beg ch. 76(80, 88, 92, 96)

Repeat round 2 and 3, 11(12, 14, 15, 16) more times.
You will have 25(27, 31, 33, 35) total rounds.
Do not fasten off.

Back

*You will now split for the arm holes and start working in rows.

Row 1 – Ch 2 (counts as an esc from here on), skip next st, esc in the next 32(34, 36, 38, 40), skip 1 st, esc in the next. 34(36, 38, 40, 42)

Row 2 – Ch 2, turn, skip next st, esc across until 2 sts remain, skip next st, esc in the top of the turning ch. 32(34, 36, 38, 40)

Repeat row 2, 5 more times. 22(24, 26, 28, 30)

Next Row – Ch 2, turn, esc in the next st and every st across. 22(24, 26, 28, 30)

Repeat the last row 4(5, 7, 8, 10) more times. 22(24, 26, 28, 30)

Split for Neck

Row 1 – Ch 2, turn, esc in the next 3(3, 3, 4, 4) sts. 4(4, 4, 5, 5)

Rows 2-3 – Repeat row 1. 4(4, 4, 5, 5)
Fasten off.

Second strap

Return to the last row before the split for the neck, skip 14(16, 18, 18, 20) sts, join with MC.

Row 1 – Ch 2, turn, esc in the next 3(3, 3, 4, 4) sts. 4(4, 4, 5, 5)

Rows 2-3 – Repeat row 1. 4(4, 4, 5, 5)
Fasten off.

Front

Return to the last round of the bottom, skip 2(2, 3, 3, 3), join with MC to the next unworked st.

Repeat rows 1-2 of the back. 32(34, 36, 38, 40)

Repeat row 2, 5 more times. 22(24, 26, 28, 30)

Next Row – Ch 2, turn, esc in the next st and every st across. 22(24, 26, 28, 30)

Repeat the last row 1(1, 3, 4, 6) more times. 22(24, 26, 28, 30)

Split for Neck

Row 1 – Ch 2, turn, esc in the next 4(4, 4, 5, 5), skip next st, esc in the next. 6(6, 6, 7, 7)

Row 2 – Ch 2, turn, esc in the next st and every st across. 6(6, 6, 7, 7)

Row 3 – Ch 2, turn, esc in the next 3(3, 3, 4, 4), skip next st, esc in last. 5(5, 5, 6, 6)

Row 4 – Repeat row 2. 5(5, 5, 6, 6)

Row 5 – Ch 2, esc in the next 2(2, 2, 3, 3), skip next st, esc in last. 4(4, 4, 5, 5)

Row 6-7 – Repeat row 2. 4(4, 4, 5, 5)

Last row (shoulder seam) – With wrong side facing ss the 4(4, 4, 5, 5) sts of this last row to the corresponding 4(4, 4, 5, 5) sts of the last row of the back, fasten off.

Second strap

Return to the last row before the split for the neck, skip 8(10, 12, 12, 14) sts, join with MC.

Row 1 – Ch 2, skip 1 st, esc in the next 5(5, 5, 6, 6). 6(6, 6, 7, 7)

Row 2 – Ch 2, esc in the next st and every st across. 6(6, 6, 7, 7)

Row 3 – Ch 2, skip next st, esc in the next 4(4, 4, 5, 5). 5(5, 5, 6, 6)

Row 4 – Repeat row 2. 5(5, 5, 6, 6)

Row 5 – Ch 2, skip next st, esc in the next 3. 4(4, 4, 5, 5)

Row 6-7 – Repeat row 2. 4(4, 4, 5, 5)

Last row (shoulder seam) – With wrong side facing ss the 4(4, 4, 5, 5) sts of this last row to the corresponding 4(4, 4, 5, 5) sts of the last row of the back, fasten off.

Applique (same for all sizes)

Round 1 – With CC (orange) work 6 sc into a magic loop, join to the first sc. (6)

Round 2 – Ch 1, 2 sc in each st around, join. (12)

Round 3 – Ch 1, sc in the fisrt, 2 sc in the next * sc in the next, 2 sc in the next; repeat from * around, join to the first sc. (18)

Round 4 – With CC (yellow) loosely ch 1, work a triangle in the last st of the previous round and the first 2 sts, ch 3, * work a triangle in the same st as the last st of the previous triangle and the next 2 sts, ch 3; repeat from * around, join to the top of the first triangle. (9 triangles, 9 ch-3 spaces)

Round 5 – Ch 1, 4 sc in the first ch-3 space, work a picot, *4 sc in the next ch-3 space, work a picot; repeat from * around, join to the first sc. (36 sc, 9 picots)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Finishing

Bottom

With CC join to the first ch of the foundation ch on the bottom of the top. You will now work into the unworked sts of the foundation ch.

Round 1 – Loosely ch 1 (does not count as a st from here on), make a triangle in the last ch of the foundation ch and the first 2 chs, ch 2, *make a triangle in the same ch as the last st of the previous triangle and the next 2 chs, ch 2; Repeat from * around, join to the top of the first triangle. 38(40, 44, 46, 48) triangles and 37(40, 43, 45, 48) ch-2 spaces

Round 2 – With MC ch 1, 2 sc in the first ch-2 space, 2 sc in the next ch-2 space, work a picot, *(2 sc in the next ch-2 space) twice, work a picot; repeat from * around, join to the first sc. 76(80, 88, 92, 96) sc and 19(20, 22, 23, 24) picots
Fasten off.

Neck (same for all sizes)

With MC join to any st at the neck.

Round 1 – Ch 1, sc evenly around, join, fasten off.

Arms

With MC join to any st at the arm.

Repeat just as you did for the neck, repeat on the other side, fasten off.

Applique

Sew applique onto the front middle of the top. You may find it helpful to pin the applique in place.

Block, weave in all ends.

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