Caron® Knit Botanico Top
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Caron® Knit Botanico Top

NaturallyCaron.com’s Spa is the ideal weight for a sping/summer top. Designed by Margret Willson
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Material List

  • Naturally Caron.com Spa- Soft Sunshine 12 (15, 15, 18, 21) oz
  • One Pair Size US 5 (3.75 Mm), Or Size to Obtain Gauge
  • One Pair Size US 3 (3.25 Mm)
  • Crochet Hook Size US E-4 (3.5 Mm), For Trim
  • Yarn Needle
 

Project Instructions

Step: 1

SIZES: Small (Medium, Large, 1X, 2X)


Step: 2

KNITTED MEASUREMENTS


Step: 3

Bust 35 (39, 43, 47, 51)"


Step: 4

Length 20 (20 1/2, 21, 21 1/4, 21 3/4)"


Step: 5

GAUGE


Step: 6

In Dew Drop stitch, using larger needles, 24 sts and 32 rows = 4"/10 cm


Step: 7

ABBREVIATIONS


Step: 8

yo (yarn over - Knit): Worked between 2 purl sts - yarn back (to the knit position), yarn forward between the needles (to the purl position), purl next st.


Step: 9

yo (yarn over - Crochet): Wrap the yarn around the hook, then work appropriate stitch.


Step: 10

SPECIAL TECHNIQUES


Step: 11

sc2tog (decrease): Single crochet 2 together - [Insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop] 2 times, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.


Step: 12

KNIT STITCHES USED


Step: 13

2 x 2 Rib (multiple of 4 sts)


Step: 14

Row 1 (WS): K1, p2, * k2, p2, repeat from * across, end k1.


Step: 15

Row 2: Knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts as they face you.


Step: 16

Repeat Row 2 for 2 x 2 rib.


Step: 17

Dew Drop Stitch (multiple of 4 sts)


Step: 18

Rows 1 and 3 (RS): Knit.


Step: 19

Row 2: P1, * yo, p2, pass yo over the 2 purl sts, p2; repeat from * across, end last repeat p1 instead of p2.


Step: 20

Row 4: P3, *yo, p2, pass yo over the 2 purl stitches, p2, repeat from * across, end last repeat p3 instead of p2.


Step: 21

Repeat Rows 1 - 4 for Dew Drop st.


Step: 22

CROCHET STITCHES USED


Step: 23

Chain (ch): Begin by making a slip knot on your hook. * Yarn over and pull up a loop, (e.g. draw the yarn through the loop on the hook to form the first chain); repeat from * for number of chains required.


Step: 24

Note: The loop on the hook is not included when counting the number of chains.


Step: 25

Double Crochet (dc): Yarn over hook, insert hook into stitch indicated, yarn over and pull up a loop, [yarn over and draw through two loops on hook] twice.


Step: 26

Dc-Cluster: Keeping last loop of each dc on hook (e.g. - yarn over hook, insert hook into stitch indicated, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through two loops on hook, leaving last loop of dc on hook), dc in next sc, skip next sc, dc in sc2tog of previous row, skip next sc, dc in next sc, yarn over and draw through all 4 loops on hook.


Step: 27

Single Crochet (sc): Insert hook in stitch indicated, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through both loops on hook.


Step: 28

Slip Stitch (slip st): Insert hook in the stitch indicated, yarn over and draw through both the stitch and the loop on the hook.


Step: 29

BACK


Step: 30

Using smaller needles, cast on 104 (116, 128, 140, 152) sts.


Step: 31

(WS) Begin 2x2 rib; work even until piece measures 3" from beginning, end with a WS row.


Step: 32

(RS) Change to larger needles and Dew Drop st; work even until piece measures 12 (12, 12, 11 3/4, 11 3/4)" from beginning, end with a WS row.


Step: 33

Shape Armholes


Step: 34

(RS) Bind off 6 (6, 8, 10, 12) sts at beginning of next 2 rows—92 (104, 112, 120, 128) sts remain.


Step: 35

(RS) Dec 1 st each side every other row 2 (4, 6, 8, 10) times— 88 (96, 100, 104, 108) sts remain.


Step: 36

Work even until armhole measures 7 1/2 (8, 8 1/2, 9, 9 1/2)" from beginning of shaping, end with a WS row.


Step: 37

Shape Shoulders and Neck


Step: 38

(RS) Bind off 9 (9, 11, 11, 11) sts at beginning of next 2 rows, then 8 (9, 9, 10, 11) sts at beginning of next 4 rows for shoulders—38 (42, 42, 42, 42) sts remain for neck.


Step: 39

Bind off remaining sts.


Step: 40

FRONT


Step: 41

Work as for Back to armholes, ending with a WS row; place a marker (pm) between 2 center sts.


Step: 42

Shape Armholes and Neck


Step: 43

(RS) Bind off 6 (6, 8, 10, 12) sts at beginning of next 2 rows for armholes, and AT THE SAME TIME, on first row, knit across to marker; remove marker, join second ball of yarn, knit to end—46 (52, 56, 60, 64) sts each side of center Front.


Step: 44

(RS) Working both sides at same time, at armhole edges, dec 1 st each side every other row 2 (4, 6, 8, 10) times as for Back; and AT SAME TIME, beginning this row, dec 1 st each neck edge every other row 12 (14, 12, 10, 8) times, then every 4 rows 7 (7, 9, 11, 13) times—25 (27, 29, 31, 33) sts remain each shoulder.


Step: 45

Work even until armhole measures 7 1/2 (8, 8 1/2, 9, 9 1/2)" from beginning of shaping, end with a WS row.


Step: 46

Shape Shoulders


Step: 47

(RS) Bind off 9 (9, 11, 11, 11) sts at beginning of next 2 rows, then 8 (9, 9, 10, 11) sts at beginning of next 4 rows.


Step: 48

SLEEVES


Step: 49

Using smaller needles, cast on 80 (84, 88, 92, 96) sts.


Step: 50

(WS) Begin 2 x 2 rib; work even until piece measures 1 1/2" from beginning, end with WS row.


Step: 51

(RS) Change to larger needles and Dew Drop st; work even until piece measures 3" from beginning, end with a WS row.


Step: 52

Shape Cap


Step: 53

(RS) BO 6 (6, 8, 10, 12) sts at beginning of next 2 rows—68 (72, 72, 72, 72) sts remain.


Step: 54

(RS) Maintaining st pattern, dec 1 st each side every other row 30 (34, 34, 38, 38) times—38 (38, 38, 34, 34) sts remain.


Step: 55

(RS) Bind off 5 (5, 5, 4, 4) sts at beginning of next 4 rows—18 sts remain.


Step: 56

Bind off remaining sts.


Step: 57

FINISHING


Step: 58

Block pieces to measurements, being careful not to flatten texture. Sew shoulder seams. Set in sleeves; sew sleeve and side seams.


Step: 59

Neck Edging (Crochet)


Step: 60

With RS facing, using hook, join yarn with a slip st at right shoulder seam;


Step: 61

Round 1: Sc in each st across Back neck; working down left Front neck shaping, * sc in each of next 3 sts, skip next st; repeat from * to within 1 st of lower Front neck; work sc2tog in last st on left Front and first st on right Front; repeat from * up right Front to shoulder seam, join with slip st in beg-sc.


Step: 62

Round 2: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1) [skip next sc, dc in next sc, ch 1]; repeat between [ ] to within 3 sts of sc2tog at lower Front neck; work dc-cluster over center Front, ch 1; repeat between [ ] up right Front, join with slip st in third ch of beginning ch-4.


Step: 63

Round 3: Work 2 sc in each ch-1 space around, skipping dc-Cluster at Front neck, join with a slip st in beginning sc.


Step: 64

Fasten off.


Step: 65

Tie


Step: 75

Chain 75; fasten off.


Step: 76

Tie in bow knot and tack in place.


Step: 66

Using yarn needle, weave in all ends.


Tips

Use a contrasting color drawstring around the neck for accent.