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lion brand® pound of love® viveca crochet top

Delight your favorite person with their very own stylish top! You only need one skein of Lion Brand® Pound of Love® along with the pattern below (and a few tools) to make this Viveca Crochet Top. Just pick your color and get started!
Step 1

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS:

S-L (1X-2X)

   -  Finished Bust About 52 (63) in. (132 (160) cm)
   -  Finished Front Length About 22 (23) in. (56 (58.5) cm)
   -  Finished Back Length About 28 (29) in. (71 (73.5) cm)

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Note: Pattern is written for smallest size, with changes for larger size in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to both sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

GAUGE: 14 sts + 7 rows = about 4 in. (10 cm) in Mesh and Cluster pattern; be sure to check your gauge. 

Step 2

STITCH EXPLANATION:
   -  3/3 FPTR-LC (3 over 3 front post treble crochet left cross) Sk next 3 sts, FPTR around each of next 3 sts; working in front of the 3 sts just made, FPTR around each of the 3 skipped sts.

   -  3/3 FPTR-RC (3 over 3 front post treble crochet right cross) Sk next 3 sts, FPTR around each of next 3 sts; working behind the 3 sts just made, FPTR around each of the 3 skipped sts.
   -  dc2tog-over-3 (dc 2 together worked over 3 sts) Yarn over, insert hook in next st and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops, sk next st (the skipped st could be a ch-1 sp or Cl), yarn over, insert hook in next st and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook – 2 sts decreased.
   -  Cl (3 double crochet cluster) Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook (2 loops rem on hook), (yarn over, insert hook in same st, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice; yarn over and draw through all 4 loops on hook.
   -  FPDC (front post double crochet) Yarn over, insert hook from front to back then to front, going around post of indicated st, draw up a loop, (yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice.
   -  BPTR (back post treble crochet) Yarn over twice, insert hook from back to front then to back, going around post of indicated st, draw up a loop, (yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook) 3 times.
   -  FPTR (front post treble crochet) Yarn over twice, insert hook from front to back then to front, going around post of indicated st, draw up a loop, (yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook) 3 times.
Step 3

PATTERN STITCH:

Cable Pattern (worked over 9 sts):

Row 1 (WS): BPTR around each of next 9 sts.

Row 2: FPTR-RC, FPDC around each of next 3 sts.

Row 3: Rep Row 1.

Row 4: FPDC around each of next 3 sts, FPTR-LC

Row 5: Rep Row 1.

Rep Rows 2-5 for Cable pattern.

 

Mesh and Cluster Pattern:

Row 1 (WS): Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), turn, sk first ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, *(ch 1, sk next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc) to 1 ch-1 sp before next Cl, Cl in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, sk next Cl, dc in next dc, Cl in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc; rep from * until all Cl have been worked over, (ch 1, sk next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc) to beg ch-sp, ch 1, sk first ch of beg ch-sp, dc in next ch.

Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), turn, sk first ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, *(ch 1, sk next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc) to next Cl, ch 1, sk next Cl, dc in next dc, Cl in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, sk next Cl, dc in next dc; rep from * until all Cl have been worked over, (ch 1, sk next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc) to beg ch-sp, ch 1, dc in 3rd ch of beg ch-4.

Rep Rows 1 and 2 for Mesh and Cluster pattern.

 

NOTES:

   -  Top is worked in 2 pieces: Back and Front.
   -  Each piece is worked back and forth in rows, beg at lower edge. The Back is worked in Mesh and Cluster pattern. Front is worked same as Back, with Cable pattern worked in the center of the Mesh and Cluster pattern.
   -  The Back is designed to be longer than the Front.
   -  When you see 'work in pattern as established' in the instructions, this means to work the next row of the pattern sts, lining up sts as in previous rows.
   -  For those who find visuals helpful, we've included stitch diagrams. 
Step 4

BACK

Ch 94 (114).

Set Up Row (RS): Dc in 6th ch from hook (5 skipped chains count as 1 base ch, dc, ch 1), (ch 1, sk next ch, dc in next ch) 3 (2) times, *Cl in next ch, dc in next ch, (ch 1, sk next ch, dc in next ch) 8 (7) times; rep from * 3 (5) more times, Cl in next ch, dc in next ch, (ch 1, sk next ch, dc in next ch) 4 (3) times – you will have 46 (56) dc, 40 (48) ch-1 sps, and 5 (7) Cl in this row.

 

Beg with Row 1 of pattern, work in Mesh and Cluster pattern until piece measures about 16 in. (40.5 cm) from beg, end with a WS row as the last row you work.

 

Shape Armholes

Row 1 (Increase Row – RS): Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), turn, dc in first dc (increase made), work in Mesh and Cluster pattern as established to beg ch-sp, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in 3rd ch of beg ch-4 (increase made) – 48 (58) dc, 42 (50) ch-1 sps, and 5 (7) Cl.

Rows 3-6: Rep Row 1 for 5 more times – 58 (68) dc, 47 (53) ch-1 sps, and 10 (14) Cl in Row 6.

Row 7: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), turn, dc in first dc, ch 1, sk first ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, Cl in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, sk next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, continue in Mesh and Cluster pattern as established to last 2 ch-sps, Cl in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in 3rd ch of beg ch-4 – 60 (70) dc, 52 (60) ch-1 sps, and 7 (9) Cl.

Place a marker at beg and end of last row worked.

 

Work in Mesh and Cluster pattern as established until armholes measure about 8 (9) in. (20.5 (23) cm) from markers. Remove markers.

Fasten off. 

Step 5

FRONT:

Ch 94 (114).

Set-Up Row (RS): Dc in 6th ch from hook (5 skipped chains count as 1 base ch, dc, ch 1), (ch 1, sk next ch, dc in next ch) 3 (2) times, *Cl in next ch, dc in next ch, (ch 1, sk next ch, dc in next ch) 8 (7) times; rep from * 0 (1) more time(s), Cl in next ch, dc in next ch, (ch 1, sk next ch, dc in next ch) 6 (5) times, ch 1, sk next ch; dc in next 2 ch and place a marker in the first of the 2 dc just made, 2 dc in next ch, dc in next ch, 2 dc in next ch, dc in next 2 ch and place a marker in the last dc just made; (ch 1, sk next ch, dc in next ch) 7 (6) times, **Cl in next ch, dc in next ch, (ch 1, sk next ch, dc in next ch) 8 (7) times; rep from ** 0 (1) more time(s), Cl in next ch, dc in next ch, (ch 1, sk next ch, dc in next ch) 4 (3) times – you will have 9 sts between markers for Cable pattern (including marked sts), with 21 (26) dc, 19 (23) ch-1 sps, and 2 (3) Cl on each side of Cable pattern.

Move markers up as each row is worked.

 

Note: When you see '0' repeats in an instruction, this means that for that size, you should not work any sts, just skip to the next part of the instruction.

 

Row 1: Work Row 1 of Mesh and Cluster pattern as follows: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), turn, sk first ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, (ch 1, sk next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc) to ch-1 sp before next Cl, *Cl in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, sk next Cl, dc in next dc, Cl in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, (ch 1, sk next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc) to ch-1 sp before next Cl; rep from * to ch-1 sp before first marker; beg in first marked st, work Row 1 of Cable pattern over next 9 sts working last Cable pattern st in 2nd marked st; continue Row 1 of Mesh and Cluster pattern as follows:  **(Ch 1, sk next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc) to ch-1 sp before next Cl, Cl in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, sk next Cl, dc in next dc, Cl in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc; rep from ** until all Cl have been worked over, (ch 1, sk next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc) to beg ch-sp, ch 1, sk first ch of beg ch-sp, dc in next ch – 21 (26) dc, 17 (20) ch-1 sps, and 4 (6) Cl on each side of Cable pattern.

Row 2: Work in Mesh and Cluster pattern as established to first marker; beg in first marked st, work next row of Cable pattern over next 9 sts working last Cable pattern st in 2nd marked st; work in Mesh and Cluster pattern as established to end of row.

 

Rep Row 2 until piece measures about 10 in. (25.5 cm) from beg, end with a WS row as the last row you work. 

Step 6

Shape Armholes:

Row 1 (Increase Row – RS): Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), turn, dc in first dc (increase made), work in Mesh and Cluster pattern as established to first marker; beg in first marked st, work next row of Cable pattern over next 9 sts working last Cable pattern st in 2nd marked st; work in Mesh and Cluster pattern as established to beg ch-sp, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in 3rd ch of beg ch-4 (increase made) – 22 (27) dc, 20 (24) ch-1 sps, and 2 (3) Cl on each side of Cable pattern.

Rows 3-6: Rep Row 1 for 5 more times – 27 (32) dc, 23 (26) ch-1 sps, and 4 (6) Cl on each side of Cable pattern in Row 6.

Row 7: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), turn, dc in first dc, ch 1, sk first ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, Cl in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, sk next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, continue in Mesh and Cluster pattern as established to first marker; beg in first marked st, work next row of Cable pattern over next 9 sts working last Cable pattern st in 2nd marked st; work in Mesh and Cluster pattern as established to last 2 ch-sps, Cl in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in 3rd ch of beg ch-4 – 28 (33) dc, 25 (29) ch-1 sps, and 3 (4) Cl on each side of Cable pattern.

Place a marker at beg and end of last row worked.

 

Row 8 (WS): Work in Mesh and Cluster pattern as established to first marker; beg in first marked st, work next row of Cable pattern over next 9 sts working last Cable pattern st in 2nd marked st; work in Mesh and Cluster pattern as established to end of row – 28 (33) dc, 22 (25) ch-1 sps, and 6 (8) Cl on each side of Cable pattern.

Rep Row 8, working in Mesh and Cluster pattern as established and keeping sts between markers in Cable pattern as established, until piece measures about 5 1/2 (6 1/2) in. (14 (16.5) cm) from armhole markers, end with a WS row as the last row you work.

Step 7

Shape Neck:

From RS, place a marker in the 5th dc before first Cable pattern marker and place another marker in the 4th dc following last Cable pattern marker. Remove Cable pattern markers.

 

Left Shoulder:

Row 1 (RS): Work in Mesh and Cluster pattern as established to first marker, beg in marked st, dc2tog-over-3, remove marker; leave rem sts unworked for right shoulder – 24 (29) dc, 20 (24) ch-1 sps, and 3 (4) Cl.

Row 2: Ch 3 (does not count as a st), turn, sk first ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, work in Mesh and Cluster pattern as established to end of row – 23 (28) dc, 16 (20) ch-1 sps, and 6 (7) Cl.

Row 3: Work in Mesh and Cluster pattern as established to last 3 sts, dc2tog-over-3 – 22 (27) dc, 18 (23) ch-1 sps, and 3 (3) Cl.

Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc), turn, work in Mesh and Cluster pattern as established to end of row – 22 (27) dc, 16 (19) ch-1 sps, and 5 (7) Cl.

Fasten off.

 

Right Shoulder:

Row 1 (RS): From RS, draw up a loop in rem marked dc, ch 3 (does not count as a st), sk next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, work in Mesh and Cluster pattern as established to end of row – 24 (29) dc, 20 (24) ch-1 sps, and 3 (4) Cl.

Row 2: Work in Mesh and Cluster pattern as established to last 3 sts, dc2tog-over-3 – 23 (28) dc, 16 (20) ch-1 sps, and 6 (7) Cl.

Row 3: Ch 3 (does not count as a st), turn, sk next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, work in Mesh and Cluster pattern as established to end of row – 22 (27) dc, 18 (23) ch-1 sps, and 3 (3) Cl.

Row 4:  Work in Mesh and Cluster pattern as established to last 3 sts, dc2tog-over-3 – 22 (27) dc, 16 (19) ch-1 sps, and 5 (7) Cl.

Fasten off.

Step 8

FINISHING:

Sew shoulder seams.

Sew side seams.

 

Neck Edging:

From RS, join yarn with a sl st in either shoulder seam, sc evenly spaced around neck edge; join with sl st in first sc.

Fasten off.

 

Weave in ends.

 

ABBREVIATIONS:

3/3 FPTR-LC = 3 Over 3 Front Post Treble Crochet Left Cross

3/3 FPTR-RC = 3 Over 3 Front Post Treble Crochet Right Cross

Beg = Begin(ning)

BPTR = Back Post Treble Crochet

Ch = Chain

Ch-sp(s) = Chain Space(s) Previously Made

Cl = 3 Double Crochet Cluster

Dc = Double Crochet

Dc2tog-over-3 = Dc 2 Together Worked Over 3 Sts

FPDC = Front Post Double Crochet

FPTR = Front Post Treble Crochet

Rem = Remain(ing)(s)

Rep = Repeat

RS = Right Side

Sc = Single Crochet

Sl St = Slip Stitch

St(s) = Stitch(es)

WS = Wrong Side

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