Noro Tokonatsu Yarn from Japan
This top works up fast and easy! As shown is 4 balls of yarn to make it a tunic style you will need at least 6 or 7 balls or 9 balls for a swimsuit cover-up.
Pretty pink open stitches
Pink Weave Crochet Top
Noro Tokonatsu Yarn
5mm hook (if you crochet tight use a 6-7 mm hook)
Top is worked in 3 sections. First make 2 pieces front and back worked bottom to top shoulders mattress stitched together.
Then working in the round front and back joined and stitched top to bottom.
Reverse V Stitch
Modified 4 post 1 ch shell stitch
First two pieces worked the same until row 12
Chain 75 + 4
Row 1: In fifth ch from hook make a V Stitch sk 2 ch V stitch across until 2 ch sk 1 DC in last, ch 4 turn.
Row 2: in ch 1 sp work a DC 2 Tog, ch 2, repeat across, DC in last st ch 3 turn.
Row 3: In DC 2 Tog top sp V stitch across DC in last st, ch 4, turn.
Row 4 – 14 Repeat row 2-3
Row 15*: V st 8x DC in 9th dc 2 tog sp. Chain 3 turn
Row 16: DC 2 Tog in ch 1 space 8x dc last st ch 2 turn
Row 16-20: repeat rows 15 & 16.
Repeat for other side of shoulde
Work all rows across except last 2 rows st in first 8 and again 8 for other shoulder.
Mattress stitch both shoulders
Third piece: Attach yarn to both front and back pieces at armholes and crochet in the round
Row 1 in the round: Sc in same stitch in ch st where the first V stitch is 2 DC ch 1 2 DC in same ch, sc in next V stitch ch. 2DC ch 1 2DC in next repeat all the way around sl st to first sc.
Row 2: ch 4 V ST in ch 1 sp, ch 1, DC in sc st, repeat around sl st to ch3 of turning ch.
Repeat all rows until desired length.
Last row will be: SS in top of joining DC, in top of V 2DC, ch 1, TC, ch 1, 2 DC, ss to top of next DC repeat around!
Note: I sewed up 4 rows of the armhole to make it smaller you may leave it or even sew 5-6 rows up if you desire.
You will notice this top is a little short you can make it any length or even a dress length for a swimsuit cover-up. I plan to finish off the last rows with a contrasting Noro yarn and add a sc row of contrast to armholes and neck.
I used Paton's Grace cotton yarn, driftwood from my trip to Mendocino and some scraps of organic cotton for the leaves and hemp yarn to hang, fishing wire or more of the same yarn would work nicely too.
I would have used the grace but Charley girl got to it
before I could finish and I had to throw it away.
That dog loves my yarn more than I do!! Naughty girl!
She has done this more times then I like to remember....
As you can see!
The middle flower is the Never ending Wildflower pattern I found here at
Little Monkeys Crochet
I added a row of chains and single crochet then one large row of scallops and one row of small. Attached it to the driftwood along with the cotton leaves and a little hemp cord for hanging.
I think it would be a nice gift!
How to crochet Leaves
I love this bag! First it works up fast, only uses 2 cakes of yarn and it is sturdy enough you don't need a lining; however if you have small lipsticks and pens etc I would recommend putting them in a zippered pouch. And if you use it for your yarn stash you have an instant travel pillow too!
2 Caron Tea Cakes or Sprinkles – 6 weight
M 9mm Hook
Starting from the bottom up worked in the round.
With 2 strands CH 22
Row 1: 4 DC in 3rd chain from hook, (= 5DC), 1 DC
in each CH until the last chain. In the last CH 5 DC,
then working in opposite side of CHs DC across and
SS into 3rd CH from beginning.
Row 2: CH 2, 1DC in first ST, 2 DC in next 4 ST, 1 DC
across until the 5 DCs, 2 DC in next 5 ST, 1 DC in
remaining ST, SS to top of CH 2.
Row 3: CH 2, 1 DC in each ST all around.
Row 4: CH 1 in back loops only SC in each stitch
around. SS to CH 1.
Row 5 – 13: CH 2 and DC in each ST around.
Lay back flat and measure from the middle 10 stiches
and mark this will be for the handles.
Row 14: with 10 middle stitches on each side marked
with safety pins or stitch markers.
Begin DC in each ST up to stitch marker, CH 24 and
DC in next ST after the marker, DC in each ST up to
next marker, CH 24, DC in next stitch after marker,
DC across and SS into top of CH 2.
Row 15: CH 1 SC across to CH 24, SC approx. 26 –
28 around chains. I like it to be tight and firm so make
sure it is stitched tight with no gaps, I don’t really
count how many SC I just make sure it is tight. SC in
each ST up to next CH 24 and repeat. SC in
remaining ST, SS to CH 1 and finish off
For the closure if you want to use it:
Into the 10 stitches in the back of bag: Count over 3
slipstitch into 4th ST CH 1 and HDC in same ST, HDC
in next 3 ST (4 total) CH 1 Turn and HDC into each
ST to desired length for closing I did 5 Rows.
CH 6 and SS to last ST and fasten off this is the loop
for the tassels.
For the tassels: CH 24 leaving a tail on each end for
threading on the tassels.
Thread the chains to the front of bag in Row 12 into
Make two tassels and attach to each end of chains.
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