TGIF

TGIF!!!! Well, I don’t know about the rest of you, but to me it felt like Friday was never going to get here!  It has been such a long week and it’s been so bitterly cold, I just want to stay inside on the couch with my crochet hook! But—when you work a full time job that is not an option.  So, I just have to get through today and then I can spend the entire weekend inside bundled up from the cold and crocheting!!!!  My husband and I are hoping to be able to retire to Florida in the next few years—then I can stay on my front porch crocheting year round! HAHA!  Are you noticing a theme here?  I seem to spend every minute that I’m not sleeping or working crocheting.  Well, as I’ve stated in a previous blog, it is no longer a hobby for me, but a way of life.

This month’s free pattern is relatively simple, but the results are fabulous! It’s fairly quick to work up and I think that you could probably have it finished in a weekend---if you’re like me and spend a lot of your weekend crocheting!!!!! So, without further rambling, here is the pattern for my Hot Pink Shimmer Top—enjoy and have a terrific weekend!!!!!!!!

Hot Pink Shimmer Top 

Designed byLori Baker 

Directions are for size Small.  Changes for sizes Medium, Large and Extra Large are in parentheses.

 RED HEART® Shimmer: 4,(5,6,6,) skeins Hot Pink

Crochet Hook:  Size H hook (5.00 MM)

Yarn needle

 GAUGE:   4—3 dc clusters = 4”;   7 rows = 4”.  CHECK YOUR GAUGE.  Use any size needles/hook to obtain the gauge given.

To Fit Bust/Chest:  32--34 (36—38, 40—42, 44—46)”

 Finished Bust/Chest Measurement:  35 (39, 43,47)”

NOTE:  Beg corner shell: (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp, Shell (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp

 Body—Make 2

Rnd 1:  Ch 4, (dc in   4th ch from hook, ch 1) 3 times, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 4.

 Rnd 2: Sl st in next ch 1 sp, ch 3, work beg corner shell in same st, ch 1, *work shell in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, rep from * around, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3.

Rnd 3:  Sl st to next ch 2 sp, ch 3, work beg corner shell in same sp, ch 1, work 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, *work shell in next corner sp, ch 1, work 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, rep from * around, join to top of beg ch 3.

Rnd 4:  Sl st to ch 2 sp, ch 3, work beg corner shell in same sp, ch 1, work (3 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1) across to corner, *work shell in corner ch 2 sp,  work (3 dc, in next ch 1 sp, ch 1) rep from * around, join to top of beg ch 3.

Rnds 5—16 (18,20,22): Rep rnd 4.

Shape Shoulders/Neck:

Sl st to corner ch 2 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, *ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, rep from *  4 times more.  Fasten off.  Sk next 5(7,9,11) ch 1 spaces, join with sl st to next ch 1 sp, ch 3, work 2 dc in same sp, ** ch 1, work 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, rep from ** across to corner ch 2 sp, ch 1, work 3 dc in ch 2 sp.  Fasten off.

SLEEVES:  Make 2

Work Rnds 1—11 (13,15,17) of body.

FINISHING:  Sew shoulder seams.  Sew side together at side seam.  When sewing together, work up 7 3dc clusters on each.

For sleeve placement, turn square so that it is a diamond, with right sides together sew point at top to shoulder seam, sew ogether down to end of opening—you should end at a point, fasten off and reattach yarn at top point and sew down the other side ending at point.  Rep for other sleeve.

Neck Edging:  Join with sl st to shoulder seam, ch 1, work 59(67,75,83) sc evenly spaced around neckline.  Fasten off.

Bottom Edging:

Rnd 1: Join with sl st to side seam, ch 3, work 129, (142, 155, 168) more dc around bottom, join with sl st to beg ch 3.

 Rnd 2:  Ch 3, dc in next 4 sts, 4 dc in next st, dc in next 5 sts, sk next 2 sts, *dc in next 5 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 5 stss, sk next 2 sts, rep from * around, join with sl st to beg ch 3.

Rnds 3 & 4:  Ch 3, dc dec over next 2 sts, dc in next 3 sts, 3 dc in next sts, dc in next 5 sts, sk next two sts, *dc in next 5 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 5 sts, dc, sk next 2 sts, rep from * around, join with sl sto to beg ch 3.  Fasten off at end of rnd 4

ABBREIATIONS:  CA = Color A; CB = Color B; ch = chain; dc = double crochet; dec = decrease(s)(d)(ing); dtr = double treble crochet; hdc = half double crochet; inc = increase(s)(d)(ing); K = knit; mm = millimeters; P = Purl;  sc = single crochet; sl = slip; sp(s) = space(s); st(s) = stitch(es); St st = Stockinette stitch;; tr = treble crochet; yo = yarn over needle;  [ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified; * or ** = repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated.