Sunday, April 29, 2007

Banana Bay





FINISHED SIZES: Directions are for 32-34 inch bust (small). Changes for 36-38 inch bust (medium) and 40-42 inch bust (large) are in brackets. S[M, L]

FINISHED GARMENT MEASUREMENTS: Bust - 33 inches (small), 37 inches (medium), 41 inches (large). Length from underarm to bottom edge- 12.5 [13.5, 14.5] inches.

MATERIALS: TLC Cotton Plus (worsted) weight yarn (3.5 oz./178 yds/100g per skein)
3 [4, 4] skeins of YELLOW #3222
Size I/9/5.5mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
Stitch Markers
Yarn Needle

GAUGE: 9 sc and 16 rows = 4 inches

NOTE: The body of this garment is worked sideways. You will make a long rectangle then seam the short sides together to form a tube. The yoke of the garment is worked in the round after the tube is made.

SPECIAL STITCHES: Shell 4 (sh4) - Dc, {ch-1, dc} three times.
Shell 3 (sh3) - Dc, {ch-1, dc} twice.

WARNING: Top is close fitting. For looser fit, follow directions for next larger size.

BODY
ROW1 - Ch 46 [54, 62]. Sc in second ch from hook. *ch-1, skip one ch, sc in next ch * across. Sc in last ch. Turn.
ROW2 -132 [148, 164] - Ch-1. Sc in first sc (at base of ch on hook). *ch-1, skip ch, sc in next sc* across. Sc in last sc. Turn.
FOR SIZE SMALL: Place stitch markers at end of rows 9, 57, 75 and 123.
FOR SIZE MEDIUM: Place stitch markers at end of rows 11, 63, 85 and 137.
FOR SIZE LARGE: Place stitch markers at end of rows 13, 69, 95 and 151.
Fasten off at end of row 132[148, 164].
Fold rectangle in half widthwise and seam short ends together to form tube.
YOKE
ROW1- Working with right side facing and with side seam on left, join yarn with sl st to row end at row marker 57 [63, 69]. Evenly distribute 42 sc between row marker 57 [63, 69] and row marker 9 [11, 13]. Ch 30[30,36]. Sc in row end at row marker 75 [85, 95]. Evenly distribute 42 sc between row marker 75 [85, 95] and 123 [137, 151]. Ch 30[30, 36]. Join to first sc at row marker 57 [63, 69] with sl st. Remove row markers.
ROW2- CH-3. Dc, ch-1, dc in same sl st as ch-3. *Skip 2 sc, sc in next sc, skip 2 sc, sh4 in next sc* around to ch-3. {DC, ch-1} twice in same sc as ch-3. Sl st in top of ch-3.
ROW3 - Ch-1. Sc in sl st. *Ch-2. Dc in next sc, ch-2, sc in ch space between second and third dc of next sh4* around to first sc. Join with sl st in first sc.
ROW4 - Ch-3. Dc, ch-1, dc in same sl st as ch-3. *Sc in top of next dc, sh4 in next sc*. Repeat from * to * six times. Sc in top of next dc, sh3. Repeat from * to * four [four, five] times. Sc in top of next dc, sh3. Repeat from * to * seven times. Sc in top of next dc, sh3. Repeat from * to * four [four, five] times. Sc in top of next dc, sh3. Sc on top of next dc. Dc, ch-1, dc in same space as first ch-3. Join to top of ch-3 with sl st.
ROW5 - Ch-1. Sc in sl st. *Ch-2. Dc in next sc, ch-2, sc in ch space between second and third dc of next sh4*. Repeat from * to * six times. Ch-2. Dc in next sc. Ch-2, sc in top of secone dc of sh3. Repeat from * to * four [four, five] times. Ch-2. Dc in next sc, ch-2, sc in top of second dc of sh3. Repeat from * to * seven times. Ch-2. Dc in next sc, ch-2, sc in top of second dc of sh3. Repeat from * to * four [four, five] times. Ch-2. Dc in next sc, ch-2, sc in top of second dc of sh3, ch-2. sl st in first sc.
ROW6 - Ch-3. Dc, ch-1 dc in same sl st as ch-3. *Sc in top of next dc, sh3 in in next sc* around to first ch-3. Dc, ch-1, dc in first sl st. Join to top of ch-3 with sl st.
ROW7 - Ch-1. Sc in sl st. *Ch-1. Dc in next sc, ch-1, sc in top of second dc of next sh3* around.
REPEAT ROWS 6 and 7 once more.
LAST ROW - Ch-3. * Sc in top of next dc, dc, ch-1, dc in next sc* around to first ch-3. Dc in same sc as ch-3 space. Ch-1. Sl st in second ch of ch-3. Fasten off.

Sc around neck, armholes and bottom edge OR work the following shell design across the bottom edge. I think it looks fine either way.

BOTTOM EDGE
With right side facing, evenly distribute 132 sc in bottom edge. Join to first sc with sl st.
ROW1 - Ch-3. Dc, ch-1, dc in same sl st as ch-3. *Skip two sc, sc in next sc, skip two sc, sh4 in next sc*. Repeat from * to * around to last three sc. Sc in third to last sc, skip two sc, dc, ch-1, dc in same sl st as begining ch-3. Sl st to top of ch-3.
ROW2 - Ch-1. Sc in sl st. *Ch-2. Dc in next sc, ch-2, sc in ch-1 space between second and third dc of sh4* around. Join to first sc with sl st. Fasten off.

36 comments:

Lisa said...

This is Gorgeous! I am putting it on my list of things to make!!
Kusa

Mary Lacy-Stratton said...

Thanks, Lisa. Please let me know if you have any problems with my instructions.
Mary

Miva said...

IT'S SO CUTE YOUR TOP, I LOVE IT, THNKAS FOR SHARING YOUR JOB AND THE PATTERN.
HAVE NICE DAY
MIVA

Stephanie said...

very cute!!

Anonymous said...

what a pretty thing to make and to wear

Mandie said...

Love this sweater and very easy to do! I did find one errata. In the yoke row 2 at the end DC, ch-1 only once before joining to Ch 3 or else you will end up with a 5 shell and not a 4 shell.

dwestchazy said...

mary just sent u email about your flamingo bay shell on the side tank i really love it hope you well answer my email thank at dnvanvalkenburg@yahoo.com ok from diana

Anonymous said...

very cute crochet top. I want to start crocheting it, but your guage says 9 st. 4 inches, you mean 18st 4 inches. 9 st, is 2 inches. Susie

Mary Lacy-Stratton said...

Thanks, Susie. The gauge is correct as stated. This top is crocheted around with the base chain forming the side seam, not the bottom of the garment. After stitching the rectangle, you join the short sides together to form a tube. Also, to correctly measure the gauge, you need to crochet a few rows as this stitch REALLY stretches. The first couple of rows will be tighter because the beginning chain kind of draws in the stitches. Hope this helps.

Mary Lacy-Stratton said...

Oh wait, Susie. I see where the confusion is. It should read 9 SC = 4 inches. You are correct in that if you include the CH-1 it would be 18/4in.

from Estonia said...

I need some help with this tutorial. Please explain me more about that: *ch-1, skip one ch, sc in next ch* across. My English isn't so good, but if You will explain more, then I will hopefully understand this.
Thank You!

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justjo said...

I cannot get past the 1st row! what is ch-1? how do you get three times the number of stitches from the first row? i have searched the internet for an answer to no avail. I am a pensioner in liverpool uk and have been knitting and crocheting all my life so perhaps these instructions are american style? jo hardy

justjo said...

please email me if you know how to do it PLEASE jo

justjo said...

it's ok I have figured it all out, thanks jo

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Shirley Esau said...

Has anyone had problems with the pattern for Shells-in-the-side? I am trying to crochet the large pattern, however, I am confused what the ch9 is at the end of Row 9and the Ch 26 is in Row 49. Also, I am having with Rows 50 and 51..they don't make sense to me. Then in Row 83, We just stop at 8 shells? Is this supposed to be an under arm? I am so confused...have ripped out and done over and it just doesn't work.

Shirley Esau said...

This is a cute tank top...wish I could crochet it without having to keep ripping it out.

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Lori Wright said...

I am making sheep on the side size large row 49 says chain 26 what is this the start of. I do not see where it matches anything around the tank.

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I am making sheep on the side size large row 49 says chain 26 what is this the start of. I do not see where it matches anything around the tank.

Salma said...

please I am learning crochet on my own from website and I want to know what this 132 means.. numbers in hundred appear suddenly.. with no explanation before them or anything.. can I know what these numbers are? and how can a row 137 exist if one has barely made 3 or 4 rows by the time u speak of putting the marker at row 11 and row 136 etc?? please I am trying to make a top and I love crocheting so much but I need help, no one else would help! thank u