On Your Hook, Ready, Set, Crochet ~ Happy Hippie Handkerchief Top

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Show and Tell Time! 😁 I just finished the last picot on this top, and have to share.

When I saw this lovely top on Pinterest, I knew I had to have one. Luckily the link lead somewhere…to the free pattern on Ravelry

I looked through my yarn stash, but the perfect yarn didn’t jump out at me. So I put it on the back burner.
But when I received a yarn order a few days later, the perfect yarn for the top was in it.
Honestly, that was a lucky coincidence…I had only put it in my cart to get free shipping. πŸ˜†

The picture on the website did not do it justice. It’s a beautiful, silky yarn in very vibrant colors. Simply gorgeous.

I pulled up the pattern, and realized real quick that it doesn’t really work with my choice of yarn.Β  It has some wool in it, so I was afraid that the rows of close crochet stitches would make the top too heavy and warm.

See…

Change of plans. I found this diagram at inspirations-tricot-crochet on Blogspot.
It’s an awesome blog with tons of crochet- and knitting patterns and tips.

That worked. The loose mesh is perfect for an airy, flowy summer top.

Take a look…

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I did make a few more changes…

To make it fit better, I lengthened the seams joining the squares by 1″.

I shortened the shoulder straps. The suggested 8″ (plus they stretched quite a bit) simply didn’t work on me. The top looked like a high-waisted skirt with suspenders 😜
So I made them 4″ long. Plus I crocheted them separately (lengthwise, to avoid the stretch) and sewed them on.
I worked it in the linked double-crochet stitch. 2 rows were enough for the required width.

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Then I wove in the ends…not too many, yay!…and thought I was done.
I really wanted to be done, because – truth be told – it seemed a bit of a chore at times.
Since I have the attention span of a gnat, working with the same yarn, the same color, on rows that get longer with every round…there was a lot of sighing and eye-rolling going on. πŸ™„

But – turns out I wasn’t done. πŸ™ˆ I looked at it, and looked at it, and looked at it some more…and finally decided it needs a picot edge. I worked the picot around all the edges – neck, arms, and bottom hem.
Now I really love it! 😍

I hope this inspired you to make one for yourself. πŸ˜ƒ

Let me know what you think! I’m looking forward to your comments πŸ’•

17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. juliascreativeyear
    Jul 27, 2018 @ 17:05:46

    Oooh this is just gorgeous. Did it take long to make?

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  2. AJ
    Jul 27, 2018 @ 17:48:44

    Very cool! I just saw that pattern on ravelry the other day:)

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  3. Michele Low
    Jul 28, 2018 @ 00:30:12

    Wow!! that is gorgeous, I am impressed! xoxo

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  4. compassionknit
    Jul 28, 2018 @ 17:23:34

    Oh my gosh . that is the most gorgeous crocheted genious I’ve seen this year!

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  5. kathyreeves
    Jul 29, 2018 @ 03:12:03

    Lovely job there, enjoy wearing it!

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  6. Emma
    Aug 01, 2018 @ 02:25:32

    I love this Tina, it looks amazing and this colour is so great! Thanks for sharing the link to the pattern too, it might have to go in my queue on Ravelry πŸ˜‰

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  7. quietwatercraft
    Aug 09, 2018 @ 10:40:16

    It definitely needs the picots to finish it off. I think I’ll make one for myself and add some picots as well!

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    • Kristabella's Hodgepodge
      Aug 11, 2018 @ 19:27:47

      I love the picots 😊 It’s definitely worth the extra time…and it doesn’t take too long. Just when I thought β€˜Good grief, how wide is this thing?’ I was done 😜 Have fun making yours! I’m looking forward to seeing it πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•πŸŒ·

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