Wednesday, July 25, 2018

DIY Granny Top

I have long wanted to make Eva a granny top and finally I did it! The granny square I chose is pretty easily worked and it is a big one. One square measures 17 x 17 cm.

I worked with sport yarn (1.9mm hook) and used about 50 gr of white (without the fringes)  and less then 50 gr of blue. 
Eva is size XS so we needed only 6 squares. 

The granny square pattern goes like this:

Ch 5 and join to make a ring.
Rnd 1: ch 3 (counts as 1st dc) and make 11 dc in the ring (12). Sl st to end rnd. 
Rnd 2: {work the clusters over the dcs from the rnd below} Ch3 and dc2tog (counts as 1st dc3tog cluster), ch1 and in the next st, dc3tog. Repeat this pattern around. Sl st to end rnd. 
Rnd 3: Ch3 over the clusters, sc in the st between two clusters. Repeat this pattern around. Sl st to end rnd. 
Rnd 4: on the chain space of the round below, work this pattern-  sc1, ch1, dc3, ch1, sc1. Repeat this for every chain space. We are going to refer to these as "fans".
Rnd 5: sl st thrice to get to the second of the three dcs of the round belo. In that stitch, ch3, dc2, ch3, dc3. You've just made the corner of the granny. Next, ch1 and in the 2nd dc of the "fan"pattern below, dc1, hdc2, ch1, hdc2 + dc1 in the next 2nd dc of fan.  Next, ch 1 and work the corner (dc3, ch3, dc3). Repeat the side and corner pattern accordingly. Sl st to end it.
Rnd 6: Ch3 and dc2 over the 3 dcs below. Ch 4 and dc1 over the 3 dcs below. That was the corner pattern. Next (for the side) ch 1, sk1, dc3. Repeat corner and site pattern to finish the round. 
Rnd 7: Bring yarn to the corner chain space. Ch3 and dc2 in that space, ch4, dc3 (corner done), next for the side, dc in each st - there should be 21 dcs (including the half corners). Repeat this pattern around.
Rnd 8: Bring yarn to the corner chain space. hdc4 in space (corner filled), ch3, sk2, sc in next st. Repeat this pattern until the corner. Repeat corner and side pattern to finish the round.
Rnd 9: Ch 6 (over the corner below), sk 2 of corner stitches and sc in 3rd. Ch3 over the chain below and sc as in the round below, i.e over the sc stitch below. 
Rnd 10:  In the chain space, ch3 and dc2, ch3 and make a picot, then dc3. Corner is done. Next, ch1 and sl st in the 1st chain. In the 1st chain, ch3 and dc2. Next dc3 in every chain up to the corner where you ch1, sl st in the corner chain and repeat the corner pattern. Repeat corner and side pattern to finish the round. Sl st to end the round. 

This is the front. I added a crochet button at the center.
The 1st two squares are set as diamonds. Sew squares below these two. 

This is the back. I positioned the back squares in a straight line and sew them to the sides. Now, as Eva is very slim I couldn't sew the back squares together because they would have been baggy on her, so we had to improvise. To bypass this "issue" I added buttons to the back squares too. 
We tried this top onto a medium size  friend of hers and with the back squares sewn it looks fantastic. 

You can see the buttons on this photo below.

To make the buttons ch8 and make a ring. Dc16 in ring. Next, sl st in next st, sk 1 and sl st in the next until you finish the round. 

The straps pattern: Ch5, and in 2nd ch from hook, hdc1 across (4). Ch2 and hdc in every st. There should be 4 st in each row. Make the strap as lon as you need it. When length achieved, make chains at the sides. Ch 3, sk 1. Repeat this for both sides. Sew straps on. 

When everything was sewn on, I added fringes to it. They do make all the difference, I am sure you'll agree. 

I do hope some of you guys tries this. And I would love if you could share your thoughts!


Unknown said...

Nice colours and nice granny squares.

Atelier Marie-Lucienne said...

Such a lovely top - very light and summery and Eva is the perfect person to wear it!

Anonymous said...

Good design and I also love the fresh colours and buttons!
You're lucky to have such a good model too :-)
Don't know if I'll give it a try though because my size will not do this top any honour and my daughter just doesn't like crocheted clothes :-(
But I can use the squares for something else maybe :-)
Have a great day,

Maya Kuzman said...

Thank you Alina.

Maya Kuzman said...

Yeah...luckily we are both on the same track :)

Maya Kuzman said...

Than you Sigrid :)
Well, I am grateful she likes the things I crochet and she has even suggested some quite intresting ideas I would love to try!

Moois van mie said...

25 years ago I would have ran right to my wool stash! But now I would look ridiculous in it. Great pattern!

Maya Kuzman said...

Well said. I actially would wear it if I was a bit younger :)

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Wow, Maya, you did a great job on that crocheted top you made for your daughter. It looks stunning on her and she has the perfect size and figure for it. :)
Thanks for the pattern to make one.

Unknown said...

This is beautiful, well done ! Love the colours you chose as well x

Maya Kuzman said...

Thank you Julie. What brings me the greatest joy is that she squealed in delight when she saw it finished!

Maya Kuzman said...

Thank you Alison! That blue one has really attached to my heart!

Kate said...

This is awesome, Maya!!

Maya Kuzman said...

Thank you Kate!

Alhana said...

It looked difficult to make and it is actually a very easy pattern! Eva looks gorgeous in this top. I am size XS too, but I don't have the confidence to wear this. Where were you 20 years ago? ;-)

Maya Kuzman said...

Haha... I was immersed in other things 20 years ago...
Thank you on the sweet comment Alhana!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Thanks, Maya for sharing this gorgeous crocheted top at our link party!! I'm so happy to see you this week.

Crafts a la Mode said...

Love this top. Very creative. I pinned this to my Crochet Board. Have a great weekend. Linda @Crafts a la mode

Lalka Crochetka said...

It is very creative way to use granny squares. Top looks great on your model!

Kim said...

Oh my, such a fabulous granny top, Maya. Love the colours and yes, the fringing adds that little bit of pizzazz!

My thrift store addiction said...

What a cute top and such a pretty model ;) Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

A Crafty Mix said...

Oooo Maya what a lovely top and there's no better model for it either. How I wish I still had the figure to wear something like this.

Karren Haller said...

I love this top, it is darling, thank you for sharing on Friday Features last week, this week you are being featured, hope you will stop by and share again.
Your post has been Pinned and will be shared on Instagram!
Please be sure to share the party!!
Have a great weekend!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Love a little granny chic Maya and Eve looks adorable in your DIY Granny Top.
Thank you for sharing at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I'm delighted to be featuring your Granny top at tonight's party and pinning too.

Beaj said...

love the top. I've 2 daughters that will love it. Thanks..:)

Татьяна said...

Новый взгляд на обычный квадратный мотив, связанный крючком! Браво!