Busy Bee Summer Top

Busy Bee Summer Top
Difficulty level: ** Easy

Free Crochet Top Pattern

Sizes: S (M, L, XL)

Materials: Aunt Lydia's 100% Mercerized Cotton, Size 3, 150yd/138m, color black - 5 (5, 5, 6) balls. (A)
Aunt Lydia's 100% Mercerized Cotton, Size 3, 150yd/138m, color yellow - 5 (5, 5, 6) balls. (B)

Hook: D (3.25 mm) OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Gauge: 8 V-sts - 4" (10 cm)

Pattern
Two-Tone V-Stitch in rows:
Multiple of 3

V-stitch (V-st) - 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc into the same st or the same ch-1-space.

With yarn A chain multiple of 3 plus 3
Row 1 (yarn A): V-st into 5th st from the hook, *skip 2 ch, V-st into next ch*, repeat to the end of the row until 2 ch remain, skip 1 ch, 1 dc into the last ch. Do NOT turn.
Row 2: (yarn B): join color B at the beginning of the row, ch 3 in the ch, *V-st into the ch-1-sp of the previous row V-st*, repeat to the end of the row, 1 dc into the last dc. TURN.
Row 3 (yarn A): pick up yarn A from row 1, ch 5, *V-st into the ch-1-sp of the previous row V-st*, repeat to the end of the row, 1 dc into the last dc. Do NOT turn.
Row 4 (yarn B) pick up yarn B from row 2, ch 5, *V-st into the ch-1-sp of the previous row V-st*, repeat to the end of the row, 1 dc into the last dc. TURN.
Row 5 (yarn A): pick up yarn A from row 3, ch 5, *V-st into the ch-1-sp of the previous row V-st*, repeat to the end of the row, 1 dc into the last dc. Do NOT turn.
Row 6 (yarn B) pick up yarn B from row 4, ch 5, *V-st into the ch-1-sp of the previous row V-st*, repeat to the end of the row, 1 dc into the last dc. TURN.
Repeat rows 3-6.

Two-Tone V-Stitch in rounds:
Multiple of 3

With yarn A chain multiple of 3, join and continue to work in rounds.
Row 1 (yarn A): [ch 3, 1 dc] in the 2nd st (counts as V-st), *skip 2 ch, V-st into next ch*, repeat to the end of the round, join with sl st to the ch 3.
Round 2: (yarn B): [ch 3, 1 dc] in the 1st V-st (counts as V-st), *V-st into the ch-1-sp of the previous row V-st*, repeat to the end of the round, join with sl st to the ch 3.
Round 3: (yarn A): [ch 3, 1 dc] in the 1st V-st (counts as V-st), *V-st into the ch-1-sp of the previous row V-st*, repeat to the end of the round, join with sl st to the ch 3.
Repeat rounds 2-3.


Directions:

The top  is worked as one piece without seams, top down. You start from the top of the back, work to the armholes in rows, then the front is worked in rows from the top of the back to the armholes. From the armholes, the top is worked as one piece down in rounds to the desired length.

Back

With yarn A chain 126 (132, 144, 156) and work one row of sc.
Work 37 (39, 41, 43) rows of Two-Tone V-Stitch pattern in rows, 41 (43, 47, 51) V-sts per row, starting and ending with black row, 37 (39, 41, 43) rows [18 (19, 20, 21) yellow rows].

Left Shoulder
With yarn A, starting between 10th and 11th (11-12, 13-14, 15-16) V-sts of the back, work 30 (33, 39, 45) sc to the end of the row. Work 2 more rows of 30 (33, 39, 45) sc. Set aside.

Right Shoulder
With yarn A, on the wrong side of the back, starting between 10th and 11th (11-12, 13-14, 15-16) V-sts of the back, work 30 (33, 39, 45) sc to the end of the row. Work 2 more rows of 30 (33, 39, 45) sc. Turn.



Front
Work sc 30 (33, 39, 45), ch 63, sc 30 (33, 39, 45). Turn.
Continue to work Two-Tone V-Stitch pattern in rows, 41 (43, 47, 51) V-sts per row, starting with black row,  22 (24, 26, 28 rows [11(12, 13, 14) yellow rows].

Size S
Rows 23-36: spider pattern in the middle of the front.
Row 23 (black): ch 3, 20 V-sts, ch 19, skip 1 V-st, 20 V-sts, 1 dc in to the last st.
Row 24 (yellow): ch 3, 19 V-sts, ch 10, 1 sc into ch-19, ch 10, 19 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 25 (black): ch 3, 18 V-sts, ch 11, 1 sc into ch-10, 1 sc over sc, 1 sc into ch-10, ch 11, 18 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 26 (yellow): ch 3, 17 V-sts, ch 12, 1 sc into ch-11, 3 sc over sc, 1 sc into ch-11, ch 12, 17 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 27 (black): ch 3, 16 V-sts, ch 13, 1 sc into ch-12, 5 sc over sc, 1 sc into ch-12, ch 13, 16 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 28 (yellow): ch 3, 15 V-sts, ch 14, 1 sc into ch-13, 7 sc over sc, 1 sc into ch-13, ch 14, 15 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 29 (black): ch 3, 14 V-sts, ch 15, 1 sc into ch-14, 9 sc over sc, 1 sc into ch-14, ch 15, 14 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 30 (yellow): ch 3, 13 V-sts, ch 16, 1 sc into ch-15, 11 sc over sc, 1 sc into ch-15, ch 16, 13 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 31 (black): ch 3, 14 V-sts, ch 15, skip 1 sc, 11 sc, ch 15, 14 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 32 (yellow): ch 3, 15 V-sts, ch 14, skip 1 sc, 9 sc, ch 14, 15 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 33 (black): ch 3, 16 V-sts, ch 13, skip 1 sc, 7 sc, ch 13, 16 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 34 (yellow): ch 3, 17 V-sts, ch 12, skip 1 sc, 5 sc, ch 12, 17 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 35 (black): ch 3, 18 V-sts, ch 11, skip 1 sc, 3 sc, ch 11, 18 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 36 (yellow): ch 3, 19 V-sts, ch 10, skip 1 sc, 1 sc, ch 10, 19 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 37 (black): ch 3, 21 V-sts, ch 3, 21 V-sts, 1 dc.

Size M
Rows 25-38: spider pattern in the middle of the front.
Row 25 (black): ch 3, 21 V-sts, ch 19, skip 1 V-st, 21 V-sts, 1 dc in to the last st.
Row 26 (yellow): ch 3, 20 V-sts, ch 10, 1 sc into ch-19, ch 10, 20 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 27 (black): ch 3, 19 V-sts, ch 11, 1 sc into ch-10, 1 sc over sc, 1 sc into ch-10, ch 11, 19 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 28 (yellow): ch 3, 18 V-sts, ch 12, 1 sc into ch-11, 3 sc over sc, 1 sc into ch-11, ch 12, 18 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 29 (black): ch 3, 17 V-sts, ch 13, 1 sc into ch-12, 5 sc over sc, 1 sc into ch-12, ch 13, 17 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 30 (yellow): ch 3, 16 V-sts, ch 14, 1 sc into ch-13, 7 sc over sc, 1 sc into ch-13, ch 14, 16 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 31 (black): ch 3, 15 V-sts, ch 15, 1 sc into ch-14, 9 sc over sc, 1 sc into ch-14, ch 15, 15 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 32 (yellow): ch 3, 14 V-sts, ch 16, 1 sc into ch-15, 11 sc over sc, 1 sc into ch-15, ch 16, 14 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 33 (black): ch 3, 15 V-sts, ch 15, skip 1 sc, 11 sc, ch 15, 15 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 34 (yellow): ch 3, 16 V-sts, ch 14, skip 1 sc, 9 sc, ch 14, 16 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 35 (black): ch 3, 17 V-sts, ch 13, skip 1 sc, 7 sc, ch 13, 17 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 36 (yellow): ch 3, 18 V-sts, ch 12, skip 1 sc, 5 sc, ch 12, 18 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 37 (black): ch 3, 19 V-sts, ch 11, skip 1 sc, 3 sc, ch 11, 19 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 38 (yellow): ch 3, 20 V-sts, ch 10, skip 1 sc, 1 sc, ch 10, 20 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 39 (black): ch 3, 21 V-sts, ch 3, 21 V-sts, 1 dc.

Size L
Rows 27-40: spider pattern in the middle of the front.
Row 27 (black): ch 3, 23 V-sts, ch 19, skip 1 V-st, 23 V-sts, 1 dc in to the last st.
Row 28 (yellow): ch 3, 22 V-sts, ch 10, 1 sc into ch-19, ch 10, 22 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 29 (black): ch 3, 21 V-sts, ch 11, 1 sc into ch-10, 1 sc over sc, 1 sc into ch-10, ch 11, 21 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 30 (yellow): ch 3, 20 V-sts, ch 12, 1 sc into ch-11, 3 sc over sc, 1 sc into ch-11, ch 12, 20 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 31 (black): ch 3, 19 V-sts, ch 13, 1 sc into ch-12, 5 sc over sc, 1 sc into ch-12, ch 13, 19 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 32 (yellow): ch 3, 18 V-sts, ch 14, 1 sc into ch-13, 7 sc over sc, 1 sc into ch-13, ch 14, 18 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 33 (black): ch 3, 17 V-sts, ch 15, 1 sc into ch-14, 9 sc over sc, 1 sc into ch-14, ch 15, 17 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 34 (yellow): ch 3, 16 V-sts, ch 16, 1 sc into ch-15, 11 sc over sc, 1 sc into ch-15, ch 16, 16 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 35 (black): ch 3, 17 V-sts, ch 15, skip 1 sc, 11 sc, ch 15, 17 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 36 (yellow): ch 3, 18 V-sts, ch 14, skip 1 sc, 9 sc, ch 14, 18 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 37 (black): ch 3, 19 V-sts, ch 13, skip 1 sc, 7 sc, ch 13, 19 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 38 (yellow): ch 3, 20 V-sts, ch 12, skip 1 sc, 5 sc, ch 12, 20 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 39 (black): ch 3, 21 V-sts, ch 11, skip 1 sc, 3 sc, ch 11, 21 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 40 (yellow): ch 3, 22 V-sts, ch 10, skip 1 sc, 1 sc, ch 10, 22 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 41 (black): ch 3, 23 V-sts, ch 3, 23 V-sts, 1 dc.

Size XL
Rows 29-42: spider pattern in the middle of the front.
Row 29 (black): ch 3, 25 V-sts, ch 19, skip 1 V-st, 25 V-sts, 1 dc in to the last st.
Row 30 (yellow): ch 3, 24 V-sts, ch 10, 1 sc into ch-19, ch 10, 24 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 31 (black): ch 3, 23 V-sts, ch 11, 1 sc into ch-10, 1 sc over sc, 1 sc into ch-10, ch 11, 23 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 32 (yellow): ch 3, 22 V-sts, ch 12, 1 sc into ch-11, 3 sc over sc, 1 sc into ch-11, ch 12, 22 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 33 (black): ch 3, 21 V-sts, ch 13, 1 sc into ch-12, 5 sc over sc, 1 sc into ch-12, ch 13, 21 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 34 (yellow): ch 3, 20 V-sts, ch 14, 1 sc into ch-13, 7 sc over sc, 1 sc into ch-13, ch 14, 20 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 35 (black): ch 3, 19 V-sts, ch 15, 1 sc into ch-14, 9 sc over sc, 1 sc into ch-14, ch 15, 19 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 36 (yellow): ch 3, 18 V-sts, ch 16, 1 sc into ch-15, 11 sc over sc, 1 sc into ch-15, ch 16, 18 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 37 (black): ch 3, 19 V-sts, ch 15, skip 1 sc, 11 sc, ch 15, 19 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 38 (yellow): ch 3, 20 V-sts, ch 14, skip 1 sc, 9 sc, ch 14, 20 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 39 (black): ch 3, 21 V-sts, ch 13, skip 1 sc, 7 sc, ch 13, 21 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 40 (yellow): ch 3, 22 V-sts, ch 12, skip 1 sc, 5 sc, ch 12, 22 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 41 (black): ch 3, 23 V-sts, ch 11, skip 1 sc, 3 sc, ch 11, 23 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 42 (yellow): ch 3, 24 V-sts, ch 10, skip 1 sc, 1 sc, ch 10, 24 V-sts, 1 dc.
Row 43 (black): ch 3, 25 V-sts, ch 3, 25 V-sts, 1 dc.

 

Bodice
From round 38 (40, 42, 44)  continue to work the bodice in rounds (see Two-Tone V-Stitich in rounds above).

Place marker between the back and the front V-sts on both sides to mark the side seam.

Work rounds 38-56 (40-60, 42-64, 44-68) Two-Tone V-Stitich in rounds or to desired length.
Rounds 57-64 (61-68, 65-72, 69-76): half-spiders at the side seams.
Round 57 (61, 65, 69) (yellow): *work V-sts up to the 1st V-st before the marker, ch 19, skip 2 V-sts on both sides of the marker, continue V-sts slong the round, repeat from * for the other side.
Round 58 (62, 66, 70) (black):  * work V-sts up to the 2nd V-st before the marker, ch 10, skip 1 V-st, 1 sc into the ch-19, ch 10, skip 1 V-st, continue to work V-sts, repeat from * for the other side.
Round 59 (63, 67, 71) (yellow): *work V-sts up to the 3rd V-st before the marker, ch 11, skip 1 V-st, 1 sc into the ch-10, 1 sc over sc, 1 sc into the ch-10, ch 11, skip 1 V-st, continue to work V-sts, repeat from * for the other side.
Round 60 (64, 68, 72) (black): *work V-sts up to the 4th V-st before the marker, ch 12, skip 1 V-st, 1 sc into the ch-11, 3 sc over sc, 1 sc into the ch-11, ch 12, skip 1 V-st, continue to work V-sts, repeat from * for the other side.
Round 61 (65, 69, 73) (yellow): *work V-sts up to the 5th V-st before the marker, ch 13, skip 1 V-st, 1 sc into the ch-12, 5 sc over sc, 1 sc into the ch-12, ch 13, skip 1 V-st, continue to work V-sts, repeat from * for the other side.
Round 62 (66, 70, 74) (black): *work V-sts up to the 6th V-st before the marker, ch 14, skip 1 V-st, 1 sc into the ch-13, 7 sc over sc, 1 sc into the ch-13, ch 14, skip 1 V-st, continue to work V-sts, repeat from * for the other side.
Round 63 (67, 71, 75) (yellow): *work V-sts up to the 7th V-st before the marker, ch 15, skip 1 V-st, 1 sc into the ch-14, 9 sc over sc, 1 sc into the ch-14, ch 15, skip 1 V-st, continue to work V-sts, repeat from * for the other side.
Round 64 (68, 72, 76) (black): *work V-sts up to the 8th V-st before the marker, ch 16, skip 1 V-st, 1 sc into the ch-15, 11 sc over sc, 1 sc into the ch-15, ch 16, skip 1 V-st, continue to work V-sts, repeat from * for the other side.
Tie off.


Finishing
With yarn A crochet 2 rows of single crochet around the armholes.
With yarn A work 1 row of single crochet around the neckline.