I’m so happy to have you here to check out the Kaleidoscope Top! It’s the first fingering weight crochet garment by Creations by Courtney!
Over the past 2 years, I have begun using more fingering weight in my crochet, and started with the X-Capade Shawl and Sand to Sea Shawl. My stash has been fed plenty of fingering weight yarns that are waiting for the perfect pattern. ?
The Kaleidoscope Top went through several name changes, but was first born when I was asked to submit an idea for the the Progress, Hope & Happiness 2021 Make-along. You can check out #happinessmakealong2021 on IG to see the indie dyers, designers and designs!
The inspiration boards were amazing and exciting for my creativity, especially the fashion looks and shapes, which inspired the Fractal Crochet Lace. It’s always exciting when a crochet stitch or design shows up in a dream.
The #happinessmmakealong2021 is going to be weeks of fun with giveaways in the Ravelry group and on IG, Bingo games, and more. I hope you join me and others that represent numerous places around the world, just like the Olympics 2021. ?
Check out the Look book HERE or click the picture ⬇️
Two Looks in One
The Kaleidoscope Top has two distinct fabrics in two contrasting colors that come together in a unique design that you’re sure to receive lots of compliments when wearing.
This was totally out of my comfort zone to work with chartreuse, coral, light turquoise and off white. I LOVE all colors, especially cheery colors, but I decided to step into the discomfort and take notes from the inspiration boards to pick two colors that didn’t seem to compliment one another.
I hope you are as surprised as I am to see how the colors work so well together! The subtle hints of white that show up with the chartreuse of the linked stitches tie in the predominating off white of the Fractal Lace side.
If you prefer complimentary colors, definitely choose coordinating colors or even one color when making the Kaleidoscope Top, although I really would love to see you take a walk on the wild side with me. Let your fashionista shine!
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- Color A: Voie de Vie Yarns Moco Fingering, fingering weight # 1 yarn (50% superwash wool, 50% cotton, 435 yds/ 398 m; 3.5 oz/ 100 g skein): 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2) skeins in #001 Impressionist Pie
- Color B: Voie de Vie Yarns Superwash Bling, fingering weight # 1 yarn (70% superwash wool, 25% nylon, 5% stellina, 462 yds/ 422 m; 3.5 oz/ 100 g skein): 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3) skeins in #002 Chartreuse-ish
- US Size E (3.50 mm) and G (4.00 mm) hooks or size needed to meet gauge
- Round Elastic
- Yarn needle
- Stitch Markers x 10-12
- Measuring tape
Lace: 3 repeats = 4 in. [10 cm]; 5.7 rows = 4 in. [10 cm]
Linked Triple Treble: 21 ltrtr = 4 in. [10 cm]; 8.6 rows in pattern = 4 in. [10 cm]
|Finished Bust||Width before seaming||Finished Length|
|X-Small||32 in.||16 in.||22 in.|
|Small||36 in.||16 in.||22 in.|
|Medium||40 in.||20 in.||22 in.|
|Large||44 in.||22 in.||23 in.|
|X-Large||48 in.||24 in.||23 in.|
|2X-Large||52 in.||26 in.||24 in.|
|3X-Large||56 in.||28 in.||24 in.|
|4X-Large||60 in.||30 in.||25 in.|
|5X-Large||64 in.||32 in.||25 in.|
Beg-ltrtr: beginning linked triple treble crochet
CSDC: chainless starting double crochet
CSTR: chainless starting treble crochet
Dc: double crochet
Dc2tog: double crochet 2 together
Dtr: double treble crochet
Dtr2tog: double treble 2 together
DTDtog: double treble crochet, treble crochet, double treble crochet together
FO: fasten off
Fsc: foundation single crochet
M: stitch marker(s)
Sl st: slip stitch
Sc2tog: single crochet 2 together
Sc: single crochet
Tr: treble crochet
WS: wrong side
YO: yarn over
SPECIAL STITCHES & TECHNIQUES
Beg-ltrtr: Ch 5, starting in 2nd ch from hook, insert hook, YO and pull up a loop, [insert hook in next ch, YO and pull up a loop] 3 times (5 loops on hook), insert hook in first st, YO and pull up a loop (6 loops on hook), [YO, pull through 2 loops] 5 times
CSDC: Pull up a loop, wrap loop around hook once (counts as YO), insert hook in first st, YO, pull up a loop, [YO, pull through 2 loops) 2 times
CSTR: Pull up a loop, wrap around hook twice (counts as YO twice), insert hook in first st, YO, pull up a loop, [YO, pull through 2 loops] 3 times
Dtr2tog: *YO 3 times, insert hook in indicated st, YO, pull up a loop (5 loops on hook), [YO, pull through 2 loops] 3 times**, sk 7 ch, rep from * to **, YO, pull through 3 loops
DTDtog: *YO 3 times, insert hook in indicated st, YO, pull up a loop (5 loops on hook), [YO, pull through 2 loops] 3 times**, YO 2 times, sk 3 ch, insert hook in next st, YO, pull up a loop (5 loops on hook), [YO, pull through 2 loops] 2 times (3 loops on hook), sk 3 ch, Rep from * to **, YO, pull through 4 loops
Fch: Ch 1, insert hook on back bump of ch, YO, pull up a loop (2 loops on hook; ch made), YO, pull through 2 loops, *[insert hook in last ch made, YO and pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops]; repeat from * until desired length
Ltrtr: insert hook under first horizontal bar, YO, pull up a loop, [insert hook under next horizontal bar, YO, pull up a loop] 3 times (5 loops), insert hook in next st, YO, pull up a loop (6 loops on hook), [YO, pull through 2 loops] 5 times
- Pattern is written in US terms.
- Read the entire pattern before beginning.
- Pattern is written in 8 parts: Fractal Lace Body Piece, Linked Triple Treble Body Piece, Seaming if the Body Pieces, Shoulder Straps, Edging, Blocking, Puff Sleeves, and Finishing.
- Garment includes 3-4” of positive ease.
- Each size has been color coded for ease of reading.
- The foundation row can be substituted by making a ch that is the same number listed in pattern + 1 to ensure that the first row of sc is the same number as the fsc.
- The stitch of the first and last leg of each DTDtog will be used by the previous and following DTDtog, except for the first and last one.
- Ch 4 can be substituted for CSTR.
- 7 sts are always skipped between the legs of each Dtr2tog
- It helps to insert the hook under 2 sets of loops of the DTDtog of the row below to reduce the natural lean of the sts.
- Instructions do not include ch 1 for all sc rows for a straighter edge to be created.
- A schematic of the Kaleidoscope Top is located at the end of pattern for reference.
- A stitch chart for the Fractal Lace is located at the end of the pattern for reference.
Grab the ad-free PDF of the Kaleidoscope Top from your favorite pattern shop. Pattern includes a schematic and stitch chart.
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