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The Vivienne top lace crochet pattern

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The Vivienne top lace crochet pattern is a must-have. A short sleeved lace crochet top available in cropped length or full length

The Vivienne top lace crochet pattern is a size inclusive crochet garment pattern for a short sleeved lace layering piece that showcases the v-stitch. This lace top is great for casual wear and layering. The top is worked in one piece from the waist up and can be made in long or cropped (pictured) length. The square neckline and thick waistband flatter a range of shapes. Available in sizes 36" - 52". 

The top is worked in the round until armhole shaping, where it is divided for front and back. Front and back are worked flat and then rejoined at shoulder seams. Sleeves are then worked in the round from the armhole edge.

The v stitch and why we love it. 

  • It gives the glamour of lace with ease.
  • It consists or double crochet and chains.
  • It is ridiculously quick as you work into the chain spaces rather the into the previous chain stitches.

The v stitch is a simple but timeless stitch pattern creating a vintage glam look on a modernly sized piece. We have a handy blog post tutorial of how to do this stitch. Just click here to see the tutorial! You can also learn how to do the effective crochet ribbing in the same blog post. 

Characteristics of this garment

  • Short sleeve 
  • Size inclusive
  • flattering, deep ribbed waistband
  • v stitch lace
  • crop top length or regular length
  • square neck. 
  • Worked in the round.
  • Worked bottom up.

The pattern is written in US terms.

Please check gauge to ensure success. 

Gauge:
5 V-sts across and 8 rounds up measures 4in (10cm) square, laid flat and unstretched after blocking
2 rounds of V-sts measures 1in (2.5cm)

  • You will also need:
  • 5.5mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 4 removable stitch markers
  • Darning needle

Sizes: 36”-52” chest.

The finished chest circumference is measured with the top laid flat and unstretched. Because of the openness of the fabric, the top stretches widthways when worn.

Sample shown: cropped version in size 2 on a mannequin with a 40in (102cm) chest.

About the yarn 

This design calls for Cygnet pure wool DK which is available here. Although the yarn says DK, it feels closer to worsted. Please bear this in mind when selecting an alternative. 

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