I recently found a half-finished bohemian-looking crocheted halter top lurking in my closet. I started the piece in high school using a pattern from Debbie Stoller’s The Happy Hooker. The book calls it “Blissful,” and it’s a lacy, skimpy, summer top done with a pretty wave stitch and lightweight linen. The pattern works up much smaller than I intended, but I like the style and it’s simple enough to customize for a better fit. I’m also not sure if the wonky sizing is because of poor directions or my refusal to swatch (ever).
I made this according to the book’s directions for a size small. I’m petite, but this finished up looking fit for a pre-teen. I added a few extra rows of the wave pattern on the skirt for length and had to alter the bust. I started with slowing down the decreases on the cups, but they were still wayyy too small so I added this shell edging. It adds a good two inches on the sides of each cup, and goes nicely with the skirt’s wave pattern.The original pattern also calls for closing up the back with hook and eyes. Mine was way too small to reach around my whole body, but I don’t mind the apron style and just tied it with a ribbon and called it good.
I recommend picking this book up from the library and giving this top (found on page 158) a go. Try a size bigger than what you usually do and don’t be afraid to play with the pattern. Directions for my super simple shell border are given below.
With right side facing, join yarn at bottom left edge of left cup. Make 30 single crochet (or a multiple of six that fits your size) evenly spaced along edge. Chain one. Single crochet in second chain from hook and in next 29 stitches. Chain 2, single crochet in the second chain from the hook, then skip two chains and make 5 double crochets in the next chain. Skip the next two chains and make a single crochet in the next chain. Repeat pattern of *Skip two stitches, 5 DC in next stitch, skip two stitches, 1 single crochet in next stitch* all the way down. You should have 5 shells. Anchor with a few slip stitches along bodice edge. Repeat on outside edge of right cup.
I should have made a shell border on the inside as well, but was in a hurry to finish.