Midnight Top—Free Crochet Along Part 1

Today the Midnight CAL begins! Part 1 of the Free Midnight Top pattern is here!

You guys. This is my first crochet-along, and I am so excited. The response to the CAL has been amazing so far, and I hope you guys continue to enjoy yourselves!

If you’re reading this post and you haven’t heard about the CAL yet, be sure to read the Introduction post. There you’ll find all the details you’ll need about the schedule, sizing, yarn, and more.

Midnight Top—Free Crochet Along part 1

Here are some quick links to get you started (but you’ll find lots more details in the intro post).

Quick Links

  • To skip all these posts and go straight to the printable PDF, click HERE.
  • To buy the yarn for this top (Lion Brand Jeans), click HERE.
  • To join the CAL community in my Facebook Group, click HERE.
  • To read more details about the CAL, click HERE.
  • To pin this pattern to your pinterest boards, click HERE, or click the image below!
Midnight Top—Free Crochet Along part 1

Last thing before we get to the pattern…check out the Midnight Tops made by my testers below! This is living proof that this top looks stunning in ALL sizes! Feel free to pin this image as well.

Midnight Top—Free Crochet Along part 1

The Midnight Top: Free Crochet Along Part 1

All right, here we go!

Materials:

  • Lion Brand Jeans yarn 2 (3, 3, 3, 4) skeins
  • Total yardage needed: Approx. 470 (550, 620, 700, 780) yards worsted weight yarn
  • K/6.5mm crochet hook (or size to obtain gauge)
  • Yarn needle

Abbreviations/Stitches Used (U.S. Terminology):

Chain – ch

Foundation Single Crochet – fsc

Slip Stitch – sl st

Single crochet – sc

Double crochet – dc

Repeat – rep

Round – rnd

Skip – sk

Stitch(es) – st(s)

Space – sp

Special Stitches: 

Shell (sh): (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in indicated stitch.

Sizing

The finished bust size of the top (as long as you obtain gauge) is: 33 (39, 45, 50, 56)”

You can go for a few different looks as far as this top goes. If you want a loose fitting top, then choose a size that is 2-3” larger than your bust. However, if you want a more fitted top, go for either a size that is the same as your bust, or go for negative ease by choosing a size 1-2” smaller than your bust. 

For reference, I chose to make mine with 3” of positive ease. My bust is 30”, and I made a size Small. 

Gauge:

11 dc = 4”

5 rows of dc = 3”

Notes

1. This top’s construction is a raglan; it is worked from the top down.

2. Ch 3 at beginning of rnds counts as a stitch.

3. Ch 2 at beginning of rnds does NOT count as stitch.

4. Pattern is written in size S, with sizes M-2XL in parentheses.

Instructions: 

YOKE

Fsc 68 (80, 92, 104, 116). Join with a sl st to beg fsc to form a ring.

Rnd 1:​ Ch 3, dc in same st as sl st. Dc in next 16 (19, 22, 25, 28) Fsc. *Sh in next Fsc. Dc in next 16 (19, 22, 25, 28) Fsc. Rep from * 2 times more. Complete first shell by working 2 dc in first Fsc. Sc in beg ch 3 (counts as the ch space.) ​64 (76, 88, 100, 112) dc, and 4 corner shells.

Rnd 2:​ Ch 3, dc in ch-sp of current sh. Dc in next 20 (23, 26, 29, 32) dc. *Sh in next ch-sp. Dc in next 20 (23, 26, 29, 32) dc. Rep from * 2 times more. Complete first sh by doing 2 dc in first ch-sp. Sc in beg ch 3. ​80 (92, 104, 116, 128) dc and 4 corner shells.

Rnd 3:​ Ch 3, dc in ch-sp of current sh. [Dc in next 2 dc. Ch 4, Sk 2 dc, *Sc in next dc. Ch 4, Sk 2 dc, rep from * to corner shell, dc in next 2 dc of corner sh. Sh in next ch-sp] 4 times, omitting last sh and finish first sh by doing 2 dc in first ch-sp. Join with sc to beg ch 3. ​28 (32, 36, 40, 44) ch-4 sps, 24 (28, 32, 36, 40) sc, 16 dc, 4 sh.

Rnd 4:​ Ch 3, dc in ch-sp of current sh. *Dc in next 2 dc. Ch 4, Sk 2 dc, Sc in next ch-sp. (Ch 4, Sc in next ch-sp) across all ch-sps. Ch 4, Sk 2 dc, dc in next 2 dc. Sh in next ch-sp. Rep from * around, except on last repeat, omit final sh. 2 dc in first ch-sp. Join with sc to beg ch 3. ​32 (36, 40, 44, 48) ch-4 sps, 28 (32, 36, 40, 44) sc, 16 dc, 4 sh

Rnd 5:​ Rep rnd 4: ​36 (40, 44, 48, 52) ch-4 sps, 32 (36, 40, 44, 48) sc, 16 dc, 4 sh.

Rnd 6:​ Ch 3, dc in ch-sp of current sh. *Sk next dc, dc in next 3 dc. 2 dc in next ch-sp. Work 3 dc in next ch-sp to last ch-sp, work 2 dc in last ch-sp. Dc in next 3 dc, Sk next dc. Sh in next ch-sp. Rep from * around, except on last repeat, omit final sh. 2 dc in first ch-sp. Join with sc to beg ch 3. ​124 (136, 148, 160, 172) dc and 4 corner shells.

Rnd 7:​ Ch 3, dc in ch-sp of current sh. Dc in ea dc across to ch-sp of next corner sh. *Sh in next ch-sp. Dc across to ch-sp of next corner sh. Rep from * around. 2 dc in first ch-sp. Join with sc to beg ch 3. ​140 (152, 164, 176, 188) dc and 4 corner shells.

Rep Rnd 7 for the following amounts:

S: do not repeat. Move on to body.

M: 1x – 168 dc

L: 2x – 196 dc

XL 3x – 224 dc

2XL: 4x – 252 dc

The yoke is now done! You will join the armholes and begin the body next—look out for Part 2 of the CAL next week!

DON’T FORGET—share your pictures in my Facebook Group, and share pictures on Instagram too! Tag me @desertblossomcrafts, and use the hashtag #midnightcal and #themidnighttop so everyone else crocheting along can see!

Happy Crocheting!

—Rachel 🙂

3 thoughts on “Midnight Top—Free Crochet Along Part 1

  1. Very cute top! I’m having difficulty with round 1, size medium, where I end with 17 stitches instead of 19. And I’m flabbergasted by round 2. Help?

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