Tuesday, April 15, 2014

American Girl Simple Top



This simple top is quick and easy to work up. It's top down, one piece construction means only 2 ends to weave in. The pattern consists of alternating rows of sc and dc to give added texture. It's the American Girl version of my Journey Girl Simple Top



American Girl Simple Top
Written pattern copyright Kimberly Saunders 2014
Please do not reprint or repost this pattern, but please do link to this page to share with others.
Do not sell or reproduce this written pattern. If you sell anything made from this pattern, please give credit to me for the design 
and include a link to either the free pattern or my blog. Thank you!


Supplies:
Worsted Weight Yarn 
Crochet hook size H (5mm)
4   3/8 -5/8" buttons for back closure

Gauge:   Working in pattern: 9 sts = 2" and 6 rows = 2"
Special Stitches:
Starting Double Crochet: SDC = Pull chain to almost as high as a dc, yo and pull up a loop in the first stitch, yo and pull through one loop, yo and pull through 2 loops. Click HERE for a photo tutorial.

Notes:
*The top is worked from the top down, turning after every row.
*Work all sc in row 1 in the back ridge of the loop for a more finished look at the neck edge.
*I do not chain 1 at the beginnings of the sc rows. If you would like to, you can.
*Start the dc rows with the SDC. If you would rather do a ch 3, or other method, at the beginning of rows 2, 4, 6 and 8 you can.
*Either side can be the right side, depending on your preference. For a striped shirt, I prefer the dc rows to be right side.

Top:

Ch 37 + 4 for button loop. 

Row 1:  Sc in back ridge of 5th ch from hook, and in the back ridge of each ch across. Turn. (37 sc)

Row 2: Dc in next 5 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 7 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 9 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 7 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 5 sts. Turn. (45 dc)

Row 3: Sc in next 6 sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 9 sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 11 sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 9 sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 6 sts. Turn. (53 sc)

Row 4: Dc in next 7 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 11 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 13 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 11 sts, dc in next 7 sts. Turn. (61 dc)

Row 5: Ch 4 for button loop and sc in each st across. Turn. (61 sc)

This next row will form the armholes.

Row 6: Dc in next 10 sts, skip 9 sts, dc in next 19 sts, skip 9 sts, dc in next 10 sts. Turn. (39 dc)

Row 7: Sc in each st across. Turn. (39 sc)

Row 8: Dc in each st across. Turn. (39 dc)

Row 9: Ch 4 for button loop and sc in each st across. Turn. (39 sc)

Row 10: Dc in each st across. Turn. (39 dc)

Row 11: Sc in each st across. Turn. (39 sc)

Row 12: Dc in each st across. Turn. (39 dc)

Row 13: Ch 4 for button loop and sc in each st across. Finish off.

Weave in ends and attach buttons to left back opposite of button loops.



16 comments:

  1. Hello just wanted to let you know i found a mistake with the pattern (which i like very much thank you ) i reworked it several times to make sure it wasn't something i was doing wrong (which a lot of times it is). at the end of row 5 you have 61 stitches. row 6 says dc in 10, skip 9, dc in 19, skip 9 dc in 10 giving you 39 stitches but the problem is i still have 3 stitches left over so what i did was on row 6 did 11, 20,11 stitches and still skip the 2 sets of 9 and it caught the extra 3 stitches there. so instead of 39 its 42 stitches for the rest of the top....not a complaint just wanted to let you know incase it really was me and i screwed up somehow and just not sure where been crocheting over 35 yrs now. thank you!

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    1. I got the same error. Counted my stitches in the previous rows, had a correct amount. Then I added up her counts for row 6 and it only adds up to 57 and not 61. Thank you for figuring out a fix for it.

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    2. There's actually 4 stitches left over. Row 6 can be worked as DC 12, skip 9 sc, DC 19, skip 9, DC 12. That adds up to 61.

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  2. I know my comment is a little late but the error is actually at row 4 where there is a 3dc in 1 missing - Correction in caps: Row 4: Dc in next 7 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 11 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 13 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 11 sts, 3 DC IN NEXT ST, dc in next 7 sts. Turn. (61 dc)

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    1. I should have continued before posting as everything after row 5 is wrong. I'll post a correction for anyone interested once I've finished.
      p.s. I meant to add a thank you for the pattern and especially for the SDC stitch which I haven't used before.

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    2. Done! I have done this type of pattern before and all you need to remember is that your last and first stitches between your "skip" should be in the middle of the 3dc increase. In this case there is an additional row for button holes but the same idea applies. Using this proper principle however you end up with 4 less stitches in total. If this makes it too small for your doll, just put another increase row in.

      Row 4: Dc in next 7 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 11 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 13 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 11 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 7 sts. Turn. (61 dc)

      Row 5: Ch 4 for button loop and sc in each st across. Turn. (61 sc not incl. button loop)

      This next row will form the armholes.

      Row 6: Dc in next 9 sts, skip 13 sts, dc in next 17 sts, skip 13 sts, dc in next 9 sts. Turn. (35 dc)

      Continue as per original pattern but row totals are all 35.

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