Free Crochet Pattern from Lion Brand Yarn, formatted for input to refreshable Braille displays or Braille software
Empire Top
Lion Brand® Lion® Organic Cotton
Pattern Number: 70525AD

SKILL LEVEL:  Easy + (Level 3)
SIZE: Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X
Finished Chest 32 (36, 40, 44, 48) in. (81.5 (91.5, 101.5, 112, 122) cm) Finished Length 27 1/2 (29, 30 1/2, 32 1/2, 34) in. (70 (73.5, 77.5, 82.5, 86.5) cm)
Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

CORRECTIONS: None

MATERIALS

680-004 Lion Organic Cotton Yarn: Cypress A natural, soft sage green
Quantity needed: 9 Skeins
Estimated Price: $ 58.41
Alternative Quantity: 11, 13, 15, 17

Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size F-5 (3.75 mm)
Quantity needed: 1
Estimated Price: $ 2.30


Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size I-9
Quantity needed: 1
Estimated Price: $ 2.45


Lion Brand Split Ring Stitch Markers
Quantity needed: 1
Estimated Price: $ 2.49


Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)
Quantity needed: 1
Estimated Price: $ 3.59

Additional Materials
9 buttons 1/2 in. (12 mm) diameter
GAUGE:
18 hdc = 4 in. (10 cm) with smaller hook. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles. Making a Gauge Swatch
Exact gauges is not imporant to this project.


INSTRUCTIONS



BAND
With smaller hook, ch 26 (28, 31, 33, 36).
Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across - 24 (26, 29, 31, 34) hdc.
Row 2: Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across.
Rep last row until piece measures 33 (37, 41, 45, 49) in.

(84 (94, 104, 114, 124.5) cm) from beg.

Fasten off.

Overlap the short ends of Band by 1 in.

(2.5 cm) and pin to form center back.

Sew along one long edge of the overlapped section to secure the 2 layers together along that edge only.

Bodice sts will be worked along this joined edge.

Overlapped section is center back.
Bodice
From RS with smaller hook, join yarn with sl st at center back.
Rnd 1: Ch 2, work 122 (138, 154, 170, 186) hdc evenly spaced around lower edge of Band; join with sl st in first hdc.
Rnds 2-4: Ch 2, hdc in each st around; join with sl st in first hdc.
Change to larger hook, and rep last rnd until Bodice measures 13 (14, 15, 16, 17) in.

(33 (35.5, 38, 40.5, 43) cm) from beg.

Fasten off.



Straps
Mark center 6 (6, 6 1/2, 6 1/2, 7) in.

(15 (15, 16.5, 16.5, 18) cm) along top front edge of Band.
Right Strap
From RS with smaller hook, join yarn with sl st at left edge of the marked center section.
Row 1: Ch 2, work 13 (15, 15, 18, 18) hdc evenly spaced across 3 (3 1/2, 3 1/2, 4, 4) in.

(7.5 (9, 9, 10, 10) cm) towards side edge of Band.
Row 2: Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across.

Rep last row until Strap measures 18 (18, 18, 19, 19) in.

(45.5 (45.5, 45.5, 48.5, 48.5) cm) from beg.

Fasten off.
Left Strap
From RS with smaller hook, join yarn with sl st 3 (3 1/2, 3 1/2, 4, 4) in.

(7.5 (9, 9, 10, 10) cm) to right of the marked center section.
Row 1: Ch 2, work 13 (15, 15, 18, 18) hdc evenly spaced across to marked section.
Row 2: Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across.

Rep last row until Strap measures 18 (18, 18, 19, 19) in.

(45.5 (45.5, 45.5, 48.5, 48.5) cm) from beg.

Fasten off.



FINISHING
Weave in ends.
Sew 5 buttons, evenly spaced, along inner edge of center back.

Use spaces between sts as buttonholes.

Mark center 5 (5, 5 1/2, 5 1/2, 6) in.

(12.5 (12.5 (14, 14, 15) cm) along top back edge of Band.

Sew 2 buttons, spaced 2 in.

(5 cm) apart, on either side of marked section.

Use spaces between sts on Straps as buttonholes.

ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
beg = begin(s)(ning)
ch(s) = chain(s)
dc = double crochet
rep = repeat(s)(ing)
RS = right side
st(s) = stitch(es)
yo = yarn over
beg = begin(s)(ning)
ch(s) = chain(s)
hdc = half double crochet
rep = repeat(s)(ing)
rnd(s) = round(s)
RS = right side
sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)


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