Easy Peplum Top (Free Crochet Pattern)

Model is 5′ 3″ and wearing a size 34

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The Lilac Peplum Top is worked in one piece in double crochet with minimal sewing required (only weaving in ends). Like the Hyacinth Sweater, this short-sleeved peplum top is worked top-down in the round. Since this project is worked top-down, customizing the length just requires you to add or remove rounds as necessary. For the best fit, I recommend trying on the top at minimum after completing the yoke, after the final round of decreases in the body, and after completing the final rounds of the peplum.

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Materials

Worsted weight yarn (550, 575, 600, 625, 650, 675, 700, 725, 750)

Size H crochet hook

Stitch markers (5)

Yarn needle

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Gauge

14 stitches x 9 rows (4″ x 4″ square – double crochet)

Abbreviations

Sl st – slip stitch

Sc – single crochet

Hdc – half-double crochet

Dc – double crochet

V-stitch – double crochet into a stitch, chain 1, dc into same stitch

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Sizing

Sizes are based on measurement at the bust.

30 in, 32 in, 34 in, 36 in, 38 in, 40 in, 42 in, 44 in, 46 in

Unless otherwise specified in the pattern instructions are listed in order of increasing size:

Sc 40 (45, 50, 55, 60, 65) – Instructions for size 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40)

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Instructions

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Yoke

Chain 60 (74, 80, 94, 100, 114, 120, 150, 164), sl st to join

Round 1: Sl st, insert stitch marker. Sl st, sc 2, hdc 2, dc 2 (4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14), v-stitch, insert stitch marker into chain. Dc 11 (14, 15, 18, 19, 22, 23, 26, 27), v-stitch, insert stitch marker through chain. Dc 17 (21, 23, 27, 29, 33, 35, 39, 41), v-stitch, insert stitch marker through chain. Dc 11 (14, 15, 18, 19, 22, 23, 26, 27), v-stitch, insert stitch marker through chain. Dc until next stitch marker.

Round 2: Dc 1, replace stitch marker. *Dc in each stitch until stitch marker. V-stitch into chain, replace stitch marker in chain.* Repeat instructions in * until the end of the round.

Repeat Round 2 until Round 16 (16, 17, 17, 18, 18, 19, 19, 20).

Try on the top; ensure that the side of the yoke between the first and second v-stitches is long enough to fit comfortable around the upper arm. This will serve as the arm opening for the finished top. Add or remove Round 2 as necessary until this portion of the top fits comfortably.

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Body

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Round 1: Dc 1, dc in each stitch until first stitch marker, dc into chain stitch. Skip all stitches until chain with second stitch marker. Dc into chain stitch, dc in each stitch until third stitch marker, dc into chain stitch. Skip all stitches until chain with fourth stitch marker, dc into chain stitch. Dc in each remain stitch in round.

Rounds 2 – 3: Dc in each stitch in round.

Round 4: Dc in each stitch until the first sleeve opening and dc two together (1 decrease). Dc in each stitch until the second sleeve opening and dc two together (1 decrease). Dc in each remaining stitch in the round.

Repeat Round 4 through Round 11 (11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 14, 14, 15). Vary the placement of the decreases each round (same general location, not the same exact one)

Try on the top at this point. Add or subtract rounds if necessary until the top reaches that point at which you would like the ruffle to start (this point in the top shown is approximately 1.5 inches above my natural waist).

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Round 12 (12, 13, 13, 14, 14, 15, 15, 16): *Dc 2, 2 dc* Repeat until the end of the round [Depending on the size of the top and number of increases, the number of stitches in the previous round may not be divisible by three, so just repeat the instructions in the ** as many times as possible in this round]

Rounds 13 (13, 14, 14, 15, 15, 16, 16, 17): Dc in each stitch in round

Round 14 (14, 15, 15, 16, 16, 17, 17, 18): *Dc 3, 2 dc* Repeat until the end of the round

Round 15 (15, 16, 16, 17, 17, 18, 18, 19): Dc in each stitch in round

Repeat Round 15 (15, 16, 16, 17, 17, 18, 18, 19) until top reaches the desired length (The top shown has 24 total body rounds)

To end the final round, hdc 2, sc 2, sl st 2, tie and weave in all ends

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