Quick Gift Crochet Pattern of the Month: April

Cat's Cradle Lace Topper

Design by Doris Chan

Soft, cord-like yarn worked in an open, web-style pattern brings to mind the popular kids' game played wiith string

Skill Level
Intermediate

Finished Sizes
Instructions given fit 32-34-inch bust (small); changes for 36-38-inch bust (medium) and 40-46-inch bust (large/X-large) are in [ ].

Finished Garment Measurements
Bust: 36 inches (small) [42 inches (medium), 50 inches (large/X-large)]

Materials

  • Berroco Ultra Silk medium (worsted) weight yarn (1 3/4 oz/98 yds/50g per ball): 4 [5, 7] balls #6107 frond
  • Sizes J/10/6mm and K/10 1/2/6.5mm crochet hooks or sizes needed to obtain gauge
  • Stitch markers

Gauge
Size J hook: 10 sc = 4 inches; 4 rows = 3 1/2 inches
Size K hook: 19 sc = 8 inches; 4 rows = 4 inches
Take time to check gauge.

Pattern Notes

  • Topper is made from the top down, seamlessly and in joining rounds.
  • Use Size H hook for sizes small and medium.
  • Use Size K hook for sizes large/X-large.

Special Stitches

  • V-stitch (V-st): (Dc, ch 4, dc) in next st or ch sp.
  • Beginning cluster (beg cl): Ch 2, dc in same ch sp.
  • Cluster (cl): Holding back last lp of each st on hook, 2 dc in next st or ch sp, yo, pull through all lps on hook.
  • Picot: Ch 3, sl st in top of last st made.

Topper

  • Foundation ring: Using size hook needed (see Pattern Notes), start with slip knot on hook, ch 2, insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, *pull up lp, yo, pull through 1 lp on hook (ch-1 completed), yo, pull through 2 lps on hook (sc completed)**, insert hook in first ch-1, rep from * to make ch-56 to measure 22 [24, 24] inches slightly stretched, ending last rep at **, sl st in first sc to form ring.
  • Rnd 1 (WS): Ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in each st around, join with sl st in beg sc, turn. (56 sc)
  • Rnds 2-5: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join with sl st in beg sc, turn.
  • Rnd 6 (RS): Ch 1, sc in first st, ch 5, sk next 3 sts, [sc in next st, ch 5, sk next 3 sts] around, join with sl st in beg sc, do not turn.
  • Rnd 7: Sl st in first ch sp, ch 8 (counts as first dc and ch-5 sp), dc in same ch sp, [ch 1, (dc, ch 5, dc) in next ch sp] around, join with sc in 3rd ch of beg ch-8 forming last ch-1 sp.
  • Rnd 8: Ch 8, sk next ch-5 sp, V-st (see Special Stitches) in next ch-1 sp, [ch 5, sk next ch-5 sp, V-st in next ch-1 sp] around, ch 5, sk last ch-5 sp, dc in same ch sp as beg ch-8, join with ch 1, dc in 3rd ch of beg ch-8 forming last V-st. (14 V-sts)
  • Rnd 9 (inc rnd): Ch 7 (counts as first dc and ch-4), V-st in same ch sp, *[ch 5, sk next ch-5 sp, V-st in ch sp of next V-st] twice, ch 5, sk next ch-5 sp, (V-st, ch 4, V-st) in ch sp of next V-st*, [ch 5, sk next ch-5 sp, V-st in ch sp of next V-st] 3 times, (V-st, ch 4, V-st) in ch sp of next V-st, rep between *, [ch 5, sk next ch-5 sp, V-st in ch sp of next V-st] 3 times, ch 5, sk last ch-5 sp, dc in same ch sp as beg ch-7, join with ch 1, dc in 3rd ch of beg ch-7. (18 V-sts)
  • Rnd 10: Ch 8, sc in next ch-4 sp, *[ch 5, V-st in next V-st, ch 5, sc around ch-5 sps of last 2 rnds] 3 times, ch 5, V-st in next V-st, ch 5, sc in next ch-4 sp at center of inc, [ch 5, V-st in next V-st, ch 5, sc around ch-5 sps of last 2 rnds] 4 times, ch 5*, V-st in next V-st, ch 5, sc in next ch-4 sp, rep between * , dc in same ch sp as beg ch-8, join with ch 1, dc in 3rd ch of beg ch-8.
  • Rnd 11: Ch 8, [tr in next sc, ch 5, V-st in next V-st, ch 5] 17 times, tr in next sc, ch 5, dc in same ch sp as beg ch-8, join with ch 1, dc in 3rd ch of beg ch-8.
  • Rnd 12: Ch 8, *sc in next ch-5 sp, sc in next tr, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 5**, V-st in next V-st, ch 5, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, dc in same ch sp as beg ch-8, join with ch 1, dc in 3rd ch of beg ch-8.
  • Rnd 13: Ch 9 (counts as first dc and ch-6), *sc in each of next 3 sc, ch 6**, V-st in next V-st, ch 6, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, dc in same ch sp as beg ch-9, join with ch 1, dc in 3rd ch of beg ch-9.
  • Rnd 14: Ch 9, *sk next sc, tr in next sc, ch 6**, V-st in next V-st, ch 6, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, dc in same ch sp as beg ch-9, join with ch 1, dc in 3rd ch of beg ch-9.
  • Rnd 15: Ch 8, *tr in next tr, ch 5**, V-st in next V-st, ch 5, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, dc in same ch sp as beg ch-8, join with ch 1, dc in 3rd ch of beg ch-8.
  • Rnd 16: Ch 8, *sc in next ch-5 sp, sc in next tr, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 5**, V-st in next V-st, ch 5, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, dc in same ch sp as beg ch-8, join with ch 1, dc in 3rd ch of beg ch-8.

Small & Medium Sizes Only

  • Rnd 17: Ch 8, *[sc in each of next 3 sc, ch 6, V-st in next V-st, ch 6] 4 times, sc in each of next 3 sc, ch 6, dc in ch sp of next V-st, place marker in same ch sp as last dc, sk next 3 V-sts for sleeve*, ch 4 (underarm), dc in ch-sp of next V-st, place marker in same ch sp as last dc, ch 6, rep between *, join with ch 1, dc in 3rd ch of beg ch-8.
  • Rnd 18: Ch 9, *sk next sc, tr in sc, sk next sc, ch 6**, V-st in next V-st, ch 6, rep from * around with V-st in ch-4 sp at underarm, ending last rep at **, dc in same ch sp as beg ch-9, join with ch 1, dc in 3rd ch of beg ch-9.
  • Rnd 19: Rep rnd 15.
    For added length, rep rnds 12-15.

Large/X-Large Size Only

  • Rnd 17: Ch 8, *[sc in each of next 3 sc, ch 6, V-st in next V-st, ch 6] 5 times, place marker in last ch of last ch 6 for Sleeve Trim, ch 5 more for underarm, sk next 3 V-sts for sleeve*, V-st in next V-st, ch 6, rep between * , dc in same ch sp as beg ch-8, join with ch 1, dc in 3rd ch of beg ch-8.
  • Rnd 18: Ch 9, *[sk next sc, tr in next sc, ch 6, V-st in next V-st, ch 6] 5 times, tr in 6th ch of underarm ch, ch 6*, V-st in next V-st, ch 6, rep between *, dc in same ch sp as beg ch-9, join with ch 1, dc in 3rd ch of beg ch-9.
  • Rnd 19: Rep rnd 15.
    For added length, rep rnds 12-15.

Finishing

All Sizes

  • Next rnd: Ch 6, dc in same ch sp, *ch 5, sc in next ch sp, sc in next tr, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 5**, (dc, {ch 3, dc} 3 times) in next V-st, ch 5, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, (dc, ch 3, dc) in same ch sp as beg ch-6, join with ch 1, 58sc in 3rd ch of beg ch-6.
  • Next rnd: Ch 7, dc in next ch-3 sp,*ch 5, sc in each of next 3 sc, ch 5, dc in next ch-3 sp, ch 4**, V-st in next ch-3 sp, ch 4, dc in next ch-3 sp, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, dc in same ch sp as beg ch-7, join with ch 1, sc in 3rd ch of beg ch-7.
  • Last rnd: Beg cl (see Special Stitches), picot (see Special Stitches), ch 3, cl (see Special Stitches) in same ch sp, picot, (ch 3, cl, picot) in next ch-4 sp, *ch 6, sk next sc, sc in next sc, picot, ch 6, sk next ch-5 sp, (cl, picot, ch 3) in next ch-4 sp**, (cl, picot, ch 3) 3 times in next ch-4 sp, (cl, picot) in next ch-4 sp, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, (cl, picot, ch 3) in same ch sp as beg cl, join with sl st in beg cl. Fasten off.

Sliive Trim

Small & Medium Sizes Only

  • Rnd 1: Join with sl st in left-hand side in marked ch sp at underarm, ch 6, dc in same ch sp, *ch 6, sc in each of next 3 sc, ch 6, (dc, {ch 3, dc} 3 times) in next V-st, rep from * twice, ch 6, sc in each of next 3 sc, ch 6, (dc, ch 3, dc) in next marked ch sp at underarm, join with dc in 3rd ch of beg ch-6. Remove markers.
  • Rnd 2: Beg cl, picot, (ch 3, cl, picot) in same ch sp and in next ch-3 sp, *ch 6, sk next sc, sc in next sc, picot, ch 6, sk next ch-6 sp, (cl, picot, ch 3) in next ch-3 sp**, (cl, picot, ch 3) 3 times in next ch-3 sp, (cl, picot) in next ch-3 sp, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, (cl, picot, ch 3) twice in same ch sp as beg cl. Join with sl st in beg cl. Fasten off.
  • Rep on other armhole

Large/X-Large Size Only

  • Rnd 1: Join with sc in marked 6th ch at center of underarm, same as tr is worked in, sc in next ch sp of underarm ch, ch 6, (dc, {ch 3, dc} 3 times) in next V-st, *ch 6, sc in each of next 3 sc, ch 6**, (dc, {ch 3, dc} 3 times) in next V-st, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, on other side of underarm, (dc, {ch 3, dc} 3 times) in same V-st of V-st as previous worked with dc, ch 6, sc in next ch sp of underarm, join with sl st in beg sc.
  • Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in first st, picot, *ch 6, sk next ch-6 sp, (cl, picot, ch 3) in next ch-3 sp, (cl, picot, ch 3) 3 times in next ch-3 sp, cl in next ch-3 sp, picot, ch 6, sk next sc**, sc in next sc, picot, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with sl st in beg sc. Fasten off.
  • Rep on other armhole.

Copyright © 2007. DRG. Crochet! Magazine.


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