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Crochet camisole

Crochet camisole

This strappy top, crocheted in a smooth cotton yarn, is light and lacy, and looks great worn casually with jeans or shorts. 
It is worked in one piece, with no seams: the lower part is a simple shell pattern and the top part is rows of trebles.

Materials
4ply cotton, 3 x 50g balls
3.00mm hook
13 x 6mm buttons
1.8m of narrow ribbon

One size, to fit UK 10-12

Main part
Using 4-ply cotton and 3.00mm hook, make 217ch. Turn.
Row 1: 2ch, miss 2 sts, 2tr in next st, (miss 2 sts, 1 dc, 5ch, miss 5 sts, 1dc, miss 2 sts, 5tr in next st) 17 times, miss 2 sts, 1dc, 5ch, miss 5 sts, 1dc, miss 2 sts, 3tr in last st; turn.
Row 2: 1ch, 1dc in 1st st, (5ch, 1dc in 3rd ch of 5ch loop, 5ch, 1dc in 3rd of 5tr) 17 times, 5ch, 1dc in 3rd of 5ch loop, 5ch, 1dc in 2nd of 2ch in previous row; turn.
Row 3: (5ch, 1dc in ch loop, 5tr in dc, 1dc in ch loop) 18 times, 2cg, 1tr in dc; turn.
Row 4: 1ch, (1dc in 1st st, (5ch, 1dc in 3rd of 5tr, 5ch, 1dc in 3rd ch of 5ch loop) 18 times; turn.
Row 5: 3ch, 2tr in 1st st, (1dc in ch loop, 5ch, 1dc in ch loop, 5tr in dc) 17 times, 1dc in ch loop, 5ch, 1dc in ch loop, 3tr in last st.
Repeat rows 2 to 5 until work measures 24cm from beginning.
Next row: 2ch, then 1dc into each ch on previous row; 180 sts.
Next row: same as previous row.
Next row: (eyelets) 4ch, skip 1 st, *1tr in each of next 2 sts, 1 ch, miss 1 st, rep from * to last st; 1tr in last st.
Next row: 3ch, 1tr in each st to end.
Repeat last row 11 more times. Cut yarn.

Border and straps
Rejoin the yarn to the bottom corner of the left front and work 81dc, evenly spaced, up the left front; then work 2 further dc in the last stitch, to turn the corner.
Work 28dc , then 80ch (to form left strap), skip 38sts and then work 48dc; 80ch (for right strap), skip 38sts, join with sl st to next st and work 27dc; work 2 further dc in last st to turn corner, then work 81dc evenly spaced, down right front; turn.
Buttonhole band: 2ch, (2ch, skip 2 sts on previous row; 5dc) 11 times; 2ch, skip 2sts on previous row, 1dc; 2dc in last st to turn corner. Continue working 1dc in each st of previous row to top of right side; turn and work 1dc in each st of previous row to top of left side; turn and work 1dc in each st of previous row; 2 more dc in top st of right side, then 1dc in each st down right side; fasten off.
To finish, sew 13 buttons down the left front, to correspond with buttonholes. Thread ribbon through eyelet holes and pull up slightly to gather; tie in a bow.

Recommended yarn: Rowan 4ply cotton, shade 133.

Abbreviations
st stitch
sl st slipstitch
ch chain
dc double crochet (US single crochet)
tr treble (US double crochet)

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