Cro-Shayley makes Crochet Today’s Tootsie Top

tootsie topReady for Spring?  I sure am!  I like lace-stitch style shirts and wearing tank tops underneath so when I saw the fun Tootsie Top pattern in Crochet Today’s May/June 2013 issue I just had to make it!  In the past, I had a tendency to make projects that had a quick turn-around so making a top like this, in my mind, was a little out of my league.  Especially when I saw that the pattern was an intermediate skill level.  I got a little nervous, but I decided what the heck!  I stuck with it and didn’t quit!

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The Tootsie Top pattern calls for a size 4 yarn.  I had 3 skeins of Red Heart With Love, 2 skeins of Candy Pinkand 1 skein of Lettuce.  I have been dying to make something with these 2 colors and thought how perfect this would turn out if I made the shirt with the Candy Pink and crocheted the ribbing with the Lettuce.  It’s a “Springy” top with “Springy” colors!  Yay!

To begin, you master the vertical lace pattern.


This repeats for the specified number of rows depending on what size you desire.


Then comes the shaping of the front and back neck on both sides.


















When it came time to crochet the lower ribbing, I decided to change from Candy Pink to Lettuce.


This section includes front and back post double crochets.  If you need instructions on how to do this stitch, check out our learn how section here: Front and Back Post Stitches.



Then comes the ribbing of the neck.


And finally, you seam the sides together leaving space for the armholes.  Then rib those as well.



















And voilà.  My first top complete!


Get this issue of Crochet Today to find the Tootsie Top pattern.  It’s now available in digital format for Google Play, Apple iPad, Nook, Kindle, and Zinio.

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