When We Are Knitters asked if I would like to collaborate with them, I had to pinch myself. One of my dream companies is asking ME? I was completely humbled & eternally grateful for being given this amazing opportunity. They were so sweet in gifting me their incredible cotton yarn, as well as a WAK hook. Well, it is now time to share with you our collaboration!
I created a FREE PATTERN with their amazing 100% Peruvian Pima Cotton. Let me introduce you to the ‘ALL HAIL’ Halter.
Can I say just how amazing this yarn works up?! It feels like heaven in your hands–the softest cotton I have ever felt! Now let’s get into the pattern.
Please note that the final product cannot be sold & the pattern is for personal use ONLY. Thank you!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- A skein of We Are Knitters 100% Peruvian Pima Cotton (duh!) Pictured is the color khaki.
- A 3.75mm hook (size F) & 4.25mm hook (size G)
- Sewing Needle (to weave ends)
- Stitch Marker (or use a safety pin, like me!)
- width: 4 single crochet stitches = 1 inch
- height: 6 single crochet stitches = 1 inch
- SC: Single Crochet
- SS: Slip Stitch
- HDC: Half Double Crochet
- DC: Double Crochet
- CH: Chain
Part 1: The Body
Pick up your bigger hook (Size G: 4.25mm). First we are making a long rectangle shape that will go around your ribcage.
A cup: Make a chain that is 12 inches long (and then chain one extra)
B cup: Make a chain that is 14 inches long (and then chain one extra)
C cup: Make a chain that is 16 inches long (and then chain one extra)
D cup: Make a chain that is 18 inches long (and then chain one extra)
DD cup: Make a chain that is 20 inches long (and then chain one extra)
SC across for as many rows as you want the length of your halter top to be. The one pictured has 25 rows and is pretty cropped. If you would like this to be full length, then crochet as many rows as desired!
Part 2: The Cups
Next you are going to count how many stitches wide your work is & find the middle stitch of your work. Place your stitch marker at that spot.
SC towards the stitch marker, until you are 1 stitch away from the stitch marker, creating 2 even rows of SC, remembering to chain 1 at the end of each row.
After completing the 2 rows, we will begin to decrease for each row by NOT chaining 1 at the end of the row, and putting your hook into the second stitch and continuing on with the row. You are now beginning to make a triangle shape. Stop until the last row has 11 stitches. Cut your yarn and repeat this step on the other side.
This is where we are going to change hooks. Switch to your smaller hook (size F: 3.75mm) and crochet around the whole piece (to even out all of the edges). You can start at the bottom of your work, and SC ALL the way around your work.
Notice how the edges look a lot cleaner. SC one more row ALL the way around (creating 2 rows of SC around your entire piece)
Part 3: The Neckline
Insert your smaller hook into the first stitch of the top of one of the cups and chain 1. DC into the next stitch, SC into the next, DC in the next, etc. Chain 1 at the end of the row. Ensure that you are crocheting 11 stitches (SC, DC, SC, DC, SC, DC, SC, DC, SC, DC, SC). You will start with a SC stitch and end the row with a SC stitch. Chain 1 and repeat. Repeat this same row for 13 rows and stop. Do this same process on the top of the other cup, once again ensuring you are crocheting 11 stitches to ensure everything is symmetrical.
Now we are going to SC across the top towards the center to connect (slip stitch) the top of the neckline together in the center and continue to SC across the top.
You can see how I SC across from right to left, now I will SS into the first stitch of the left side, connecting the pieces at the center. Continue to SC across the other side.
CH 1 and do one more row of SC across the top!
At this point you can create 2 chains that will be the ties that will go around your neck. On each side I chained 65 (again you can make it as long as you need!) One chain will go where my hook is shown above, the other chain will be on the opposite side.
Part 4: Bottom Edging
Flip your work upside down. We are going to work across the bottom, creating a fun but simple trim. With your smaller hook, SC in the first 3 stitches. On that third stitch, chain 2. SC around the post of that 3rd SC. SC in the next 3 stitches. On that last stitch repeat what you just did by chaining 2 and SC around the post of that stitch.
Continue all the way across. Cut and weave in all ends that have to be cleaned up.
Part 5: Corset Back
Lastly we are going to create the sides/back of the top on each side.
Starting from the bottom, grab your smaller hook. SC up the side. I went up to the height of how tall the very first rectangle we made was. (You can go as high up as you need, knowing this will wrap around the side of you, to the back.) SC for another 3 rows. On the 5th & 6th row, CH 2 and HDC across. For row 7, CH 2, and DC on the first stitch. CH 1 and skip 2 stitches, make 2 DC in the next same stitch, CH 1 and skip 2 stitches, make 2 DC in the same stitch, repeat across for row 7. We are making gaps for the ties to weave through, creating a corset backing. Finally for row 8, SC across. Repeat on the same side. At the top of the the corset piece, crochet a chain of about 190. This will weave, criss crossing towards the bottom.
Part 6: Tassels
Cut 5 pieces of yarn about 8 inches long. Fold them in half. Stick your needle through the end of the chain and loop the 5 pieces around your hook, and pull the 5 pieces halfway through the loop of the chain. Release your hook. Feed your fingers through the loop. With your fingers that are through the loop, pull the ends of the tassel through that loop. Pull tight on the ends of the pieces, til the knot on the tassel is secure. Cut the ends to your liking.
Your top is now complete! Hooray!
If there is any confusion at all, feel free to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org and I would absolutely love to help or clarify!
Again, a HUGE thank you to We Are Knitters for this incredible collaboration. Nothing makes my heart happier than creating 🙂
If you do create the ALL HAIL Halter, PLEASE use the hashtag #WAKxREY418 and tag @weareknitters & @rey_418 on Instagram // We want to see your work!