If you keep scrolling, you’ll find the FREE pattern, but ad-free PDF versions are also available on Ravelry, Etsy and my website. In the paid version you’ll find my usual colour coded sizes, and custom size guide!
Ya’ll I am so so so excited to bring you this size inclusive, fully tested garment FOR FREE! This has been something I have been wanting to do for awhile as a thank you to all of you for supporting me along this journey. Every time you have purchased a pattern helped lead me to working with WeCrochet which lead us to this moment where you’re here on my blog! So even if you don’t make this ringer, I’m so thankful you’re here scrolling through and reading about how I came up with it!
One of my favrouite crochet stitches is the hdc because you can just get into this rhythm with it where you end up working sooooooo fast. I flew through this top in just a few days and so did my testers!
Let’s talk about the yarn for a minute. The Hawthorne line is amazing because it comes in such a high variety of colours that you can be sure to find something you love. Each hank is 100g and has 357 yds. You’ll need a swift (I’m very obsessed with this Onyx one right now) and ball winder to wind it up, or you could do it by hand! But winding it is worth it. This 80% merino wool and 20% nylon yarn has drape, bounce, and is an absolute dream to work with.
All the information you need to complete your ringer can be found below! When making it please be sure to share your work on Instagram and tag me (@by.stephanie.erin) as well as tag your pics with #BetterThanBasicRinger so that I can check out your projects and you can see everyone else’s Better Than Basic Ringers!
Better Than Basic Ringer
Hook – 3.75 mm hook or hook needed to obtain gauge
hdc2toghalf double crochet 2 together – yarn over, *insert hook into next st and pull up a loop. Rep from * once more. Yarn over and pull through 4 loops on hook.
Pattern is written as follows, 1 (2, 3, 4,5,6,7,8,9).
This top is constructed from the top down in the round.
The design is worked in a spiral, do not join with a sl st, continue working into the next st. Use a st marker to identify what the first st of the round is. Your stitch marker will travel to the right. This is normal.
After the yoke, the sizing can be completely customized so that it fits your body. This top is designed to be a relaxed fit through the body. If you would prefer a more fitted tee you can adjust or size down.
Model is wearing a size 3 with a 38” bust showing 2.5” of ease. If you are at the smaller end of the size range it will have +4.5” of ease. If you wish to make the top with 2.5” of ease then size down.
Round 1: With CC, fsc 88 (90, 92, 94,96,98,100,122,104).Taking care not to twist the sts, join in round with sl st. 88 (90, 92, 94,96,98,100,122,104) sts
Round 2: Ch 1, hdc in each st around. Join with sl st. Switch to MC. Ch 1.
We will now start working in a spiral. Do not join with sl st at the end of the round. Use a stitch marker to identify the first stitch in your round.
Round 3-4: hdc in each st around.
Round 5: *hdc 3 (3, 3, 3,3,2,2,2,3), 2 hdc in next. Rep from * around. Hdc in rem sts. 110 (112, 115, 117,120,130,133,136,130) sts.
Round 6-8 (8, 8, 8,8,8,8,9,9): hdc in each st around.
Round 9 (9, 9, 9,9,9,9,10,10): *hdc 3 (3, 3, 3,3,2,2,2,2), 2 hdc in next. Rep from * around. Hdc in rem sts. 137 (140, 143, 146,150,173,177,181,173) sts.
Round 10 (10, 10, 10,10,10,10,11,11) –13 (13, 13, 14,14,14,14,16,16): hdc in each st around.
Round 14 (14, 14, 15,15,15,15,17,17): *hdc 4 (4, 3, 3,3,3,2,2,2), 2 hdc in next. Rep from * around. Hdc in rem sts. 164 (168, 178, 182,187,216,236,241,230) sts.
Round 15 (15, 15, 16,16,16,16,18,18) –18 (18, 18, 20,20,20,21,23,23): hdc in each st around.
Round 19 (19, 19, 21,21,21,22,24,24): *hdc 4 (4, 4, 3,3,3,3,2,2), 2 hdc in next. Rep from * around. Hdc in rem sts. 196 (201, 213, 227,233,270,295,321,306) sts.
Round 20 (20, 20, 22,22,22,23,25,25) –23 (23, 24, 26,26,27,28,30,30): hdc in each st around.
Round 24 (24, 25, 27,27,28,29,31,31): *hdc 5 (4, 4, 3,3,3,3,3,2), 2 hdc in next. Rep from * around. Hdc in rem sts. 228 (241, 255, 283,291,337,368,401,408) sts.
Round 25 (25, 26, 28,28,29,30,32,32) –28 (28, 30, 32,33,34,35,38,39): hdc in each st around.
Round 29 (29, 31, 33,34,35,36,39,40): *hdc 6 (4, 4, 4,3,4,4,4,4), 2 hdc in next. Rep from * around. Hdc in rem sts. 260 (289, 306, 339,363,404,441,481,489) sts.
Round 30 (30, 32, 34,35,36,37,40,41) – 32 (34, 36, 38,40,42,44,46,48): hdc in each st around.
Go to body.
We will now create the arm holes for the body.
Round 1: Hdc 2, ch 6 (4, 6, 5,4,3,2,2,5), pm on 1st ch made. Skip 59 (62, 63, 69,70,80,89,99,97), hdc 71 (83, 90, 101,112,122,132,142,148). Ch 6 (4, 6, 5,4,3,2,2,5), pm on last ch made. Skip 59 (62, 63, 69,70,80,89,99,97), hdc in rem sts. 154 (173, 192, 211,231,250,267,287,305) sts including chs.
Round 2: Hdc in each st around.
Continue repeating round 2 until your tee measures approximately 1.75 (2, 2.25, 2.25,2.5,2.5,2.75,2.75,3)“ from the arm hole. Your tee should be hitting you just above the bottom of your bust. If you need to add additional length before the waist shaping to get to that point, continue repeating until your desired length.
We will now decrease so that the tee stays closer to your waist and defines your shape. This is where you can use your custom measurement page to make any adjustments needed to the pattern for your body.
Round 3: *7 (6, 7, 8,9,9,10,7,8) hdc, hdc2tog. Repeat from * around. Hdc in any rem sts. 137 (152, 171, 190,210,228,245,256,275) sts.
Round 4: Hdc in each st around.
Continue repeating round 4, until your tee measures approximately 5.5 (5.75, 6, 6,6.25,6.5,6.5,6.75,6.75)” from the armhole. Your tee should be hitting you just above your natural waist. Blocking will bring this down again slightly. Add additional length if needed.
We will now increase to allow ease through your hips.
Round 5: *14 (14, 14, 16,20,17,21,16,17) hdc, 2 hdc in next. Repeat from * around. Hdc in any rem sts. 146 (162, 182, 201,220,240,256,271,290) sts.
Round 6-7: Hdc in each st around.
Round 8: *17 (13, 17, 19,21,17,22,15,17) hdc, 2 hdc in next. Repeat from * around. Hdc in any rem sts. 154 (173, 192, 211,230,253,267,287,306) sts.
Round 9: Hdc in each st around.
Continue repeating round 9 until your tee measures approximately 13.25 (13.5, 14, 14.25,14.5,14.75,15,15,15)“ from your arm holes. If you would like a longer tee you can continue repeating until you tee is at your desired length.
Sk 1 st and join with sl st to even out the spiral. Switch to CC
Round 10: Ch 1, hdc in each st around. Join with sl st to first st made. 153 (172, 191, 210,230,250,267,286,305) sts.
Round 11: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first st made.
We will now add a few rounds to the sleeves to give your tee a more finished look. Repeat once for each sleeve.
Round 1: Join yarn at the marked st on the underarm, ch 1 hdc in each stand ch around. 65 (66, 69, 74,74,83,91,101,102) sts.
Round 2-6: Hdc in each st around.
Sk 1 st and join with sl st to even out the spiral. Switch to CC.
Round 7: Ch 1, hdc in each st around. Join with sl st to first st made. 64 (65, 68, 73,81,92,101,108,109) sts.
Round 8: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first st made.
Weave in all ends and block according to fibre.
I like to soak my garment in lukewarm water with a non-rinse soap, like Soak or Euclan, for 20 minutes. Then lay flat to dry on blocking mats or a towel.
Enjoy your new top!
That’s all there is to this pretty ringer top! I hope you love your Better Than Basic Ringer.
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