The Sun-Soaked Top is a reversible bandeau-style summer top with six puff-stitch straps radiating from the center, converging into thick straps in the back. Rather than leave it as a typical bandeau top, there are thick, textured straps that add visual interest and create a comfortable piece that will stay in place as you wear it. The ease can be adjusted in the back, depending on how tightly you tie up the two back-ties. Perfect for distracted crocheting; this pattern uses just a few simple, beginner-friendly stitch patterns. For an even more bold look, try working up your version in stripes or using a contrasting colour for the back-ties and puff-stitch straps.
Construction: The front of this top is worked in one long rectangle before adding the two identical, mesh, back-ties. The puff stitch straps are added last.
50% Fine Merino Wool, 25% Baby Alpaca, 25% Mulberry Silk
123 yds [112 m] per 1.8-oz [50-g] skein
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Yarn Substitution Notes: Substitute WeCrochet Paragon with any similar, category #2 sport weight yarn or category #1, fingering weight yarn. Most fibers should work fine in place of Paragon, however, note that this is a form-fitting top, so it is recommended you opt for an animal fiber with some bounce and memory and avoid stretch-less plant-based fibers like cotton or linen. This will allow your top to stay taught to your body during wear without feeling restricting.
Yardage: 4 (4, 4, 5, 6) (7, 8, 9, 10) balls of WeCrochet Paragon or 400 (430, 475, 600, 700) (850, 925, 1100, 1200) yds [366 (394, 435, 549, 641) (778, 846, 1006, 1098) m] of a similar sport weight/fingering weight yarn.
Hook: Size U.S. E/4 (3.5 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
Notions: Tapestry needle, 6 locking stitch markers or pieces of scrap yarn to mark strap placement