I was walking around with the idea for this top for a year. I tried the pinwheel motive about 5 years ago, loved it, and since then was looking for an application. Last winter, as I was making the Bloomsbury top, I thought that this motive will work really well with self striping yarn creating fun colorful pattern, as opposed to concentric or plain stripes. I then looked into more self striping yarns, and fell in love with Jaipur by Katia for it’s unusual weight and lovely colours. This winter I was finally able to buy the yarn. So here we go – download PDF here.
- 4 skeins of Jaipur Katia or similar yarn (100% mercerized cotton, 280m/306yds in 50g/1.76 oz). This is a self striping fingering weight yarn with longer runs of colour.
- 5mm (US B/C) hook
- Darning needle
Main motive 13 cm/5.1’’ in diameter
The instructions and gauge will give you M size (Finished chest/hip circumference is 104 cm/41’’ with quite a bit of positive ease. Length – 65 cm/ 25,5’’). The circumference is made of 8 motives, and the legth is 5 motives. So to adapt the size, you can either use different yard and/or hook to achieve a motive of a different size, or to add/make less motives in the round (for the construction to work, you need even number of motives). For example, to make a larger top, you can either use heavier yarn and/or bigger hook, or increase the number of motives to 10 per round (you will have 7 motives in top/sleeves rows)
Only basic crochet stitches are used. The motive construction is slightly more complex, but there is a detailed tutorial available on-line.