Masina Crocheted Top

Updated: Jul 14, 2020

Dedicated to my family. Ou te alofa ia te oe.

Of all the things that I have designed so far, this is the pattern that I hold closest to my heart. This design reminds me of my grandparents’ house. It reminds me of playing with our cousins and getting spoiled by our aunties and uncle. It reminds me of the late nights laughing and writing the names of our crushes on the basement walls. It reminds me of the meals my grandma made. It reminds me of my FAMILY.

My family has always and will always mean the world to me. I love being a Masina so much that when I got married, I kept my family name. Masina is not just a name to me; it is the embodiment of all the people that I love and hold dear to me. This pattern is for them.

This garment is made by making two identical panels and seaming them together along the shoulders and sides leaving gaps for the armholes.

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a woman wearing a crocheted drop-sleeve top with large eyelets on the shoulders and a woven pattern along the bottom.

Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL)[2X, 3X, 4X, 5X]

Finished bust measurement: 42 (48, 52, 56, 60)[62, 68, 72, 76] in / 119.5 (129.5, 140, 150, 160){170, 180, 190.5, 120.5] cm

Note: The finished object will have a significant amount of positive ease (~16 in / ~41 cm), because it is intended to have a large, boxy fit.

You will need:

  • US size I/9 / 5.5 mm hook or size needed to obtain gauge.

  • Darning needle & scissors

  • Materials for wet blocking

  • Yarn/Yardage: This pattern is made using a worsted weight (size 4) yarn. The sample was made using Malabrigo Rios in Camel (Color A) and Negro (Color B). The needed yardage is listed below:

  • Color A: 299 (335, 371, 408, 444)[462, 480, 534, 552] yards / 274 (307, 340, 373, 406)[423, 439, 489, 505] meters

  • Color B: 485 (544, 603, 662, 721)[750, 780, 868, 897]yards / 444 (498, 552, 606, 660)[689, 714, 794, 821] meters

Gauge: 12.5 dc x 8 rows = 4” / 10cm

Special Skills & Abbreviations (US):

  • alt ch2: after turning your work to start the next row, sc into the last stitch of the previous row, then sc into the left loop of the sc you just made.

what an alt ch looks like
  • alt ch3: after turning your work to start the next row, sc into the last stitch of the previous row, then *sc into the left loop of the sc you just made* and repeat from * once more.

alt ch3 visual. No gap is left at the edge.
  • BPtr: back post treble crochet

  • ch: chain

  • dc: double crochet

  • FPtr: front post treble crochet

  • hdc: half double crochet

  • RS: right side

  • sc: single crochet

  • sk: skip

  • st(s): stitch(es)

  • tr: treble crochet

  • WS: wrong side

Panel Pattern


With color A, ch 68 (76, 84, 92, 100)[104, 108, 120, 124].

Foundation Row (WS): In third ch from hook, hdc. Then, hdc in each chain across, turn. 66 (74, 82, 90, 98)[102, 106, 118, 122] sts.


Row 1 (RS): alt-ch2 in first st, *sk 2 st, FPtr in next two sts, cross in front of the two previously worked sts and FPtr in the 2 skipped sts, repeat from * until one st remains, dc in last st, turn.

one row of the celtic weave stitch. The trc are crossing each other.

Row 2 (WS): alt-ch2 in first st, BPtr in next two sts, *sk 2 st, BPtr in next two sts, cross behind the two previously worked sts and BPtr in the 2 skipped sts, repeat from * until three sts remain, BPtr in the next two sts, dc in last st, turn.

wrong side of the work after working Row 2. The tr are still crossing one another

Repeat rows 1 and 2 four more times.


Switch to color B.

Row 1 (RS): alt-ch2 in first st, dc in each st across. 66 (74, 82, 90, 98)[102, 106, 118, 122] sts.

Repeat this row until work measures 18” (46 cm) from the foundation chain ending with a WS row. If you would like to lengthen the pattern, this is the place to add more rows/length.


Row 1 (RS): alt-ch3, *ch 2, sk 2 st, tr in next st* 7 (8, 9, 10, 11)[12, 13, 15, 15] times, turn.

Row 2: sc in each st and ch across, cut yarn and fasten off. 22 (25, 28, 31, 34)[37, 40, 46, 46] sts.

Starting on the wrong side, repeat rows 1 and 2 on the other side of the panel to create the other shoulder.

Repeat the whole “Pattern Panel” section one more time to make a second panel.


Step 1: Seam the two panels together starting with the shoulders. Then, leaving a 4.5 (5, 5.5, 6, 6.5)[7, 7.5, 8, 8.5] in / 11.5 (13, 14, 15, 16.5)[18, 19, 20.5, 21.5] cm --or however deep you would like your armholes to be-- gap from the top of the shoulder down , seam the sides together. As an option, you can either seam all the way to the bottom or leave a gap at the bottom as well.The sample was seamed using the mattress stitch.

Step 2: With Color A, sc evenly around armholes for two rounds, then fasten off and weave in ends.

Step 3: Weave in any remaining ends and block.

Pin photo: a short-sleeve crocheted top. The bottom has a woven pattern and there are large eyelets on the shoulders.

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