I made the Crochet Convergence Top, designed by Linda Skuja and published in the Interweave Crochet Spring 2014 issue. I used Noro Taiyo Sock yarn in the colourway S40, a long-striping mixture of greens, browns, and beiges. This was the first time I used a Noro yarn, and was pleasantly surprised to find how enjoyable it was to crochet with. The changes in colours, as well as the slightly thick-thin yarn, gave interest to a quickly-crocheted pattern. However, the yarn is a singles and if you unwind too much yarn from the ball, it tended to ply onto itself and make some tangles.
Noro Taiyo Sock is a blend of 50% cotton, 17% wool, 17% nylon, and 16% silk. This mixture gives the yarn great texture, although I was happy to see that the finished Convergence Top didn’t look so slubby. The blend will also allow me to wear this top year-round!
The top is decorated with short rows which make those wavy triangle inserts in the front and back of the top. The Convergence Top crochets up quickly because, apart from the short rows, it is completely made up of double crochet stitches. I thought about adding waist shaping, but in the end, I just followed the pattern as written. I made size Large and needed just over two skeins of yarn. I’ve got about 400 m left of my third skein, so I’m planning on using that to make a pretty scarf that I saw in the book Crochet Noro: 30 Dazzling Designs.
Although the pattern recommends a 3.75 mm hook, I used a 4.5 mm hook to get gauge (I crochet tightly). I also added five rows to the front and back, after row 52, for length. I’m 170 cm tall and normally need to lengthen my tops (especially when I sew) by about 2.5 cm.
The Convergence Top is the first garment I’ve crocheted for myself. I was interested to notice how the shaping of the sleeves happened (as I am accustomed to the shape of sleeves from sewing tops); I also was happy to see how the front of the top had 2 extra rows than the back, which is to accommodate a bust. The fabric is holey enough that one has to wear a tank top underneath, but other than that I find the top really easy to wear. I really like the colours, which remind me of a forest, but Noro makes so many other colours that would be striking as well.
Like my crochet chambray jacket, I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of this top!
Read more about the Convergence Top on Ravelry.