How to Crochet Motif V neck Coverage


Hi I’m Kristin Omdahl. Today I’m going to
show you how to transform a top that had a way too plunging neckline to a more modestly
covered top. I’m going to show you how to crochet an edging on the fabric and then show
you to make a triangular motif and join it as you go onto that edging on the fabric to
create this beautiful top. I bought a beautiful wrap dress at TJ Maxx
for $7 recently and it looks great on me except for the fact the V-neck comes way too low,
pretty much almost below my bra line. So, I’ve been toying around with wearing tank
tops underneath and I really don’t like that look. I thought this might be a great example
for showing you another way to crochet on fabric. We are not going to cut any part of
the dress. What we are going to do is take one of our steel crochet hooks that has a
really, really sharp point and one of the best features of these crochet hooks is they
easily stab into fabric like that. So in this video I’m going to show you how to crochet
a chain edge onto the fabric in order to be able to have an edge to join a motif in the
technique of join-as-you-go. So let’s get started. We are going to need a TIDBIT or
full sized hank of Be So Fine Yarn, my fingering weight, bamboo yarn in hand dyed color way
Iced Silver Fox. thought it would be really pretty to wear with the black dress, going
with charcoal accessories. Shoes, jewelry, and my make up will all be in the darker gray
to go with the silver gray on the black dress. I’m also going to be using #6 (1.0mm) steel
head crochet hook. I tried the dress on and marked the spots
that I wanted to have a little more coverage with bobby pins. I thought it was just a little
bit easier for me than using safety pins because they happened to be right there in my bathroom.
I’m going to tie the yarn onto my crochet hook, and I’m going to pick up the edge of
my top, and insert my crochet hook into the edge of the fabric about 1/4″ away down, and
pull the loop through to slip stitch my first stitch. I’m going to chain 5, then single
crochet about 1/2″ down the edge of the fabric. Chain 5, and single crochet about 1/2″ further
down on the fabric. I’m going to repeat this all the way down until we get to the V-point
where the second bobby pin is marking the V-neck. The reason why I marked that position
as well is that knew this could slide around a bit and I wanted to make sure I knew exactly
where those points crossed each other based on my actual bust ease. Depending on the size
of your bust, your shirt will adjust differently within the same size garment than somebody
who has a different bust. So when you are holding the top, or the dress, without being
“in it” you could assume that’s the way but it may not be the way it would lay because
you are not flat. Ok, so now I’m at the point where my top crosses
over and I want to make sure I go through both thicknesses of the top so that I’m securing
it at the position I know that the top crosses over on my body. And I’m going to set it down
so you can see what I mean. I worked through both thicknesses where the V-neck overlaps
on itself. Ok, so now let’s count how many loops we have: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
10, 11. We are going to ‘eye ball it’ that we do every 1/2″ for our chain-5 spaces but
I also want to make sure we do the same exact number, which will be eleven. I’ve got five
so far. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Ok, so we will set this back down again. We have eleven chain-5
spaces on either side of our V on the wrap top. In the next section I’m going to show
you how to crochet a triangular motif and then join-it-as-you-go to this edge.
Ok we fastened off the yarn here. Tied it onto our other crochet hook. I’m going to
use a G/6 (4mm) crochet hook for the crochet motif. And I’m going to start with a chain
5. Slip stitch into the fifth chain from your hook to form into a ring. Chain 3 which counts
as a double crochet, and work a second double crochet into the ring. Chain 3, and work 2
double crochets into the ring. You want to do this a total of six times, with the chain
3 and the first double crochet counting as our first one. So we will chain 3 again, and
work 2 double crochets in the ring. Chain 3, 2 double crochets in the ring. Chain 3,
2 double crochets in the ring. Let’s see how many we have: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Ok we are going
to do one more. 2 double crochets in the ring, and for our last “chain 3 space” we are going
to do a “chain 1 and a half double crochet” into the top of the first chain 3 to count
as our last ch3 space. So it’s yarn over, insert your hook in the stitch, pull up a
loop, and then yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on the hook in one fell swoop
instead of “yarn over, pull through 2 loops” twice like you would for a double crochet.
So now we are going to chain 3, double crochet in the same space, chain 3, 2 double crochets
in the next chain 3 space, chain 3, and then we are going to work 2 double crochets chain
3, and 2 double crochets all in the same chain 3 space. Then chain 3, and we will work 2
double crochets in the next chain 3 space. Chain 3, 2 double crochets, chain 3, and 2
double crochets all in the next chain 3 space. Chain 3, 2 double crochets in the next chain
3 space, chain 3, and you know how we started at the top center of that first chain 3 space?
We are now going to complete the other half of it with 2 double crochets and we are going
to replicate our chain 3 space with a chain 1 and a half double crochet in the top of
the chain 3 at the beginning of the round. Yarn over, insert your hook in that chain,
yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on your hook. A half double
crochet is the linear equivalent of a chain 2 so a chain 1 and a half double crochet is
the equivalent of a chain 3 space but it positions you in the top center of it.
So we chain 3 now in the next round, and double crochet in the same space. Chain 3, 2 double
crochets in the next chain 3 space, chain 3, 2 double crochets in the next chain 3 space,
chain 3 and we will do ‘2 doubles, ch3, 2 doubles’ in the next chain 3 space. Chain
3, 2 doubles in the next chain 3 space, chain 3, 2 doubles in the next chain 3 space, chain
3, and we will do ‘2 doubles, chain 3, 2 doubles’ in the next chain 3 space. Chain 3, 2 doubles
in the next chain 3 space, chain 3, 2 doubles in the next chain 3 space, chain 3, and then
we will finish off that first chain 3 space from the beginning of the round with 2 more
double crochets and a chain 1 and a half double crochet in the top of the chain 3 at the beginning
of the round to join. I’m going to set this down now so we can take a look. We’ve got
1, 2, 3, 4. Ok, so what I’m planning: I have four chain-3 spaces on each side of my triangle
right now. I need a total of five and let me show you why. What I’m planning on doing
is based on the fact that I have 11 chain-5 spaces on either side of my V-neck. I want
to join in every other space with the chain 3 spaces of my motif when I join-as-I-go.
Except for these two down here. I’m going to join them at the same time. So now that
I explained it to you, I’m going to show you how I do it. We are going to start with a
chain 3, and double crochet in the same space. Now instead of, lets see, instead of doing
a chain 3 now, we are going to chain 1 and because this corner here is going to join,
lets see, where would hmmmm Oh, you know what? I’ve got a better idea. Let’s end up that
last round with a double crochet to count as our last chain 3 space. See how we ended
up in the center when we did a chain 1 and a half double? I want to end up on this side
now (right) because I want to do my whole corner at one time. So we will chain 3 (counts
as a double crochet), and double crochet. And now we are going to do our chain 3 space
but we also need to join it to this spot on the edge of the dress. So we are going to
chain 1, we slip stitch into that first chain 5 space to join, and that slip stitch counts
as the second of our chain 3, and then chain 1, then go back to our motif and 2 double
crochets in that same space. Ok, so now our next chain 3 space is a chain 1, skip the
next chain space on the edge of our top and slip stitch into the next one, chain 1, that
was a total of chain 3, and then we will work 2 double crochets in the next chain 3 space
on the actual motif. Chain 1, on the top skip the next chain space and slip stitch into
the next one, chain 1 (that counts as our chain 3), work 2 double crochets in the next
chain 3 space on the motif. Chain 1, skip the next chain space on the top, slip stitch
into the next one, chain 1, working back on the motif, 2 double crochets in the next chain
3 space, chain 1, skip the next space on the top, slip stitch into the next one, chain
1, and now we are ready to do our corner. So we are going to work 2 double crochets
in the corner, chain 1, remember how I said we were going to slip stitch across both of
the next 2 spaces: we skip 1 space on the top, and then we slip stitch into BOTH of
the next two spaces. So we pick up one here, pick up one there, and pull through all of
it. Chain 1, then come back and finish our corner on the motif with 2 double crochets.
So now we are going to turn our work. Because now we’ve got one side of our motif joined
to the top! I’m going to turn the whole top upside-down now so you can see what I’m talking
about. See, look at that! We are getting there! Ok, so one half is done now. Chain 1, skip
one space on the top, slip stitch into the next one, chain 1, come back and work 2 double
crochets in the next chain 3 space on our motif. Chain 1, skip one space on the top,
slip stitch into the next, ch1, 2 double crochets in our motif. Chain 1, skip 1 space on the
top, slip stitch into the next, chain 1, 2 double crochets in the next chain 3 space
on the motif, chain 1, skip the next space on the top, slip stitch into the next one,
chain 1, come back and it is now time to do our corner. Two double crochets, chain 1,
skip 1 space on the top, slip stitch into the last chain space on the top, chain 1,
and now we will turn our work and finish our corner on the motif with 2 double crochets.
So now we have a couple of options. We are now working the top edge of the motif which
is now going to be the new top edge of the top, or the dress, and you can either work
in our established pattern or you could put some flower petals on this but I actually
think this is going to be pretty just ‘as is’ so I”m going to maintain our established
pattern and do a chain 3, 2 double crochets in the next chain 3 space, chain 3, 2 double
crochets in the next chain 3 space. I am SO excited to try this on. I think this is going
to look so cool and it is definitely going to make me feel a lot more comfortable in
a top that is otherwise way too low for my cleavage. Chain 3, and we are going to join
with a slip stitch to the top of the chain 3 at the beginning of the round, which counted
as our first double crochet. And we are going to fasten off. Can you believe how fast this
was? What a fast fix for a $7 dress that turned out to be super duper cute and perfectly modest
for my body style. Let’s go try it on!

44 comments

I think the idea is great. I'm sure it is hard to demonstrate on a camera. It was not possible to see all the stitches you were doing because it was out of the camera range. Thank you.

Love this video! Thanks for sharing. I have a gorgeous sundress that I never wear because it is so low cut. Now I have a great solution.

because I'm a long time crocheter. ..i found it easy to follow…and I'll be doing a couple of these…thanks so much!!!

I have a few tops that are too low cut for me to wear.  What an excellent idea.  Might have to give this a try.  Thanks!

I believe that Carolina Villari is asking if she can translate this into Italian? Si puedo traduced esto en Italiano? (Which is how you would say this in Spanish). I speak Spanish fluently, but have 1 yr of college Italian & 2yrs of h.s. French & 1 of college French, & am learning Brazilian Portuguese . I'm just a Nurse, not a Romance language expert.

Thank you so much for this video Kristen!!!! I looked for a video or pattern for a cleavage cover for so long and finally gave up. I came across an ad for your yarn and ended up in this group of videos. You have no idea how happy this has made me. I find so many tops that I like but are cut too low for my taste….I'm going shopping!!!!!

Love this. This was my solution for the very same problem two years ago, but I could not get my hook to go through the shirt material so I ended up just making a granny triangle and sewing it into place. I got the idea from when I was a little girl and we used to have these triangle inserts that buttoned into our sailor blouses. Great solution to counter some of the ridiculous necklines they produce these days.

Fabulous! Thank you. On the cover of Sundance catalogue is a blouse pieced together by crochet also edging detail on hem, neck & sleves in contrasting thread; I'm looking to knock off even better. ❤😇😘

Oh my gracious! This is so gorgeous! I was searching for pineapple crochet pattern shell tops and came across your channel! What a great idea for gifting and for my own wardrobe! Thank you so much for sharing your craft!

What a great idea. I added a short sleeve to a sundress, but couldn't get the crochet hook through the fabric. I made running stitches to the underside of the armhole edge, then started to crochet along those running stitches. It turned out very nice. That idea opens up a lot of other project, like adding an edge to a dress hem or a ruffle along a neckline etc. Thank you for the tutorial

Love your videos. Would love to see you crochet embellish a swearshirt, making it a jacket. Thank you for your generosity in sharing your talent.

Could u also do with Aunt Lydia's mesmerized yarn? An is there a way of making these and not actually attachg them to clothes but clip them on somehow?

It would be so useful if and artist as you are could
show how one could attach your crochet style to a spaghetti strap T-shirt.

Kristin your a genius, you made that look so easy to do & it looks lovely on you, well done to you. I'll be watching out for more of your tips & tricks in the future. Loved what you did with the lacy crochet on the white tee shirt, that came out really well x

You do this so fast it’s hard to follow you. Could you slow down a little more step by step, please.
Thanks in advance and have a blessed day.

Grate idea looks awesome I’m going to try this I have several garments I stop wearing because of the same thing… thank you so much for this tutorial you look beautiful.

Thank you, I did find the gear button to slow it down but it is 3 dots on my iPad, I slowed it down to half speed which is perfect for an old girl like me

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