Capaldi Top Pattern – RV Designs

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Capaldi Top Pattern - RV Designs

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Howdy! I am Rebecca Velasquez. I design in knit and crochet. I thoroughly enjoy knitting, but crochet has my heart. I live in Houston, Texas with my Mr. Wonderful, 2 dogs and a cat. We have 4 grown children, some of which come home for a while when their university is on break.

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The Pattern

Capaldi is a tee style top created in 2 pieces, bottom up. It is then seamed across the shoulder and from sleeve down to hem. Tee is slightly cropped with shaping in shoulder for a less boxy look. When you share your finished Capaldi Tops online use #CapaldiTee

Capaldi Top Crochet Pattern

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Capaldi Top Pattern - RV Designs

Supplies

  • Yarn: Berroco Remix. 216 yds (200 m) and 3.5 oz (100 g). 30% Nylon, 27% Cotton, 24% Acrylic, 10% Silk and 9% Linen. Aran/Medium Weight Yarn [4]. Machine wash. Lay flat to dry.
  • Color: Pepper (#3993)
  • Hook: 5 mm (H)
  • Number of Skeins of Yarn Needed: 3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7)
  • Scissors, Yarn Needle, Measuring Tape, 8 locking stitch markers

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Difficulty Level

Intermediate

Finished Sizes

Chest circumference 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72)” [81.5 (91.5, 101.5, 112, 122, 132, 142, 152.5, 162.5, 172.5, 183) cm} after light blocking

Armhole circumference 6 (6½, 7, 7½, 8, 8¾, 9½, 10¼, 11, 11¾, 12½)” [15 (16.5, 18, 19, 20.5, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32) cm]

Gauge

Need a gauge ruler?

14 sts and 10 rows = 4” [10 cm] using H [5.00 mm] hook in body stitch pattern after light blocking.

You can substitute any yarn and hook for this stitch pattern – just remember when you substitute if your gauge is different, the finished size, and amount of yarn used for your project will also be different.

Abbreviations

US Terminology used

Our Crochet Translation Project offers translations in many languages.
Check out the Basic Crochet Terms in 10 languages here.

ch – chain

ch-1 sp – chain one space

cl – cluster (see Special Stitches)

dc – double crochet

dec – decrease

Dec A – decrease A (see Special Stitches)

Dec B – decrease B (see Special Stitches)

ea – each

End Cl – ending cluster (see Special Stitches)

FLO – front loop only

hdc – half double crochet

PM – place marker

rem – remain(s)(ing)

RS – right side

sc –  single crochet

sc2tog – single crochet next 2 stitches together

sk – skip

sl st – slip stitch

st(s) – stitch(es)

stacked dc – stacked double crochet (see Special Stitches)

tog – together

yo – yarn over

() – stitch counts

{ } – see special stitches or notes

Special Stitches

Back ridge rather than working under the top loops or ‘V’ of foundation chain, turn chain upside-down, insert hook under the single strand of yarn that is bump / ridge-like in appearance.

Cl (Cluster) (Yo, insert hook into st indicated, pull up a loop, yo, draw through 2 loops on hook) twice, yo, draw through 3 loops on hook.

Stacked dc (Stacked double crochet) Sc in indicated st, insert hook from front to back in leftmost back vertical bar of sc just made, pull up a loop, yo, draw through 2 loops on hook. You may replace this stitch with traditional ch 3 if desired.

Dec A (Decrease A) Yo, insert hook into st indicated, pull up a loop, yo, draw through 2 loops on hook, insert hook into same st, pull up a loop, yo, draw through 3 loops on hook.

Dec B (Decrease B) (Sc, dc) in indicated st. When working into Dec B on following row, work only into dc, leave sc unworked.

End Cl (Ending cluster) Yo, insert hook into st indicated, pull up a loop, yo, draw through 2 loops on hook, yo, insert hook into next st indicated, pull up a loop, yo, draw through 3 loops on hook, yo, draw through 2 loops on hook.

Helpful Tutorials

Quick Stitch Guide 

Sl St Joining Technique

Magic Circle

Stacked Double Crochet

Notes:

  • Pattern is written for 11-sizes
  • Sizes given in parentheses: 40 (44, 48, …).
  • If only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.
  • When working across chains for Sleeves, it will create a 1/2 twist in chain, this will not affect the garment; this twist will not be visible after seaming.
  • Top is worked flat in 2 pieces, bottom-up, then seamed at shoulder and sides.
  • Create your project page on Ravelry here
  • Sample shown in Size 5; model is 5’ 2” with 47“ [119 cm] chest.
Capaldi Top Pattern - RV Designs

Capaldi Top Pattern Instructions

The Capaldi Top is worked flat, in 2-pieces, from the bottom-up, before being seamed at the shoulders and sides.

Using your 5 mm (H) hook (or size required for gauge:

Set up Ch 56 (64, 72, 80, 84, 92, 100, 104, 112, 120, 128), sc in back ridge {see Special Stitches} of 2nd ch, sc in back ridge of each ch across to end, turn. 55 (63, 71, 79, 83, 91, 99, 103, 111, 119, 127) sts

Row 1 Stacked dc {see Special Stitches} in first st, dc in each st across to end, turn.

  • PM through any st of row just made to mark RS.

Row 2 Ch 1, does not count as st here or throughout, sc in each st across to end, turn.

Row 3-22 Rep Rows 1-2.

Row 23 Rep Row 1.

  • PM in 28 (32, 36, 40, 42, 46, 50, 52, 56, 60, 64) st of last row made to mark center, move marker up with each row

Sleeve 1

Row 24 Ch 7, sc in back ridge of 2nd ch, sc in back ridge of each ch across to body, sc in each st across to end, turn. 61 (69, 77, 85, 89, 97, 105, 109, 117, 125, 133) sts

Sleeve 2

Row 25 Ch 6, stacked dc in back ridge of first ch, dc in back ridge of each ch across to body, dc in ea st across to end, turn. 67 (75, 83, 91, 95, 103, 111, 115, 123, 131, 139) sts

Row 26 Rep Row 2.

Rows 27-28 (28, 28, 28, 30, 30, 30, 32, 32, 34, 34) Rep Rows 1-2.

Row 29 (29, 29, 29, 31, 31, 31, 33, 33, 35, 35) Rep Row 1.

Neckline 1

Row 30 (30, 30, 30, 32, 32, 32, 34, 34, 36, 36) Ch 1, sc in first st, *sc in next st, ch 1, sk next st; rep from * across to 2 sts before marker, sc2tog over next 2 sts, leave rem sts unworked, turn.

Row 31 (31, 31, 31, 33, 33, 33, 35, 35, 37, 37) Sc in first st, stacked dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, *cl {see Special Stitches} in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across, cl in last ch-1 sp, dc in last 2 sts, turn.

Row 32 (32, 32, 32, 34, 34, 34, 36, 36, 38, 38) Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next st, ch 1, *sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across until 1 ch 1 rems, sc2tog over last ch-1 sp and last dc, leave rem st unworked, turn.

Rows 33 (33, 33, 33, 35, 35, 35, 37, 37, 39, 39)-40 (40, 42, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56) Rep Rows 31 (31, 31, 31, 33, 33, 33, 35, 35, 37, 37)-32 (32, 32, 32, 34, 34, 34, 36, 36, 38, 38).

  • PM in first st of last row made to mark shoulder seam.

Shoulder Shaping 1

Row 41 (41, 43, 43, 45, 47, 49, 51, 53, 55, 57) Sc in first st, stacked dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, *cl in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across until 2 ch 1 rem, Dec A {see Special Stitches} in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sc2tog over next ch-1 sp and next sc, leave rem st unworked, turn.

Row 42 (42, 44, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58) Sl st in first st, sl st in FLO of ch 1, sc in next st, * sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across until 1 ch 1 rems, sc2tog over last ch-1 sp and next st, leave rem st unworked, turn.

Rows 43 (43, 45, 45, 47, 49, 51, 53, 55, 57, 59)- 44 (44, 46, 46, 50, 52, 54, 56, 56, 60, 60) Rep Rows 41 (41, 43, 43, 45, 47, 49, 51, 53, 55, 57)-42 (42, 44, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58).

Row 45 (45, 47, 47, 51, 53, 55, 57, 57, 61, 61) Rep Row 41 (41, 43, 43, 45, 47, 49, 51, 53, 55, 57).

Work Even at Neck

Row 46 (46, 48, 48, 52, 54, 56, 58, 58, 62, 62) Ch 1, sc in first st, *sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across until 2 ch 1 rem, sc2tog over next ch-1 sp and next st, leave rem sts unworked, turn.

Row 47 (47, 49, 49, 53, 55, 57, 59, 59, 63, 63) Stacked dc in first st, ch 1, *cl in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across until 2 ch 1 rem, Dec A in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sc2tog over next ch-1 sp and next sc, leave rem st unworked, turn.

Capaldi Top Sizes 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, + only

Rows 48 (50, 54, 58, 60, 64, 64)-49 (51, 55, 59, 61, 67, 67) Rep Rows 46 (48, 52, 56, 58, 62, 62)-47 (49, 53, 57, 59, 63, 63).

All Sizes

Row 50 (48, 52, 50, 56, 56, 60, 62, 60, 68, 68) Rep Row 46 (46, 48, 48, 52, 54, 56, 58, 58, 62, 62).

Leaving a tail approximately 5 times the length of shoulder, fasten off.

Neckline 2

Row 30 (30, 30, 30, 32, 32, 32, 34, 34, 36, 36) With WS facing, join new yarn in stitch to left of center marker with sl st, *sc in next st, ch 1, sk next st; rep from * across, sc in last 2 sts, turn.

Row 31 (31, 31, 31, 33, 33, 33, 35, 35, 37, 37) Stacked dc in first st, dc in next st, *cl in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across, until 1 ch 1 rems, end cl {see Special Stitches} in last ch-1 sp and last sc, leave rem st unworked, turn.

Row 32 (32, 32, 32, 34, 34, 34, 36, 36, 38, 38) Sc2tog over first st and next ch-1 sp, ch 1, *sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across, sc in last 2 sts, turn.

Row 33 (33, 33, 33, 35, 35, 35, 37, 37, 39, 39) Stacked dc in first st, dc in next st, *cl in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across, until 1 ch 1 rems, end cl in last ch-1 sp and last sc, turn.

Row 34 (34, 34, 34, 36, 36, 36, 38, 38, 40, 40) Rep Row 32 (32, 32, 32, 34, 34, 34, 36, 36, 38, 38).

Rows 35 (35, 35, 35, 37, 37, 37, 39, 39, 41, 41)-40 (40, 42, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56) Rep Rows 33 (33, 33, 33, 35, 35, 35, 37, 37, 39, 39)-34 (34, 34, 34, 36, 36, 36, 38, 38, 40, 40)

  • PM in last st of last row made to mark for shoulder seam.

Shoulder Shaping 2

Row 41 (41, 43, 43, 45, 47, 49, 51, 53, 55, 57) Sl st in first st, sc2tog over next sc and ch-1 sp, ch 1, Dec B {see Special Stitches} in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, *cl in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across until 1 ch 1 rems, end cl in last ch-1 sp and last sc, turn.

Row 42 (42, 44, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58) Sc2tog over first st and next ch-1 sp, ch 1, *sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across until 2 ch 1 rem, sc2tog over next ch-1 sp and next st, leave rem sts unworked, turn.

Row 43 (43, 45, 45, 47, 49, 51, 53, 55, 57, 59) Sc2tog over first st and next ch-1 sp, ch 1, Dec B in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, *cl in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across until 1 ch 1 rems, end cl in last ch-1 sp and last sc, turn.

Rows 44 (44, 46, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60)-45 (45, 47, 47, 51, 53, 55, 57, 57, 61, 61) Rep Rows 42 (42, 44, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58)-43 (43, 45, 45, 47, 49, 51, 53, 55, 57, 59).

Work Even at neck

Row 46 (46, 48, 48, 52, 54, 56, 58, 58, 62, 62) Ch 1, sc in first st, *sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across until 1 ch 1 rems, sc2tog over last ch-1 sp and last st, leave rem st unworked, turn.

Row 47 (47, 49, 49, 53, 55, 57, 59, 59, 63, 63) Sc2tog over first st and next ch-1 sp, ch 1, Dec B in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, *cl in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across, dc in last st, turn.

Capaldi Top Sizes 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, + only

Rows 48 (50, 54, 58, 60, 64, 64)-49 (51, 55, 59, 61, 67, 67) Rep Rows 46 (48, 52, 56, 58, 62, 62)-47 (49, 53, 57, 59, 63, 63).

All Sizes

Row 50 (48, 52, 50, 56, 56, 60, 62, 60, 68, 68) Rep Row 46 (46, 48, 48, 52, 54, 56, 58, 58, 62, 62).

Back

Complete as Front through Row 29 (29, 29, 29, 31, 31, 31, 33, 33, 35, 35).

Row 30 (30, 30, 30, 32, 32, 32, 34, 34, 36, 36) Ch 1, sc in first st, *sc in next st, ch 1, sk next st; rep from * across, sc in last 2 sts, turn.

Row 31 (31, 31, 31, 33, 33, 33, 35, 35, 37, 37) Stacked dc in first st, dc in next st, *cl in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across until 1 ch 1 rems, cl in last ch-1 sp, dc in last 2 sts, turn.

Row 32 (32, 32, 32, 34, 34, 34, 36, 36, 38, 38) Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next st, ch 1, *sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across, sc in last 2 sts, turn.

Rows 33 (33, 33, 33, 35, 35, 35, 37, 37, 39, 39)-39 (39, 41, 41, 43, 45, 47, 49, 51, 53, 55) Rep Rows 31 (31, 31, 31, 33, 33, 33, 35, 35, 37, 37)-32 (32, 32, 32, 34, 34, 34, 36, 36, 38, 38).

Row 40 (40, 42, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56) Rep Row 32 (32, 32, 32, 34, 34, 34, 36, 36, 38, 38).

  • PM in first and last st of last row made to mark for shoulder seam.
  • NOT counting center marker stitch, PM in stitch 13 (15, 15, 17, 17, 18, 18, 18, 20, 20, 20) to Right and Left of center stitch to mark for neckline, move marker up with each row.

Shoulder Shaping 1 & 2

Row 41 (41, 43, 43, 45, 47, 49, 51, 53, 55, 57) Sl st in first st, sc2tog over next sc and ch-1 sp, ch 1, Dec B in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, *cl in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across until 2 ch 1 rem, Dec A in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sc2tog over next ch-1 sp and sc, leave rem st unworked, turn.

Row 42 (42, 44, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58) Sl st in first st, sl st in FLO of ch 1, sc in next st, * sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across until 2 ch 1 rem, sc2tog over next ch-1 sp and next st, leave rem sts unworked, turn.

Row 43 (43, 45, 45, 47, 49, 51, 53, 55, 57, 59) Sc2tog over first st and next ch-1 sp, ch 1, Dec B in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, *cl in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across until until 2 ch 1 rem, Dec A in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sc2tog over next ch-1 sp and next sc, leave rem sts unworked, turn.

Rows 44 (44, 46, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60)-45 (45, 47, 47, 51, 53, 55, 57, 57, 61, 61) Rep Rows 42 (42, 44, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58-43 (43, 45, 45, 47, 49, 51, 53, 55, 57, 59).

Neckline 1

Row 46 (46, 48, 48, 52, 54, 56, 58, 58, 62, 62) Sl st in first st, sl st in FLO of ch 1, sc in next st, * sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across to 1 ch 1 before marker, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in marked st, leave rem sts unworked, turn.

Row 47 (47, 49, 49, 53, 55, 57, 59, 59, 63, 63) Stacked dc in first st, ch 1, *cl in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across until 2 ch 1 rem, Dec A in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sc2tog over next ch-1 sp and sc, leave rem st unworked, turn.

Capaldi Top Sizes 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, + only

Row 48 (50, 54, 58, 60, 64, 64) Sl st in first st, sl st in FLO of ch 1, sc in next st, * sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across, sc in last ch-1 sp, sc in last st, turn.

Row 49 (51, 55, 59, 61, 65, 65) Stacked dc in first st, ch 1, *cl in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across until 2 ch 1 rem, Dec A in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sc2tog over next ch-1 sp and sc, leave rem st unworked, turn.

Capaldi Top Sizes 10, + only

Rows 66 (66)-67 (67) Rep Rows 64 (64)-65 (65).

All Sizes

Row 50 (48, 52, 50, 56, 56, 60, 62, 60, 68, 68) Sl st in first st, sl st in FLO of ch 1, sc in next st, * sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across, sc in last ch-1 sp, sc in last st, turn.

Leaving a tail approximately 5 times the length of shoulder, fasten off.

Neckline 2

Row 46 (46, 48, 48, 52, 54, 56, 58, 58, 62, 62) With WS facing, join new yarn in marked stitch with sl st, sc in same st as sl st just made, *sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across until 2 ch 1 rem, sc2tog over next ch-1 sp and next st, leave rem sts unworked, turn.

Row 47 (47, 49, 49, 53, 55, 57, 59, 59, 63, 63) Sc2tog over first st and next ch-1 sp, ch 1, Dec B in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, *cl in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across, cl in last ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across, dc in last st, turn.

Capaldi Top Sizes 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, + only

Row 48 (50, 54, 58, 60, 64, 64) Ch 1, sc in first st, *sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across until 2 ch 1 rem, sc2tog over next ch-1 sp and next st, leave rem sts unworked, turn.

Row 49 (51, 55, 59, 61, 65, 65) Sc2tog over first st and next ch-1 sp, ch 1, Dec B in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, *cl in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across, cl in last ch-1 sp, dc in last st, turn.

Capaldi Top Sizes 10, + only

Rows 66 (66)-67 (67) Rep Rows 64 (64)-65 (65).

All Sizes

Row 50 (48, 52, 50, 56, 56, 60, 62, 60, 68, 68) Ch 1, sc in first st, *sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * across until 2 ch 1 rem, sc2tog over next ch-1 sp and next st, leave rem sts unworked, turn.

Fasten off.

Finishing Instructions

Block pieces to measurements.

Shoulder Seam

Having right sides together, using long tail, join Front to Back with sl st, going under 2 loops from each side, beginning at the neckline, sl st evenly across shoulder to marker at sleeve opening.

Fasten off.

Repeat for second shoulder.

Side Seam

Using a length of yarn approximately 5 times the length of side seam and sleeve, join Front to Back with sl st, picking up 1 loop on each fabric piece sl st evenly from hem to sleeve opening.

Repeat for second side.

Fasten off. Remove marker(s), weave in ends.

Neck Edging

Row 1 With RS facing, join new yarn in either shoulder seam with sl st, evenly sc around neckline by working into the side edges of stitches, being mindful to keep tension same as stitches of tee, do not turn.

Row 2 Sl st in FLO of each sc across.

Fasten off.

For best results, steam or dampen at seams neck edge and lay flat to dry.


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