Buds on Stems Top

June 11, 2022

Just finished a new top that I'm calling Buds on Stems. I have this amazing book Crochet Every Way Stitch Dictionary by Dora Ohrenstein. I was looking to create my next design and was flipping through pages and found the Buds on Stem stitch. I had actually already previously put the book cover in because it was such a pretty stitch.

I had 2 skeins of Sojurn in Moss from Miss Babs which is a fingering weight yarn.

bud on stems top

I used a 4.5 mm hook.


Ch = chain

sc = single crochet

dc = double crochet

sk 2 ch = skip two chains

Buds = double crochet 3 together, ch 3, double crochet 3 together

bud on stems top

The cast on for this stitch is multiples of 6 + 3. I cast on 63 which gave me 10 buds going across.

Row 1: Buds in the 6th chain from the hook, sk 2 ch, *dc, sk 2 ch, Buds, sk 2 ch. Repeat from * across, dc in the last chain.

Row 2: Ch 5, *sc in the next ch 3 space, ch 2, dc in the next dc, ch 2. Repeat from * across ending with dc.

Row 3: Ch 5, dc 3 together in the first chain, * dc in the next sc, Buds in the next dc. Repeat from * across. In the last chain dc 3 together

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in the first dc, * ch 2, dc in the next dc, sc in the next ch 3 space. Repeat from * across, dc in the last ch.

Row 5: Ch 3, * Buds in the next dc, dc in the next dc. Repeat from * across.

Repeat rows 2-5 until you have your desired length. I ended up wiht 14 rows of buds.

Make 2 panels

bud on stems top

The next step is to sew the panels together. I wanted a fairly open neck so I sewed in 3 buds on each side. For the arm holes I left 5 buds. I also didn't sew all the way to the bottom because I like how it looks when shirts have a little bit of an open bottom.

This pattern is for an adult medium. You could easily adjust to make it wider or longer to adjust the size. I used almost all of the yarn so if you're going to go larger you'd need another skein.

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