Here at last is the recipe for my granny square top, which I'm calling "Amma" because it's Icelandic for "Granny". I finished this top in August, just in time for the last days of summer, and have worn it twice since then (you can see it in action on Instagram). I absolutely love it and it's such a great feeling to wear something you made yourself.
This top is super simple - just two granny squares joined together - and has a loose fit that skims the body - not too clingy and not too boxy. I made this to fit me and it's about 40" in total width. To make it in your preferred size, use your hip or bust measurement (whichever is larger) + desired ease (I added about 2"), divided by 2 as a guideline for the size of your squares.
Example: To fit hip 38" + 2" ease, use 40/2 = 20. Each square should measure 20".
The yarn is Álafoss Einband, which is an Icelandic lace-weight wool. It's light but also warm, just right for Iceland's cooler summers. If you plan to make this for warmer climates or you don't like wool, something like linen might be a good substitute. If you do choose Einband, note that it feels a bit coarse when you're working with it, but it softens after blocking. It also stretches when washed, so it's always best to do a swatch first. Swatching is definitely recommended if you're substituting another yarn.
3 skeins Álafoss Einband lace-weight wool (50 g/250 m per skein)
3.5 mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
5 rounds of granny square = 4"
st - stitch
ss - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
ch - chain stitch
Granny square (make 2)
Make a traditional granny square in whichever way you like doing them. I like the method below:
Make a magic ring
Round 1 - Ch 5 (counts as 1st dc + ch 2 throughout), 3 dc into ring, *ch 2, 3 dc into ring*, repeat from * to * once more, ch 2, 2 dc, ss into 3rd ch of beginning ch 5 to join, and pull on the yarn tail to close the ring tight.
Round 2 - Ss into ch 2 sp, ch 5, 3 dc into same space, *ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into next ch 2 space*, repeat from * to * two times, ch 1, 2 dc in last ch 2 sp, ss into 3rd ch of beginning ch 5 to join.
Round 3 - Ss into ch 2 sp, ch 5, 3 dc into same sp, *ch 1, 3 dc into next ch 1 sp, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into next ch 2 sp*, repeat from * to * two times, ch 1, 3 dc in ch 1 sp, ch 1, 2 dc in last ch 2 sp, ss into 3rd ch of beginning ch 5 to join.
Repeat Round 3, making 3 dc into each ch 1 sp and (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into each ch 2 corner sp for 21 more rounds or until your square is the desired size.
Round 25 (or last round) - Ss in ch 2 sp, ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in same space, dc evenly all the way around, making 3 dc in each ch 2 corner sp, end with 1 dc in last ch 2 sp, join with ss to top of beginning ch 3, fasten off.
Lay your squares one on top of the other with the right sides facing each other. At the top edge, place a stitch marker approximately 4"* from each side edge to mark the shoulder seams and neck opening. *Or desired shoulder seam length.
From the shoulder, place a marker approx. 7.5"* down each side for the armholes. *Or desired armhole depth.
For the side slits, place markers approximately 4" up from the bottom on each side.
Join the shoulder seams and side seams together using your preferred method. I'm impatient, so I just did a sc join. If I were making another one, I might whipstitch it for a less bulky seam.
Note: You can block your squares before joining them, but once again I was too impatient. I blocked my piece after it was done and that seemed to work out fine for me.
Round 1 - With right side facing, join yarn in one corner of the neck opening, ch 1, sc in each st around, join with ss to 1st st.
Round 2 - Ss in each st around, ss into 1st st to join, fasten off.
Round 1 - With right side facing, join yarn at the seam at the bottom of one armhole, ch 1, sc in each st around, ss into 1st sc to join.
Round 2 - Ch 3, dc around, ss into top of beginning ch 3 to join.
Round 3 - Ch 1, sc in each st around, ss into 1st sc to join.
Round 4 - Ss in each st around, ss into 1st ss to join, fasten off.
Repeat for other sleeve.
Round 1 - With right side facing, join yarn at the seam in one side slit, ch 1, sc evenly around hem making 3 sc in the centre st of each 3 dc corner, ss into 1st sc to join.
Round 2 - Ss in each st around, making 3 ss in the centre sc of each 3 sc corner, ss to 1st st to join, fasten off.
Weave in ends and block to size.
Note: I gently washed and hung my top up to dry, letting gravity do the work to stretch and lengthen the piece. This might not work with a different yarn though.
I hope you like this simple little top as much as I do - enjoy!