This top was crocheted in squares using acrylic Aran yarn using a a 4.50 crochet hook. The squares followed a pattern in How to improve your Crochet Techniques (Cavendish House 1983).
I joined the ten squares in rows of four with two extra squares at the top centre for the back.
As I was making this as a surprise for someone who does not live nearby, one of my friends at craft group kindly acted as a model for me while I worked out how long to make the shoulder straps. She is of a similar height and size to the recipient.
The straps were made using treble crochet worked in short rows.
The front also has rows of trebles to give a V-neck rather than squares.
I was inspired to make this garment from a pattern in another book (The Complete Book of Handicrafts Octopus 1973), where a similar garment was made using “granny” squares in two shades of green and white with a fringe at the bottom.
The garment I made was shorter than I intended, so I worked several rows of treble crochet along the lower edge.
I also neatened some of the outer edges with double crochet.
The ties to fasten it were worked as crocheted chains.
(I am modelling the garment in the photos, although I am shorter and have rounder shoulders than its owner.)