Monday, July 25, 2011

Summer top hand knitting pattern shared

Update:  This blog has transformed from a knitting/writing blog to a writing blog.

Mayne Island is once again experiencing summer. This year we've had a few sun soaked days between the rain. While I'm enjoying the sun, I thought you might enjoy the "Too Cool" summer top. It can be wore alone or over a cami (halter top). I'd recommend you use a summer weight yarn such as bamboo, silk, cotton, hemp blend or linen blend.

Skill level: beginner

sts stitches
k knit
p purl
k2tog knit 2 together
RS right side

Finished Sweater measurements
Bust: S-32"/M-36"/L-40"
Length: 20"
Tension: 1" = 5 sts over Stockinette stitch on 6 mm (US 10) knitting needles
Needles: One pair of straight needles in the size needed to obtain tension. One pair of double pointed needles for I-cord.
Yarn: worsted weight 360 yards
Instructions for Small are given first with changes for Medium and Large in brackets.

seed stitch (over an even number of sts)
Row 1: k1, p1--to end of row
Row 2: p1, k1--to end of row
Repeat rows 1 and 2 for pattern

rib stitch (over an even number of sts)
Row 1: k1, p1--to end of row
Repeat row 1 for pattern

Back is worked in two panels, worked at the same time from two balls of yarn.
From 1st ball of yarn (right back)...cast on 36 (42/46) sts
From 2nd ball of yarn (left back)...cast on 36 (42/46) sts
Left Back: Work 30 (36/40) sts in rib, then 6 sts in seed stitch
Right Back: Work 6 sts in seed stitch, then 30 (36/40) sts in rib
Continue working in established pattern until work measures 11 1/2 "
Shape Armhole: Continuing with rib pattern, k2tog at the outside edge of every row
When work measures 13 1/2", continue armhole shaping, and work in seed stitch across both panels with one ball of yarn for 1 1/2". Break yarn on other panel. Back now measures 15". Cast off.

Cast on 72 (84/92) sts
Work in rib stitch until work measures 11 1/2"
Shape Armhole: Continuing with rib pattern, k2tog at beginning and end of each row. Continue shaping armhole until front measures 13 1/2".
Continuing armhole shaping as given, work in seed stitch for 1 1/2".
Front now measures 15". Cast off.

I-cord (make two)
For instructions on how to make I-cord, please visit
(Did you notice that I add a "Knitting techniques" page. Check it out. It's very cool.)
Work cord until it measures 24".

Sew side seams.
Sew on I-cord: Begin sewing one end of the cord from the side seam up the back armhole shaping to the cast off edge of the back. Place the other end of the cord at the seam, and sew up the front armhole shaping to the cast off edge of the front. Repeat for other side.
Weave in ends.

Designed by Leanne Dyck

I'm currently working this pattern -- but I'm making changes as I knit. I'll share the finished results with you once I cast off.

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Anonymous said...

I especially love the back -- that's so COOL (both literally and figuratively)...

The Sweater Curse said...

Thank you, Laurie. Remember, however, that you do have the option of wearing it over another cami (halter top).