Monday, May 6, 2013

free knitting pattern: women's top "Flowers for Mary"

This pattern was first published in the now defunct Knit Together:  the quarterly publication of Canadian Guild of Knitters by owner/editor Cynthia MacDougall (August, 2009). I've made a few changes to this pattern to make it easier to knit.



"Flowers for Mary"
This gentle blend of rib stitch and easy lace
 makes a flattering top that you'll love to wear

skill level:  beginner

Finished Measurements:
Chest:  36 [40, 44, 48, 52, 56] inches
91 [100, 112, 122, 132, 142] centimeters
Length:  22 [22.5, 24, 24, 26, 26]
56 [57, 61, 61, 66, 66] centimeters

Materials:  4 [4, 5, 5, 6] light worsted yarn (double knit yarn in UK) (each ball 168 yards/154 metres)
Recommended needles:  1 pair 4.50 mm (7 US, 7 UK), 1 pair 9.00 mm (11 US, 00 UK) or size to obtain tension

Tension (gauge):  24 stitches to 4 inches/10 cm over 4 x 4 ribbing with 4.5 mm needles
12 stitches to 4 inches/10 cm with 9 mm needles

Back
With smaller needles, cast on 98 [106, 122, 130, 138, 154] stitches
Row 1:  knit 3, *purl 4, knit 4; repeat from * to last 3 stitches; knit 3
Row 2:  purl 3, *knit 4, purl 4; repeat from * to last 3 stitches; purl 3
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until work measures
14 [14, 15, 15, 16, 16] inches
33.5 [33.5, 38, 38, 40, 40] centimeters
Armhole:  Cast off 6 [6, 6, 8, 8, 8] stitches at beginning of next two rows
86 [94, 110, 114, 122, 138] stitches remain
Keeping continuity of pattern, work even for 
8 [8.5, 9, 9, 10, 10] inches
20.3 [21.5, 22.8, 22.8, 25.4, 25.4] centimeters
Cast off remaining stitches.


 Front
With smaller needles, cast on 98 [106, 122, 130, 138, 154] stitches
Row 1:  knit 3, *purl 4, knit 4; repeat from * to last 3 stitches; knit 3
Row 2:  purl 3, *knit 4, purl 4; repeat from * to last 3 stitches; purl 3
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until work measures
14 [14, 15, 15, 16, 16] inches
33.5 [33.5, 38, 38, 40, 40] centimeters
Armhole:  Cast off 6 [6, 6, 8, 8, 8] stitches at beginning of next two rows
86 [94, 110, 114, 122, 138] stitches remain
Keeping continuity of pattern, work even for 
1 [1, 2, 3, 3, 4] inches
2.5 [2.5, 5, 7.5, 7.5] centimeters
End with work side facing for next row
Change to larger needles and decrease as follows:
Decrease for Yoke:  
1st size
purl 1, *knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 1 (purl 2 together) twice
repeat from * to last 5 stitches
knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 1, purl 1 
55 stitches remain
2nd [3rd, 4th] sizes
knit 1 [1, 3], *purl 2 together twice, knit 1, knit 2 together twice
repeat from * to last 5 [5, 7] stitches, purl 2 together twice
knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 1 [1, 3]
59 [69, 73] stitches remain
5th [6th] sizes
purl 1, purl 2 together, *knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 1 (purl 2 together) twice
repeat from * to last 7 stitches, knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 1, purl 2 together, purl 1
77 [87] stitches remain
Set Pattern for Yoke
Row 1:  (right side facing) 
knit 1 [0, 0, 0, 2, 2], purl 3, [1, 1, 3, 3, 3], *knit 2, purl 3
repeat from* to last 1 [3, 3, 5, 2, 2] stitches
knit 1 [2, 2, 2, 2, 2], purl 0 [1,1, 3, 0, 0]
Row 2:  (wrong side facing)
purl 1 [0, 0, 0, 2, 2], knit 3 [1, 1, 3, 3, 3], *purl 2, knit 3
repeat from * to last 1 [3, 3, 5, 2, 2] stitches, purl 1 [2, 2, 2, 2, 2], knit 0 [1, 1, 3, 0, 0]
Repeat these two rows for 
3 [3, 3, 4, 4, 4] inches
7.5 [7.5, 7.5, 10, 10, 10] centimeters
end with right side facing for next row
Shape Neck: 
Cast off centre 23 [23, 25, 25, 27, 29] stitches for neck
16 [18, 22, 24, 25, 29] stitches remain on each side
Work the remainder of back in two separate sections
First side
Keeping continuity of yoke pattern, work even for 
3 [3, 4, 4, 5, 5] inches
7.5 [7.5, 10, 10, 13, 13] centimeters
Ending with wrong side facing for next row
Shape shoulder
Cast off 8 [9, 11, 12, 13, 15] stitches at the beginning of next row,
work pattern to end of row
Work yoke pattern for 1 row, cast off remaining stitches
Opposite side: 
Join yarn to remaining stitches and, keeping continuity of pattern,
work in yoke pattern for 
3 [3, 4, 4, 5, 5] inches
7.5 [7.5, 10, 10, 13, 13] centimeters
Ending with right side facing for next row
Shape Shoulder:
Cast off 8 [9, 11, 12, 13, 15] stitches at the beginning of next row,
work pattern to end of row
Work yoke pattern for 1 row, cast off remaining stitches


Sleeves (make 2)
Cast on 74 [74, 82, 82, 90, 98] stitches
Work in rib as given for back for 
2 [2, 3, 3, 4, 4] inches
5 [5, 7.5, 7.5, 10, 10] centimeters
End with right side facing for next row
Change to larger needles and decrease:
knit 3, *(purl 2 together) twice, knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 1
repeat from * to last 3 stitches, purl 3
54 [59, 69, 74, 79, 89] stitches
Set pattern for yoke
Row 1 (wrong side facing):  purl 3, *knit 3, purl 2
Repeat from * to last 3 stitches, purl 3
Repeat this row until piece measures 
9 [9, 10, 11, 11, 12] inches
23 [23, 25, 28, 28, 30] centimeters
Ending with right side facing for next row
Cast off 3 stitches at beginning of next 
6 [6, 8, 8, 10, 10] rows
Cast off remaining stitches

Finishing
Sew shoulder seams together. Centre top of sleeve in armhole opening. Sew in place. Sew side seams and sleeve seams together using mattress stitch. Weave in ends.
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2 comments:

Laurie Buchanan said...

Leanne - What a beautiful top!

Leanne Dyck said...

: ) Thanks for your comment, Laurie.