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Lace top knitting pattern

Top knitting pattern



Finished Size 30 (33 1/2, 37, 40 1/2, 44, 47 1/2)" bust circumference.

Top shown measures 30"; modeled with 4" of negative ease.

Yarn Fibra Natura Cotton True Sport (100% Pima cotton; 197 yd [180 m]/1 3/4 oz [50 g]):

#115 frappe, 5 (5, 6, 7, 7, 8) balls.

Needles Size 2 (2.75 mm): straight, 16" circular (cir), and set of double-pointed (dpn).

Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Markers (m); cable needle (cn); stitch holders; tapestry needle.

Gauge 27 sts and 34 rows = 4" in Back Twisted Chevron patt; 21 sts and 28 rows = 4" in Lace Rib patt.

NOTES

This top is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed.

When working the Back Twisted Chevron chart, if you do not have enough stitches to complete a cable, work the extra stitch as a purl stitch on the right side then knit the same stitch on the wrong side.

Stitch Guide

Lace Rib: (multiple of 3 sts)

Row 1 (RS) K1, p1, *yo, ssk, p1; rep from * to last st, k1.

Row 2 (WS) P1, *k1, yo, p2tog; rep from * to last 2 sts, k1, p1.

Rep Rows 1 and 2 for patt.

I-cord BO: *K2 (first two I-cord sts), k2tog tbl (one I-cord st tog with one live st), transfer 3 sts from right needle back to left needle; rep from * until required number of sts has been bound off.

BACK

With straight needles, CO 147 (165, 183, 201, 219, 237) sts.

Set-up row (WS) P1, *k1, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, k1, p1. Work in Lace Rib (see Stitch Guide) until piece measures 15 1/2" from CO, ending with a RS row.

Next row (WS) P1, *k1, p2tog; rep from * to last 2 sts, k1, p1—99 (111, 123, 135, 147, 159) sts rem.

Next row (RS) Using the knitted method, CO 3 sts, then, using the I-cord method (see Stitch Guide) BO all sts—3 I-cord sts rem. BO 2 I-cord sts, leaving last st on needle, turn. With WS facing and working through innermost I-cord st (so that 2 sts show on RS), pick up and purl 0 (13, 5, 4, 3, 2) sts along cord, place marker (pm), [pick up and purl 14 sts along cord, pm] 7 (6, 8, 9, 10, 11) times, pick up and purl 1 (14, 6, 5, 4, 3) st(s) along cord—100 (112, 124, 136, 148, 160) sts total.

Shape armholes:

Note: Remove m as you come to them. Maintain sts in patt as much as possible (see Notes).

Next row (RS) BO 5 (5, 7, 7, 9, 9) sts, k1tbl, beg and ending as indicated for your size, work Back Twisted Chevron chart over 86 (98, 106, 118, 126, 138) sts, k1tbl, p6 (6, 8, 8, 10, 10)—95 (107, 117, 129, 139, 151) sts.

Next row (WS) BO 5 (5, 7, 7, 9, 9) sts, p1tbl, work in patt to last 2 sts, p1tbl, p1—90 (102, 110, 122, 130, 142) sts rem.

Dec row (RS) K1, k1tbl, ssp, work in patt to last 4 sts, p2tog, k1tbl, k1 - 2 sts dec'd.

Dec row (WS) P1, p1tbl, k2tog, work in patt to last 4 sts, ssk, p1tbl, p1—2 sts dec'd. Rep Dec row every row 0 (2, 0, 2, 4, 8) more times, then every RS row 4 (6, 8, 10, 10, 10) times—78 (82, 90, 94, 98, 102) sts rem. Work even until armhole measures 5 1/4 (5 3/4, 6 1/4, 6 3/4, 7 1/4, 7 3/4)", ending with a WS row.

Shape neck: Next row (RS) Work 27 (29, 33, 35, 37, 39) sts in patt and place these sts on holder for right shoulder, BO 24 sts, work to end—27 (29, 33, 35, 37, 39) sts rem for left shoulder.

Left shoulder: Work 1 WS row even. At beg of RS rows, BO 4 sts once, then BO 3 sts once—20 (22, 26, 28, 30, 32) sts rem. Work 1 WS row even.

Dec row (RS) P1, p2tog, work in patt to end—1 st dec'd. Rep Dec row every RS row 2 more times—17 (19, 23, 25, 27, 29) sts rem. Work even until armhole measures 7 (7 1/2, 8, 8 1/2, 9, 9 1/2)", ending with a WS row. BO all sts in patt.

Right shoulder: Return 27 (29, 33, 35, 37, 39) held right shoulder sts to needle and, with WS facing, rejoin yarn. At beg of WS rows, BO 4 sts once, then BO 3 sts once—20 (22, 26, 28, 30, 32) sts rem.

Dec row (RS) Work in patt to last 3 sts, ssp, p1—1 st dec'd. Rep Dec row every RS row 2 more times—17 (19, 23, 25, 27, 29) sts rem. Work even until armhole measures 7 (7 1/2, 8, 8 1/2, 9, 9 1/2)", ending with a WS row. BO all sts in patt.

FRONT

Work as for back until piece measures 13 3/4" from CO, ending with a WS row.

Next row (RS) Work in patt over 68 (77, 86, 95, 104, 113) sts, pm, work Row 1 of Lower Yoke chart over 11 sts, pm, work in patt to end. Work 1 WS row in patt as established.

Next row (RS) Work in patt to m, sl m, work chart over 11 sts, sl m, work in patt to m—2 sts dec'd.

Next row (WS) Work in patt to 3 sts before m, pm, work in chart patt to end of chart row, removing m in center of first and last cables, pm, work in patt to end—2 sts dec'd. Work in this manner through Row 15 of chart—120 (138, 156, 174, 192, 210) sts rem: 56 sts between m and 32 (41, 50, 59, 68, 77) sts on each side.

Note: 1 st has been dec'd in center of chart on Row 15.

Next row (WS) P1, [k1, p2tog] 9 (12, 15, 18, 21, 24) times, k1, pm, work Row 16 of chart to end of chart row, removing m in center of first and last cables, pm, [k1, p2tog] 9 (12, 15, 18, 21, 24) times, k1, p1—101 (113, 125, 137, 149, 161) sts rem: 61 sts between m and 20 (26, 32, 38, 44, 50) sts on each side.

Shape armholes: Next row (RS) BO 5 (5, 7, 7, 9, 9) sts, [k1tbl, p1] 7 (10, 12, 15, 17, 20) times, sl m, work Row 1 of Upper Yoke chart to m, sl m, [p1, k1tbl] 9 (12, 15, 18, 21, 24) times, p1, k1—96 (108, 118, 130, 140, 152) sts rem.

Next row (WS) BO 5 (5, 7, 7, 9, 9) sts, [p1tbl, k1] 7 (10, 12, 15, 17, 20) times, sl m, work Row 2 of Upper Yoke chart to m, sl m, [k1, p1tbl] 7 (10, 12, 15, 17, 20) times, p1—91 (103, 111, 123, 131, 143) sts rem.

Dec row (RS) K1, k1tbl, ssp, work in rib patt as established to m, sl m, work in patt to m, sl m, work in rib patt as established to last 4 sts, p2tog, k1tbl, k1—2 sts dec’d.

Dec row (WS) P1, p1tbl, k2tog, work in patt to last 4 sts, ssk, p1tbl, p1—2 sts dec'd. Rep Dec row every row 0 (2, 0, 2, 4, 8) more times, then every RS row 4 (6, 8, 10, 10, 10) times—79 (83, 91, 95, 99, 103) sts rem: 61 sts between m and 9 (11, 15, 17, 19, 21) sts on each side. Work even in patt through Row 24 of Upper Yoke chart—armhole measures about 2 3/4".

Shape neck: Next row (RS) Work 29 (31, 35, 37, 39, 41) sts and place these sts on holder for left front, BO 21 sts, work to end—29 (31, 35, 37, 39, 41) sts rem for right front.

Right front: Work Rows 26-42 of chart, dec 1 st at neck edge as charted on every RS row—21 (23, 27, 29, 31, 33) sts rem. Rep Rows 43-48 of chart until armhole measures 7 (7 1/2, 8, 8 1/2, 9, 9 1/2)", ending with a WS row. BO all sts in patt.

Left front: Return 29 (31, 35, 37, 39, 41) held left front sts to needle and, with WS facing, rejoin yarn. Work Rows 26-42 of chart, dec 1 st at neck edge as charted on every RS row—21 (23, 27, 29, 31, 33) sts rem.

Rep Rows 43-48 of chart until armhole measures 7 (7 1/2, 8, 8 1/2, 9, 9 1/2)", ending with a WS row. BO all sts in patt.

FINISHING

Block pieces to measurements. Sew shoulder seams, easing front ribbed sections to fit back shoulders. Sew side seams.

Armhole edging: With dpn and RS facing, beg at center of underarm and pick up and knit 96 (102, 112, 118, 124, 132) sts evenly around armhole edge. BO all sts pwise.

Neck edging: With cir needle and RS facing, beg at right shoulder and pick up and knit 17 sts along right back neck, 24 sts along center back BO edge, 17 sts along left back neck, 27 (30, 33, 35, 38, 41) sts along left front neck, 21 sts along center front BO edge, and 27 (30, 33, 35, 38, 41) sts along right front neck—133 (139, 145, 149, 155, 161) sts total. Pm and join in the rnd.

Next rnd Using the knitted method, CO 3 sts next to first st on left needle, then, using the I-cord method, BO all sts—3 I-cord sts rem. BO I-cord sts and sew end of cord neatly to beg of cord. Weave in ends. Block again if desired.

Design by Amy Gunderson

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