Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Summertime calls for cute and comfy tops! You can't imagine the endless compliments you'll get with this top, and the satisfaction of saying "I made it!" when someone asks you where you bought it.

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Materials: Rowan 4 Ply Soft 4(4,5,5) skeins of 389 (MC-brown) 1 skein of 392 (CC-salmon); 191 yds/skein; or any DK weight yarn
US 5/3.75mm circular needles – at least 24” or size needed to obtain gauge
Sizes: XS (S, M, L)
Finished bust measurements: 32 (34, 36, 38)
Gauge: 6.5st/in; 8.5 rows/in
NOTE: CO method used is the ribbed long tail cast on, using 2 different colors, each double stranded (only use 2 strands for CO, the rest is knit single stranded). Must roll CC skein into 2 separate balls.

CO 13st (CC) [*k2, p1,* k1]    (MC) 68 (74, 80, 86)st  [*k1, p1*]    13st (CC) [k1, p1, *k2, p1,* k2]
Note: be sure to use the method of intarsia to combine the MC with the CC

Knit the side panel sts as they appear (knit the knits and purl the purls) and knit in stockinette stitch in MC for 5 (5, 6, 6.5) inches. Knit more rows for a longer shirt and less rows for shorter.  Piece should currently measure about 2” below waist.

Waist Shaping
Maintain the same pattern for the side panels. Below is the waist shaping directions within the MC (center body panel) only:
Row 1: k18 (20, 22, 24), ssk, PM, k1, PM, k2tog, k22 (24, 26, 28), ssk, PM, k1, PM, k2tog, k18 (20, 22, 24)
Knit 9 rows st. st
Row 11: k17 (19, 21, 23), ssk, k1, k2tog, k20 (22, 24, 26), ssk, k1, k2tog, k17 (19, 21, 23)
Knit 15 rows st. st

Row 27: k18 (20, 22, 24), m1R, k1, m1L, k22 (24, 26, 28), m1R, k1, m1L, k18 (20, 22, 24)
Knit 9rows
Row 37: k19 (21, 23, 25), m1R, k1, m1L, k24 (26, 28, 30), m1R, k1, m1L, k19 (21, 23, 25)

Knit until piece measures 15 (15, 16, 16.5) inches or until desired length from armpit down

BO 5 st. slip last BO stitch to left needle – ssk. Knit st as they appear until 5 st remain k2tog BO remaining st. carrying brown in back - purl back with brown – end of side panels.
Place stitches on hold

Complete back the exact same as front up until current point.
Shoulder Decreases:
Dec every other row 6x
(RS)Rows 1,3,5,7,9,11: s1, ssk, knit until 3 st remain, k2tog, k1 (-12)
(WS)Rows 2,4,6,8,10,12: s1, purl back
Dec on every 4th row 3x (RS)
(RS)Rows 13,17,21: s1, ssk, knit until 3 st remain, k2tog, k1 (-6)
(WS)Rows 14,16,18,20,22: s1, purl back
(RS)Rows 15,19: s1, knit across
Knit in st. st for 4”
Place all stitches on hold

Front Scoop
Rethread needles
Size XS(S) – Increase every other row 22x as follows:
*(RS) s1, m1L, knit across until 1 st remains, m1R, k1
  (WS) s1, purl back*
Size M – Increase every other row 20x in the same manner as above, and increase every row 2x as follows:
             *(RS) s1, m1L, knit across until 1st remains, m1R, k1
               (WS) s1, pick up bar front to back p1 tbl, purl across until 1st remains, pick up bar back to front with left needle, p1*
Size L – Increase every other row 20x and every row 4x in the same manner as above.
Knit 6 rows st st

Join Front and Back:
Pick up stitches from back so that all of your live stitches are on one needle.
Knit in round for 1.5”
Knit 5 rows twisted (knit all stitches through back loop)
BO loosely!

Sew in ends and block.


  1. What a wonderful top. I'll put it in my to-do queue. Thanks.

  2. So cute! I love the drapey-ness of the neckline!

  3. I love this! The neckline is beautiful. If only I could wear something like this...
    Nice job :)

  4. Love this pattern! My mom requested this for her birthday and she loves it, it turned out so cute. I might make one for myself now? Thanks for designing such a gem :) - NicolesKnitFarm on ravelry

  5. I was getting ready to make this and I discovered the Rowan 4 ply soft is discontinued!! Is this a cotton yarn? From the Rowan website I'm guessing that it is, but they offer no substitutions for the 4 Ply Soft. I know I can find a cotton yarn, but I want it to be comparable so it works together the same.

    TIA! Love your stuff!

    1. Is this really the same thing?

    2. I don't think that's the exact same yarn but it's fairly similar. The yarn I used was a cotton/wool blend, but many of the girls who have knit it used a cotton dominate yarn. It depends what shape you want. Bamboo or cotton will result in a nice, drapey shirt. The wool mixed with cotton gives the shirt a little more stability and less drape. Depends on the look you're going for and where you live! I'm in northern california, so wool during summer isn't terrible like if you're in Florida or some place like that.