|This fun colored top is knit sideways in garter stitch. A slipped stitch edge makes picking up stitches simple and the yarn is carried along so there are very few ends to weave in.
Rowan 4-ply Cotton, 170m/186yds per 50g
[A] (#112), 1 ball
[B] (#132), 1 ball
[C] (#121), 1 ball
[D] (#131), 1 ball
[E] (#130), 1 ball
[F] (#102), 2 balls
US 3 circular or straight needle
1 US circular or straight needle
Addi Crochet/Knit Needle or crochet hook
10 Small Buttons
Box to keep yarn sorted (optional)
Tip: To keep colours from tangling, find a box that will fit all 6 balls of yarn snugly. Cut holes into the lid and slide your yarn in place. This makes it more portable and less likely that loose balls of yarn will tangle up
28 stitches 48 rows = 4" garter stitch
To fit 34” (36”, 38”) bust.
Garter Stitch: K all rows
Row 1: *K1, p1, rep from * to end
Row 2: *P1, k1, rep from * to end
Stripe Pattern: (12 row rep)
Note: K all rows, while making sure to sl the first k st k-wise in every row and p the last st in every row (this makes picking up the stitches much easier later on).
Rows 1, 2: A
Rows 3, 4: B
Rows 5, 6: C
Rows 7, 8: D
Rows 9, 10: E
Rows 11, 12: F
Row 1: K1, p1, k1, p1, k2tog, YO twice, ssk, k1, p1, k1, p1
Row 2: K1, p1, k1, p the YO 1, P tbl of YO 2, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1
K2tog—Knit 2 stitches together
Ptbl—Purl through the back loop
psso—pass slipped stitch over
ssk—slip one stitch knitwise, K1, psso
st st—stocking stitch
|Straps are optioinal for this summery top.
Begin Main Piece:
Using a knitted CO, CO 82 (88, 94) sts in A. Beg stripe patt and work until piece measures 28" (30", 32"). BO all sts k-wise.
Note: To avoid lots of ends, do not break yarn; instead, carry colours up one side of the piece. Try to keep the tension even so it will lie flat when complete.
|Tidy ends carried along.
With F, pick up 168 (180, 192) sts along top edge of work, where all ends are being carried up. You can easily see where to pick up as there will be a "V" for every new colour. Simply stick the crochet hook through both loops of the "V" to pick up st. This makes a picked up st for every 2 rows knit.
Tip: Try using the Addi crochet/knit needle. It is very easy to pick up a large number of sts this way. Once picked up, sts can be knitted correctly off the needle.
Work single rib until ribbing measures 1.5 in. BO sts in rib.
Note: The fabric will buckle with the addition of band. This is the desired effect and will help keep edge elastic for a good fit under the arms.
Right Button Band:
CO 12 sts and work single rib until piece measures 13.5" (14", 14.5"). BO all sts in rib.
Left Button Band:
CO 12 sts. Work entire band in single rib.
Work 4 rows. Work 2-row buttonhole.
(Note: Each buttonhole is worked over 2 rows.)
Work 6 rows. Make Buttonhole.
Work 8 rows. Make Buttonhole.
Work 14 (15, 16) rows. Make Buttonhole. Repeat from * 7 more times. Work 4 more rows, then BO all sts in rib.
Straps: (optional), make 2
CO 10 sts and work single rib until piece measures 12 in. BO all sts in rib.
Note: Keep sts on holders until straps are attached to top. Rows may be added or subtracted for a perfect fit.
Block if desired. Attach Button bands. Sew on buttons. Sew straps to top edge. If you choose not to make straps, elastic may be added along upper edge to make sure tank stays up.