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Free Knitting Pattern: Child's Beach Top

Lion Brand® Cotton-Ease®
Pattern #: 81021AD
Rating: *****5.0 (based on 14 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: 12-18 mos, 2-3 yrs, Child 4-5

Finished Chest 19 (22, 24) in. (48.5 (56, 61) cm)
Finished Length 11 (12 1/2, 14) in. (28 (32, 35.5) cm)

Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

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Knit this top when their young and watch them grow into it.

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Taupe Hazelnut Cactus
*Cotton-Ease (Article #830). 50% Cotton, 50% Acrylic; package size: 3.50oz/100.00 gr. (207yds/188m) pull skeins

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Child's Beach Top

Lion Brand® Cotton-Ease®


18 sts + 38 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in Garter st (k every row).

When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch

Cast on 63 (75, 81) sts. Knit 4 rows. Beg with a knit row, work in St st (k on RS, p on WS) until piece measures 8 (9, 10) in. (20.5 (23, 25.5) cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Shape Yoke
Next Row: *K1, k2tog; repeat from * to end of row – 42 (50, 54) sts.
Continue in Garter st (k every row) until yoke measures 1 1/2 (1 3/4, 2) in. (4 (4.5, 5) cm).
Shape Armhole
Bind off 4 (6, 6) sts at beg of next two rows – 34 (38, 42) sts. Decrease 1 st at each end of every RS row 4 (5, 5) times – 26 (28, 32) sts. Work even until yoke measures 3 (3 1/2, 4) in. (7.5 (9, 10) cm).
Shape Neck
Next Row (RS): K6 and slip to a holder, bind off 14 (16, 20) sts, knit to end.
Work in Garter st on 6 sts for 4 1/2 in. (11.5 cm) for tie. Bind off.
Slip 6 sts from holder to back to needle and join yarn. Work in Garter st for 4 1/2 in. (11.5 cm) for second tie. Bind off.

Make same as Back.

Sew side seams. Weave in ends.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) k = knit
p = purl RS = right side
St st = Stockinette stitch st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side  

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Pattern Average Rating: *****5.0 (based on 14 reviews)
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Child's Beach Top Reviewed by Tjensen on 2010-12-03 *****
Children grow so fast, so this is the perfect top that will last a little longer! I've made 6 of these, so far, and gotten raves about all of them. You can let yourself go wild with various yarn & color combinations. The only thing I did different, after the first one, was to make the ties as i-cord, and longer.
I will add to my prior comment that I've just finished my 10th version of this! I also am doing them on circular needles - so much easier & faster - cuz I really really hate sewing seams. The i-cord ties are the only way to go with this, so it'll "grow with her", but I did do one with buttoned straps. The most popular ones were with bottom/skirt in burnt orange & the top part done two-tone (every other stitch) burnt orange-ish & white. Naturally, my granddaughter wants to be either a cheerleader or the first female pitcher for the baseball team. :) Go UT Longhorns - Hook 'em!!

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