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Free Knitting Pattern: Spring Essential Top

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Lion Brand® Recycled Cotton - LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo
Pattern #: 90082AD
Rating: ***3.0 (based on 1 review)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)

SIZE: Adult (Multiple Sizes)

Sizes S, M-L, 1X-2X. 
Finished Chest 37 (40, 48) in. (94 (101.5, 122) cm) 
Finished Length 25 1/2 (27 1/2, 30 1/2) in. (65 (70, 77.5) cm)



CORRECTIONS: (applied Mar 25, 2010)
Right Front
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Continue as established, continuing to work neck incs – 33 35 (36 38, 45) sts when all incs have been completed, and ending with a WS row. Work 2 rows even.
The above is only a summary of corrections; the corrected pattern text is below (if free) or shipped upon completion of order (if purchased)
 
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This lightweight top is the perfect addition to your spring wardrobe.

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Color (A)
Recycled Cotton

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Color (B)
LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 487-170: LB Collection Cotton Bamboo Yarn: Gardenia
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Recycled Cotton
Pebble Beach Rose Coral Sunshine
LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo
Magnolia Cherry Blossom Hyacinth Chocolate Dahlia Persimmon Hibiscus Gardenia Snapdragon
*Recycled Cotton (Article #482). 74% Recycled Cotton, 24% Acrylic, 2% Other Fiber    ; package size: 3.50oz/100.00 gr. (185yds/169m) pull skeins
*LB Collection Cotton Bamboo (Article #487). 52% Cotton, 48% Rayon from Bamboo; package size: 3.50oz/100.00 gr. (245yds/224m) pull skeins

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•  482-124 Recycled Cotton: Seashells
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•  487-170 LB Collection Cotton Bamboo Yarn: Gardenia
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Note: (B)
Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 4 [3.5 mm]   $ 2.70  
Lion Brand Knitting Needles - Size 10 [6 mm]   $ 4.95  
Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size H-8 (5 mm)   $ 2.45  
Lion Brand Stitch Holders   $ 5.99  
Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)   $ 3.59  
 

Spring Essential Top

Lion Brand® Recycled Cotton - LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo

GAUGE:

14 sts + 18 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS) using larger needles with 1 strand each of A and B held tog.

21 sts + 30 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in K1, p1 Rib using smaller needles with 1 strand of A, slightly stretched.

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

STITCH EXPLANATION:

ssk (slip, slip, knit) Slip next 2 sts as if to knit, one at a time, to right needle; insert left needle into fronts of these 2 sts and knit them tog – 1 st decreased.
M1 (make 1) An increase worked by lifting horizontal thread lying between needles and placing it onto left needle. Knit this new stitch through the back loop.
M1P (make 1 st as if to purl) An increase worked by lifting the horizontal thread lying between the needles and placing it onto the left needle. Purl this new stitch through the back loop.

NOTES:

Top is worked in one piece, beginning at lower back.



PATTERN STITCH
K1, p1 Rib
Row 1:
*K1, p1; rep from * to end.
Row 2: K the knit sts and p the purl sts.
Rep Row 2 for K1, p1 Rib.

TOP
With smaller needles and A, cast on 90 (98, 116) sts. Work in K1, P1 Rib until piece measures 5 1/2 in. (14 cm) from beg.
Next (Dec) Row (WS): K8 (9, 12), (k2tog, k1) 25 (27, 31) times, k7 (8, 11) – 65 (71, 85) sts at end of row.
Change to larger needle and 1 strand each of A and B held tog. Work in St st (k on RS, p on WS) until piece measures 18 (19 1/2, 21 1/2) in. (45.5 (49.5, 54.5) cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Shape Sleeves
Continue in St st, cast on 7 (9, 9) sts at beg of next 2 rows – 79 (89, 103) sts when all sts cast on.
Work even until piece measures 25 1/2 (27 1/2, 30 1/2) in. (65 (70, 77.5) cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Shape Neck
Next Row (RS): K23 (28, 35) st and place onto holder for right front, bind off 33 sts, k to end.
Left Front
Continue in St st on rem 23 (28, 35) sts for left front only.
Next (Inc) Row (WS): Purl to last 2 sts, M1P, p2.
Next Row: Knit.
Next Row: Purl.
Next (Inc) Row (RS): K2, M1, k to end.
Next Row: Purl.
Next Row: Knit.
Next (Inc) Row (WS): Purl to last 2 sts, M1P, p2.
Rep last 6 rows 7 more times, AT THE SAME TIME, when piece measures 33 (35 1/2, 39 1/2) in. (84 (90, 100.5) cm) from beg, end with a RS row. Next Row: Bind off 7 (9, 9) sts for left sleeve, finish row. Continue as established, continuing to work neck incs – 33 (36, 43) sts when all incs have been completed, and ending with a WS row. Work 3 rows even (without increasing or decreasing) on left front only.
Shape Underlap
Next (Dec) Row (WS): P to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1 – 32 (35, 42) sts.
Work 4 rows even, then sl these 32 (35, 42) sts to a holder.
Right Front
Place 23 (28, 35) sts for right front back onto needle.
Next (Inc) Row (WS): P2, M1P, p to end.
Next Row: Knit.
Next Row: Purl.
Next (Inc) Row (RS): K to last 2 sts, M1, k2.
Next Row: Purl.
Next Row: Knit.
Next (Inc) Row (WS): P2, M1P, p to end.
Rep last 6 rows 8 more times, AT THE SAME TIME, when piece measures 33 (35 1/2, 39 1/2) in. (84 (90, 100.5) cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Next Row: Bind off 7 (9, 9) sts for right sleeve, finish row.
Continue as established, continuing to work neck incs – 35 (38, 45) sts when all incs have been completed, and ending with a WS row. Work 2 rows even.
Join Fronts
Next Row (RS): K across sts of right front to last 2 sts, (k tog 1 st from right front and 1 st from left front) twice, k rem sts of left front – 65 (71, 85) sts at end of row.
Work even in St st until piece measures 12 1/2 (14, 16) in. (32 (35.5, 40.5) cm from sleeve bind-off, end with a WS row. Change to smaller needles and 1 strand of A.
Next (Inc) Row (RS): K8 (9, 12), (M1, k2) 25 (27, 31) times, k7 (8, 11) – 90 (98, 116) sts.
Work in K1, P1 Rib for 5 1/2 in. (14 cm). Bind off.

FINISHING
Sleeve Edging

From RS, with larger needles and 1 strand each of A and B held tog, pick up and k48 (50, 56) sts along edge of sleeve. Bind off. Rep for other Sleeve.
Neck Edging
From RS with crochet hook and 1 strand each of A and B held tog, sl st at bottom of right front neck shaping.
Row 1: Single crochet in next st, *sk 1 st, 4 double crochet in next st, sk 1 st, slip st in next st; rep from * evenly around neck. Fasten off. Sew right front to underlap. Sew side and sleeve seams. Weave in ends.


 
ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
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beg = begin(s)(ning) dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
inc = increas(e)(s)(ing) k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together p = purl
rep = repeat(s)(ing) RS = right side
sk = skip St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es) tog = together
WS = wrong side  


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Ratings and Reviews
Pattern Average Rating: ***3.0 (based on 1 review)
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Spring Essential Top Reviewed by Stacy Person on 2011-10-04 ***
This is a beautiful sweater. However, the fact that it's largely cotton is a problem, because it doesn't have any memory. That is, it stretches very quickly when it's worn, and it doesn't go back, especially the bottom ribbing. It's also a very heavy garment because of all the yarn that's used.

I made the sweater about five inches shorter than the pattern called for, because it looked like it was going to be way too long. I'm glad I made that change.

I also did the same scalloped edge around the sleeves as the pattern calls for around the neckline.


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