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Free Knitting Pattern: Tea Party Top

Lion Brand® Cotton-Ease®
Pattern #: 90212AD
Rating: *****4.5 (based on 6 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: 12 mos, 24 months (2 yrs), Child 4
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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This adorable cotton top is great for summer parties and trips to the beach.
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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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Tea Party 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.

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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 2 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), end with a WS row.

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 re-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: *****4.5 (based on 6 reviews)
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Tea Party Top Reviewed by Tjensen on 2014-06-02 *****
This is ridiculously easy, and so very cute! I didn't make very many modifications other than I worked in the round and changed to i-cord ties. The colors are for the University of Texas Longhorns. I knit "lefty"/Continental, so the two-tone was made by holding the white in one hand and the burnt-orange in the other which gave it a really interesting twist. I made it a couple of years ago in approximately size 4, but it's so soft and flow-y that it continues to fit my beautiful granddaughter. :)

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