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Free Knitting Pattern: Child's Playtime Top

Lion Brand® Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Cotton Hemp
Pattern #: L10202
Rating: *****5.0 (based on 3 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

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

12-18 months (2-3 years, 4-5 years)
Finished Chest 19 (22, 24) in. (48.5 (56, 61) cm)
Finished Length
11 (12 1/2, 14) in. (28 (32, 35.5) cm), not including ties

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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Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Cotton Hemp

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5700-513: Martha Stewart Crafts TM/MC Cotton Hemp Yarn: Sour Cherry
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Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Cotton Hemp
Sugared Violet
*Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Cotton Hemp (Article #5700). 65% Cotton, 35% Hemp; package size: 1.75oz/50.00 gr. (66yds/60m) pull skeins

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Additional Materials
2 buttons, 3/4 in. (19 mm) diameter

Child's Playtime Top

Lion Brand® Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Cotton Hemp


18 sts = 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


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.


When you see ‘work even’ in the instructions, this means to continue on in the pattern st you have established without changing the st count by increasing, decreasing, or binding off.

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. Note: End with a WS row means that the last row you work should be a WS row, and the next row that you are ready to work will be a RS row.
Shape Top
Next Row (RS):
*K1, k2tog; rep from * to end of row - 42 (50, 54) sts at the end of this row.
Work even in Garter st (k every row) until yoke measures 1 1/2 (1 3/4, 2) in. (4 (4.5, 5) cm), end with a WS row.
Shape Armhole
Bind off 4 (6, 6) sts at beg of next 2 rows - 34 (38, 42) sts rem.
Next Row (RS): K1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1 - 32 (36, 40) sts at the end of this row.
Next Row: Knit.
Rep last 2 rows 3 (4, 4) more times - 26 (28, 32) sts rem.
Work even in Garter st 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 sl these sts to a holder for strap, bind off 14 (16, 20) sts for neck, knit to end - 6 strap sts rem.
Work even in Garter st over rem 6 sts for 3 (3 1/2, 3 1/2) in. (7.5 (9, 9) cm) for strap. Bind off.
Sl rem 6 strap sts from holder back to needle and re-join yarn.
Work even in Garter st for 3 (3 1/2, 3 1/2) in. (7.5 (9, 9) cm). Bind off.


Make same as Back.


Sew side seams. Lap Front straps over Back straps at shoulders and adjust to fit. Sew buttons in place, sewing through all layers to secure straps. Weave in ends.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together p = purl
rem = remain(s)(ing) rep = repeat(s)(ing)
RS = right side sl = slip
St st = Stockinette stitch st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side  

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Pattern Average Rating: *****5.0 (based on 3 reviews)
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Child's Playtime Top Reviewed by Amy Martin on 2012-02-20 *****
I made this top in the 4-5 year size and had 1 extra roll of yarn left over. It came out perfect size wise as my daughter is growing into 5T and it's a little big on her. The yarn quality however I didn't love. It's a very cotton/washcloth type yarn and two things drove me nuts. 1. the yarn tried to un-weave from itself and 2. the yarn came off the roll very twisted. I fought with it quite a bit on at least 3 rolls and a couple rolls it was no issue. Very inconsistent. I added some beadwork to my top so I did not add the buttons. I would like to make this top again using a different yarn. The cotton yarns don't slide through the fingers as nice as other yarns.

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