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Free Knitting Pattern: Simple Stylish Top

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
Pattern #: L30220
Rating: *****5.0 (based on 1 review)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Experienced (Level 5)

SIZE: XS, Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X

Finished Measurement at Lower Edge 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56) in. (81.5 (91.5, 101.5, 112, 122, 132, 142) cm)
Finished Back Length 21 (21 1/2, 22 1/2, 23 1/2, 24 1/2, 25, 25 1/2) in. (53.5 (54.5, 57, 59.5, 62, 63.5, 65) 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.

CORRECTIONS: None
 
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This simple vest is a lot more detailed than you think with the short row collar and bobbled trim.

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Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®

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*Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (Article #640). Solids, Heathers, Twists, Prints, Stripes: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool
Wheat & Wood: 86% Acrylic; 10% Wool; 4% Rayon
Oatmeal & Barley & Grey Marble: 82% Acrylic; 10% Wool; 8% Rayon
Metallics: 79% Acrylic, 20% Wool, 1% Metallic Poly; package size: Solids, Heathers, Twists, Tweeds: 6 oz./170g (106 yd/97 m)
Prints, Stripes: 5 oz./140g (87 yd/80 m)
Metallics: 5 oz./140g (92 yd/84 m)

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•  640-402 Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn: Wheat
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$ 47.45 6, 6, 7, 8, 9, 9 
Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 13 [9 mm]   $ 5.95  
Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size E-4 (3.5 mm)   $ 2.30  for buttonloop
Lion Brand Split Ring Stitch Markers   $ 2.49  
Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)   $ 3.59  
Additional Materials
Circular knitting needle size 11 (8 mm), 40 in. (101.5 cm) long
One button about 7/8 in. (22 mm) diameter
 

Simple Stylish Top

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®

GAUGE:

10 sts + 14 rows = about 4 in. (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS) with larger needles.

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:

kfb (knit in front and back) Knit next st without removing it from left needle, then k through back of same st - 1 st increased.
MB (Make Bobble) (K1, yo, k1, yo) all in next st, turn, p4, turn, k4, pass first, 2nd and 3rd st worked over last st.
w&t (wrap and turn) - A technique used to ensure that a small hole doesn't form at the end of a short row.
1. Slip next st as if to purl.
2. Bring yarn between needles to front. Take care not to wrap the yarn over a needle, this would create a new st.
3. Slip same st back to left needle.
4. Turn work and bring yarn between needles to front, in position for next st. This will place a wrap around the st.
5. The next time you knit this st on a RS row, pick up the wrap and knit it tog with the st.

NOTES:

1. Top is worked in one piece. Lower body is worked from side to side then stitches are picked up to work the upper back and fronts.
2. Short rows are used to shape the lower body. When working short rows, not all sts are worked on every row. Turn when instructed.
3. The wrap and turn technique (w&t) is used when working short rows to prevent holes from forming at the end of short rows.



TOP
Lower Body

With straight needles, cast on 21 sts.
Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2: K3, p to end of row.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures about 8 (9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) in. (20.5 (23, 25.5, 28, 30.5, 33, 35.5) cm) from beg, end with a WS row as your last row. Place marker (pm) for armhole.
Inc Row (RS): K1, kfb, knit to end of row - 22 sts at the end of this row.
Keeping first 3 sts in Garter st (k every row), as established, and rem sts in St st (k on RS, p on WS), rep Inc Row every 4 (4, 4, 4, 4, 6, 6) rows 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7) more times - 27 (27, 28, 28, 29, 29, 29) sts when all increases have been completed.
Work 1 (3, 3, 7, 7, 7, 11, 15) row(s) even.
Begin Short Row Shaping
* Short Row 1 (RS):
Knit to last 8 sts, w&t, purl to end of row.
Short Row 2: Knit to last 14 sts, w&t, purl to end of row.
Short Row 3: Knit to last 20 sts, w&t, purl to end of row.
Next Row: Knit all sts, picking up wraps.
Next Row: K3, purl to end of row.
Rep from * twice more.
Work 2 (4, 4, 8, 8, 8, 12, 16) rows even.
Dec Row (RS): K1, k2tog, k to end of row - 26 (26, 27, 27, 28, 28, 28) sts.
Continuing to work even in pattern as established, rep Dec Row every 4 (4, 4, 4, 4, 6, 6) rows for 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7) more times - 21 sts when all decreases have been completed.
Work 1 row even. Pm for armhole.
Continue to work even in pattern as established until piece measures 8 (9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) in. (20.5 (23, 25.5, 28, 30.5, 33, 35.5) cm from 2nd armhole marker.
Bind off.

Upper Back
With RS facing and straight needles, cast on 2 sts for armhole trim, beg at first armhole marker, pick up and knit 56 (60, 64, 70, 76, 80, 86) sts evenly spaced across to second armhole marker, cast on 2 sts - 60 (64, 68, 74, 80, 84, 90) sts.
Row 1 (WS): Knit.
Row 2: K3, p27 (29, 31, 34, 37, 39, 42), pm for center back, p27 (29, 31, 34, 37, 39, 42), k3.
Row 3: K3, purl to last 3 sts, k3.
Bobble Row 4: K4, *MB, k4; rep from * to last 6 (5, 4, 5, 6, 5, 6) sts, MB, k to end of row.
Rows 5, 7 and 9: Rep Row 3.
Rows 6 and 8: Knit.
Inc Row 10: Knit to 1 st before center back marker, (kfb) twice, knit to end of row - 62 (66, 70, 76, 82, 86, 92) sts.
Rows 11-18 Rep Rows 7-10 twice - 66 (70, 74, 80, 86, 90, 96) sts.
Keeping first and last 3 sts in Garter st and rem sts in St st, work until Armhole measures 6 (6 1/2, 7, 8, 8 1/2, 9, 9 1/2) in. (15 (16.5, 18, 20.5, 21.5, 23, 24) cm), end with a WS row as your last row.
Shape Shoulders
Bind off 3 (5, 7, 5, 8, 5, 8) sts at beg of next 2 rows, 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4) sts at beg of next 10 rows - 40 sts.
Shape Neck and Shoulders
Mark center 12 sts for neck.
Next Row (RS): Bind off 5 sts, k8 (9 sts on right hand needle), join a 2nd ball of yarn and bind off center 12 sts, knit to end of row - 9 sts for right shoulder; 14 sts for left shoulder.
Working both sides at the same time with separate balls of yarn, bind off 5 sts at beg of of left shoulder once, then 6 sts at the beg of each shoulder once; AT THE SAME TIME, bind off 3 sts from each neck edge once.

Left Front
With RS facing and straight needles, pick up and k 2 sts along cast-on sts of back armhole trim, pick up and k 22 (25, 27, 30, 32, 35, 37) sts evenly spaced along upper edge of left front - 24 (27, 29, 32, 34, 37, 39) sts.
Row 1 (WS): Knit.
Row 2: K3, purl to end of row.
Row 3: Purl to last 3 sts, k3.
Bobble Row 4: K4, *MB, k4; rep from * to last 0 (3, 0, 3, 0, 3, 0) sts, MB, k to end of row.
Note: If there is a '0' after the last rep for the size you are working, do not work a MB at the end of the row.
Row 5: Purl to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 6: Knit.
Rep Rows 5-6 until armhole measures same as back to shoulder, end with a WS row as your last row.
Shape Shoulder
Next Row (RS): Bind off 3 (6, 8, 6, 8, 6, 8) sts, k to end of row.
Purl one row.
Next Row: Bind off 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4) sts, k to end of row.
Purl one row.
Rep last 2 rows 4 more times.
Next Row: Bind off 5 sts, k to end of row.
Purl one row.
Bind off.

Right Front
From RS with straight needles, pick up and k 22 (25, 27, 30, 32, 35, 37) sts evenly spaced along upper edge of left front, pick up and knit 2 sts along cast-on sts of back armhole trim - 24 (27, 29, 32, 34, 37, 39) sts.
Row 1 (WS): Knit.
Row 2: Purl to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 3: K3, purl to end of row.
Bobble Row 4: K4 (2, 4, 2, 4, 2, 4), *MB, k4; rep from * across.
Row 5: K3, purl to end of row.
Row 6: Knit.
Rep Rows 5 and 6 until armhole measures same as back to shoulder, end with a RS row as your last row.
Shape Shoulder
Next Row (WS): Bind off 3 (6, 8, 6, 8, 6, 8) sts, p to end of row.
Knit 1 row.
Next Row: Bind off 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4) sts, p to end of row.
Knit 1 row.
Rep last 2 rows 4 more times.
Next Row: Bind off 5 sts, p to end of row.
Knit 1 row.
Bind off.

FINISHING
Sew Shoulder seams.
Front Band
From RS with circular needle, join yarn at lower edge of right front, pick up and k118 (121, 124, 127, 130, 133, 137) sts evenly spaced up front edge, around neck and down left front edge to bottom.
Next Row: Knit.
Shape Collar
Note:
Work short rows without wrapping sts.
Short Row 1: Knit to last 12 sts, turn.
Short Row 2: Sl 1, knit to last 12 sts, turn.
Short Rows 3 and 4: Sl 1, knit to last 20 sts, turn.
Short Rows 5 and 6: Sl 1, knit to last 28 sts, turn.
Short Rows 7 and 8: Sl 1, knit to last 36 sts, turn.
Next Row: Knit to end of row.
Knit 1 row.
Bind off as if to knit.
Buttonloop
With crochet hook, join yarn with sl st at inside edge of trim on lower left front, ch 9, sl st in same st as join.
Fasten off.
Sew button on inside of right front opposite buttonloop.
Weave in ends.


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


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Pattern Average Rating: *****5.0 (based on 1 review)
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Simple Stylish Top Reviewed by Janet M. Shlegle on 2013-12-25 *****
Love the look of this and am a third of the way done. The bobble stitch explanation is incomplete. It should be a combo of 5 stitches: K,yo,K,yo,K all in the same stitch. Then proceed with turn and purl, turn and knit then pass knit stitches 1 to 4 over the last knit stitch.
The bobbles could be skipped, but they add a nice accent.


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