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Free Knitting Pattern: Bubble Top

Lion Brand« Homespun® Thick & Quick®
Pattern #: L32228
Rating: ***3.0 (based on 1 review)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate + (Level 4)

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

Finished Bust 46 (48, 50, 51, 54, 55) in. (117 (122, 127, 129.5, 137, 139.5) cm)
Finished Length 17 (17 1/2, 18, 18 1/2, 19, 19 1/2) in. (43 (44.5, 45.5, 47, 48.5, 49.5) cm)
SIZING NOTE: Top is designed to be oversized.


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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Accessorize this sweater with a long strand necklace, and you'll have an outfit perfect to wear to the office.

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Homespun® Thick & Quick®

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 792-211: Homespun Thick & Quick Yarn: Granite Stripes
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To change colors, simply select color name from the drop-down above or else click the swatch you want to change and then click a color below
Homespun® Thick & Quick®
Coral Stripes Natural Stripes Greystone Stripes Violet Stripes Wildberries Stripes Granite Stripes Woodland Stripes Antique Stripes
Sea Glass Stripes Oceania Stripes Spring Stripes Lavender Stripes Sangria Stripes Colonial Edwardian Tudor
Waterfall Barrington Barley Lagoon Painted Desert Wild Fire Herb Garden Mixed Berries
Pearls Purple Haze Azure Blue Relish Claret Dove
*Homespun® Thick & Quick® (Article #792). 88% Acrylic, 12% Polyester; package size: 8.00oz/227.00 gr. (160yds/146m) pull skeins

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MATERIALS
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QUANTITY PRICE ALT QTY  
•  792-211 Homespun Thick & Quick Yarn: Granite Stripes
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$ 17.98 2, 3, 3, 3, 3 
Lion Brand Knitting Needles Size 11 [8 mm]   $ 5.95  for neck bind off only
Lion Brand Size 13 [9 mm] 29-inch [75 cm] Circular Knitting Needles   $ 11.49  
Lion Brand Stitch Holders   $ 5.99  
Lion Brand Split Ring Stitch Markers   $ 2.49  
Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)   $ 3.59  
Additional Materials
Circular needle size 9 (5.5 mm), 24 in. (61 cm) long (for neckband only)
 

Bubble Top

Lion Brand« Homespun® Thick & Quick®

GAUGE:

10 sts + 12 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS) with larger needle

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.
pfb (purl into front and back) Purl next st without removing it from left needle, then p through back of same st - 1 st increased.
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.

TECHNIQUE EXPLANATION
3-Needle Bind Off

With RS together, hold in one hand 2 needles (or 2 ends of a circular needle) with an equal number of sts on each. With a 3rd needle, knit tog 1 st from each needle, *knit tog 1 st from each needle, pass first st worked over 2nd to bind off; rep from * across. Cut yarn and pull through last st to secure.

NOTES:

1. Top is worked in 2 pieces, Back and Front.
2. A circular needle is used to accommodate the number of sts. Work back and forth in rows on the circular needle as if working with straight needles.
3. Shoulders are shaped with short rows. Short rows are rows that are worked over a portion of the sts in a row, leaving the remaining sts unworked.
4. To work short rows, the pattern instructions will tell you to 'turn' before you reach the end of the row. After turning, the first st is slipped to create a smooth line on the short row shaping.


BACK
With larger circular needle, cast on 36 (38, 40, 42, 45, 47) sts.
Work back and forth in rows on circular needle ass if working with straight needles.
Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2: Pfb, purl to end - 37 (39, 41, 43, 46, 48) sts at the end of this row.
Row 3: Kfb, knit to end - 38 (40, 42, 44, 47, 49) sts.
Rows 4-23: Rep Rows 2 and 3 ten more times - 58 (60, 62, 64, 67, 69) sts.
Row 24: Kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1 - 60 (62, 64, 66, 69, 71) sts.
Row 25: Pfb, p to last 2 sts, pfb, p1 - 62 (64, 66, 68, 71, 73) sts.
Rows 26-29: Rep last 2 rows 2 more times - 70 (72, 74, 76, 79, 81) sts.
Place a marker at beg and end of last row worked for beg of armholes.
Work even in St st (k on RS, p on WS) until piece measures about 5 (5 1/2, 6, 6 1/2, 7, 7 1/2) in. (12.5 (14, 15, 16.5, 18, 19) cm) from armhole markers, 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 Shoulders
Short Row 1 (RS):
Sl 1, k to last 5 (5, 5, 5, 6, 7) sts, TURN.
Short Row 2: Sl 1, p to last 5 (5, 5, 5, 6, 7) sts, TURN.
Short Row 3: Sl 1, k54 (56, 58, 59, 60, 60), TURN.
Short Row 4: Sl 1, p49 (51, 53, 53, 54, 54), TURN.

Shape First Side of Neck
Short Row 5 (RS):
Sl 1, k9 (10, 11, 11, 11, 11), k2tog, TURN.
Short Row 6: Sl 1, p2tog, p3 (4, 4, 4, 4, 4), TURN.
Short Row 7: Sl 1, k4 (5, 5, 5, 5, 5), TURN.
Short Row 8: Sl 1, p to end - 20 (21, 22, 23, 24, 25) sts on this side.
Cut yarn and slip the last 20 (21, 22, 23, 24, 25) sts worked onto a st holder. Slip the next 26 (26, 26, 26, 27, 27) sts onto a holder for back neck. 22 (23, 24, 25, 26, 27) sts rem on needle for second side of neck.

Shape Second Side of Neck
With WS facing, rejoin yarn at side edge at beg of rem 22 (23, 24, 25, 26, 27) sts.
Short Row 5 (WS): Sl 1, p9 (10, 11, 11, 11, 11), p2tog tbl, TURN.
Short Row 6: Sl 1, ssk, k3 (4, 4, 4, 4, 4), TURN.
Short Row 7: Sl 1, p4 (5, 5, 5, 5, 5), TURN.
Short Row 8: Sl 1, k to end.
Slip the rem 20 (21, 22, 23, 24, 25) sts onto a holder and cut yarn.


FRONT
Work same as Back to shape shoulders, end with a WS row.
Shape First Shoulder
Short Row 1 (RS):
Sl 1, k21 (22, 23, 24, 25, 26), k2tog, TURN.
Short Row 2: Sl 1, p2tog, p to last 5 (5, 5, 5, 6, 7) sts, TURN.
Short Row 3: Sl 1, k14 (15, 16, 17, 17, 17), k2tog, TURN.
Short Row 4: Sl 1, p2tog, p8 (9, 10, 10, 10, 10), TURN.
Short Row 5: Sl 1, k9 (10, 11, 11, 11, 11), TURN.
Short Row 6: Sl 1, p4 (5, 5, 5, 5, 5), TURN.
Short Row 7: Sl 1, k4 (5, 5, 5, 5, 5), TURN.
Short Row 8: Sl 1, p to end.
Use 3-Needle Bind Off to join the 20 (21, 22, 23, 24, 25) sts of this shoulder to corresponding Back shoulder sts from holder.

Slip the next 22 (22, 22, 22, 23, 23) sts onto a holder for front neck. 24 (25, 26, 27, 28, 29) sts rem on needle for second shoulder.
Shape Second Shoulder
With WS facing, join yarn at side edge, ready to work across rem 24 (25, 26, 27, 28, 29) sts.
Short Row 1 (WS): Sl 1, p21 (22, 23, 24, 25, 26), p2tog tbl, TURN.
Short Row 2: Sl 1, ssk, k to last 5 (5, 5, 5, 6, 7) sts, TURN.
Short Row 3: Sl 1, p14 (15, 16, 17, 17, 17), p2tog tbl, TURN.
Short Row 4: Sl 1, ssk, k8 (9, 10, 10, 10, 10), TURN.
Short Row 5: Sl 1, p9 (10, 11, 11, 11, 11), TURN.
Short Row 6: Sl 1, k4 (5, 5, 5, 5, 5), TURN.
Short Row 7: Sl 1, p4 (5, 5, 5, 5, 5), TURN.
Short Row 8: Sl 1, k to end.
Use 3-Needle Bind Off to join the 20 (21, 22, 23, 24, 25) sts of this shoulder to corresponding Back shoulder sts from holder.


FINISHING
Sew side seams beg at lower edge and sewing to markers at beg of armholes. Remove the markers.
Neckband
From RS with smaller circular needle, pick up and k4 sts evenly spaced across right back neck edge, k26 (26, 26, 26, 27, 27) back neck sts from holder, pick up and k4 sts evenly spaced across left back neck edge, and 7 sts across left front neck edge, k22 (22, 22, 22, 23, 23) front neck sts from holder, pick up and k7 sts across right front neck edge - 70 (70, 70, 70, 72, 72) sts. Place marker for beg of rnd. Join by working the first st on left hand needle with the working yarn from the right hand needle.
Rnds 1 and 2: *K1, p1; rep from * around.
Bind off.


 
ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
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beg = begin(s)(ning) k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together p = purl
p2tog = purl 2 together rem = remain(s)(ing)
rep = repeat(s)(ing) rnd(s) = round(s)
RS = right side sl = slip
st(s) = stitch(es) tbl = through the back loop
WS = wrong side  


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Pattern Average Rating: ***3.0 (based on 1 review)
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Bubble Top Reviewed by Gail Shimashita-Berg on 2014-02-11 ***
Just finished this sweater and the large holes from the results of slipping, knitting together, etc. are distracting to the eye. sat down to move yarn one stitch at a time to lessen the size of wholes. It is a gift for my daughter so I hope she likes it enough to wear it. The bottom tends to curl slightly It doesn't matter how loose you cast on!( I started this over so many times to try and control the curl. It's cute and really large! I knitted the small.


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