Berry Playful Top

The snake’s head fritillary, a gorgeous bell-shaped flower, inspired this raspberry-colored top. The stitch pattern, at the bottom edge and center panel, mimics the distinctive checkered markings and bell-like form of these charming flowers.

Skill Level: Advanced

Size: Finished Chest Size 18.75 (22.5, 25.5)”, length 17 (18, 19.5)”

To fit ages 6-12 (12-24, 24-36) months.

Shown in size 6-12 months.

Gauge: 23 sts and 32 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st, after wet blocking.

Materials

Yarn:

light weight yarn Rowan Pure Wool Superwash DK (100% Wool; 136 yards [125 meters]/50 grams): 028 Raspberry, 3 (3, 4) balls

Needles: US size 5 (3.75 mm): 16” circular and straight (optional); set of US size 5 (3.75 mm) DPNs.

Notions: 4 Markers; stitch holders or waste yarn; tapestry needle.

Pattern Notes

Lili is worked in the round from the bottom up to the armholes and then worked flat for the upper body.

Stitch Pattern (in the round)

Rnds 1, 2, and 3: *P3, k3; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 4: *K3, yo, k3tog, yo; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnds 5, 6, and 7: *K3, p3; rep from * to end of rnd
Rnd 8: *Yo, k3tog, yo, k3*; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rep Rnds 1-8 for pattern

Stitch pattern (worked flat) (for center panel)

Rows 1 and 3: P3, k3, p3, k3, p3.
Row 2: K3, p3, k3, p3, k3.
Row 4: P3, yo, p3tog, yo, p3, yo, p3tog, yo, p3.
Rows 5 and 7: K3, p3, k3, p3, k3.
Row 8: Yo, p3tog, yo, p3, yo, p3tog, yo, p3, yo, p3tog, yo.

Rep Rows 1-8 for pattern

Pattern

CO 150 (174, 198) sts, pm and join to work in the rnd.

Bottom Edge

Rnds 1-3: *P3, k3; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 4: *K3, yo, k3tog, yo; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnds 5-7: *K3, p3; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 8: *Yo, k3tog, yo, k3*; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rep Rnds 1-7 once more.

Next Rnd (set up for center panel): Work 30 (36, 42) sts in patt, pm, work 15 sts in patt, pm, work 30 (36, 42) sts in patt, pm, work in patt to end of rnd.

Body

Rnd 1: K to m, sm, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, sm, k to next m, sm, k to end of rnd.

Rnds 2-3: Work as for Rnd 1.

Rnd 4: K to m, sm, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k3, sm k to next m, sm, yo, k3tog, yo, k to 3sts before next m, yo, k3tog, yo.

Rnds 5-7: K to m, sm, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, sm, k to next m, sm, p3, k to 3sts before next m, p3.

Rnd 8: yo, k3tog, yo, k to m, sm, yo, k3tog, yo, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, sm, k to 3 sts before next m, yo, k3tog, yo, sm, k to end.

Rep Rnds 1-4.

Next Rnd (Dec Rnd): Keeping in patt, work 5 sts, ssk, work to m, sm, work 15 sts center panel, sm, work to 7 sts before next m, k2tog, work 5sts in patt, sm work 5 sts in patt, ssk, work to 7 sts before next m, k2tog, work to end – 146 (170, 194) sts.

Cont in patt, dec 4 sts as above every 6th rnd until 114 (134, 154) sts.

Cont in patt until piece meas 13 (14, 15)”.

Armhole Shaping

Note: Back and Front will now be worked flat.

Place 57 (67, 77) sts for Back onto holder or spare yarn.

Front

With RS facing, BO 4 (4, 5) sts at beg of next 2 rows.

BO 0 (4, 5) sts at beg of following 0 (2, 2) rows – 49 (51, 57) sts.

Next Row (RS): K2, ssk, work to 4 sts before end of row, k2tog, k2 – 47 (49, 55) sts.

Purl 1 row.

Rep last 2 rows 1 (1, 3) time(s) more – 45 (47, 49) sts.

Cont in patt until Armhole meas 1½ (1¾, 2¼)”.

Shape Neck

Next Row (RS): K13 (14, 15) sts. Place rem sts on holder or spare yarn.

Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 4 rows – 9 (10, 11) sts.

Work straight until Armhole meas 4¾ (5½, 5¾)”.

Bind off.

With RS facing, slip 19 sts for front neck onto holder.

Rejoin yarn to rem 13 (14, 15) sts, k to end.

Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 4 rows – 9 (10, 11) sts.

Work straight until Armhole meas 4¾ (5½, 5¾)”.

Bind off.

Back

Place 57 (67, 77) sts on to needle and rejoin yarn.

With RS facing, BO 4 (4, 5) sts at beg of next 2 rows.

BO 0 (4, 5) sts at beg of following 0 (2, 2) rows – 49 (51, 57) sts.

Next Row (RS): K2, ssk, work to 4 sts before end of row, k2tog, k2 – 47 (49, 55) sts.

Purl 1 row.

Rep last 2 rows 1 (1, 3) times more – 45 (47, 49) sts.

Cont in patt until Armhole meas 3 (3½, 3¾)”.

Shape Neck

With RS facing, k13 (14, 15) sts. Place rem sts on holder or spare yarn.

Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 4 rows – 9 (10, 11) sts.

Work straight until Armhole meas 4¾ (5½, 5¾)”.

Bind off.

With RS facing, slip 19 sts for back neck onto holder.

Rejoin yarn to rem 13 (14, 15) sts, k to end.

Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 4 rows – 9 (10, 11) sts.

Work until Armhole meas 4¾ (5½, 5¾)”.

Neck Edging

Seam both shoulders.

Starting at left shoulder, with RS facing and circular needle, pick up and knit 19 (20, 21) sts down left front neck, 19 sts from holder, 19 (20, 21) sts up right front neck, 10 (11, 12) sts down right back neck, 19 sts from holder, 10 (11, 12) sts up left back neck, pm and join to work in the rnd – 96 (100, 104) sts.

Work 3 rnds in k2, p2 rib.

Bind off in rib.

Armhole Edging

Note: Both worked the same.

With RS facing and DPNs, pick up and knit 60 (64, 72) sts around armhole, pm and join to work in the rnd.

Work 2 rnds in k2, p2 rib.

Bind off in rib.

Finishing

Weave in ends.

Block to measurements.yarn ball

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