Skye Halter Top

Skye is waist cropped, worked in one single piece from the bottom up with no seams. Featuring a trendy front-tie design, there’s an additional side knot in the neckline to create a comfortable halter top effect. Pair this eyelet rows design with high-waisted bottoms for a look that’s cool, casual and chic.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Bust Size 34 (38, 42, 46, 50)” to fit bust 32-34 (36-38, 40-42, 44-46, 48-50)”

0-2” positive ease recommended.

Shown in size 34”

Gauge: 24 sts and 30 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Eyelet rows st worked flat after steam blocking

Materials

Fine weight yarnYarn: Katia Concept Cotton Alpaca (85% Cotton, 15% Alpaca; 164 yards [150 meters]/50 grams): #84 Medium Grey (3 (3, 3, 4, 4) balls).

Needles: US size 6 (4.0 mm) 24” circular

Notions: Tapestry needle, markers, 2 stitch holders or waste yarn.

Special Stitches

Eyelet Rows St (multiple of 2 sts, worked flat)

Row 1 (RS): K all sts.

Row 2 and all WS rows: P all sts.

Row 3: *Yo, ssk; rep from * across.

Rows 5, 7, 9, 13 and 15: K all sts.

Row 11: K1, *yo, ssk; rep from * to last st, k1.

Row 16: P all sts.

Rep Rows 1-16 for patt.

Eyelet Rows St (multiple of 2 sts, worked in the rnd)

Rnd 1 (RS): K all sts.

Rnd 2 and all WS rows: K all sts.

Rnd 3: *Yo, ssk; rep from * around.

Rnds 5, 7, 9, 13 and 15: K all sts.

Rnd 11: K1, *yo, ssk; rep from * to last st, k1.

Rnd 16: K all sts.

Rep Rnds 1-16 for patt.

Sloped BO Method

Note: This bind off forms a smooth curve and prevents “stair steps” to form on the following bind-off rows.

Work the first bind-off row as usual to define the initial part of the bind-off. Work the next row to the last st, but do not work it. Instead, turn the work so that the unworked st becomes the first st on the right-hand needle. Keeping the yarn in the back of the work, slip the first st on the left-hand needle pwise, then bind off the unworked st by lifting it over the slipped st and off the needle, as for a regular bind-off. This is your first bind-off st. Keep working in this way until you have completed all bind-off rows.

Double Twist Loop Cast On method

Note: This CO is great to add sts at the end of the row or in the case of the neck tie, CO with only one strand.

Make a slip knot with a short tail and place it on the right-hand needle. Wrap the working yarn so that it goes from the needle around the outside of the thumb and then the index finger. Use the other fingers to grasp the working yarn in the palm of your hand. Insert the tip of your needle under the strand that runs from your index finger to the palm of your hand. Take the needle tip over the top of the strand running between the thumb and the index finger and pull it back underneath the first strand. Rotate the needle tip to the left so that it comes up into the gap between the two strands wrapped around the thumb. Drop the yarn off the thumb and index finger and gently tighten the stitch on the needle.

Repeat these steps for the desired number of stitches.

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked from the bottom up in one piece.

Work the waist ties shaping with the sloped BO method.

For the neck tie, use the Double Twist Loop Cast On method.

Pattern

Waist ties

CO 270 (302, 334, 366, 398) sts.

Rows 1-3: Work in Garter st.

Row 4: K33 (37, 41, 45, 49), pm, k204 (228, 252, 276, 300), pm, k33 (37, 41, 45, 49).

Row 5 (waist tie shaping and beg Eyelet Rows St): BO 5 (5, 6, 5, 9) sts, k to next m, sm, k1, rep row 1 of the Eyelet rows st to last st before next m, k1, sm, k to end. (265 (297, 328, 361, 389) sts)
Row 5: BO 5 (5, 6, 5, 9) sts, p to next m, sm, p1, work Row 2 of Eyelet Rows St to last st before next m, p1, sm, p to end. (260 (292, 322, 356, 380) sts)

BO 4 (4, 5, 5, 5) sts at the beg of next 14 (16, 14, 16, 16) rows, while cont working St st before the first m and after the second marker, and Eyelet Rows St in between the markers through Row 12, then rep Rows 1-12 until the last BO row, and remove the markers. (204 (228, 252, 276, 300) sts)

Next Row (RS, Edge St Set-up): Sl 1, rep Eyelet Rows St to last st, k1.

Next Row (WS): Sl1, rep Eyelet Rows St to last st, p1.

Cont working Eyelet Rows St in this way until piece meas 4” from CO edge, ending with a WS row.

Body

Pm at the end of the row, and join to work in the rnd without twisting the sts. Sm at the end of every rnd.

Next Rnd (Dec: K1, k2tog, rep Eyelet Rows St to last 3 sts, ssk, k1. (2 sts dec’d, 202 (226, 250, 274, 298) sts)

Next Rnd: Rep Eyelet Rows St to end.

Cont working the Eyelet Rows St in the rnd until piece meas 9 (8.75, 8.5, 8.25, 8)” from CO edge, ending with an even row.

Back BO

Next Row (RS): Work 50 (56, 62, 68, 74) sts in Eyelet Rows St, BO 102 (114, 126, 138, 150) sts, work Eyelet Rows St to end. (100 (112, 124, 136, 148) sts total, 50 (56, 62, 68, 74 sts each side)

Remove marker and work flat from now on.

Place the first 50 (56, 62, 68, 74) sts that you worked on a stitch holder or a scrap of yarn and cont working the last 50 (56, 62, 68, 74) sts.

Left Side Front

Next Row (and all WS rows): Sl1, rep Eyelet Rows St to last st, p1.

Armhole and Neck Shaping

Next Row (RS, Armhole Dec): Sl1, k3tog, rep Eyelet Rows St to last st, k1. (2 sts dec’d)

Rep Dec Row every 2nd row 10 (12, 14, 18, 21) times, then every 4th row 4 (4, 4, 3, 2) more times. (28 (32, 36, 42, 46) sts dec’d)

AT THE SAME TIME

Next Row (RS, Neck Dec): Sl1, rep Eyelet Rows St to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. (1 st dec’d)

Rep Neck Dec Row every 4th (4th, 6th, 6th, 6th) row 5 (7, 1, 3, 6) times, then every 2nd (0, 4th, 4th, 4th) row 2 (0, 6, 4, 2) more times. (12 (14, 16, 16, 18) sts)

Work even until piece meas 14 (14.25, 14.5, 14.75, 15)” from CO edge, end with a WS row.

Place sts on a stitch holder or a scrap of yarn.

Right side Front

With the WS facing you, pick the 50 (56, 62, 68, 74) sts on hold.

Next Row (and all WS rows): Sl1, rep Eyelet Rows St to last st, p1.

Armhole and Neck Shaping

Next Row (RS, Neck Dec): Sl1, ssk, rep Eyelet Rows St to last, k1. (1 st dec’d)

Rep Dec Row every 4th (4th, 6th, 6th, 6th) row 5 (7, 1, 3, 6) times, then every 2nd (0, 4th, 4th, 4th) row 2 (0, 6, 4, 2) more times. (7 (7, 7, 7, 8) sts dec’d)

AT THE SAME TIME

Next Row (RS, Armhole Dec): Sl1, rep Eyelet Rows St to last 4 sts, sssk, k1. (2 sts dec’d)

Rep Armhole Dec Row every 2nd row 10 (12, 14, 18, 21) times, then every 4th row 4 (4, 4, 3, 2) more times. (12 (14, 16, 16, 18) sts)

Work even until piece measures 14 (14.25, 14.5, 14.75, 15)” from CO edge, end with a WS row.

Place sts on a stitch holder or a scrap of yarn.

Neck Tie

With the RS of garment facing you and using the Double Twist Loop CO Method, CO 40 (44, 48, 52, 56), pick up and k12 (14, 16, 16, 18) sts from the Left side Front, CO 18 sts, pick up and k12 (14, 16, 16, 18) sts from the Right side Front, CO 75 (80, 86, 93, 96) sts. (157 (170, 184, 195, 206) sts)

Work 4 rows in Garter st.

Cont working in Garter st, BO 9 (10, 11, 12, 13) sts at beg of next 4 rows, then 8 (9, 10, 11, 12) sts at beg of next 4 rows. (89 (94, 100, 103, 106) sts)

BO all sts.

Finishing

Weave in ends and steam block the piece.

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