Earring Lace Summer Top

This gorgeous summer top features a unique stitch pattern to create a scallop design along the bottom half of the tee and a delicate eyelet design on the top half. Perfect for any summertime gathering, this sensational top is a summertime must.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Bust Size = 36 (38, 44, 50, 53)” to fit bust 34 (36, 42, 48, 50)”; Shown in size 36”

Gauge: 22 sts and 26 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking

Materials

Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Cleo (100% mercerized pima cotton; 125 yards [114 meters]/50 grams): #172 Foliage (7 (8, 9, 10, 11) skeins)
Needles: US size 6 (4.0 mm) and US size 4 (3.5 mm) straight and US size 4 (3.5 mm) 24” circular needles
Notions: Markers, two stitch holders, tapestry needle

Special Stitches

Short Row Shaping

Short rows help a lot in better shaping the garment to fit. When you are working on purl-side, take the yarn to the back of work between the two needles, slip the next stitch to the right-hand needle, bring the yarn back to the front between the needles and slip the stitch back to the left-hand needle. Turn your work and continue as instructed.
On the knit-side, take the yarn to the front of work between the two needles, slip the next stitch to the right-hand needle, take the yarn back to the back between the needles and slip the stitch back to the left-hand needle. Turn your work and continue as instructed.
On the purl-side, when it is time to take out the wraps, purl until you reach the stitch that was wrapped, bring the wrap up onto the left-hand needle and purl it together with the stitch itself. 

Earring Pattern (Multiple of 13 + 2)

Rows 1, 3 (RS): Knit.
Rows 2, 4: Knit.
Row 5: K1, * ssk, k4, yo, k1, yo, k4, k2tog; repeat from *. K1.
Row 6 and the rest of even numbered rows: Purl.
Row 7: K1, * ssk, (k3, yo) twice, k3, k2tog; repeat from *. K1.
Row 9: K1, * ssk, k2, yo, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, yo, k2, k2tog; Repeat from *. K1.
Row 11: K1, * ssk, k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, yo, k1, k2tog; repeat from *. K1.
Row 13: K1, * ssk, yo, (k2tog, yo) twice, k1, (yo, ssk) twice, yo, k2tog; repeat from *. K1.
Repeat rows 1-14 for pattern. 

Eyelet Pattern (Multiple of 8 +2)

Rows 1, 3 (RS): Knit.
Row 2 and all even numbered rows: Purl.
Row 5: K2, * k2tog, yo, k6; repeat from *.
Row 7: K1, * k2tog, yo, k6; repeat from *. K1.
Rows 9, 11: Knit.
Rows 13: * K6, k2tog, yo; repeat from *. K2.
Row 15: K5, * k2tog, yo, k6; repeat from *. End last repeat with k3.
Repeat rows 1-5 for pattern.
On the knit-side, when it is time to take out the wraps, knit until you reach the stitch that was wrapped, bring the wrap up onto the left-hand needle and knit it together with the stitch itself.

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked flat in two pieces. To create the waist, I have used k1, p1 ribbing to pull the waist in. 

Pattern

Back

Cast on 93 (106, 119, 132, 145) sts. Work as Earring pattern 4 times.
Switch to k1, p1 ribbing and work for 1½”.
Switch to eyelet pattern increasing 5 (0, 3, 6, 1) sts evenly across first row. (98 (106, 122, 138, 146) sts)
Continue as pattern until piece meas. 18” (17”, 17”, 16.5”, 16.5”).

Shape Underarm

BO 5 (5, 10, 10, 10) sts at the beginning of next 2 rows then decrease 1 st on both sides every other row 5 (5, 5, 9, 13) times. (78 (86, 92, 100, 100) sts)
Work until piece meas. 24”.

Shape Back Neck

Work next 26 (28, 30, 33, 33) sts. With another ball of yarn BO next 26 (30, 32, 34, 34) sts and work the remaining 26 (28, 30, 33, 33) sts. Work both sides at the same time. Decrease 1 st on the neck side every other row 5 (6, 6, 7, 7) times. (21 (22, 24, 26, 26) sts)
Work next 14 (15, 16, 18, 18) sts w&t.
Work next 7 (7, 8, 9, 9) sts w&t.
Work all sts taking out all wraps.
Place all sts on holder to be bound with front shoulder sts using the 3-needle bind-off technique.

Front

Work same as back until piece meas.20”. Work 29 (30, 32, 35, 35) sts with another ball of yarn, BO next 20 (26, 28, 30, 30) sts and work the next 29 (30, 32, 35, 35) sts. On the neck side, decrease 1 st every other row 8 (8, 8, 9, 9) times. (21 (22, 24, 26, 26) sts)
When front and back are the same length BO front and back shoulder sts using 3-needle bind-off technique.

Sleeve (Make Two)

With smaller needles CO 65 (71, 77, 83, 87) sts.
Work 10 rows k1, p1. Switch to larger needles and eyelet pattern. Inc 1 (3, 5, 7, 3) sts on the first row. (66 (74, 82, 90, 90) sts)
Increase on both sides every 4 rows, 3 times. (72 (80, 88, 96, 96) sts)
BO 5 (5, 10, 10, 10) sts at the beg of next 2 rows. (62 (70, 68, 76, 76) sts)
Decrease 1 st on both side every other row 5 (6, 5, 9, 10) times and every 4 rows 12 (14, 15, 14, 14 , 13) times. (28 (30, 30, 30, 30) sts)
BO 2 sts at the beg of next 2 rows. (24 (26, 26, 26, 26) sts)
BO 3 sts at the beg of next 2 rows. (18 (20, 20, 20, 20) sts)
BO all sts loosely.

Neckline Finishing

With smaller needle, pick up 144 (152, 162, 162, 162) sts around the neckline. Work k1, p1 for 10 rounds. Bo all sts in pattern.
Sew sleeves in place. Sew side seams. Sew sleeve seams. Block top to size. yarn ball

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