High Contrast Top

This high contrast top is modern and fresh. The linen blend yarn gives the top a good drape for casual or dressed-up styles. Easily adjust for longer or shorter length with this pattern to your liking.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Bust Size S (M, L, XL, 2XL); 42 (46.5, 50.25, 54, 57.75)” / [106.5 (118, 127.5, 137, 146.5) cm]

Up to 8.75” / [22 cm] positive ease recommended.

Shown in size S

Gauge: 21 sts and 28 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st

Materials

Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Belle (53% Cotton, 33% Viscose, 14% Linen; 131 yards [120 m]/50 grams): 01 White (C1, 3 (4, 4, 5, 5) balls), 08 Black (C2, 4 (4, 5, 5, 6) balls)

Needle: US size 6 (4.0 mm) 32” / [80 cm] or longer circular, US size 6 (4.0 mm) DPNs

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch holder, stitch marker

Pattern Notes

The top is worked flat bottom-up. Shoulders are worked separately and seamed using 3-needle bind-off.

Change colour in the middle of the piece. The colour is always worked on the sts of same colour on the previous row. The change of colour in pattern is only mentioned on the cast on row.

There is 1 selvedge stitch in each side

Pattern

Front

Using Cable CO method, with C1 CO 57 (63, 68, 73, 78) sts, with C2 CO 57 (63, 68, 73, 78) sts.

Rows 1-2: K to end.

Left Side Short Rows

Row 3: K4 (5, 5, 6, 6), bring yarn to front, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to back, turn work.

Row 4 and every even number row: Sl the next st purlwise, p to end.

Row 5: K4 (5, 5, 6, 6), pick up the wrapped st, k3 (4, 4, 5, 5), bring yarn to front, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to back, turn work.

Row 7: K8 (10, 10, 12, 12), pick up the wrapped st, k3 (4, 4, 5, 5), bring yarn to front, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to back, turn work.

Row 9: K12 (15, 15, 18, 18), pick up the wrapped st, k4 (4, 4, 5, 5), bring yarn to front, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to back, turn work.

Row 11: K17 (20, 20, 24, 24), pick up the wrapped st, k4 (4, 5, 5, 5), bring yarn to front, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to back, turn work.

Row 13: K22 (25, 26, 30, 30), pick up the wrapped st, k4 (4, 5, 5, 6), bring yarn to front, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to back, turn work.

Row 15: K27 (30, 32, 36, 37), pick up the wrapped st, k4 (4, 5, 5, 6), bring yarn to front, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to back, turn work.

Row 17: K32 (35, 38, 30, 44), pick up the wrapped st, k4 (5, 5, 5, 6), bring yarn to front, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to back, turn work.

Row 19: K to end.

Right Side Short Rows

Row 20: P4 (5, 5, 6, 6), bring yarn to back, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to front, turn work.

Row 21 and every odd number row: Sl the next st purlwise, k to end

Row 22: P4 (5, 5, 6, 6), pick up the wrapped st, p3 (4, 4, 5, 5), bring yarn to back, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to front, turn work.

Row 24: P8 (10, 10, 12, 12), pick up the wrapped st, p3 (4, 4, 5, 5), bring yarn to back, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to front, turn work.

Row 26: P12 (15, 15, 18, 18), pick up the wrapped st, p4 (4, 4, 5, 5), bring yarn to back, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to front, turn work.

Row 28: P17 (20, 20, 24, 24), pick up the wrapped st, p4 (4, 5, 5, 5), bring yarn to back, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to front, turn work.

Row 30: P22 (25, 26, 30, 30), pick up the wrapped st, p4 (4, 5, 5, 6), bring yarn to back, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to front, turn work.

Row 32: P27 (30, 32, 36, 37), pick up the wrapped st, p4 (4, 5, 5, 6), bring yarn to back, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to front, turn work.

Row 34: P32 (35, 38, 30, 44), pick up the wrapped st, p4 (5, 5, 5, 6), bring yarn to back, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to front, turn work.

Row 36: P to end.

Cont working in St st until piece meas 19 (19.5, 19.75, 20, 20)” / [48.5 (49.5, 50, 51, 51) cm] on the side, ending on WS, then work separately to the shoulder.

Left Side

Row 1: K51 (57, 62, 66, 71).

Row 2: BO 3 (3, 2, 2, 2) sts, p to end. (48 (54, 60, 64, 69) sts)

Row 3: K to end.

Row 4: BO 2 sts, p to end. (46 (52, 58, 62, 67) sts)

Row 5: K to end.

Sizes S (M, -, -, -) only

Row 6: P to last 6 (6, -, -, -) sts, bring yarn to back, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to front, turn work.

Row 7: Sl the next st purlwise, k to last 4 sts, ssk, k to end.

Row 8: P to 5 (6, -, -, -) sts before the wrapped st, bring yarn to back, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to front, turn work.

Rows 9-14: Rep Rows 7-8.

Row 15: Sl the next st purlwise, k to last 4 sts, ssk, k to end.

Row 16: P to 5 (5, -, -, -) sts before the wrapped st, bring yarn to back, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to front, turn work.

Size S (-, -, -, -) only

Row 17: Sl the next st purlwise, k to end.

Row 18: P to 5 (-, -, -, -) sts before the wrapped st, bring yarn to back, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to front, turn work.

Size – (M, -, -, -) only

Row 17: Sl the next st purlwise, k to last 4 sts, ssk, k to end.

Row 18: P to – (5, -, -, -) sts before the wrapped st, bring yarn to back, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to front, turn work.

Sizes S (M, -, -, -) only

Row 19: Sl the next st purlwise, k to end.

Row 20: P to end, picking up all the wrapped sts.

Row 21: K to end.

Row 22: P to end.

Put sts on stitch holder.

Sizes – (-, L, XL, 2XL) only

Row 6: BO – (-, 2, 2, 2) sts, p to end.

Row 7: K to end.

Sizes – (-, L, XL, -) only

Row 8: P to last – (-, 7, 7, -) sts, bring yarn to back, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to front, turn work.

Row 9: Sl the next st purlwise, k to last 4 sts, ssk, k to end.

Row 10: P to – (-, 6, 7, -) sts before the wrapped st, bring yarn to back, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to front, turn work.

Rows 11-16: Rep Rows 9-10.

Row 17: Sl the next st purlwise, k to last 4 sts, ssk, k to end.

Row 18: P to – (-, 6, 6, -) sts before the wrapped st, bring yarn to back, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to front, turn work.

Rows 19-20: Rep Rows 17-18.

Row 21: Sl the next st purlwise, k to end.

Row 22: P to end, picking up all the wrapped sts.

Row 23: K to end.

Row 24: P to end.

Put sts on stitch holder.

Size – (-, -, -, 2XL) only

Row 8: P to end.

Row 9: K to end.

Row 10: P to last – (-, -, -, 8) sts, bring yarn to back, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to front, turn work.

Row 11: Sl the next st purlwise, k to last 4 sts, ssk, k to end.

Row 12: P to – (-, -, -, 7) sts before the wrapped st, bring yarn to back, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to front, turn work.

Rows 13-22: Rep Rows 11-12.

Row 23: Sl the next st purlwise, k to end.

Row 24: P to end, picking up all the wrapped sts.

Row 25: K to end.

Row 26: P to end.

Put sts on stitch holder.

Right Side

Leave middle 12 (12, 12, 14, 14) sts unworked and put on stitch holder. Join new yarn on the next st.

Row 1: K51 (57, 62, 66, 71).

Row 2: P to end.

Row 3: BO 3 (3, 2, 2, 2) sts, k to end.

Row 4: P to end.

Row 5: BO 2 sts, k to end.

Row 6: P to end.

Sizes S (M, -, -, -) only

Row 7: K to last 6 (6, -, -, -) sts, bring yarn to front, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to back, turn work.

Row 8: Sl the next st purlwise, p to end.

Row 9: K2, k2tog, k to 5 (6, -, -, -) sts before the wrapped st, bring yarn to front, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to back, turn work.

Rows 10-15: Rep Rows 8-9.

Row 16: Sl the next st purlwise, p to end.

Row 17: K2, k2tog, k to 5 (5, -, -, -) sts before the wrapped st, bring yarn to front, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to back, turn work.

Size S (-, -, -, -) only

Row 19: K to 5 (-, -, -, -) sts before the wrapped st, bring yarn to front, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to back, turn work.

Size – (M, -, -, -) only

Row 19: K2, k2tog, k to – (5, -, -, -) sts before the wrapped st, bring yarn to front, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to back, turn work.

Sizes S (M, -, -, -) only

Row 20: P to end.

Row 21: K to end, picking up all the wrapped sts.

Row 22: P to end.

Put sts on stitch holder.

Sizes – (-, L, XL, 2XL) only

Row 7: BO – (-, 2, 2, 2) sts, k to end.

Row 8: P to end.

Sizes – (-, L, XL, -) only

Row 9: K2, k2tog, k to last – (-, 7, 7, -) sts, bring yarn to front, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to back, turn work.

Row 10: Sl the next st purlwise, p to end.

Row 11: K2, k2tog, k to – (-, 6, 7, -) sts before the wrapped st, bring yarn to front, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to back, turn work.

Rows 12-17: Rep Rows 10-11.

Row 18: Sl the next st purlwise, p to end.

Row 19: K2, k2tog, k to – (-, 6, 6, -) sts before the wrapped st, bring yarn to front, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to back, turn work.

Rows 20-21: Rep Rows 18-19.

Row 23: K to end, picking up all the wrapped sts.

Row 24: P to end.

Put sts on stitch holder.

Size – (-, -, -, 2XL) only

Row 9: K to end.

Row 10: P to end.

Row 11: K to last – (-, -, -, 8) sts, bring yarn to front, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to back, turn work.

Row 12: Sl the next st purlwise, p to end.

Row 13: K to – (-, -, -, 7) sts before the wrapped st, bring yarn to front, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to back, turn work.

Rows 14-23: Rep Rows 12-13.

Row 25: K to end, picking up all the wrapped sts.

Row 26: P to end.

Put sts on stitch holder.

Back

Using Cable CO method, with C1 CO 57 (63, 68, 73, 78) sts and with C2 CO 57 (63, 68, 73, 78) sts in CC2.

Rows 1-2: K to end.

Short Rows

Row 3: K38 (42, 45, 49, 52), pm, k38 (42, 46, 48, 52), pm, k5 (6, 6, 6, 7) bring yarn to front, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to back, turn work.

Row 4: Sl the next st purlwise, p to m, sm, p to m, sm, p5 (6, 6, 6, 7), bring yarn to back, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to front, turn work.

Row 5: Sl the next st purlwise, k to m, sm, k to m, sm, k to wrapped st, pick up wrapped st, k4 (4, 5, 5, 6), bring yarn to front, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to back, turn work.

Row 6: Sl the next st purlwise, p to m, sm, p to m, sm, p to wrapped st, pick up wrapped st, p4 (4, 5, 5, 6), bring yarn to back, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to front, turn work.

Rows 7-8: Rep Rows 5-6.

Row 9: Sl the next st purlwise, k to m, sm, k to m, sm, k to wrapped st, pick up wrapped st, k4 (4, 5, 5, 5), bring yarn to front, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to back, turn work.

Row 10: Sl the next st purlwise, p to m, sm, p to m, sm, p to wrapped st, pick up wrapped st, p4 (4, 5, 5, 5), bring yarn to back, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to front, turn work.

Row 11: Sl the next st purlwise, k to m, sm, k to m, sm, k to wrapped st, pick up wrapped st, k4 (4, 4, 5, 5), bring yarn to front, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to back, turn work.

Row 12: Sl the next st purlwise, p to m, sm, p to m, sm, p to wrapped st, pick up wrapped st, p4 (4, 4, 5, 5), bring yarn to back, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to front, turn work.

Row 13: Sl the next st purlwise, k to m, sm, k to m, sm, k to wrapped st, pick up wrapped st, k3 (4, 4, 5, 5), bring yarn to front, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to back, turn work.

Row 14: Sl the next st purlwise, p to m, sm, p to m, sm, p to wrapped st, pick up wrapped st, p3 (4, 4, 5, 5), bring yarn to back, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to front, turn work.

Rows 15-16: Rep Rows 13-14.

Row 17: Sl the next st purlwise, k to end, removing all markers, picking up wrapped st.

Row 18: P to end, picking up wrapped st.

Cont working in St st until piece meas 20 (20.5, 20.75, 21.25, 21.75)” / [51 (52, 53, 54, 55) cm] on side, ending on WS or adjust Front until length is the same to start shoulder shaping.

Shoulders Short Rows

Row 1: K to end.

Row 2: P to last 6 (6, 7, 7, 8), bring yarn to back, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to front, turn work.

Row 3: Sl the next st purlwise, k to last 6 (6, 7, 7, 8), bring yarn to front, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to back, turn work.

Row 4: Sl the next st purlwise, p to 5 (6, 6, 7, 7) sts before wrapped st, bring yarn to back, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to front, turn work.

Row 5: Sl the next st purlwise, k to 5 (6, 6, 7, 7) sts before wrapped st, bring yarn to front, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to back, turn work.

Rows 6-11: Rep Rows 4-5.

Row 12: Sl the next st purlwise, p to 5 (5, 6, 6, 7) sts before wrapped st, bring yarn to back, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to front, turn work.

Work the shoulders separately starting here.

Right Shoulder

Row 13: Sl the next st purlwise, k17 (18, 21, 21, 24)

Row 14: P to 5 (5, 6, 6, 7) sts before wrapped st, bring yarn to back, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to front, turn work.

Row 15: Sl the next st purlwise, k to last 4 sts, ssk, k to end.

Row 16: P to end, picking up all wrapped sts.

Row 17: Rep Row 15.

Row 18: P to end.

Put sts on stitch holder.

Left Shoulder

Leave middle 28 (30, 32, 34, 36) sts unworked and put on stitch holder. Join new yarn on the next st.

Row 13: K to 5 (5, 6, 6, 7) sts before wrapped st, bring yarn to front, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to back, turn work.

Rows 14 and 16: Sl the next st purlwise, p to end.

Row 15: K2, k2tog, k to 5 (5, 6, 6, 7) sts before wrapped st, bring yarn to front, sl the next st purlwise, bring yarn to back, turn work.

Row 17: K2, k2tog, k to end, picking up all wrapped sts.

Row 18: P to end.

Put sts on stitch holder.

Finishing

Seam shoulders using 3-needles BO.

Seam the sides using mattress stitch, leaving 7 (7.5, 7.75, 8.25, 8.75)” / [18 (19, 20, 21, 22) cm] for armhole.

Neck (work in the rnd)

Move the unworked middle sts of Front and Back from stitch holder to needle.

With C2 starting on the join on Left Shoulders, pick up 21 (21, 23, 23, 25) sts along Front neck slope, k the unworked middle sts, pick up 21 (21, 23, 23, 25) sts along the other slope.

Pick up 5 sts along the back neck slope, k the unworked middle sts, pick up 5 sts along the other slope.

Work 1×1 ribbing for 6 rnds.

BO loosely in patt.

Armholes (work in the rnd)

Starting on the underarm, pick up 76 (80, 84, 88, 92) sts.

Work 1 purl rnd.

BO knitwise.

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