Olive Flare Top

Classic best describes this top that will become a wardrobe staple. Stockinette stitch is featured for the entire garment, while garter stitch trims the lowered jewel neckline, sleeve and bottom edges. The body and elbow-length sleeves flare outward for a flattering shape.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Finished Bust Size 39 (43, 47, 51)”

3” positive ease recommended.

Shown in size 43”

Gauge: 19 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after a light steaming

Materials

Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Cleo DK Cotton (100% Mercerized Pima Cotton; 125 yards [114 meters]/50 grams): #170 Olive (7 (8, 8, 9) skeins)

Needles: US size 6 (4mm) 16” and 24” circular for borders, US size 7 (4.5mm) 24” circular for front, back, and sleeves

Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle

Pattern Notes

This garment uses unit construction, which means each piece is finished as much as possible (bands, seams, etc.) before moving on to the next major piece. This eliminates much of the finishing work at the end – something many knitters dislike.

Circular needle is used to accommodate large number of sts. Do not join, work in rows.

Pattern

Back

With smaller 24” needle, CO 111 (121, 131, 141) sts.

Knit 8 rows.

Change to larger needle.

Purl 1 row.

Mark center 23 (29, 33, 35) sts

*Dec Row (RS): K1, ssk, knit to 2 sts before first marker, k2tog, sm, knit to second marker, sm, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. (4 sts dec’d)

Work even in St st for 9 rows.

Rep from * 4 times more. (91 (101, 111, 121) sts)

Work even until Back meas 15 (15, 16, 16)” above CO edge, ending with a WS row.

Shape Underarm

BO 9 (12, 15, 16) sts at beg of next 2 rows.

Dec 1 st each end every RS row 3 (3, 4, 5) times. (67 (71, 73, 79) sts)

Work even until armhole meas 7 (7.5, 8, 8.5)” above BO underarm sts, ending with a WS row.

Shape Back Neck and Shoulder

Mark center 17 (19, 19, 23) sts.

Next Row (RS): Knit to first marker, join second ball of yarn and BO center marked sts, knit to end of row.

Working on both sides of neck with separate balls of yarn, dec 1 st at each neck edge every row 3 times, AT THE SAME TIME, BO at each arm edge 7 (8, 8, 8) sts twice, then last 8 (7, 8, 9) sts.

Front

Work as Back until piece meas 3 (3.5, 4, 4.5)” above BO underarm sts, ending with a WS row.

Shape Neck

Mark center 15 (17, 17, 21) sts.

Next Row (RS): Knit to first marker, join second ball of yarn and BO center marked sts, knit to end of row.

Working on both sides of neck with separate balls of yarn, dec 1 st at each neck edge every RS row 4 times.

Work even until armhole meas same as Back above BO underarm sts, ending with a WS row.

Shape Shoulders

BO at each arm edge 7 (8, 8,8) sts twice, then last 8 (7, 8, 9) sts.

Neckband

Sew shoulder seams.

With smaller 16” circular needle, pick up and k3 sts for every 4 rows and 1 st in each BO st of Front and Back neck. Join, placing marker between first and last st.

Beg with a purl row, work even in garter st for 6 rnds.

BO purlwise.

Sleeves

With smaller needle, CO 81 (86, 90, 95) sts.

Knit 8 rows.

Purl 1 row.

Change to larger needle.

Next Row (RS): K3, ssk, knit to last 5 sts, k2tog, k3. (2 sts dec’d)

Mark center 21 (22, 26, 29) sts.

*Work even in St st for 7 rows.

Dec Row (RS): K3, ssk, knit to 2 sts before first marker, k2tog, sm, knit to second marker, sm, ssk, knit to last 5 sts, k2tog, k3. (4 sts dec’d)

Rep from * twice more. (67 (72, 76, 81) sts)

Work even until Sleeve meas 8 (8, 9, 9)” above CO edge, ending with a WS row.

Shape Sleeve Cap

Mark each end st for underarm.

Work even for 1.75 (2.5, 2.75, 3)” above markers.

Dec 1 st each end every RS row 3 (3, 4, 5) times. (61 (66, 68, 71) sts)

BO all sts.

Finishing

Sew Sleeves into armholes, matching marked underarm sts to first BO underarm sts.

Sew Sleeve and side seams.

Weave in all ends. Steam lightly.

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Comments
  • Geraldine S.

    What does the bottom look like? Would like to see more views of sweater.

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