Hazy days at the beach were the inspiration for this top. The design features a suspended leaf pattern that naturally results in a scalloped edge that is topped off with a simple garter stitch border.
Skill Level: Advanced
Size: Finished Bust Size approx. 40 (48, 56)” to fit bust 32-38 (40-46, 48-54)”.
Length approx. 25 (28, 31)”.
Between 2-4” positive ease recommended.
Shown in size 40”
Gauge: 23 sts and 30 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking.
Holst Garn Coast (55% Merino, 45% Cotton; 382 yards [350 meters]/50 grams): CO52 Aconite, 4 (5, 6) balls.
Needles: US size 4 (3.5 mm): straight or circular needle.
Notions: Tapestry needle.
The pattern is worked with yarn held double throughout.
It is worked in two pieces and seamed.
It is advisable to pay attention to the stitch count as it changes on Rows 2, 8 and again on Row 10. Stitch count is included for each of these rows.
It is also important to note that sl 2-k1-p2sso and sl 1-k2tog-psso are both used within the pattern and it is essential to read through carefully.
(Back and Front alike)
Loosely CO 99 (118, 137) sts and work 3 rows in Garter st.
Row 1 and all WS Rows: Purl.
Row 2: K2, *ssk, yo, k5, (yo, k1) 5 times, yo, k5, yo, k2tog; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2 – 129 (154, 179) sts on needle.
Row 4: K2, *ssk, yo, ssk, k1, (k2tog, yo) twice, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, (yo, ssk) twice, k1, k2tog, yo,
k2tog; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 6: K2, *ssk, yo, sl 2-k1-p2sso, yo, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, k1, yo, k5, yo, ssk, yo, sl 2-k1-p2sso, yo, k2tog; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 8: K2, *sl 1-k2tog-psso, yo, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, sl 2-k1-p2sso, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, yo, k3tog; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2 – 109 (130, 151) sts on needle.
Row 10: K2, *k1, k2tog, yo, k3, (yo, sl 2-k1-p2sso) 3 times, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2 – 99 (118, 137) sts on needle.
Rep last 10 rows until work measures approx. 24½ (27½, 30½)” [63.5 (70, 77.5) cm].
Work 2 rows in Garter st.
Block both pieces to the above measurements.
When both pieces are finished blocking, carefully remove from blocking mat.
Seam each shoulder approx. 4 (6, 8)” from shoulder towards neck.
Seam each side of work from the bottom up approx. 16½ (18, 20)” – this should leave an armhole depth of approx. 8½ (10, 11)”.