Travel Bug Top

Quick to knit up, this classic top features two different neckline options: one side has a scoop neck and the other a V-neck. With its broken rib center design and versatile necklines, this top will be the one you reach for when you get that travel bug.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Small (Medium, Large, Extra-Large) Finished Bust Size 36 (40, 44, 48)” with 7 (7½, 8, 8½)” Armhole depth, 13 (13, 14, 14)” side to underarm, 3” Sleeve length

2” positive ease recommended

Shown in size Medium

Gauge: 22 sts and 28 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st; Center panel = 5½ (5½, 7, 7)”

Materials

Yarn:

Fine weight yarn  Classic Elite Yarns Cerro (85% Cotton, 15% Alpaca; 150 yards [137 meters]/50 grams): #7193 Bay Blue, 5 (6, 7, 8) balls

Needles: US size 6 (4mm): straight or circular

Notions: Tapestry needle; stitch markers; stitch holders; US size G/6 (4.25) crochet hook

Special Stitches

Center Panel

Row 1 (WS): Purl.

Row 2 (RS): P1, k1, p1, (k3, p1) 6 (6, 8, 8) times, k1, p1.

Rep Rows 1-2 for pat.

 

Knitted Cast On: *Insert RH needle into first st of LH needle and knit. Place st just made on LH needle; rep from * for desired number of sts.

Pattern Notes

The top is worked from the bottom up. As this garment is reversible, there is no true Front or Back. We will call them Side A and Side B.

Pattern

Side A (V-Neck)

CO 93 (105, 115, 127) sts.

Row 1 (WS): P32 (38, 39, 45) sts, pm, p29 (29, 37, 37) sts, pm, purl to end of row.

Beg with Row 2, work Center Panel patt in sts between markers and remaining sts in St st, inc 1 st at each end every 26th row 3 times – 99 (111, 121, 133) sts.

Work even in patt as est until piece meas 13 (13, 14, 14)” from CO edge, ending with a WS row.

Begin Sleeves

Using the Knitted Cast-On method, CO 16 sts at beg of next 2 rows – 131 (143, 153, 165) sts.

Sleeve Shaping: Inc 1 st each end every 8th (8th, 9th, 10th) row 6 times, cont in est Center Panel patt until piece meas 2 (2½, 3, 3½)” from Sleeves CO sts, ending with a WS row.

Shape V-Neck

Mark center st.

Next Row (RS): Work to marked st and place on holder, join second ball of yarn and work 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 13 (15, 15, 17) times, AT THE SAME TIME continuing Sleeve increases as established. When respective increases or decreases have been completed, work Sleeve and Neck even until Sleeve meas 7 (7½, 8, 8½)” from underarm sts, ending with a WS row – 58 (62, 67, 71) sts rem at each side of Neck.

Shape Sleeve Top and Shoulders

At each arm edge, BO 33 (36, 39, 44) sts once, 8 (9, 10, 10) sts twice, then 9 (8, 8, 7) sts once.

Side B (Scoop Neck)

Work as for Side A until piece meas 3 (3½, 4, 4½)” from Sleeve CO sts, ending with a WS row.

Shape Neck

Mark center 13 sts.

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

Working on both sides of Neck with separate balls of yarn, BO 2 (3, 3, 3) sts twice at each Neck edge. Dec 1 st at each Neck edge every RS row 3 (3, 3, 4) times, AT THE SAME TIME continue to shape Sleeve edges as established.

Work Sleeve and Neck edges even until Sleeves meas 7 (7½, 8, 8½)” from underarm CO sts, ending with a WS row – 58 (62, 67, 71) sts rem at each side of Neck.

Shape Sleeve Tops and Shoulders as for Side A.

Finishing

Sew shoulder, Sleeve and side seams.

Neck Edging

With RS facing, join yarn at shoulder seam. Working from left to right, work 1 sc in each st around, keeping work flat and working V-Neck st on holder as a sc. Join with sl st, ch 1, turn. Working from left to right, work 1 sc in each sc of previous rnd.

 

Rep edging around Sleeves and lower Body. yarn ball

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