Wednesday, June 6, 2018

New Pattern - The Elizabeth Penn Top

I've published this one on Ravelry, Love Knitting and it will be up on Patternfish soon. 

It's a very forgiving, oversized shape, which is cool to wear on hot summer days. I've worn it over a strapless bandeau style bra in the photos. I've also worn it at other times over a white tank with a regular bra.

The top is made from two simple rectangle shapes and is edged at the hem with Willow Lace Stitch. It is created with a classic 4 ply fingering weight, 100% cotton. The original yarn has been discontinued but there are many brands who carry this common form of cotton. I've added substitution details in the pattern and some brand names on the publishing sites.

The stitch pattern appears in text and chart formats. The edging on the armholes and neckline is picked up on a circular needle and knitted out. 

The sample is knit in a slightly looser than normal gauge to encourage drape in the fabric. The drape allows the square neckline to fall into a deep scoop on the body. It is shown with 18 cm (7 inches) of positive ease. The sample is a size 112 cm (44 inch) and is shown on a 94 cm (37 inch) mannequin. I also measure 37 inches at the bust, however my frame is more in the range of a size 35 in terms of my shoulder width. The shoulders of the sample were joined with Kitchener Stitch, which could easily be replaced by a three needle bind off or they could be sewn together. A novice lace knitter could tackle this pattern, as most of the garment is stocking stitch and the lace stitch is very straightforward.

Skills required – Long tail cast on, knit, purl, decreases, yarn over, casting off or 3 needle bind off, picking up stitches, optional Kitchener Stitch.

760 (862, 981, 1096, 1203, 1328, 1457, 1579) metres.
845 (958, 1090, 1217, 1337, 1475, 1619, 1755) yards.

The hem uses an extra strand of yarn for the cast on row only. This gives the edge a little extra weight forming a more substantial scalloped edge.


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