©Stefanie Japel 2011
This breezy top is designed to hug the curves you love while being kind to those you don’t. The body of the sweater is knit flat from the top down in one piece on circular needles, and the front panel picked up and knit last. Construction is unique-but-simple.
This pattern is for the knitter who has tried top-down sweaters before and is looking for a little bit of a challenge. You’ll see how to add a fun openwork pattern at the raglan, and how to pick up stitches at the fronts to create a garter stitch panel that adds a bit of unique textural interest.
I added side increases, as opposed to traditional hip shaping, which creates a cool swingy hemline and adds some ease at waist and hip.
Yarn: 750(850, 950, 1050, 1150, 1250) yards Malabrigo Organic Cotton (100% Organic Cotton; 230 yards / 100 grams) color: Natural
Needle: US7 (4.5mm) 24-inch or longer circular needle
Gauge: 4.5 sts and 6 rows in one inch square on US 7 needle
Bust: 30(34, 38, 42, 46, 50)” circ.
Hem: 52(55, 59.5, 63.5, 66.5, 70.5)”
Back Neck: 6.5(6.5, 7.5, 7.5, 8.5, 8.5)”
Total (back) Length: 28 (29, 29, 30, 30, 30)”