Blue Belle (Child's Top) by Luise O'Neill
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Blue Belle (Child's Top)

Knitting
March 2009
Embroidery Floss: 3 different colours (see Notes)
Sport (12 wpi) ?
25 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette, blocked
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
315 - 730 yards (288 - 668 m)
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
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This little top is the perfect addition to a little girl’s spring and summer wardrobe. The colourful stripes are worked using embroidery floss creating so many opportunities for creativity.

The top-down construction of this little top means no seaming! After the completion of a garter stitch neck edging, the coloured stripes are added at irregular intervals. The bodice band is worked in 1 x 1 ribbing edged by purl row(s) and all three embroidery floss colours are used in the hem bind-off to provide an additional touch of colour.

This top is initially worked back and forth on a circular needle to create the back opening; after placing sleeve stitches on waste yarn to be worked later, the work is joined in the round and knit to the hem. Stitches are increased along four lines in the lower portion of the top to provide the A-line silhouette. The back opening is closed with snaps which may be sewn directly onto the knitted fabric or be reinforced by sewing Grosgrain ribbon to the back opening first.

Notes:
Sizes
1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Finished Chest Measurement:
10.5 (11.5, 12.5, 13, 13.5, 14)” / 27 (29, 32, 33, 34, 36)cm

Back Length:
10 (11.75, 13, 14.5, 15.5, 17.5)” / 25.5 (30, 33, 37, 39.5, 44.5)cm

Needles
3 mm / US2.5 circular needle 16”/ 40.5cm and set of 4 DPN or size required to obtain gauge

Yarn Notes
Embroidery Floss: amounts required:
3 colours (2 skeins of each):
Red, variegated DMC57
Yellow, DMC307
Green, variegated DMC125

Paton’s Grace is a good substitute for the discontinued J&P Coats yarn

Notions
Stitch markers {4+1 of a different colour/type to mark the end of round}
Waste yarn to hold sleeve stitches
Large-eyed needle
3 – 4 snaps or snap tape
Grosgrain ribbon in matching colour (optional)
Matching sewing thread, sewing needle

Method
Construction is top-down raglan; knitting begins back and forth on circular needle, then is joined in the round; no seam sewing required; back opening closed with snaps

Skills
Knit, purl, knit into front and back of stitch, knit in the round, cast on stitches in the middle of a row, pick up stitches, Lifted Right Increase{RLinc}, Lifted Left Increase {LLinc}, sew on snaps

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Pattern also available at:
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