This elegant top is written for sizes from Small (31”) to XL (57”) and spans almost every number in between by switching needles to change the gauge. Lots of detail in the instructions, a chart, suggestions for yarn subs, etc.
(From pattern intro):
“The intricate ornamentation of ancient Etruscan jewelry was the inspiration for this top, in which a lustrous gold-colored yarn and the varied surfaces of garter stitch, a simple lace border, and slipped stitches combine to create a richly textured fabric.
To keep the border stitch pattern complete, no partial repeats were used, limiting the number of sizes to four; to fit a wider range of measurements, dimensions are given below for these sizes worked in four different yarn gauges, and a number of yarn substitutions are suggested (some of which I have swatched). Knitting progress is given both in inches and in rows, so that a yarn of a different gauge than that pictured can be easily substituted. Note that if yarn is substituted, yarn requirements are a rough guide only!
The pictured top has staggered waist decreases and increases; all slipped stitch columns curve slightly in and then out at the waist. But since the decreases and increases show slightly (look closely at photos), directions are also given for working all waist shaping at the sides only, if desired. Front and back are worked flat to take advantage of the garter stitch base (knit every row!).”
Intermediate: skills include reading chart, increases/decreases, three needle bind off, and picking up stitches for neckband and armhole trim.