Hyssop by Becky Wilkins


July 2012
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
31 stitches and 41 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette on smaller needles
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
932 - 1864 yards (852 - 1704 m)
30 (33, 36, 39, 41.5, 45, 47.5)” / 76 (84, 91.5, 99, 114.5, 120.5) cm
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Hyssop is inspired by the delicate wildflowers, crazy vines, and tall grasses that surround me in summer. In Vermont this is a short, intense season when all the plants strive to make the most of the daylight. The top echos the ephemeral wildflowers with petal shaped lace around the yoke while the flutter sleeves and hem remind me of leaves. But this is not a frilly little girl’s top. Rather it is designed for the spirit of the season; who knows her time is short and she must make the most of it.

This is knit top down in the round. The pattern allows for more fabric around the bust then across the back. The difference is taken up with bust decreases in the front only before the waist and hip shaping is worked. Finally the held stitches are picked up and flutter sleeves are worked on larger needles to provide drape and elegance.

The finished sizes listed are the actual bust measurements. I recommend knitting as close to your size as possible. If you’re between sizes choose a size smaller for negative ease.

Skills required to complete this top include the following stitches/techniques:

  • Casting on
  • Knitting and purling
  • Working in the round as well as flat
  • Left, right, and centered decreases (explained in the pattern)
  • Putting stitches on hold
  • Left and right increases (explained in the pattern)
  • Weaving in ends


  • 1 unique marker for start/end of round and 9 more markers
  • 2x scrap yarn for holding arm sts (at least 20”)
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

31 stitches and 41 rows to 4” (10cm) in stockinette on smaller needles
21 stitches and 33 rows to 4” (10cm) in stockinette on larger needles for sleeves

I want to thank Stephannie Tallent (Stephcat on Ravelry) for providing the technical editing.