Jasmine Tea by Amanda Bell

Jasmine Tea

August 2013
Light Fingering ?
28 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch in heavier yarn
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1080 - 1550 yards (988 - 1417 m)
33.75 (36.75, 41.5, 44.5, 49.25, 53.75)"/85.5 (93.5, 105.5, 113, 125, 136.5)cm bust
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Sizes A (B, C, D, E, F) = 33.75 (36.75, 41.5, 44.5, 49.25, 53.75)“/85.5 (93.5, 105.5, 113, 125, 136.5)cm bust, designed to be worn with 3-5”/7.5-12.5cm positive ease. Sample shown in size C, modeled with about 5”/12.5cm positive ease.

Gauge 28 sts and 38 rnds = 4”/10cm in St st and heavier yarn on medium needles, washed and blocked.
33 sts and 44 rnds = 4”/10cm in TSSR and heavier yarn on smallest needles, washed and blocked.
30 sts and 36 rows = 4”/10cm in Jasmine Lace pattern and lighter yarn on largest needles, washed and blocked.

Materials 690 (750, 840, 910, 1010, 1090)yds/630 (690, 770, 830, 920, 1000)m heavy lace to light fingering weight yarn; 230 (250, 310, 350, 400, 460)yds/210 (230, 280, 320, 370, 420)m lace weight yarn;
US 2 (2.75mm), US 3 (3.25mm) and US 4 (3.5mm) circular needles or sizes to obtain gauge; 2 stitch holders/waste yarn; darning needle; 2 stitch markers; extra needle for 3-needle bind-off and/or 5-16 small, lightweight buttons.

Notes This top is worked bottom-up in the round to the armholes, then front and back are divided and worked flat. The lower body is knit in light fingering weight yarn and the lace portion is worked in lace weight. It is intended to be worn with generous amount of positive ease at the bust and waist for a blouson fit; the high hip measurement should have zero or some negative ease. Choose a yarn with structure and memory (wool content!) for the lace portion to keep it fitting nicely. The top is written to be quite long, but can be easily shortened by simply starting the body increases and armhole instructions earlier. Try measuring a favorite, similarly shaped shirt for an idea of your preferred length.

Instructions are included for finishing the shoulders either with or without a decorative button detail. The sample shows both options - buttons at one shoulder and a plain 3-needle bind-off at the other. I used one button between each repeat of lace at the shoulder (where the pattern naturally scallops) plus one at each edge, i.e. six buttons for five repeats of lace. This part is up to you - make it your own!