A casual rectangular summer top that knits up quickly in a crisp linen or cotton yarn. The mesh part with the wide short sleeves provides both visual interest and a cooling effect on hot days. Wear it over a tank top in the city, or over a bikini on the beach!
Construction and techniques:
The top is knitted sideways and consists of an identical front and back piece (optional higher neckline on the back). Alternatively, it can be worked in four pieces, with the option of using different yarns for the mesh part and lower body.
The mesh consists of a simple four-row pattern repeat, and the lower body employs irregular purl ridges for an organic stripe effect.
Other required techniques: crocheted or backstitch seam (alternatively grafting or three-needle bind off), mattress stitch seam, picking up stitches for the neckline finishing.
Chest measurements (under bust):
XS = 66 cm / 26”; S= 76 cm / 30”; M = 86 cm / 34”; L = 96 cm / 38”; XL = 106 cm / 42”
The top can easily be adapted to individual size. The pattern instruction includes a schematic with detailed measurements, and some modification advice.
Linen or linen-cotton / linen-silk / cotton-silk blends.
A certain drape and crispness of the fabric is required for the
garment to look similar to the original. If the yarn is too limp
or fluffy or lightweight, it will not produce a firm and distinct
mesh fabric and the vertical stripes will not show clearly.
Pure wool yarns or man-made fibres are not recommended
for this item.
If the original yarn is used, the following amounts are required:
XS = 520 yds / 470 m (5 balls); S = 560 yds / 510 m (5 balls); M = 620 yds / 570 m (6 balls); L = 780 yds / 710 m (7 balls); XL = 900 yds / 820 m (8 balls)
Some of the test knits in other yarns resulted in divergent amounts, so to make sure you don’t run out of yarn please calculate approx 50-80 yards more than given in the pattern.
Muran is a Gaelic word for the beach grass that grows on the Atlantic beaches in the Western Isles of Scotland. The island of South Uist in particular takes its poetic name Tir a’ Mhurain from this grass.