Scottish Highlands Top by Kay Hopkins

Scottish Highlands Top

April 2019
both are used in this pattern
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette in the round
US 3 - 3.25 mm
846 - 1366 yards (774 - 1249 m)
XS(S, S2, M, M2, L, L2, XL, XXL) Designed to be worn with 2” ease at bust and 4-6” ease at hips. Choose size that is 2” larger than bust measurement.
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The Scottish Highlands Top is inspired by ancient Abbey ruins in Scotland and is worked top-down, seamless, and in the round. It uses some of the same design elements as the Scottish Highlands Shawl, has slight A-line shaping, and an angled hemline for a casual and flattering fit.

We’ve had so much fun with the shawl in both one color and two-color versions, that I designed this lightweight top that can also be worked in one or two colors (or any combination thereof). Check out the test projects to see some of the color combinations!

There’s a nice balance between stockinette stitch and lace work with an angled hemline and ¾ sleeves that could easily be made shorter (or longer). This lightweight top will be perfect for warmer weather and looks great worn over jeans, a skirt, or shorts.

Scottish Highlands really shows off hand dyed yarns and will look great in any fingering or light sport weight yarn with good drape and stitch definition.

Construction is a hybrid between circular yoke and raglan for ease of working lace at the neckline and for best fit of sleeves. Short rows lower the front neckline and provide the angled hemline (before lace is worked) for a flattering longer length at sides and back.

The instructions are both charted and written and the pattern has been professionally tech edited and tested.
XS(S, S2, M, M2, L, L2, XL, XXL) Designed to be worn with 2” ease at bust and 4-6” ease at hips. Choose size that is 2” larger than bust measurement.

Finished Bust: 32.5(33.25, 35.25, 37.75, 39, 42.25, 45.25, 48.25, 50.5 inches / 82.5(84.5, 89.5, 96, 99, 107.5, 115, 122.5, 128.5)cm

Total Back Length: 22.5(23.25, 24, 25, 25.75, 26.5, 27.25, 28.5, 30) inches / 57(59, 61, 63.5, 65.5, 67.5, 69, 72.5, 76)cm

Recommend heavy fingering or light sport weight for body (MC). Lace (CC) can be light fingering.

MC: Malabrigo Mechita: Fingering (100% merino); 420 yds (384m)/3.53 oz (100g) in color Paris Night

CC: Malabrigo Sock: Light Fingering (100% merino); 440 yds (402m)/3.53 oz (100g) in color Pearl

Estimated Yarn Required:
Total: 977(1080, 1134, 1201, 1243, 1297, 1333, 1370, 1418 yds / 893(988, 1037, 1098, 1137, 1186, 1219, 1253, 1297)m.

MC: 750(850, 900, 950, 975, 1000, 1025, 1050, 1075) yds / 579(686(777, 823, 869, 892, 914, 937, 960, 983)m.

CC: 227(230, 234, 251 268, 297, 308, 320, 343) yds / 208(210, 214, 230, 245, 271, 282, 292, 314)m.

Yarn usage will vary depending on gauge and specific yarn used as well as options chosen.
Accessible to an advanced beginner knitter with some lace experience.  

Skills Used: Decreases, increases, German Short Rows, spacing increases evenly, I-cord bindoff. Links provided to tutorials.