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Sometimes you need a dressed-up evening top that still feels effortless. And what could be more alluring than a breezy silk and linen top that features open shoulders, feminine lace, and subtle beading? Although its sophisticated appearance would suggest otherwise, minimal shaping and easy lace pair with ridiculously short seams to make it a surprisingly quick knit.
Some may decide that the discreet shimmer of beads at the lace hem is gilding the lily, and should feel free to omit them. Worn with a long skirt or silk pants over a slinky camisole, Sirena will earn its place at the front of your closet.
Sirena’s lace hem is worked in two separate pieces to allow for side slits. Both halves are then joined to work in the round to the armholes. The work is separated to cast on stitches for the sleeves. The top’s front and back are worked back and forth in two separate pieces up to the shoulders. The only seams are the underside of the sleeves and the shoulder/sleeve edges.
Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, XXL)
To be worn with 2-3” positive ease.
Finished width at bust = 36¼ (40¼, 44¼, 49¾, 53¾, 57¾)” 92 (102, 112.5, 126.5, 136.5, 146.5).
Length = 24 (24 1/2, 24 1/2, 27, 27 1/2, 28)” 61 (62, 62, 68.5, 70, 71) cm
Hand Maiden Fine Yarn Flaxen 273 yds (250 m)/3.5oz (100 g), 65% silk, 35% linen. Color: Periwinkle. 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7) skeins.
One US 6 (4 mm) 29” (74 cm) circular needle, or size needed to obtain correct gauge.
Size 8/0 (2.5 mm) approx 226 (272, 298, 324, 350, 376) glass beads Size US 14 (0.50 mm) steel crochet hook (for placing beads)
Size G-6 (4 mm) crochet hook (for neck edging)
One ⅝” 16 mm button
24 sts and 27 rows = 4” (10 cm) in
Faggoting Pattern, blocked