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Terrigal Trio of Tops

Knitting
September 2011
Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi) ?
20 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
600 - 925 yards (549 - 846 m)
S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X
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This cute tank top comes with a surprise – there are 3 different ways to wear it.
First: is a classic fitted tank top with a deep V neck. Great for summer weekends or going out at night, it lets you show a little cleavage.
Second: perhaps you want to wear the same top for work but find the V neck a bit much? Add a matching lacy insert which snaps or buttons in, and you’re covered up for the office. The lace can peek out when you’re wearing a jacket or cardigan over the tank.
Want more? Make another triangle in jaunty stripes and you’ve got a third sporty look.
When the cooler weather comes, wear it as a vest with a crisp white shirt underneath. That’s version number 4!
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The design was inspired by the look of 17th century ladies’ dresses. At night they showed a deep décolletage, and by day they tucked a bit of lace over their shoulders and in the neckline, to make it a more modest day dress.
The design is done in stockinette stitch with occasional purl stitches for texture, and has waist shaping for a smooth silhouette. An attached I-cord is used for the edging along the neck and armholes. The buttonholes are cleverly hidden by the I-cord. Alternatively snaps can be used to attach the lacy insert. The hem is finished with a tiny ruffle. These design elements result in a clean modern look with texture interest.

Pattern has been professionally tech edited.

Details:
Sizes The pattern is written for sizes Small (Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X, 3X) with 5 cm (2 inches) positive ease. Finished measurements around are 92 (102, 112, 122, 132, 142) cm or 34 (38, 42, 46, 50, 54) inches at chest, and approximately 5 cm/2 in more at the hips.
Materials
Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino 55% wool, 33% microfiber, 12% cashmere (50g/1.76 oz, 125 m/137 yds, Sport/5 ply) Colour 340203 Teal Blue 5 (5, 5, 6, 6. 7) skeins.
Striped insert: small amount of off-white yarn, such as Cleckheaton Country Kids 8ply 100% wool (25g/0.88 oz, 46m/50 yds, DK/8 ply).
Lace insert: small amount of fingering weight such as Handmaiden Mini-Maiden, 50% Silk, 50% Wool (100 grams/3.53 oz, 499m/546 yds, Fingering/4 ply).
Needles and notions
3.75mm (US 5) circular needle 60 cm/24 in or 80 cm/32 in long
3.5 mm (US 4) needles for lace insert
stitch markers
safety pin
tapestry needle
6 buttons to attach striped insert
6 small backing buttons
6 snap fasteners to attach lace insert.
Gauge
20 sts to 10cm (4 inches) in st st, using 3.75mm (US 5) needles, or whichever needle you need to get gauge.