Tutu Top by Lisa Chemery
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Tutu Top

Knitting
January 2015
Aran (8 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch in the round with MC
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
250 - 850 yards (229 - 777 m)
3mo (6mo, 12mo, 18mo // 2yo, 4yo, 6yo, 8yo)
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Sweet and simple and super-swingy… The idea was to give that gauzy, “tutu” feel while keeping this top modern and practical.
The result is not too frilly but definitely girly!

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This top is knit seamlessly from the top down. First it is worked flat with an I-cord edging, then it is worked in the round. Stitches are picked up around the body to create a welt, then the ruffled skirt is worked in the round to the hem. The sleeves are worked in the round. An attached I-cord and an I-cord button loop are worked on the neck portion.
Skills required: long-tail cast on, knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing, knitting in the round, picking up stitches, working a welt (explanations and link to an online tutorial provided,) working an I-cord edging, working an attached I-cord and an I-cord button loop closure (explanations provided).

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To fit chest: 16 (17, 18, 19 // 21, 23, 25, 26.5) inches or 40.5 (43, 46, 48 // 53.5, 58.5, 63.5, 67.5) cm.

Finished garment chest: 17.5 (18.5, 19.25, 21 // 23, 25, 26.75, 28.75) inches or 44 (46.5, 49. 53.5 // 58.5, 63.5, 68, 73) cm.
Note: In general it’s best to go by the child’s actual chest measurements when selecting the appropriate size.

Yarn Requirements:

  • Main Color (MC): approximately 175 (200, 225, 275 // 300, 400, 500, 600) yds or 160 (183, 206, 251 // 274, 366, 457, 549) meters of aran weight merino yarn

  • Contrasting Color (CC): approximately 75 (100, 125, 150 // 175, 200, 225, 250) yds or 69 (91, 114, 137 // 160, 183, 206, 229) yds meters of aran weight mohair blend yarn.

Needles:
-US 9 or 5.5mm 16-inch or 40cm circular needle for five smallest sizes, 24-inches or 60cm circular needle for three larger sizes.
(or size needed to match stockinette stitch gauge).
-1 set of matching dpns for sleeves.
-US 7 or 4.5mm or US 6 or 4mm 24-inch or 60cm circular needle to work the welt.
-US 7 or 4.5mm dpns for I-cord and sleeve hems.

Notions:

  • 4 stitch markers
  • tapestry needle
  • 2 stitch holders or pieces of scrap yarn for sleeves
  • 1 button ¾” to 1 inch or 2 to 2.5cm diameter

Gauge:
MC: 17 sts x 26 rounds = 4 inches or 10cm in stockinette stitch in the round using larger needles, after blocking
CC: 18 sts x 24 rounds = 4 inches or 10cm in stockinette stitch in the round using larger needles, after blocking