Verbena by Becky Wilkins

Verbena

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Knitting
April 2014
Sport (12 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 35 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
530 - 1080 yards (485 - 988 m)
Bust 31 1/4 (34 1/4, 37 1/4, 40 1/4, 43 1/4, 46 1/4, 49 1/4, 52 1/4, 55 1/4, 58 1/4)" / 79.5 (87, 95, 102.5, 110, 117.5, 125.5, 133, 140.5, 148) cm
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Verbena is a simply knit summer top with a casual draped body and fitted bodice. The asymmetric shape catches the eye while the fitted and draped top will pair well with many styles.

Construction Notes
Sample knit in 31 1/4” / 79.5 cm size. I recommend between 2-3” / 5-7.5 cm negative ease around the bust. Torso is meant to have plenty of positive ease.

The torso of this garment is knit horizontally starting with the mitered point then dividing the piece in half to work the front and back portions separately. Once the torso is complete stitches are picked up for the bust and it is worked in the round, then flat after the divide for arm openings and neckline.
Faux i-cord trim is worked along all selvages. Be certain to pull the carried yarn tight after slipping the three stitches at the start of each row to create this i-cord look.

Notions
Spare needle for three needle bind off
4 stitch markers
stitch holders or scrap yarn
tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Skills
knit and purl
slipped sts for mock i-cord edging
ssk and k2tog
kfb and m1
short rows
picking up stitches
three needle bind off

Thanks to the Twist team for such lovely photography and their superior technical editing!