Cumulus by Kristina Smiley


March 2020
DK (11 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch, blocked
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 13 - 9.0 mm
460 - 1150 yards (421 - 1052 m)
XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X), see notes
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SIZES: XS, S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X

34” (38”, 42”, 46”, 50”, 54”, 58”, 62”) to fit bust sizes 32” (36”, 40”, 44”, 48”, 52”, 56”, 60”) with 2” of positive ease.

Total length of 20” (21”, 22.5”, 24.5”, 25.25”, 26.25”, 26.5”, 27”) in front and 21.5” (22.5”, 24”, 26”, 26.75”, 27.75”, 28”, 28.5”) in back.


Expression Fiber Arts Alpaca Silk DK Weight Yarn

Shown in: Insurgent, a rebellious, strong-willed slate/gray/teal. Wear this color to feel strong, brave and capable of anything you set your mind to. This yarn drapes and feels so soft next to the skin! Perfect for tops like this.

2 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5) skeins (3.5 oz, 230 yards each)

Approximately 427 yards were used for the sample shown (size small)

NEEDLES: US 8 (5.0 mm) and US 13 (9.0 mm)

Advanced Beginner - For those j=knitters who are ready to learn some new skills or stitch combinations. Stitches include: basic drop stitches, mattress seaming.

Notes From the Designer:

•Cumulus is a quick weekend knit project that adds interest and excitement to your wardrobe. This top features sections of simple openwork stitches and basic drop stitches with a combination of Garter Stitch and Stockinette Stitch backgrounds designed to keep things interesting while you knit.

•Simple seaming creates an open shoulder design that can be easily altered for those who wish to make their tee in a more traditional style. Slit seams on each side and a longer length on the back make this a fun and flirty piece that is perfect for layering as temperatures fluctuate. In keeping with the customization theme of this design, I have included 8 sizes ranging from bust size 32” to bust size 60” with 2” of positive ease.

•Rectangular pieces are knit flat from the bottom up and then seamed together using the mattress stitch with guidance from the schematic diagrams included in this pattern.

•Learn how to work the mattress stitch in our video here.

From the designer: Light and airy tops are always fun to wear in warmer months and to layer as the weather turns cooler. I really like simple shapes that are easy to make combined with unique features. For this design, I chose to use the popular open shoulder look. This style is so versatile that you can wear it for a dressy night on the town or you can wear it to the beach over your favorite swimsuit. This is a perfect piece for layering with your favorite tank top as well.

“O it is pleasant, with a heart at ease, Just after sunset, or by moonlight skies, To make the shifting clouds be what you please.” - Samuel Taylor Coleridge