Day basic by Anne B Hanssen

Day basic

July 2022
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette and also the stitch-pattern
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
875 - 1832 yards (800 - 1675 m)
11 sizes to choose from Size range 33" - 59". Read more below.
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What’s a summer without some mesh or a bit of see-through?
I wanted to make an airy, comfortable top to be worned all days of summer. The top I can choose for almost any occasion, from the beach-wear to the garden-dinner.
And I wanted it to be FUN to knit.

Design and construction
The top is worked top-down and seamlessly.
The shoulders are slightly shaped by short-rows.
The body is worked alternating 3 different stitch-patterns and stockinette sts between each pattern.
The sleeves are worked in stockinette sts and could be worked at any length.

Finished chest circumference (after washing/blocking and worked at gauge): 83/90/97/103/110/116/123/130/136/143/150 cm = 33/35.5/38/40.5/43/45.5/48/51/53.5/56/59” Sample is made in size 2 with approximately 12.5 cm/5” positive ease. I suggest 7.5 – 20 cm = 3 – 8” of positive ease.

I worked this sweater using linen, as I find it so cooling and comfortable in summer. You may substitute for cotton, silk, merino… there are so many possibilities.
Yarn: I recommend that you choose a fingering weight yarn (or a yarn weight that knits up to gauge) with great stitch-definition to work your top. I used the fingering weight yarn “Kalinka” from Karin Oberg, to work the sample. This 100% linen yarn comes in skeins of 100 gr/3.53 oz and 320 m/350 yards. You will need a total of 800/900/975/1050/1125/1200/1375/1450/1525/1600/1675 m = 880/990/1065/1145/1230/1310/1500/1580/1665/1745/1825 yards of this specific yarn to work the sweater. Needles: size 3 mm/US2.5 (or size to obtain gauge)

24 sts and 34-36 rows/rounds in stockinette/stitch-patterns = 10 x 10 cm/ 4 x 4”

The pattern
The stitch-pattern repeat is written out row-by-row/
There is a schematic.
All measurements are given in cm’s as well as in inches.

Techniques involved

  • Longtail cast on
  • Backwards cast on (or cable cast on)
  • Short-rows
  • Picking up sts
  • Working flat
  • Working in the round

Knitting skills