Encinitas Top by Irina Anikeeva

Encinitas Top

Knitting
February 2021
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
780 - 1430 yards (713 - 1308 m)
Women’s XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL): to fit bust 28/30 (32/34, 36/38, 40/42, 44/46, 48/50, 52/54, 56/58)”/71/76 (81/86, 91/97, 102/107, 112/117, 122/127, 132/137, 142/147) сm.
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This pattern is part of VERNAL: Collection of warm weather knitwear book. You can purchase all patterns in this collection as a print book with e-book combo at irmiandesign.com

It’s not wrong to say that cables are one of my favorite stitch pattern types, and I strongly believe that you may incorporate them even in your warm weather knits. For Encinitas, I used the simplest cable rope pattern, combined with columns of eyelets for extra airiness. The body of the top is worked in the round from the bottom up in stockinette stitch with a gradual introduction of the cable-and-lace to create the visual interest and architectural look of this humble tee.

The two characteristics of Miss Babs Killington, a Polwarth wool and Tussah silk blend, made me choose this yarn for Encinitas Top. First, the relatively low micron count (23-25) of Polwarth wool means you can wear it next to the skin, and second, its stitch definition; the yarn’s unique blend of long-staple wool and silk fibers means that each and every stitch you knit will stand out. 

Sizes 
Women’s XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL): to fit bust 28/30 (32/34, 36/38, 40/42, 44/46, 48/50, 52/54, 56/58)”/71/76 (81/86, 91/97, 102/107, 112/117, 122/127, 132/137, 142/147) сm.

​Finished Measurements 
34 (38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62)”/85 (95, 105, 115, 125, 135, 145, 155) cm bust circumference.
Intended ease: +4-6”/10-15 cm
Shown in size M (42”/105 cm) on 38”/95 cm bust with 4”/10 cm of positive ease.

Yarn 
DK weight yarn (approximate amounts): 780 (880, 960, 1060, 1150, 1250, 1340, 1430) yds/714 (805, 878, 970, 1052, 1143, 1225, 1308) m.
Miss Babs Killington (85% Polwarth Wool, 15% Tussah Silk; 700 yards/640 m in 8.5 oz/240 g), Field Mouse: 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3) skeins.

Needles 
Sizes US 5/3.75 mm: 24-32”/60-80 cm circular.
Size US 4/3.5 mm: 24-32”/60-80 cm circular, 16”/40 cm circular and set of double-pointed. (Optional: spare needles of same size).
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain gauge.

Notions 
Stitch markers, waste yarn, tapestry needle, crochet hook E/3.5 mm for Crochet Chain Provisional cast on, cable needle.

Gauge 
22 stitches and 32 rounds = 4”/10 cm in Stockinette Stitch or charted pattern on size US 5/3.75 mm needle, after blocking.

Notes

  • This top is worked from the bottom up in the round to the underarms, then the front and back are worked separately.
  • The Body Chart is worked in the round. All chart rounds are read from right to left. Sleeve Charts A and B are worked in rows. All odd-numbered rows are read from right to left, all even-numbered rows are read from left to right.
  • Knitters may consider placing stitch markers between chart repeats.
  • Stitch pattern is charted and has written instructions.