Lydia 2.0 by Courtney Little

Lydia 2.0

April 2019
Sport (12 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in (K7, P1TBL) repeat
US 5 - 3.75 mm
275 - 1183 yards (251 - 1082 m)
27-66 in (68.5-167.5 cm) finished bust/waist
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If you purchased the original version previously, please check your Ravelry pattern updates/the email used to purchase! Lydia 2.0 is a separate listing/download, and there is a lot of information laid out for you there along with a coupon code to use at checkout. THANK YOU SO MUCH! If you have any questions or did not receive an update, just let me know.

Lydia 2.0 is a newly graded and revamped version of my Lydia tank. It features a beautiful tubular cast on and lace pattern at the bottom (which is a modified version of a Hitomi Shida Japanese lace motif), with a cropped fit and a low v-neckline in the back. Perfect for summer, but great for layering in any season Whether you prefer working flat and seaming or working in the round, reading lace charts or written instructions, this pattern has got you covered. So much love and time has gone into improving upon the original, and I truly hope you will enjoy making, wearing, and loving your new Lydia!


  • Intermediate level
  • Written in English and US terms
  • Skills to know: Tubular/provisional cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, twisted decreases and stitches, yarn over, three-needle bind off or kitchener stitch, and how to seam if applicable
  • You’ll need: US size 5 (3.75mm) needles (or size needed to obtain gauge, 16-40” circulars recommended), crochet hook for provisional cast on, waste yarn for cast on and to place stitches on hold, stitch markers, a cable or double pointed needle, and a tapestry needle
  • Yardage estimates sizes 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6) (7, 8, 9, 10) (11, 12, 13, 14): 275 (311, 354, 419, 475, 535) (606, 676,754, 828) (908, 994, 1087, 1183) yds / 252 (285, 324, 384, 435, 490) (555, 619, 690, 758) (831, 909, 994, 1082) m sport weight yarn or yarn that works up to gauge (see schematic for finished measurements)
  • Check out the tester projects for more yarn/fiber/color inspiration!

You’ll receive a zip file containing three separate PDF files - one with full instructions for working flat in panels, one with full instructions for working seamlessly in the round, and one that combines instructions for both methods into a single PDF.

These PDF files contain the following:

  • Complete written instructions on how to knit Lydia 2.0 in 14 different sizes. Lots of options to fit your preference as well as opportunities to learn new techniques! The full PDF is 36 total pages, the ‘seamed’ PDF is 32 total pages, and the ‘seamless’ PDF is 29 total pages; these include both the cover pages and shaping charts for all sizes. The full PDF also includes a table of contents to help you choose what pages you’ll need to reference/print.
  • Both charted and written instructions for the lace pattern
  • Decrease charts to help when multiple decreases are worked simultaneously + a blank chart for those who may need/want to adjust the V-neck depth
  • Links to helpful tutorials, including the tubular cast on and twisted decreases
  • A short photo guide showing how I block Lydia

Notes on sizing:

This pattern is written for 14 sizes, ranging from 27-66 in/68.5-167.5 cm finished bust/waist. A majority of testers found that choosing a size with little to no ease/up to 3-4” negative ease) yielded the best fit. I would recommend at most about 2” positive ease. The original sample shows no ease at the bust and 3” positive ease at the waist. Lydia is designed to have a slightly cropped fit, but is easily customizable to fit your preference!
Schematic with measurements included in the Ravelry images section and pattern.

Pattern gauge:

4”/10 cm = 22 sts/28 rows in (K7, P1TBL) repeat
3”/7 cm W x 6”/15 cm L = 16 sts x 46 rows in the charted lace pattern
Taken after wet blocking, using US size 5 (3.75mm) needles

All measurements are approximate and taken after blocking. Inches are rounded to the nearest 0.25 in and centimeters to the nearest 0.5 cm.