Staple Linen Top by Joji Locatelli

Staple Linen Top

Knitting
August 2020
Sport (12 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
425 - 1175 yards (389 - 1074 m)
XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X, 6X), see notes
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This is the perfect basic top for those warm days when your body is calling for something airy and breezy that lets your skin breathe. It is a very basic shape, timeless, that can be dressed up or down.

I used a linen yarn that drapes beautifully, but it can also be worked in all kinds of materials: cotton, bamboo, hemp, silk, and even wool! This would make a really cool vest too.

SIZES
XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X, 6X).
This is a close-fitting top, so an ease of zero or slightly-negative is recommended. Shown on a 36” bust in size M.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Bust circumference: 28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 68)“; 70 (80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 170) cm.
Cross-back width at shoulders: 12¾ (14, 14¾, 16, 16¾, 17¾, 18¾, 19¾, 21, 22¾)”; 32 (35, 37, 40, 42, 44.5, 47, 49.5, 52.5, 57) cm.
Armhole Depth: 6¾ (7½, 8, 8½, 9, 9½, 10, 10½, 11, 11½)”;17 (19, 20, 21, 22.5, 24, 25, 26.5, 27.5, 28.5) cm.
Length from underarm to hem: 12” (30 cm).

MATERIALS
Yarn: 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5) skeins of Petit Linen + by Espace Tricot 100% linen - 100g / 250y (228m) or approx. 425 (500, 550, 625, 675, 800, 925, 1050, 1175) yards 387 (456, 501, 570, 615, 730, 843, 957, 1071) m of sport weight yarn. The sample was knit using colorway Quiet Revolution (black).

Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm) and US 2½ (3 mm) circular needles, at least 32” long.
Other notions: Stitch markers, stitch holders, tapestry needle.

GAUGE
21 sts and 30 rows to 4” (10cm) in stockinette stitch on US 4 (3.5 mm) needles.
Linen yarns tend to grow vertically, so these directions will be written to knit to a shorter length accounting for a 15% growth after blocking.
Before you measure, please take the time to wash and block your swatch in the same manner that you will wash and block your top.

ERRATA
Under shape armhole next row

should read
P2, m1rp, work in pattern to last 3 sts, m1lp, p2