Strawberry Blossoms by Monique Leonard

Strawberry Blossoms

April 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
6.5 stitches and 10 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 1 - 2.25 mm
680 - 940 yards (622 - 860 m)
Bust sizes 32 (35, 38, 41, 44) inches [82 (89, 97, 104, 112) finished size.
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Inspired by the little yellow flowers of the wild strawberry plants that grow in my backyard, this top is flutters in the breeze and reminds me of the little yellow flowers blooming on warm, sunny days. These delicate little flowers don’t bear fruit, but they thrive even in horrible conditions, like the shady, acidic clay soil in my backyard. This really hit home with me as I injured my hand last year and was unable to design for most of 2018. Strawberry Blossoms is the first pattern I worked after my injury and the tenacity of those little flowers really resonated with me.

Bust sizes 32 (35, 38, 41, 44) inches 82 (89, 97, 104, 112)
finished size. See schematic in photos for more measurements.

Recommended Ease: -3 to -1 inches -7.5 to -2.5cm at the bust. CoBaSi gives a VERY stretchy fabric at this gauge and I highly recommend negative ease across the bust. If you use a different yarn that gives you less-stretchy fabric you may want 0-2 inches 0-5cm of positive ease.

Sample: Model has a 39” bust and is wearing size 38”.

Suggested Yarn
Sample uses 680 (745, 810, 875, 940) yards 621 (681, 740, 800, 859) meters of CoBaSi yarn from Hikoo by Skacel, 55% Cotton, 21% Nylon, 16% Bamboo, 8% Silk, fingering weight yarn
Any fingering weight yarn will work, thought the fabric may be less stretchy.

Suggested Needles

  • US 3 3.25mm circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge, 24 inch 60cm length
  • US 1 2.25mm circular needle, same length as larger needle

Cable needle, tapestry needle, stitch markers, scrap yarn

This pattern has been tech edited and test knit. A great bit THANK YOU to my test knitters KnitsyBitsyKayla, mrldz and Stephanie.