Structure top by Anne B Hanssen

Structure top

April 2022
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
27 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette and also the stitch-pattern
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
820 - 1476 yards (750 - 1350 m)
Finished chest: 32.5/35/37.25/39.5/42/44.25/46.5/49/51.5/54”
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I love reading project notes!
They can be amusing, educational, frustrated, beautifully written and I learn a lot from them.
Often I have crossed words like these:
“I loved working on the patterned yoke, but the body in stockinette was killing me”…
So, for those of you that recognize themselves in the above words, I decided to design a top with interest in every stitch of the lower body. And ofcourse, this top is also designed for every knitter enjoying textures, lace and beautiful stitches<3

The top is worked top-down and seamlessly.
The raglan ensures a great fit around shoulders and neck.

This pattern has been tested.
I want to thank my group of awesome test knitters:
donnamcwilliams71 / ejmsasha / ElizabethMakes / ewefeller / Haifa84 / ironaknit / jenniferenns / Kerstindot / knitwitch47 / lust4stricken/ MaureenHD / SpruceGum / SKYSNOTHELIMIT / Teeliebhaberin / Tjanet

There are 10 sizes to choose from.
Finished chest measurements are: 32.5/35/37.25/39.5/42/44.25/46.5/49/51.5/54”.
The sample is worked in size 1, with 3 cm/1” of positive ease.


Yarn: I recommend that you use a fingering weight yarn, that knits up to gauge, to work the top. I used “Byre” from Susan Crawford collection, in the colourway “Sunset over the bay”. This fingering weight yarn, comes in skeins of 100 gr/3.53 oz and 400 m/437 yards. You will need approximately 750/800/860/920/980/1050/1125/1200/1275/1350 = 820/875/940/1005/1070/1145/1230/1310/1390/1475 yards of this specific yarn to work the top. Count for more yarn if you add length to body/sleeves. Needles: size 3 mm/US2.5, to work the upper/lower body. Use the needle size needed to obtain gauge! Notions: 4 removable stitch-markers. A blunt tapestry needle. Blocking tools.

The pattern:

  • This pattern is tested.
  • The textures and lace are charted, as well as written out.
  • There is a schematic.
  • The measurements are given in cm’s, as well as in inches.
  • All necessary stitch-counts are given.

Knitting skills:

  • Cast-on and bind-off.
  • Backwards cast-on (for the front neck).
  • Increases worked as yo’s.
  • Picking up sts.
  • Working textures and lace following written instructions and/or charts.
  • Working flat/working in the round.

Skill level: