Sunbird Top by Quenna Lee

Sunbird Top

by Quenna Lee
March 2018
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with smaller needles
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
768 - 1344 yards (702 - 1229 m)
35.75 (38.5, 43, 46.5, 48.75, 53, 56.75)" bust circumference
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Bring on the special touches! A subtly textured yoke, lace along the side “seams,” and a shaped hem transform a basic tee silhouette into a unique top. You’ll be able to wear the Sunbird Top through spring and even into summer, thanks to its lightweight silk-and-wool yarn.

Difficulty Expert

Finished Size 35.75 (38.5, 43, 46.5, 48.75, 53, 56.75)“ bust circumference. Top shown measures 38.5”; modeled with 4.5” of positive ease.

Yarn Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool (45% wool, 35% silk, 20% nylon; 192 yd / 1.75 oz): #163 Milano red, 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7) balls. Yarn distributed by Knitting Fever.

Needles Size 5 (3.75 mm): 32–40” circular, depending on size you are making, and set of double-pointed. Size 6 (4 mm): 16” circular. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Markers; waste yarn for provisional CO; stitch holders; tapestry needle.

Gauge 22 sts and 32 rows = 4” in St st on smaller needle.

Notes This yoke of this top begins with a provisional cast-on and is worked back and forth in pieces from the bottom up. After the yoke is complete, the provisional cast-on is removed and the body is worked in the round from the top down. Stitches are picked up around the armholes and the sleeve cap is worked using short-rows. The sleeve is then worked in the round from the top down.