The Elizabeth Penn Top by Robin Hunter
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The Elizabeth Penn Top

Knitting
June 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 35 rows = 4 inches
in Stocking Stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
831 - 1727 yards (760 - 1579 m)
Finished Measurements - at bust 95.5 (103, 112, 120.5, 128.5, 137, 146, 153.5) cm, 37.5 (40.5, 44, 47.5, 50.5, 54, 57.5, 60.5) inches.
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This summer top is made from simple rectangle shapes and is edged at the hem with Willow Lace Stitch. It is created with a classic 4 ply fingering weight, 100% cotton. The stitch pattern appears in text and chart formats. The edging on the armholes and neckline is picked up on a circular needle and knitted out. The sample is knit in a slightly looser than normal gauge to encourage drape in the fabric. The drape allows the square neckline to fall into a deep scoop on the body. It is shown with 18 cm (7 inches) of positive ease. The sample is a size 112 cm (44 inch) and is shown on a 94 cm (37 inch) mannequin. The shoulders of the sample were joined with Kitchener Stitch, which could easily be replaced by a three needle bind off or they could be sewn together. A novice lace knitter could tackle this pattern, as most of the garment is stocking stitch and the lace stitch is very straightforward.

Skills required – Long tail cast on, knit, purl, decreases, yarn over, casting off or 3 needle bind off, picking up stitches, optional Kitchener Stitch.

Metreage/Yardage:
760 (862, 981, 1096, 1203, 1328, 1457, 1579) metres.
845 (958, 1090, 1217, 1337, 1475, 1619, 1755) yards.