Weekend Wonder by Samantha Stadter

Weekend Wonder

February 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
380 - 400 yards (347 - 366 m)
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This one-skein wonder is worked top down, seamlessly. It’s knitted flat back and forth with increases on both sides every row. Increases are formed using yarn overs, which are then worked through the back leg on the next row to form a twist. The piece is then joined at the back of the waist to be worked in the round for the remainder of the pattern. Straps are picked up at the front edges and made using i-cord.

The lace pattern on the chest comes from a Drops Design pattern. I don’t mean to steal credit for this cute design, so I’m not including it in this pattern. However, if you want to include the lace in your top, I used chart A.2 on “Summer Feeling,” Drops 160-1. Begin working the chart on row 5 over the center 17 stitches.

This pattern, like all my patterns, is written for a size small/medium. However, here are some notes on adjusting the size.

Because of the open back, the goal is to increase to a measurement about 1 or 2 inches greater than your waist. For me that was something like 30”.

The easiest way to make this top bigger or smaller would be to adjust the gauge and/or use a thinner or thicker yarn depending on which way you want to go. If you like the weight of the yarn suggested and only want to adjust it a couple inches, then I would recommend modifying the number of increase rows to your pattern. Add/ subtract something like 4 increase rows for every inch or so that you would like to add/ subtract to the garment. Don’t forget to check your gauge so you can be accurate about how much to add/ subtract. If you are adding more than several inches to the waist, that would add a lot of length to the top. So I would recommend adding a couple inches to the cast on then increasing as you see fit. Please refer to the diagram below. Note that if you want to use the lace chart for edging, you will need to end up with some multiple of 15 stitches.