COLLARED VEST TOP

Colour block bold­ness and dainty lace make this cute sleeve­less top one to beat. De­signed by Pat Strong.

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YOU WILL NEED

Baa Ram Ewe Ti­tus 4ply (75% Bri­tish wool, 25% UK al­paca, 100g/320m), Yarn A Ec­cup (06)

Yarn B Bram­ley Baths (12) For mea­sure­ments and yarn quan­ti­ties see ta­ble A 3.5mm (US E/4) hook Stitch mark­ers 5(5: 5: 5: 7: 7) 10/12mm but­tons

For yarn stock­ists con­tact Baa Ram Ewe 0113 278 1788 www.baaramewe.co.uk

TEN­SION

11 dc3­tog (pat­tern re­peats) and 24 rows mea­sure 10x10cm (4x4in) square over Trin­ity Stitch with 3.5mm hook. Please note this is an elas­tic fabric and ten­sion should be mea­sured on a blocked sam­ple, mea­sured flat.

ABBREVIATIONS

For a full list, see page 92

If you’re in­vest­ing time in stitch­ing some­thing to wear, it should be pretty spe­cial, right? Pat Strong’s two-tone top ticks all the boxes – stylish, in­ter­est­ing to hook and made with scrummy yarn. Ti­tus is a Bri­tish wool and al­paca blend 4ply that feels ev­ery bit as gor­geous as it sounds.

NOTES

Worked in one piece in rows from the bot­tom up, and then di­vided at the arm­holes for Front and Back. The seam will lie at the cen­tre back, and will be left open at the top for a back open­ing fas­tened with but­tons. The col­lar is added sep­a­rately af­ter­wards. This gar­ment is de­signed to be close fit­ting and this is re­flected in the ‘ease’ added. Se­lect mea­sure­ments with the fin­ished size in mind.

TRIN­ITY STITCH PAT­TERN

The fol­low­ing in­struc­tions de­scribe the stitch pat­tern and rel­e­vant notes. For the be­gin­ning of the pat­tern in­struc­tions, start at Lower Back and Front. Trin­ity Stitch is made up of a series of dc3­tog sts, with a ch1 in be­tween each. At the be­gin­ning and end of the row there is a sin­gle dc stitch. Each time a dc3­tog is worked, it is worked over the same st as the pre­vi­ous st, and the next 2 sts. The last dc of the row is worked into the same st as the last leg of the fi­nal dc3­tog.

Worked on a foun­da­tion ch of a mul­ti­ple of 2 plus 1, and one more for a turn­ing ch:

Foun­da­tion row (RS) Dc into sec­ond ch from hook, ch1, dc3­tog in same ch as first dc and next 2 ch, ch1, (dc3­tog in same ch as last leg of pre­vi­ous dc3­tog and next 2 ch, ch1) re­peat to end, dc in same st as last

Be sure to block your lacy col­lar care­fully be­fore sewing into the neck­line of the top.

leg of fi­nal dc3­tog, turn.

Row 1 Ch1 (does not count as st), dc in sin­gle dc be­low, ch1, dc3­tog work­ing in same st as dc, in next dc3­tog be­low, and next ch-1 be­low, ch1, (dc3­tog in same ch as last leg of pre­vi­ous dc3­tog, next dc3­tog be­low and next ch-1, ch1) re­peat to end, dc in fi­nal sin­gle dc, turn. Row 1 forms pat­tern.

LOWER BACK AND FRONT

With Yarn A loosely ch198 ( 206: 218: 234: 246: 258). Work Foun­da­tion Row and Row 1 of Trin­ity Stitch. [199 ( 207: 219: 235: 247: 259) sts or 98 ( 102: 108: 116: 112: 128) dc3­tog] Re­peat Row 1 un­til work mea­sures 32 ( 32:

33: 33: 33: 33) cm end­ing on a RS row. Fas­ten off and change to Yarn B, work 4 more rows of pat­tern.

DI­VIDE FOR FRONT AND BACK

The di­vide is mea­sured in dc3­tog, or pat­tern re­peats. You may find it help­ful to count and mark the di­vides be­fore work­ing the row to check that you have di­vided ac­cu­rately.

Next row (WS) Work in patt as set across

22 ( 23: 24: 26: 27: 28) patt re­peats, ss in each st across 5 ( 5:6: 6: 7: 8) patt re­peats for arm­hole, patt across 44 ( 46: 48: 52: 54:

56) patt re­peats for Front, ss in each st across 5 ( 5:6: 6: 7: 8) patt re­peats for sec­ond arm­hole, patt across rem 22 ( 23: 24:

26: 27: 28) patt re­peats.

FRONT

Re­join Yarn B to first of Front sts with RS fac­ing.

Rows 1-2 Work in pat­tern as set.

ARM­HOLE DE­CREASES

Row 3 (De­crease row) Ch1 (does not count as st through­out), skip first (dc, ch1), dc in first dc3­tog, work in patt beg with dc in next ch-1 sp, cont un­til last dc3­tog, dc in same st as last leg of pre­vi­ous dc3­tog, dc in last dc3­tog, turn leav­ing rem sts un­worked. [De­crease by 2 sts]

Row 4 Ch1, dc in first dc, work in patt beg with dc in next dc, cont in patt un­til last 2 dc, dc in each of last 2 dc, turn.

Row 5 (De­crease row) Ch1, skip dc at base of ch, work in patt beg with dc in next dc, cont in patt to last 2 dc, dc in next dc, turn leav­ing rem dc un­worked. [Rows 3 and 5 to­gether de­crease by 1 patt re­peat at each end of the row. [42 ( 44: 46: 50: 52: 54) patt re­peats]

Row 6 Work in patt as set with­out shap­ing.

*Work a De­crease row as Row 3, fol­lowed by 3 ( 3:3: 2: 2: 2) rows worked as Row 4 above. Work a De­crease row as Row 5, fol­lowed by 3 ( 3:3: 2: 2: 2) rows in pat­tern. [De­crease by 1 patt re­peat at each end of the row: 40 ( 42: 44: 48: 50: 52) patt reps] Re­peat from * a fur­ther 3 ( 3:3: 5: 5: 5) times. [34 ( 36: 38: 38: 40: 42) patt reps] Con­tinue in patt with­out shap­ing un­til arm­hole mea­sures 21 ( 21: 22: 22: 22: 23) cm end­ing with a WS row.

NECK­LINE SHAP­ING

LEFT FRONT

Row 1 (RS) Work in pat­tern across first 11 ( 12: 12: 12: 12: 13) patt re­peats, end­ing with a dc in the same st as the last leg of the dc3­tog, turn leav­ing rem sts un­worked.

Row 2 Ch1, skip first dc, dc in next dc3­tog, work row of patt in re­main­ing sts beg with dc in next ch-1 sp, turn. [A row of 10 ( 11: 11:

11: 11: 12) full patt reps plus 1 dc] Row 3 Work row of patt to last 2 dc, dc in first dc, skip last dc, turn. [10 ( 11: 11: 11: 11: 12) patt reps]

Row 4 Work in pat­tern.

Row 5 Work in patt to last dc3­tog, dc in same st as last leg of dc3­tog just worked, dc in last dc3­tog, turn leav­ing rem sts un­worked. [A row of 9 ( 10: 10: 10: 10: 11) full patt reps plus 1 dc]

Row 6 Ch1, dc in first dc, work in patt beg with dc in next dc, turn.

Row 7 As Row 3. [9 ( 10: 10: 10: 10: 11) patt reps] Cont in patt with­out shap­ing for a fur­ther 3 rows. Fas­ten off.

RIGHT FRONT

Row 1 With RS fac­ing, skip cen­tral 12 ( 12:

14: 14: 16: 16) patt re­peats and re­join Yarn B to next un­worked st, ch1, work in patt beg with dc in next ch-1 sp across last 11 ( 12: 12:

12: 12: 13) re­peats, turn. Row 2 Work as Row 5 of Left Front. [A row of 10 ( 11: 11: 11: 11: 12) full patt reps plus 1 dc]

Row 3 Ch1, skip first dc, work in patt beg

with dc in next dc, turn. [10 ( 11: 11: 11: 11: 12) patt reps] Row 4 Work in pat­tern. Row 5 As Row 2 of Left Front. [A row of 9 ( 10: 10: 10: 10: 11) full patt reps plus 1 dc] Row 6 Work in patt to last 2 dc, dc in each of last 2 dc, turn. Row 7 As Row 3. [9 ( 10: 10: 10: 10: 11) patt reps] Cont in patt with­out shap­ing for a fur­ther 3 rows. Fas­ten off.

BACK

RIGHT BACK

Re­join Yarn B with RS fac­ing to first un­worked st af­ter di­vide. Rows 1-2 Work in patt as set. [22 ( 23: 24: 26: 27: 28) re­peats] Rows 3-5 Work as Rows 5-7 of Neck­line Shap­ing Right Front. [De­crease by 1 patt re­peat] Row 6 Work in patt as set.

Re­peat the last 4 rows 4 ( 4:4: 6: 6: 6) more times. [17 ( 18: 19: 19: 20: 21) patt re­peats] Con­tinue in patt with­out shap­ing un­til arm­hole mea­sures 21 ( 21: 22: 22: 22: 23) cm end­ing with a WS row, and work­ing the same num­ber of rows as the Front to the neck­line. Work 4 more rows in pat­tern.

NECK­LINE SHAP­ING

Row 1 (RS) Work in pat­tern over the first 10 ( 11: 11: 11: 11: 12) patt re­peats, end­ing with a dc as at the end of a row, turn leav­ing rem sts un­worked.

Row 2 Ch1, skip first dc, dc in next dc3­tog, work row of patt in re­main­ing sts beg with dc in next ch-1 sp, turn. [A row of 9 ( 10: 10:

10: 10: 11) full patt reps plus 1 dc] Row 3 Work row of patt to last 2 dc, dc in first dc, skip last dc, turn. [9 ( 10: 10: 10: 10:

11) patt reps] Cont in patt with­out shap­ing for a fur­ther 3 rows. Fas­ten off.

LEFT BACK

Re­join Yarn B with RS fac­ing to the next un­worked st af­ter the di­vide. Rows 1-2 Work in patt as set. [22 ( 23: 24: 26: 27: 28) re­peats] Rows 3-5 Work as Rows 5-7 of Neck­line Shap­ing Left Front. [De­crease by 1 patt re­peat] Row 6 Work in patt as set. Re­peat the last 4 rows 4 ( 4:4: 6: 6: 6) more times. [17 ( 18: 19: 19: 20: 21) patt re­peats]

Con­tinue in patt with­out shap­ing un­til arm­hole mea­sures 21 ( 21: 22: 22: 22: 23) cm end­ing with a WS row, and work­ing the same num­ber of rows as the Front to the neck­line. Work 4 more rows in pat­tern. Fas­ten off.

NECK­LINE SHAP­ING

Row 1 (RS) Skip the first 7 ( 7:8: 8: 9: 9) patt re­peats, re­join yarn to work in patt across the re­main­ing 10 ( 11: 11: 11: 11: 12) patt re­peats, be­gin­ning with a dc as at the be­gin­ning of a row, turn.

Row 2 Work in patt to last dc3­tog, dc in same st as last leg of dc3­tog just worked, dc in last dc3­tog, turn leav­ing rem sts un­worked. [A row of 9 ( 10: 10: 10: 10: 11) full patt reps plus 1 dc]

Row 3 Ch1, skip first dc, work in patt beg with dc in next dc, turn. [9 ( 10: 10: 10: 10:

11) patt reps] Cont in patt with­out shap­ing for a fur­ther 3 rows. Fas­ten off.

COL­LAR

The col­lar is sewn to the neck edge, eas­ing to fit with any ad­just­ment made at the back open­ing. Pat­tern is writ­ten over a mul­ti­ple of 10 sts plus 1.

With Yarn A, ch132 ( 132: 142: 142: 152: 152).

Row 1 (RS) Dc in sec­ond ch from hook and in each ch to end, turn. [131 ( 131: 141: 141:

151: 151) sts] Row 2 Ch1 (does not count as st through­out), dc in each st to end, turn.

Row 3 Ch1, *dc in next st, skip 4 sts, 9ttr in next st, skip 4 sts; rep from * to last st, dc in last st, turn.

Row 4 Ch7 (counts as ttr and ch2) ttr in st at base of ch, *ch4, dc into third ttr of the 9-ttr be­low, ch4, dc into 6th ttr of 9-ttr be­low, ch4, (ttr, ch2, ttr) into next dc; rep from * to end, turn.

Row 5 Ch4 (counts as dtr), 4dtr into next ch-2 sp, *skip next ch-sp, 9ttr into next ch-sp, skip next ch-sp, 5dtr into next ch-2 sp; rep from * to end.

Fas­ten off.

TO FIN­ISH

Please see yarn bands for care. Block col­lar and gar­ment, sew shoul­der seams. Ease col­lar to neck­line ad­just­ing fit at the back neck, pin and sew in place. Sew back seam along the dark tone sec­tion leav­ing the light tone sec­tion open. At­tach but­ton loops to Left Back and but­tons, cor­re­spond­ing to the loops, on the Right Back.

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