Lacy Caftan Top
Embellished with delicate leaf motifs on the shoulders, this casual, breezy top drapes beautifully with elongated garter stitch.
Design by Che Lam
Woman’s small/medium (large/X-large) Instructions are given for smaller size, with larger size in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to both sizes.
Chest: Approx 51 (57) inches Length: Approx 203/4 (213/4) inches Note: Top is unseamed and is intended to
be very loose fitting.
• Omega Eulali (fingering weight; 100% cotton; 394 yds/100g per skein): 3 skeins steel #94 • Size 4 (3.5mm) double
point needles (set of 2) • Size 6 (4mm) 16-inch circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge • Locking stitch markers
21 sts and 29 rows = 4 inches/10cm in St st with larger needle (blocked). To save time, take time to check gauge.
Double yarn over (2yo): Wrap yarn twice around needle; on following row, work (k1, p1) into 2yo.
Eyelet Panel (4-st panel) Note: A chart is provided for those preferring to work Eyelet Panel pat st from a chart. Row 1 (RS): K2tog, 2yo, ssk. Row 2: P1, (k1, p1) in 2yo, p1. Row 3: K4. Row 4: P4. Rep Rows 1–4 for pat. Leaf Panel (25-st panel) Note: A chart is provided for those preferring to work Leaf Panel pat st from a chart. Row 1 (RS): P9, k3, p1, k3, p9. Row 2 (WS): K9, p3, k1, p3, k9. Row 3: P7, k3tog, [yo, k1] twice, p1,
[k1, yo] twice, sk2p, p7. Row 4: K7, p5, k1, p5, k7. Row 5: P5, k3tog, [k1, yo] twice, k2,
p1, k2, [yo, k1] twice, sk2p, p5. Row 6: K5, p7, k1, p7, k5. Row 7: P3, k3tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k3, p1,
k3, yo, k1, yo, k2, sk2p, p3. Row 8: K3, p9, k1, p9, k3. Row 9: P1, k3tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k4, p1,
k4, yo, k1, yo, k3, sk2p, p1. Row 10: [K1, p11] twice, k1. Row 11: [P1, yo, ssk, k7, k2tog, yo]
twice, p1. Row 12: K2, p9, k3, p9, k2. Row 13: P2, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, p3,
yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, p2. Row 14: K3, p7, k5, p7, k3. Row 15: P3, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, p5,
yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, p3. Row 16: K4, p5, k7, p5, k4. Row 17: P4, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, p7,
yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, p4. Row 18: K5, p3, k9, p3, k5. Row 19: P5, yo, sk2p, yo, p9, yo, sk2p,
yo, p5. Row 20: Knit. Rep Rows 1–20 for pat.
Elongated Garter St (any number
of sts) Row 1 (RS): Wrapping yarn twice around needle for each st, knit to end. Row 2: Dropping extra loop on every
st, knit to end. Rows 3 and 4: Knit. Rep Rows 1–4 for pat.
Front and back are worked flat separately and joined by shoulder straps. Front and back are worked identically as follows: the shoulder panel is worked sideways, then stitches are picked up and the piece is worked down to the bottom.
Shoulder Band With larger circular needle, loosely
cast on 37 sts; do not join. Set-up row (WS): K2 (edge sts), pm, p4, pm, k9, p3, k1, p3, k9, pm, p4, pm, k2 (edge sts). Row 1 (RS): K2 (edge sts); work Eyelet Panel, work Leaf Panel; work Eyelet Panel, k2 (edge sts). Maintaining edge sts in garter st throughout, work even until 20-row Leaf Panel has been worked 9 (10) times. Loosely bind off across, leaving last st on RH needle without fastening off; do not cut yarn.
Body With RS of band facing, turn piece clockwise so that the left side of band is on top. Pick up and knit 110 (122) sts across at a rate of approx 6 sts every 10 rows as follows: *1 st [every 2 rows] 4 times, 1 st in next 2 rows; rep from * across. Count sts and adjust as necessary on next row. Knit 1 row. Row 1 (RS): K1 (edge st); work Elongated Garter St to last st; k1 (edge st).
Maintaining edge sts in garter st, work all other sts in Elongated Garter St until body measures approx 141/2 (151/2) inches, ending with Row 4. Note: Stretch the fabric out slightly when measuring to better approximate the finished blocked length. Loosely bind off across, leaving last st on RH needle without fastening off; do not cut yarn.
Edgings With RS facing, turn piece clockwise. Pick up and knit evenly across side edge at a rate of 3 sts for every 4 rows across Elongated Garter St fabric and 1 st in every shoulder band st. Knit 3 rows. Loosely bind off all sts; cut yarn and
fasten off. Fasten off. Rep on other side.
Work same as for back.
Weave in ends. Block to measurements.
Shoulder Straps With RS facing, place 6 locking markers along top edge of back shoulder band as shown in Figure 1. Using dpn, pick up and knit 3 sts at first marker. Work I-cord (see page 110) approx 11 inches long. Bind off. Work 5 more I-cords at rem marked
positions. Work 6 I-cord on front shoulder band
as for back. Tie corresponding straps on back and
front together. Mark positions on each side of front and back approx 2 inches below shoulder band. Join front and back with a few small sts, leaving armhole open and rest of body unseamed.