Booth­bay Set: Top

This ba­sic em­pire-waist top will be­come a new sta­ple in your fall wardrobe.

Creative Knitting - - CONTENTS - De­sign by Britt Sch­miesing

Gauge

24 sts and 30 rows = 4 inches/10cm in St st (blocked). To save time, take time to check gauge.

Spe­cial Ab­bre­vi­a­tion

Slip marker (sm): Slip marker from LH to RH nee­dle.

Pat­tern Notes

Top is worked in pieces and then seamed.

The em­pire waist is set off with a row of purl stitches.

Work arm­hole and sleeve de­creases 2 sts in from edges. On right-side rows, work k2, ssk at be­gin­ning of row and k2­tog, k2 at end. On wrong-side rows, work p2, p2­tog at be­gin­ning of row and ssp, p2 at end.

Back

With larger nee­dle, cast on 211 (229, 247, 265, 283) sts. Knit 3 rows. Beg with a RS row, work in St st un­til piece mea­sures 123/4 (13, 13, 131/4, 131/4) inches or to de­sired length to end just un­der bust, end­ing with a RS row. Dec row (WS): P1, *p2­tog, p1; rep from * to end—141 (153, 165, 177, 189) sts.

Con­tinue in St st for 4 (41/2, 41/2, 5, 5) inches, or to de­sired length to arm­holes so that Dec (purled) row is aligned just be­low bust. Shape Arm­holes Bind off 9 (12, 15, 15, 18) sts at beg of next 2 rows—123 (129, 135, 147, 153) sts.

Bind off 3 sts at beg of next 0 (0,2, 6, 8) rows and 2 sts at beg of next 2 (4, 4, 4, 4) rows—119 (121, 121, 121, 121) sts.

Dec 1 st each side [ev­ery RS row] 7 (6, 6,5, 5) times—105 (109, 109, 111, 111) sts.

Work even un­til arm­holes mea­sure 81/4 (83/4, 91/4, 93/4, 101/4) inches, end­ing with a RS row. Shape Neck & Shoul­ders Di­vi­sion row (WS): P39 (40, 40, 41, 41); join 2nd ball and bind off 27 (29, 29, 29, 29) neck sts; purl to end.

Shape shoul­ders as fol­lows: at each arm­hole edge, bind off [8(9, 9, 10, 10) sts] once and [9 sts] 3 times.

At the same time, shape back neck as fol­lows: at each neck edge, dec 1 [ev­ery RS row] 4 times.

Front

Work as for back un­til arm­holes mea­sure 41/4 (43/4, 5, 51/2, 53/4) inches, end­ing with a WS row. Shape Neck Di­vi­sion row (RS): K43 (44, 44, 45, 45); join 2nd ball and bind off 19 (21, 21, 21, 21) neck sts; knit to end—43 (44, 44, 45, 45) sts each side.

Work­ing both sides at once with 2 balls of yarn, at each neck edge, bind off [3 sts] 4 times and [2 sts] twice— 35 (36, 36, 37, 37) sts each side.

Work even un­til arm­holes mea­sure 81/4 (83/4, 91/4, 93/4, 101/4) inches, end­ing with a WS row.

Shape shoul­ders as for back.

Sleeves

With larger nee­dle, cast on 89 (101, 110, 119, 125) sts. Knit 3 rows. Work in St st un­til sleeve mea­sures 63/4 (7, 7, 71/4, 71/4) inches, end­ing with a WS row. Shape Cap Bind off 9 (12, 15, 15, 18) sts at beg of next 2 rows—71 (77, 80, 89, 89) sts.

Bind off 3 sts at beg of next 0 (0,2, 6, 6) rows and 2 sts at beg of next 2 (4, 2, 0, 0) rows—67 (69, 70, 71, 71) sts.

Dec 1 st each side [ev­ery RS row] 17

(16, 13, 10, 8) times and [ev­ery 4 rows] 0 (1,3, 5, 7) time(s)—33 (35, 38, 41, 41) sts rem.

Bind off 3 sts at beg of next 4 rows— 21 (23, 26, 29, 29) sts

Bind off rem sts.

Fin­ish­ing

Weave in ends. Block pieces to mea­sure­ments. Sew shoul­der seams. Us­ing mat­tress st (see page 80), sew sleeves in­vis­i­bly into arm­holes.

Sew sleeve and side seams. Neck Edg­ing With RS fac­ing, us­ing smaller nee­dle and beg at right back neck, pick up and knit 1 st for ev­ery bound-off st along back neck, 3 sts for ev­ery 4 rows along side neck, 1 st for ev­ery bound-off st along front neck and 3 sts for ev­ery 4 rows along side neck; pm for beg of rnd and join.

[Purl 1 rnd, knit 1 rnd] twice, purl 1 rnd.

Loosely bind off pwise.

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