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Light and floaty, this side­ways-knit sum­mer top uses a pure silk yarn

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THIS SUM­MERY top by Vithard Vil­lum­sen is knit­ted side­ways, us­ing a se­ries of stripes and wedges to cre­ate the pat­tern­ing and shape. It is knit­ted in a pure silk laceweight from the Ja­panese yarn brand ITO.

PAT­TERN NOTES

This top is worked side-to-side start­ing at the cen­tre back, with the left back fol­lowed by the left front, fol­lowed by the right front, and fi­nally the right back. The cast-on and fi­nal stitches are joined us­ing Kitch­ener stitch.

You can al­ter the arm­hole depth and neck depth by cast­ing on/off a dif­fer­ent num­ber of stitches whilst work­ing the shap­ing. Make sure this num­ber is con­sis­tent through­out. Like­wise, the strap width can also be al­tered, but make sure that each strap is worked over the same num­ber of rows, and ac­count for these rows when work­ing even at the un­der­arm, backs, and front.

GER­MAN SHORT ROWS !GSR"

Short rows are cre­ated in this piece us­ing the Ger­man short row method, which are worked af­ter turn­ing the work as fol­lows: Wyif, slip 1 stitch from LH to RH needle purl­wise. Pull the yarn up and over the RH needle to cre­ate a ‘dou­ble’ stitch on the RH needle, then move the yarn into po­si­tion (leav­ing in place at the back if the next stitch is knit, or bring­ing the yarn to the front un­der the needle if it purl) and work the next row as in­di­cated by in­struc­tions. When work­ing these dou­ble stitches later, work them to­gether as a sin­gle stitch.

YARN A STRIPE

(worked over 6 rows) Us­ing yarn A, work 6 rows in st st.

YARN B STRIPE

(worked over 6 rows) Us­ing yarn B, knit 1 RS row, then work 5 rows in rev st st.

YARN A WEDGE

(worked over 22 rows at left edge, 6 rows at right edge) Us­ing yarn A: Row 1 (RS): Knit. Row 2 (WS): P8, turn work. Row 3: GSR, knit to end. Row 4: Purl to dou­ble stitch, purl dou­ble stitch as one stitch, P8, turn. Rows 5-9: work rows 3-4 twice, then work row 3 once more. Row 10 (WS): Purl to end. Row 11 (RS): Knit to end. Rows 12-13: as rows 10-11. Rows 14-21: as rows 2-9. Row 22 (WS): Purl to end.

STRIPE PAT­TERN

Note: It is rec­om­mended to high­light all rows worked for your size. These in­struc­tions re­late to the Stripe Pat­tern only; shap­ing is worked at the same time as the Stripe Pat­tern, and in­struc­tions are given in the pat­tern text. Pay close at­ten­tion to shap­ing worked at the same time as the short row wedges. Row counts are given as counted at right (top) edge only.

Start­ing with a RS row and us­ing yarn A, work 2 ( 4: 6: 4: 8) rows in st st. Work Yarn B Stripe.

Sizes M and 2XL only Us­ing yarn A, work 10 rows in st st. Work Yarn B stripe.

Sizes M and L only Us­ing yarn A, work 8 rows in st st. Work Yarn B Stripe.

All sizes Work Yarn A Stripe. Work Yarn B Stripe. Rep last 12 rows 3 ( 1: 3: 4: 3) times more.

*Work Yarn A Wedge. Work Yarn B Stripe. Rep from * 3 ( 3: 3: 4: 4) times more.

Work Yarn A Stripe. Work Yarn B Stripe. Rep last 12 rows 2 ( 0: 2: 4: 3) time(s) more.

Size M only Work 8 rows in st st with yarn A. Work Yarn B Stripe. Work 10 rows in st st with yarn A. Work yarn B Stripe.

Sizes M, L and 2XL only Work - ( 22: 8:-:10) rows in st st with yarn A. Work Yarn B Stripe.

Sizes M, L, 1XL and 2XL only Work - ( 10: 24: 20: 30) rows in st st with yarn A. Work Yarn B Stripe. Sizes S, M, L and 2XL only Work 18 ( 8: 8:-10) rows in st st with yarn A. Work Yarn B Stripe. All sizes Work Yarn A Stripe. Work Yarn B Stripe. Rep last 12 rows 2 ( 0: 2: 4: 3) times more. *Work Yarn A Wedge. Work Yarn B Stripe. Rep from * 3 ( 3: 3: 4: 4) times more. Work Yarn A Stripe. Work Yarn B Stripe. Rep last 12 rows 3 ( 1: 3: 4: 3) times more. Size M and L only Us­ing yarn A, work 8 rows in st st. Work Yarn B stripe. Sizes M and 2XL only Us­ing yarn A, work 10 rows in st st. Work Yarn B stripe. All sizes Us­ing yarn A, work 2 ( 4: 6: 4: 8) rows in st st.

LEFT BACK

Us­ing waste yarn, cro­chet hook, and 3mm cir­cu­lar nee­dles, pro­vi­sion­ally cast on 102 ( 104: 108: 110: 114) sts. Change to yarn A and be­gin work­ing Stripe Pat­tern (see Pat­tern Notes); AT THE SAME TIME; af­ter 20 ( 22: 24: 24: 26) rows have been worked, cast on 1 st at beg of next 2 RS rows, 2 sts at beg of next RS row, and 4 sts at beg of foll RS row. 110 ( 112: 116: 118: 122) sts. Work even in patt for 25 ( 27: 27: 27: 29) rows, end­ing af­ter a WS row.

LEFT ARM­HOLE

Cont in patt, cast­ing off 36 ( 36: 38: 40: 42) sts at beg of next (RS) row, 4 sts at beg of next RS row, 3 sts at beg of next RS row, 2 sts at beg of next RS row, and 1 st at beg of next RS row. 64 ( 66: 68: 68: 70) sts. Work even in patt for 27 ( 35: 49: 65: 75) rows, end­ing af­ter a WS row.

LEFT FRONT STRAP

Cont in patt, cast­ing on 1 st at beg of next RS row, 2 sts at beg of next RS row, 3 sts at beg of next RS row, 4 sts at beg of next RS row, and 36 ( 36: 38: 40: 42) sts at beg of next RS row. 110 ( 112: 116: 118: 122) sts. Work even in patt for 25 ( 27: 27: 27: 29) rows, end­ing af­ter a WS row. Cont in patt, cast­ing off 36 ( 36: 38: 40: 42) sts at beg of next (RS) row, 4 sts at beg of next RS row, 3 sts at beg of next RS row, 2 sts at beg of next RS row, and 1 st at beg of next RS row. 64 ( 66: 68: 68: 70) sts.

CEN­TRE FRONT

Work even in patt for 35 ( 39: 45: 45: 47) rows, end­ing af­ter a WS row.

RIGHT FRONT STRAP

Cont in patt, cast­ing on 1 st at beg of next RS row, 2 sts at beg of next RS row, 3 sts at beg of next RS row, 4 sts at beg of next RS row, and 36 ( 36: 38: 40: 42) sts at beg of next RS row. 110 ( 112: 116: 118: 122) sts. Work even in patt for 25 ( 27: 27: 27: 29) rows, end­ing af­ter a WS row.

RIGHT ARM­HOLE

Cont in patt, cast­ing off 36 ( 36: 38: 40: 42) sts at beg of next (RS) row, 4 sts at beg of next RS row, 3 sts at beg of next RS row, 2 sts at beg of next RS row, and 1 st at beg of next RS row. 64 ( 66: 68: 68: 70) sts. Work even in patt for 27 ( 35: 49: 65: 75) rows, end­ing af­ter a WS row. Cont in patt, cast­ing on 1 st at beg of next RS row, 2 sts at beg of next RS row, 3 sts at beg of next RS row, 4 sts at beg of next RS row, and 36 ( 36: 38: 40: 42) sts at beg of next RS row. 110 ( 112: 116: 118: 122) sts. Work even in patt for 25 ( 27: 27: 27: 29) rows, end­ing af­ter a WS row. Cast off 4 sts at beg of next RS row, 2 sts at beg of next RS row, and 1 st at beg of next 2 RS rows. 102 ( 104: 108: 110: 114) sts. Work even in patt for 21 ( 23: 25: 25: 27) rows. Re­move pro­vi­sional cast-on and place re­sult­ing live sts on an ex­tra needle. Join sts us­ing Kitch­ener stitch.

SLEEVE FLAPS

(make 4 alike) Us­ing yarn A, cast on 40 ( 42: 46: 49: 52) sts. Purl 1 row. **Work Yarn A Wedge, then work 0 ( 2: 2: 0: 0) rows in st st with yarn A. Work Yarn B Stripe. Rep from ** 1 ( 1: 1: 2: 2) time(s) more, then rep Yarn A Wedge once more. Work 1 ( 3: 3: 1: 1) row(s) in st st with yarn A. Cast off loosely knit­wise.

MAK­ING UP

Join shoul­ders. Pin two sleeve flaps to each arm­hole with short sides pinned to arm­hole edge, cen­tring both flaps at seam with 1cm be­tween side edges. Sew in place. Us­ing yarn A, work 1 row of dou­ble cro­chet each around neck­line, bot­tom hem, and armholes.

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