Noth­ing but blue skies

Fall in love with this sim­ple stock­ing stitch top with sharp col­lar de­tail. By Sir­dar for Knit To­day

Knit Today Magazine - - CON­TENTS -

If you're a fan of

bright colours and sim­ple de­signs, you'll love this neat shaped top with its sweet Peter Pan col­lar. Be­cause it's worked in Sir­dar Cot­ton 4ply, your stitches will work up neatly and evenly leav­ing you with a beau­ti­ful soft finish. Adding the col­lar makes a lovely fin­ish­ing touch to this great sum­mer make.

Ma­te­ri­als

A Yarn 4 ( 5:6: 7: 7: 8) x 50g balls of Si­dar Cot­ton 4ply in Blue­bird (shade 515)

A Nee­dles 1 pair of 2.75mm (UK 12, US 2) knit­ting nee­dles 1 pair of 3.25mm (UK 10, US 3) knit­ting nee­dles

A Ac­ces­sories Stitch holder

Yarn de­tail

Ten­sion

28 sts and 36 rows to 10cm or 4in on 3.25mm nee­dles

Turn to page 84 for full list of ab­bre­vi­a­tions

BACK

Us­ing 2.75mm nee­dles and thumb method cast on 137 ( 155: 171: 187: 203: 219) sts. Row 1: *K1, p1, rep from * to last st, k1. Row 2: P1, *k1, p1, rep from * to end. These 2 rows will now be re­ferred to as 1 x 1 rib. Work 7 rows more in 1 x 1 rib. Row 10: P4 ( 5:5: 5: 5: 5), p2­tog, (p6, p2­tog) 16 ( 18: 20: 22: 24: 26) times, p3 ( 4:4: 4: 4: 4). 120 ( 136: 150: 164: 178: 192) sts Change to 3.25mm nee­dles and pro­ceed as fol­lows: Row 1 (RS): Knit. Row 2 (WS): Purl. These 2 rows will now be re­ferred to as st st. Work­ing in st st (through­out) pro­ceed as fol­lows: Work 22 ( 22: 24: 24: 28: 28) rows more in st st.

Next row (RS): K27 ( 31: 35: 39: 41: 45), sl1, k2­tog, psso, k60 ( 68: 74: 80: 90: 96), k3­tog, k27 ( 31: 35: 39: 41: 45). 116 ( 132: 146: 160: 174: 188) sts Start­ing with a purl row work 9 ( 9: 9: 11: 11: 11) rows with­out shap­ing.

Next row (RS): K26 ( 30: 34: 38: 40: 44), sl1, k2­tog, psso, k58 ( 66: 72: 78: 88: 94), k3­tog, k26 ( 30: 34: 38: 40: 44). 112 ( 128: 142: 156: 170:184) sts. Start­ing with a purl row work 9 ( 9: 9: 11: 11: 11) rows with­out shap­ing.

Next row (RS): K25 ( 29: 33: 37: 39: 43), sl1, k2­tog, psso, k56 ( 64: 70: 76: 86: 92), k3­tog, k25 ( 29: 33: 37: 39: 43). 108 ( 124: 138: 152: 166: 180) sts Start­ing with a purl row work 9 ( 9: 9: 11: 11: 11) rows with­out shap­ing.

Next row (RS): K24 ( 28: 32: 36: 38: 42), sl1, k2­tog, psso, k54 ( 62: 68: 74: 84: 90), k3­tog, k24 ( 28: 32: 36: 38: 42). 104 ( 120: 134: 148: 162: 176) sts Start­ing with a purl row work 21 ( 21: 21: 23: 23: 23) rows with­out shap­ing.

Next row: K24 ( 28: 32: 36: 38: 42), pick up loop be­tween last and next st and knit into back of this loop (this will now be re­ferred to as m1), k1, m1, k54 ( 62: 68: 74: 84: 90), m1, k1, m1, k24 ( 28: 32: 36: 38: 42). 108 ( 124: 138: 152: 166: 180) sts Start­ing with a purl row, work 13 rows with­out shap­ing.

Next row: K25 ( 29: 33: 37: 39: 43), m1, k1, m1, k56 ( 64: 70: 76: 86: 92), m1, k1, m1, k25 ( 29: 33: 37: 39: 43). 112 ( 128: 142: 156: 170: 184) sts Start­ing with a purl row work 13 rows with­out shap­ing. Next row: K26 ( 30: 34: 38: 40: 44), m1, k1,

m1, k58 ( 66: 72: 78: 88: 94), m1, k1, m1, k26 ( 30: 34: 38: 40: 44). 116 ( 132: 146: 160: 174: 188) sts

"Sub­tle ad­di­tions, like this lovely

pat­terned col­lar, turn a plain top into some­thing a lit­tle more

spe­cial"

Start­ing with a purl row work 13 rows with­out shap­ing.

Next row: K27 ( 31: 35: 39: 41: 45), m1, k1, m1, k60 ( 68: 74: 80: 90: 96), m1, k1, m1, k27 ( 31: 35: 39: 41: 45). 120 ( 136: 150: 164: 178: 192) sts Cont with­out shap­ing un­til back mea­sures 41 ( 41: 43: 45: 46: 47) cm, 16 ( 16: 17: 17¾ :18: 18½ ) in, end­ing with a wrong side row.**

SHAPE ARM­HOLES

Cast off 4 ( 4:6: 7: 8: 10) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 112 ( 128: 138: 150: 162: 172) sts Work 6 ( 6:6: 6: 8: 12) rows de­creas­ing 1 st at each end of ev­ery row. 100 ( 116: 126: 138: 146: 148) sts

For 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th sizes only

Work ( 9: 11: 17: 19: 15) rows dec 1 st at each end of next and ev­ery foll alt row. ( 106: 114: 120: 126: 132) sts

For all 6 sizes

Cont with­out shap­ing un­til arm­holes mea­sure 19 ( 21: 23: 24: 25: 26) cm, 7½ ( 8¼ :9: 9½ :9¾: 10¼ ) in, end­ing with a wrong side row.

SHAPE SHOUL­DERS

Cast off 10 ( 10: 12: 12: 13: 14) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 80 ( 86: 90: 96: 100: 104) sts. Cast off 10 ( 11: 12: 12: 13: 14) sts at beg of next 4 rows. 40 ( 42: 42: 48: 48: 48) sts Cast off rem 40 ( 42: 42: 48: 48: 48) sts.

FRONT

Work as given for back to **.

SHAPE ARM­HOLES

Cast off 4 ( 4:6: 7: 8: 10) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 112 ( 128: 138: 150: 162: 172) sts Work 6 rows dec 1 st at each end of ev­ery row. 100 ( 116: 126: 138: 150: 160) sts

Di­vide for neck

Next row: K2­tog 0 ( 1:1: 1: 1: 1) times, k48 ( 54: 59: 65: 71: 76), k2­tog (neck edge), turn, leave rem 50 ( 58: 63: 69: 75: 80) stitches on a stitch holder. Work­ing on these 49 ( 56: 61: 67: 73: 78) sts only pro­ceed as fol­lows:

Next row: P2­tog, purl to last 0 ( 0:0: 0: 2: 2) sts, (p2­tog) 0 ( 0:0: 0: 1: 1) times. 48 ( 55: 60: 66: 71: 76) sts

For 1st size only Work 4 rows dec 1 st at neck edge only in ev­ery row. 44 sts

For 6th size only Work 4 rows dec 1 st at each end of ev­ery row. ( 68) sts

For 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th sizes only

Work ( 7:9: 6: 6) rows dec 1 st at arm­hole edge in next and ev­ery foll alt row AND AT SAME TIME dec 1 st at neck edge in ev­ery row.

( 44: 46: 57: 62) sts

For 4th, 5th and 6th sizes only Work ( 9: 13: 15) rows dec 1 st at each end of next and ev­ery foll alt row. ( 47: 48: 52) sts

For 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th sizes only Work 10 ( 9:5: 7) rows dec 1 st at neck edge

only in 1st ( 2nd: 2nd: 2nd) and ev­ery foll alt row. 39 ( 40: 44: 44) sts For all 6 sizes Work 33 ( 29: 29: 29: 34: 38) rows dec 1 st at neck edge only in 1st ( 1st: 1st: 1st: 2nd: 2nd) and ev­ery foll 4th row. 30 ( 32: 36: 36: 39: 42) sts Cont with­out shap­ing un­til arm­hole mea­sures 19 ( 21: 23: 24: 25: 26) cm, 7½ ( 8¼ :9: 9½ :9¾: 10¼ )in), end­ing with a WS row.

SHAPE SHOUL­DER

Next row (RS): Cast off 10 ( 10: 12: 12: 13: 14) sts, knit to end. 20 ( 22: 24: 24: 26: 28) sts Next row: Purl. Next row: Cast off 10 ( 11: 12: 12: 13: 14) sts, knit to end. 10 ( 11: 12: 12: 13: 14) sts.

Next row: Purl.

Cast off rem 10 ( 11: 12: 12: 13: 14) sts. With RS fac­ing, re­join yarn to rem 50 ( 58: 63: 69: 75: 80) sts left on a stitch holder and pro­ceed as fol­lows: Next row: K2­tog (neck edge), knit to last 0 ( 2:2: 2: 2: 2) sts, k2­tog. 49 ( 56: 61: 67: 73: 78) sts. Next row: (P2­tog) 0 ( 0:0: 0: 1: 1) times, purl to last 2 sts, p2­tog. 48 ( 55: 60: 66: 71: 76) sts

For 1st size only Work 4 rows dec 1 st at neck edge only in ev­ery row. 44 sts

For 6th size only Work 4 rows dec 1 st at each end of ev­ery

row. ( 68) sts

For 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th sizes only

Work ( 7:9: 6: 6) rows dec 1 st at neck edge in ev­ery row AND AT SAME TIME dec 1 st at arm­hole edge in next and ev­ery foll alt row.

( 44: 46: 57: 62) sts

For 4th, 5th and 6th sizes only

Work ( 9: 13: 15) rows dec 1 st at each end of next and ev­ery foll alt row. ( 47: 48: 52) sts

For 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th sizes only Work 10 ( 9:5: 7) rows dec 1 st at neck edge only in 1st ( 2nd: 2nd: 2nd) and ev­ery foll alt row. 39 ( 40: 44: 44) sts

For all 6 sizes Work 33 ( 29: 29: 29: 34: 38) rows dec 1 st at neck edge only in 1st ( 1st: 1st: 1st: 2nd: 2nd) and ev­ery foll 4th row.

30 ( 32: 36: 36: 39: 42) sts Cont with­out shap­ing un­til arm­hole mea­sures 19 ( 21: 23: 24: 25: 26) cm, 7½

( 8¼ :9: 9½ :9¾: 10¼ ) in, end­ing with a RS row.

SHAPE SHOUL­DER Next row: Cast off 10 ( 10: 12: 12: 13: 14) sts,

purl to end. 20 ( 22: 24: 24: 26: 28) sts

Next row: Knit. Next row: Cast off 10 ( 11: 12: 12: 13: 14) sts, purl to end. 10 ( 11: 12: 12: 13: 14) sts

Next row: Knit. Cast off rem 10 ( 11: 12: 12: 13: 14) sts.

SLEEVES (BOTH ALIKE) Us­ing 2.75mm nee­dles and thumb method

cast on 95 ( 101: 113: 117: 123: 129) sts. Work 9 rows in 1 x 1 rib.

Row 10: P9 ( 10: 11: 14: 11: 11), p2­tog, [p13 ( 14: 16: 27: 18: 19), p2­tog] 5 ( 5:5: 3: 5: 5) times,

p9 ( 9: 10: 14: 10: 11). 89 ( 95: 107: 113: 117: 123) stitches in to­tal.

Change to 3.25mm nee­dles and work­ing in st st (through­out) cont un­til sleeve mea­sures

4cm, 1½in, end­ing with a WS row. SHAPE SLEEVE TOP Cast off 4 ( 4:6: 7: 8: 10) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 81 ( 87: 95: 99: 101: 103) sts Work 6 ( 6:6: 6: 8: 12) rows dec 1 st at each end of ev­ery row. 69 ( 75: 83: 87: 85: 79) sts Work 24 ( 30: 38: 42: 40: 42) rows dec 1 st at each end of next and ev­ery foll alt row. 45 ( 45: 45: 45: 45: 37) sts Work 12 ( 12: 12: 12: 12: 8) rows dec 1 st at each end of ev­ery row. 21 sts Cast off rem 21 sts.

COL­LAR

RIGHT SIDE Us­ing 2.75mm nee­dles and thumb method cast on 21 sts.

Row 1: K1, *yfwd, s1, k2­tog, psso, yfwd, k1, rep from * to end. Row 2: Purl. Row 3: K2­tog, yfwd, *k1, yfwd, s1, k2­tog, psso, yfwd, rep from * to last 3 sts, k1, yfwd, s1, k1, psso.

Row 4: Purl. From 1st to 4th row sets lace patt. Keep­ing con­ti­nu­ity of patt as set cont un­til col­lar mea­sures ap­prox­i­mately 27 ( 30: 32: 33: 35: 35) cm, 10¾ ( 11¾ :12½: 13: 13¾: 13¾ ) in, end­ing with 1st row of patt. ** SHAPE COL­LAR

Next row: Purl to last 3 sts, p3­tog. 19 sts Place a marker at end of row. Next row: *K1, yfwd, s1, k2­tog, psso, yfwd, rep from * to last 3 sts, k1, yfwd, s1, k1, psso. Next row: Purl to last 3 sts, p3­tog. 17 sts Next row: K1, *yfwd, s1, k2­tog, psso, yfwd, k1, rep from * to end. Next row: Purl to last 3 sts, p3­tog. 15 sts Next row: *K1, yfwd, s1, k2­tog, psso, yfwd, rep from * to last 3 sts, k1, yfwd, s1, k1, psso. Next row: Purl to last 4 sts, p4­tog. 12 sts Next row: K1, k2­tog, yfwd, k1, yfwd, s1, k2­tog, psso, yfwd, k1, yfwd, s1, k2­tog, psso, yfwd, k1. Next row: Purl to last 4 sts, p4­tog. 9 sts Next row: K2­tog, yfwd, k1, yfwd, s1, k2­tog, psso, yfwd, k1, yfwd, s1, k1, psso.

Next row: Purl to last 4 sts, p4­tog. 6 sts Leave rem 6 sts on a stitch holder.

COL­LAR EDG­ING With RS fac­ing, us­ing 2.75mm nee­dles and start­ing at outer edge of col­lar pick up and knit 86 ( 96: 102: 105: 112: 112) sts evenly along edge of col­lar to marker, 20 sts evenly along shaped edge and knit across 6 sts left on a stitch holder at lower edge of col­lar.

112 ( 122: 128: 131: 138: 138) sts

Next row: Knit. This row will now be re­ferred to as garter stitch (g st). Work 1 row more in g st. Cast off.

LEFT SIDE

Work as given for right side of col­lar to **. SHAPE COL­LAR

Next row: P3­tog, purl to end. 19 sts Place a marker at beg of row.

Next row: K2­tog, yfwd, *k1, yfwd, s1, k2­tog, psso, yfwd, rep from * to last st, k1. Next row: P3­tog, purl to end. 17 sts Next row: K1, *yfwd, s1, k2­tog, psso, yfwd, k1, rep from * to end. Next row: P3­tog, purl to end. 15 sts Next row: K2­tog, yfwd, *k1, yfwd, s1, k2­tog, psso, yfwd, rep from * to last st, k1. Next row: P4­tog, purl to end. 12 sts Next row: K1, yfwd, s1, k2­tog, psso, yfwd, k1, yfwd, s1, k2­tog, psso, yfwd, k1, yfwd, s1, k1, psso, k1. Next row: P4­tog, purl to end. 9 sts Next row: K2­tog, yfwd, k1, yfwd, s1, k2­tog,

psso, yfwd, k1, yfwd, s1, k1, psso.

Next row: P4­tog, purl to end. 6 sts Do not break off yarn, pro­ceed as fol­lows: COL­LAR EDG­ING

Next row: K6, pick up and knit 20 sts evenly along shaped edge to marker and 86 ( 96: 102: 105: 112: 112) stitches evenly along outer edge of col­lar. 112 ( 122: 128: 131: 138: 138) sts Work 2 rows in g st. Cast off.

MAK­ING UP

Join the shoul­der seams. Fold the sleeves in half length­ways then, plac­ing the folds to the shoul­der seams, sew the sleeves in po­si­tion. Join the side and sleeve seams. Join the ends of the col­lar to­gether then, plac­ing the seam to the cen­tre back of the neck sew the col­lar evenly in po­si­tion. Pin out the gar­ment to the mea­sure­ment given. Cover with damp cloths and leave un­til dry. See the ball band for wash­ing and fur­ther care in­struc­tions.

SKILL LEVELEASYTECH­NIQUES A SIM­PLE LACE A SHAP­ING

CHAR­LENE, ART EDI­TOR

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For the per­fect finish, at­tach your sleeves with a neat mat­tress stitchSEPTEM­BER 2015

A flash of a stripy tee con­trasts beau­ti­fully with bold block colour

The col­lar is knit­ted as a seprate piece then sewn around the neck

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