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Seamless Willow Summer Top

Difficulty level: Intermediate

Free Summer Top Knitting Pattern

Size: M (L, XL)

Materials:
Louisa Harding Willow Tweed DK weight yarn 128 yd (117 m)/50 gr  - 6 (6, 7) skeins

Needles: circular 6 (3.5 mm)  OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Gauge for stocking stitch: 18 st x 28 rows = 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm)

Patterns:

Stocking Stitch
1 row and all odd rows - knit sts
2 row and all even rows - purl sts

In rounds: all rows - knit

Rib 1x1: k 1, p 1

Directions
The top is worked from the top to the bottom in rounds without seams.

Cast on 108 (120, 132) sts with provisional cast-on. Join and continue to work in rounds. Mark the beginning of the round.
Work stocking stitch for 2 rows. To shape the round yoke increase for 12 sts in a round in each odd row 9 (10, 11) times.

When making the increases, shift each increase for 3 sts to avoid the appearance of the increase lines.
Round 3:  *k 9 (k 10, k 11), M 1* repeat 12 times
Round 4 and all even rounds: knit
Round 5:  *k 10 (k 11, k 12), M 1* repeat 12 times, but shift the start of the round for 3 sts as follows: k 3, M 1, *k 10, M 1* repeat 11 times, k 7
Round 7:  *k 11 (k 12, k 13), M 1* repeat 12 times
Round 9:  *k 12 (k 13, k 14), M 1* repeat 12 times
Round 11:  *k 13 (k 14, k 15), M 1* repeat 12 times
Round 13:  *k 14 (k 15, k 16), M 1* repeat 12 times
Round 15:  *k 15 (k 16, k 17), M 1* repeat 12 times
Round 17:  *k 16 (k 17, k 18), M 1* repeat 12 times
Round 19:  *k 17 (k 18, k 18), M 1* repeat 12 times (Total 216 sts after 19th round increase for M size)

For L (XL) size
Round 21:  *k 19 (k 20), M 1* repeat 12 times (Total 240 sts after 21st round increase for L size)

For XL size
Round 23:  *k 21, M 1* repeat 12 times (Total 264 sts after 23rd round increase for XL size)

Rounds 20-24 (22-26, 24-28): knit

For M size
To continue shaping round yoke increase for 16 sts in each 4th row 4 times.  When making the increases, shift each increase for 3 sts to avoid the appearance of the increase lines.
Round 25: *k 13, M 1*, repeat 16 times, k 8
Round 29: *k 14, M 1*, repeat 16 times, k 8
Round 33: *k 15, M 1*, repeat 16 times, k 8
Round 37: *k 16, M 1*, repeat 16 times, k 8 (Total 280 sts after 37th round increase)
Round 38: knit

For L size
To continue shaping round yoke increase for 16 sts in each 4th row 4 times and by 8 sts once.  When making the increases, shift each increase for 3 sts to avoid the appearance of the increase lines.
Round 27: *k 15, M 1*, repeat 16 times
Round 31: *k 16, M 1*, repeat 16 times
Round 35: *k 17, M 1*, repeat 16 times
Round 39: *k 18, M 1*, repeat 16 times
Round 43: *k 38, M 1*, repeat 8 times (Total 312 sts after 42nd round increase)
Round 44: knit

For XL size
To continue shaping round yoke increase for 16 sts in each 4th row 5 times.  When making the increases, shift each increase for 3 sts to avoid the appearance of the increase lines.
Round 29: *k 15, M 1*, repeat 16 times, k 8
Round 33: *k 16, M 1*, repeat 16 times, k 8
Round 37: *k 17, M 1*, repeat 16 times, k 8
Round 41: *k 18, M 1*, repeat 16 times, k 8
Round 45: *k 19, M 1*, repeat 16 times, k 8 (Total 344 sts after 45th round increase)
Round 46: knit

Divide for sleeves
Back - 86 (96, 106) sts
Front - 90 (100. 110) sts
Sleeves - 52 (58, 64) sts each

Transfer back stitches to a separate needle and work 8 (10, 12) rows of stocking stitch back and forth.

Bodice
Knit row 9 (11, 13) of the back,  cast on 6 sts with the single cast on, transfer 52 (58, 64) sts of the right sleeve to a length of yarn,  knit 90 (100, 110) sts of the front, cast on 6 sts with the single cast on,  transfer 52 (58, 64) sts of the left sleeve to a length of yarn, join and continue to work the bodice in the rounds (188 (208, 228) sts). Mark 3rd stitch out of 6 sts to mark for increase/decrease placement.

Work 12 rounds.
Work 8 (10, 12) short rows (back and forth) to shape bust darts as follows:
*Knit across front until 7 stitches remain to the left marker. Bring yarn to front of needle as though you are going to purl, slip stitch. Bring yarn to back of work. Turn work. (wrap)
Purl across row until 7 stitches remain to the right marker. Bring yarn to back of needle, slip stitch. Bring yarn to front of work. Turn work. (wrap from the purl side)*
Repeat from * to * 3 (4, 5) more times, increasing the number of unworked stitches at each edge by 7 each row.
Starting where you are, knit all stitches and continue to work in rounds.
Work 28 rounds, to taper from the bust to the waist decrease for 1 st at each marker 7 times, in every 4th round.
Work 26 (28, 30) rounds.
Work 18 rounds increasing for 1 st at each marker 3 times in every 6th round.
Work rib 1x1 for 8 rounds. Cast off.

Sleeve
Sleeves worked in rounds on double pointed needles.
Transfer 52 (58, 64) sts from the yarn to the needles and pick up 20 (14, 20) sts over the underarm sts. You'll have 72 (72, 84) sts. Work 22 rounds.
Round 23: *k 11, p 1*, repeat 6 (6, 7) times
Round 24: *k 4, sk2p, k 4, yo, p 1, yo* repeat 6 (6, 7) times
Round 25: *k 9, p 3*, repeat 6 times
Round 26: *k 3, sk2p, k 3, yo, p 3, yo*, repeat 6 (6, 7) times
Round 27: *k 7, p 5*, repeat 6 times
Round 28: *k 2, sk2p, k 2, yo, p 5, yo*, repeat 6 (6, 7) times
Round 29: *k 5, p 7*, repeat 6 times
Round 30: *k 1, sk2p, k 1, yo, p 2, sp2p, p 2, yo*, repeat 6 (6, 7) times
Round 31: *k 3, p 7*, repeat 6 times
Round 32: *sk2p, yo, p 2, sp2p, p 2, yo*, repeat 6 (6, 7) times
Round 33: purl
Cast off.


Finishing:
Remove the waste yarn from the neckline cast on and transfer 108 sts to the circular needles.
Round 1: *k 11, p 1*, repeat 9 times
Round 2: *k 4, sk2p, k 4, yo, p 1, yo* repeat 9 (10, 11) times
Round 3: *k 9, p 3*, repeat 9 times
Round 4: *k 3, sk2p, k 3, yo, p 3, yo*, repeat 9 (10, 11) times
Round 5: *k 7, p 5*, repeat 9 times
Round 6: *k 2, sk2p, k 2, yo, p 5, yo*, repeat 9 (10, 11) times
Round 7: *k 5, p 7*, repeat 9 times
Round 8: *k 1, sk2p, k 1, yo, p 2, sp2p, p 2, yo*, repeat 9 (10, 11) times
Round 9: *k 3, p 7*, repeat 9 times
Round 10: *sk2p, yo, p 2, sp2p, p 2, yo*, repeat 9 (10, 11) times
Round 11: purl
Cast off.

Enjoy!

Diagram

August 12, 2011. Error on row 25 of the sleeve and neckline edging is corrected.



Comments

There are 7 total comments on this article.

Leave a comment about the article.
# 1. Poster: Ellen
October 15, 2013

What are the finished measurements of the sweater?
Is the 37.5 in the diagram the measurement acoss one side or is it the total circumference?
# 2. Poster: Elaine Phillips
October 26, 2013

This is the total circumference and it is in inches.
# 3. Poster: Linda
November 17, 2013

Question, are the circumference measurements for around the bust? That's to say, not up and over the shoulder. I'm new to circular knitting but experienced with straight needles. This pattern looks like a great place to start my circular adventures. Simple yet elegant.This looks like a nice project for my home grown alpaca fiber/yarn. Thanks for listening, Linda
# 4. Poster: Elaine Phillips
November 21, 2013

Yes, it was measured around the bust.
# 5. Poster: Margo
April 11, 2014

What does M 1 in the directions mean? The pattern is perfect for what I want.
Thank you in advance for your response
# 6. Poster: Elaine Phillips
April 16, 2014

Make 1 increase (M1) - I used the increase described by Elizabeth Zimmerman
Make a backward loop over the right-hand needle and in the next row purl as a regular stitch.
# 7. Poster: Trudy
July 24, 2013

This is a gorgeous pattern, love the neck and sleeve edging. Can't wait to try this.

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