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Knitted Red Summer Top

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Knitting Pattern

Size: S (M, L, XL)

Materials: 1200 - 1600 yds (1100-1500 m) / 300-400 g of red mercerized cotton fingering weight yarn.

Needles size 4 (3.5 mm) and circular needles size 4 (3.5 mm), hook size B (2.5 mm) OR SIZE

Cable pattern C2B:
Row 1: c2b (cross 2 back): Slip next st onto cable needle and hold at back of work, knit next st
from left-hand needle, then knit st from cable needle.
Row 2: p 2.
Repeat rows 1-2.

Lace pattern: 25 st

Gauge: width: 25 st = 5 in (12.5 cm)
Row 1
2 p, * 1 k, 1 p*, repeat from * to * 5 times, 1 p, *1 p, 1 k*, rep 5 times, 2 p.
Row 2 and all even rows knit k over k and yo, p over p.
Row 3
1p, yo, 1p, 1k, 1p, 1k, p2tog (purl 2 stitches together), 1p, 1k, 1p, 1k, 3p, 1k, 1p, 1k, 1 p, p2tog,
1k, 1p, 1k, 1p, yo, 1p.
Row 5
2p, yo, 1p, k2tog (knit 2 stitches together), p2tog, 1p, 1k, 1p, 1k, 1p, yo, 1p, yo, 1p, 1k, 1p, 1k, 1 p, p2tog, k2tog, 1p, yo, 2p.
Row 7
4p, p2tog, 1p, 1k, 1p, 1k, 1p, yo, 3p, yo, 1p, 1k, 1p, 1k, 1p, p2tog, 4p.
Row 9
3p, p2tog, 1p, 1k, 1p, 1k, 1p, yo, 5p, yo, 1p, 1k, 1p, 1k, 1p, p2tog, 3p.
Row 11
2p, p2tog, 1p, 1k, 1p, 1k, 1p, yo, 7p, yo, 1p, 1k, 1p, 1k, 1p, p2tog, 2p.
Row 13
1p, p2tog, 1p, 1k, 1p, 1k, 1p, yo, 9p, yo, 1p, 1k, 1p, 1k, 1p, p2tog, 1p.
Row 15
p2tog, 1p, 1k, 1p, 1k, 1p, yo, 11p, yo, 1p, 1k, 1p, 1k, 1p, p2tog.
Repeat rows 1-16.

Selvedge stitches
The 1st and last stitch of the pattern are selvedge stitches. To make the edges of your work
even and smooth 2 more stitches (selvedge stitches) are added. You should always slip the first
stitch as if to knit and purl the last stitch. The selvedge stitches are not counted in the pattern
unless otherwise specified.


The top is worked from the bottom up, back and front separately. Then back and front are sewn
at the shoulder and side seams. The bottom rib worked in the round of circular needles.

Cast on 103 (111, 121, 131) stitches (including 2 selvedge stitches).
Row 1: 1 selvedge st, p 1 (3, 8, 11), c2b (cable on 2 st), lace pattern on 25 st, c2b, p 2 (3, 3, 4),
c2b, p 2 (3, 3, 4), c2b, lace pattern on 25 st, c2b, p 2 (3, 3, 4), c2b, p 2 (3, 3, 4), c2b, lace pattern on 25 sts, c2b, p 1 (3, 8, 11), 1 selvedge st.
Knit 18 in (46 cm) or to desired length. Cast off.

Knit the same as back. At 11 in (28 cm) start making a V-neck. For this cast off the center stitch
and start decreasing a number of stitches working k2tog in every odd row (1 st decrease on
each side) 20 times. Work each side separately, or at the same time from 2 balls of yarn.
Continue to work as established until the front is the same length as the back. Cast off all the

Join shoulder and side seams. Pick up stitxhes along the bottom on a circular needle. Knit rib 1x1 for 2 in (5 cm). Bind off.
Finish neck and sleeves by crocheting 1 in (2.5 cm) bands with sc (single crochet). If you do 
not crochet, finish the neckline and armholes with 1x1 rib.


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There are 22 total comments on this article.

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Poster: Delores Cantrell
February 17, 2014

Its just like using 2 needles. Just cast on and knit to the end and turn around and go back across. Its easier than 2 needles, I use circular needles for all my knits.
Hope this helps.
Poster: Kat
March 8, 2014

Knitting on circular needles are just like knitting with straight, only easier. With the 111 sts to cast on, circulars are more efficient and less chance of losing sts from the tips of the straight needles.

Personally, I now only use dpn straight needles for the small projects...socks etc.
Poster: Ingrid
March 8, 2014

You should try the circular'll love them...Promise!
Poster: Cathy W
March 11, 2014

Yes, you could,but don't forget to add a selvedge stitch at each edge, for sewing up later. But give circulars a try! the most important thing to remember is to make sure the stitches aren't twisted before you join. I lay my cast-on on a flat surface, pull the stitches to the outside, and join. Good luck either way.
Poster: Agnes chan
April 3, 2014

Can u please explain C2b and how do u make it
Poster: wilma raines
April 12, 2014

explain row two, And do I add two stitch on each end of each row. Explain the weight of the yarn. 1ply, 2ply, or 3ply.
Poster: wilma raines
April 15, 2014

Would you e-mail me and explain row two, about the( yon ).When I do this row I end up with to many stitches. More then 25 sts. on this row is this correct. Thanks You,
Poster: Daniela
September 26, 2012

To make it wider you could play around with adding an extra "3p, c2b" to each side of the center lace panel and perhaps at the sides as well...
Poster: Chris Holmes
March 8, 2014

What is fingering weight in mercerised cotton
Poster: Marny CA
March 11, 2014

Am I just tired and not seeing SLEEVES?!

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