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One-Skein Summer Top-Down Top

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Summer Sweater Knitting Pattern

S [M, L, XL, 2X, 3X] (shown in size S)

Chest: 34 [38, 42, 46, 50, 54] inches (86 [96, 106, 116, 127, 137] cm)
Length: 18 [19, 20, 21, 22, 23] inches (46 [48, 50, 53, 56, 58] cm)

Jo-Ann Sensations (affiliate link) Breeze sport weight yarn 595 yards (544 meters) / 170 grams (6.00 ounces) color 27 purple lime - 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2) skein (A)
Jo-Ann Sensations (affiliate link) Wave bulky weight yarn 136 yards (124 meters) / 113 grams (3.99 ounces) color purple lime - 0.1 skein (B).

Needles: #3 (3.25 mm) circular needles OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Gauge for stocking stitch: 20 st x 28 rows = 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm).

Pattern Notes:

Stockinette Stitch in rows:
1 row and all odd rows - knit sts
2 row and all even rows - purl sts

In rounds: all rows - knit

Rib 1x1:
All rounds: k1, p1.

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 sweater is worked from the top to the bottom back and forth and in rounds without seams.

With yarn A cast on 49 (53, 53, 59, 61, 65) sts and purl 1 row.
Divide stitches as follows: 1 edge st, 1 st (left front), 1 st (raglan line, place marker), 8 (9, 9, 11, 11, 12) sts (left sleeve), 1 st (raglan line, place marker), 25 (27, 27, 29, 31, 33) sts (back), 1 st (raglan line, place marker), 8 (9, 9, 11, 11, 12) sts (right sleeve), 1 st (raglan line, place marker), 1 sts (right front), 1 edge st.
Work stockinette st for 58 (64, 78, 92, 106, 120) rows increasing by 8 sts (double increase at the raglan sts)  in each odd row as follows: M1, k1, M1 at the raglan st.
At the same time starting from row 25 increase for 1 st at the beginning and the end of the row (2 sts per row) in every odd row 6 (7, 7, 7, 8, 8) times.  Work row 37 (39, 39, 39, 41, 41), at the end of the row cast on 11 (11, 11, 13, 13, 13) st with the single cast on method and continue to work in rounds.

Divide for sleeves
Round 59 (65, 79, 93, 107, 121): Transfer left sleeve sts to a length of yarn, cast on 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6) sts with single cast on, work back sts, transfer right sleeve sts to a length of yarn, cast on 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6) sts with single cast on and work front stitches.

Continue to work bodice in rounds.
Work stockinette st for 50 (56, 62, 68, 76, 82) rounds or to desired length.
Round 51 (57, 63, 69, 77, 83): *k5, k2tog*, repeat from * to the end of the round.
Work rib 1x1 for 16 rounds. Cast off.

Sleeves are worked in rounds.
Transfer sleeve sts from the yarn to the needles and pick up 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6) sts over the 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6) underarm sts. Work stockinette st for 4 rounds.
With yarn B knit one row, purl the next row.
With yarn A bind off all sts.

With yarn A pick up sts on circular needles along the neckline.
With yarn B knit one row, purl the next row.
With yarn A bind off all sts.


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There are 10 total comments on this article.

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Poster: Gwen
June 26, 2018

This is beautiful, however the yarn has been discontinued. What yarn would you suggest as a substitution?
Poster: Elaine Phillips
June 13, 2014

The top is worked back and forth first, that is why selvedge sts were mentioned.
Poster: Karen
June 13, 2014

Thanks so much. It makes sense now!
Poster: Wendy Gosnell
May 7, 2017

I've been looking for a basic raglan scoop neck to make as a twin set. I have a great cardigan. This is a great neckline - modest but modern, and will allow for creativity of stitches! Thanks so much!
Poster: Chloe
November 19, 2016

This is the perfect neckline for me! I will have to give it a try.
Poster: Barbara
October 2, 2016

I wish there was a schematic. I would like to make it a bit longer and the neckline a bit higher.
Poster: dawn nelson
October 10, 2015

how is edge made??? the ruffle/???
Poster: Marie
May 28, 2015

Love this. Trying to make it, but a bit confused.
When doing the increase at the raglan stitch, does the stitch marker move with the increased stitches?

Also, how many sleeve stitches do you end up with, when transfering in the "Divide for sleeves" section?

And, you start working in rounds and row 37.
Poster: Charlie
September 1, 2017

I have ripped this out 3 times, obviously confused. I get to the marker, m1, k1, m1, slip marker - doesn't work. Get to 1 st before marker, m1, k1, m1, doesn't work. Please help.
Poster: Karen
May 26, 2014

I have a question about the selvedge stitches. Since this is knit in the round, are the selvedge stitches necessary? Thank you.

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