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A Crush on Lace Knit Top

By: Lisa Richardson for knitrowan.com
A Crush on Lace Knit Top

We've got a crush on lace this season and this free knitting pattern satisfies our craving for a beautiful lace top. This pattern for A Crush on Lace Knit Top is a knitting project you can make to add a dash of delicate lace to any outfit. The weight is perfect for spring and summer. This knitted lace top also looks so pretty under a blazer or cardigan for just the right hint of feminine lace. This knit top pattern will surely be your go-to for a sophisticated ready-to-wear outfit that's fit for all occasions.

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size5 or 3.75 mm, 6 or 4 mm

Yarn Weight(0) Lace (33-40 stitches to 4 inches). Includes crochet thread.

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch

Materials:

  • Rowan Kidsilk Haze (photographed in Pearl 590) - 3, 4, 4, 4, 5 x 25gm
  • 1 pair 33/4 mm (no 9) (US 5) needles
  • 1 pair 4 mm (no 8) (US 6) needles

Measurements:

To fit bust
S: 81-86 cm/32-34 in
M: 91-97 cm/36-38 in
L: 102-107 cm/40-42 in
XL: 112-117 cm/44-46 in
XXL: 122-127 cm/48-50 in

Length
S: 52 cm/20 in
M: 53 cm/21 in
L: 54 cm/21 in
XL: 55 cm/21 in
XXL: 56 cm/22 in

Width (layed flat 2.5cm below armhole)
S: 49.5 cm/19.5 in
M: 56 cm/22 in
L: 60.5 cm/24 in
XL: 66.5 cm/26 in
XXL: 73 cm/28.5 in

Sleeve seam
S: 11 cm/4.5 in
M: 11 cm/4.5 in
L: 11 cm/4.5 in
XL: 11 cm/4.5 in
XXL: 11 cm/4.5 in

Gauge:

22 sts and 30 rows to 10 cm measured over st st using 4 mm (US 6) needles. Central patt panel (76 sts) measures 29 cm.

Note: The number of sts varies whilst working patt. Do NOT count sts after rows 3 and 4. All st counts given relate to the original number of sts and do NOT include any sts made or lost whilst working patt.

Abbreviations:

Alt = Alternate(ing)
Beg = Beginning
Cont = Continue(ity)
Dec = Decrease(ing)
Foll = follow(s)(ing)
G st = garter stitch (knit every row)
Inc = Increase(ing)
K = Knit
K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together
P = Purl
P2sso = pass 2 slipped stitches over
P2tog = Purl next 2 stitches together
P2togtbl = Purl next 2 stitches together through back loops
Patt(s) = pattern(s)
Psso = pass slip stitch over
Rem = Remaining
Rep = Repeat
RS = Right side
Sl2tog = slip 2 together
Ssk = Slip next 2 stitches knitwise one at a time, pass them back onto left-hand needle, then knit through back loops together.
St(s) = Stitch(es)
WS = Wrong side
Yfwd = yarn forward

Instructions:

BACK
Using 33/4 mm (US 5) needles cast on 120 [132: 144: 158: 172] sts.
Work in g st for 4 rows, ending with RS facing for next row.
Change to 4 mm (US 6) needles.
Now work in patt as folls:
Row 1 (RS): K22 [28: 34: 41: 48], (K1, yfwd, K1, sl 1, K1, psso, P1, K2tog, K1, yfrn, P1, sl 1, K1, psso, P1, K2tog, yfwd, K1, yfwd) 5 times, K23 [29: 35: 42: 49].
Row 2: P23 [29: 35: 42: 49], (P4, K1, P1, K1, P3, K1, P4) 5 times, P22 [28: 34: 41: 48].
Row 3: K22 [28: 34: 41: 48], (K1, yfwd, K1, sl 1, K1, psso, P1, K2tog, K1, P1, sl 1, K2tog, psso, yfwd, K3, yfwd) 5 times, K23 [29: 35: 42: 49].
Row 4: P23 [29: 35: 42: 49], (P6, K1, P2, K1, P4) 5 times, P22 [28: 34: 41: 48].
Row 5: K22 [28: 34: 41: 48], *(K1, yfwd) twice, sl 1, K1, psso, P1, (K2tog) twice, yfwd, K5, yfwd, rep from * 4 times more, K23 [29: 35: 42: 49].
Row 6: P23 [29: 35: 42: 49], (P7, K1, P1, K1, P5) 5 times, P22 [28: 34: 41: 48].
Row 7: K22 [28: 34: 41: 48], (K1, yfwd, K3, yfwd, sl 1, K2tog, psso, P1, yon, K1, sl 1, K1, psso, P1, K2tog, K1, yfwd) 5 times, K23 [29: 35: 42: 49].
Row 8: P23 [29: 35: 42: 49], *(P3, K1) twice, P7, rep from * 4 times more, P22 [28: 34: 41: 48].
Row 9: K22 [28: 34: 41: 48], (K1, yfwd, K5, yfwd, sl 1, K1, psso, K1, sl 1, K1, psso, P1, K2tog, K1, yfwd) 5 times, K23 [29: 35: 42: 49].
Row 10: P23 [29: 35: 42: 49], (P3, K1, P2, K1, P8) 5 times, P22 [28: 34: 41: 48].
These 10 rows form patt.
Cont in patt until back meas approx 24 cm, ending after patt row 8 and with RS facing for next row.
Shape for sleeves
Taking inc sts into st st and keeping patt correct, inc 1 st at each end of next and foll 4th row, then on foll 5 alt rows, then on foll 3 rows, ending with RS facing for next row. 140 [152: 164: 178: 192] sts.
Cast on 16 sts at beg of next 2 rows.
172 [184: 196: 210: 224] sts.
Next row (RS): K1, yfwd, K5, yfwd, sl 1, K1, psso, K1, sl 1, K1, psso, P1, K2tog, K1, yfwd, patt to last 15 sts, yfwd, K5, yfwd, sl 1, K1, psso, K1, sl 1, K1, psso, P1, K2tog, K1, yfwd, K1.
Next row: P4, K1, P2, K1, P7, patt to last 15 sts, P3, K1, P2, K1, P8.
These 2 rows set the sts – first and last 15 sts of each row now in patt as given for central patt panel with all other sts in st st.
Cont as now set until work meas 19 [20: 21: 22: 23] cm from last set of cast-on sts, ending with RS facing for next row.
Shape shoulders and back neck
Next row (RS): Cast off 11 [12: 13: 15: 16] sts, patt until there are 56 [61: 65: 70: 75] sts on right needle and turn, leaving rem sts on a holder.
Work each side of neck separately.
Cast off 4 sts at beg of next row, 11 [12: 13: 15: 16] sts at beg of foll row, and 3 sts at beg of next row.
Cast off 11 [13: 14: 15: 16] sts at beg of next row, and 12 [13: 14: 15: 16] sts at beg of foll alt row and at same time dec 1 st at neck edge of next 3 rows.
Work 1 row.
Cast off rem 12 [13: 14: 15: 17] sts.
With RS facing, rejoin yarn to rem sts, cast off centre 38 [38: 40: 40: 42] sts, patt to end.
Complete to match first side, reversing shapings.

FRONT
Work as given for back until 6 [6: 8: 8: 10] rows less have been worked than on back to beg of shoulder and back neck shaping, ending with RS facing for next row.
Shape front neck
Next row (RS): Patt 70 [76: 82: 89: 96] sts and turn, leaving rem sts on a holder.
Work each side of neck separately.
Keeping patt correct, cast off 4 sts at beg of next row, and 3 sts at beg of foll alt row. 63 [69: 75: 82: 89] sts. Dec 1 st at neck edge of next 2 [2: 3: 3: 3] rows, then on foll 0 [0: 0: 0: 1] alt row. 61 [67: 72: 79: 85] sts.
Work 0 [0: 1: 1: 1] row, ending with RS facing for next row.
Shape shoulder
Cast off 11 [12: 13: 15: 16] sts at beg of next and foll 2 [1: 1: 3: 3] alt rows, then 12 [13: 14: -: -] sts at beg of foll 1 [2: 2: -: -] alt rows and at same time dec 1 st at neck edge of next and foll 3 alt rows.
Work 1 row.
Cast off rem 12 [13: 14: 15: 17] sts.
With RS facing, rejoin yarn to rem sts, cast off centre 32 sts, patt to end.
Complete to match first side, reversing shapings.

MAKING UP
Press as described on the information page.
Join right shoulder seam using back stitch, or mattress stitch if preferred.
Neckband
With RS facing and using 33/4 mm (US 5) needles, pick up and knit 13 [13: 15: 15: 17] sts down left side of front neck, 32 sts from front, 13 [13: 15: 15: 17] sts up right side of front neck, 11 sts down right side of back neck, 38 [38: 40: 40: 42] sts from back, then 11 sts up left side of back neck. 118 [118: 124: 124: 130] sts.
Work in g st for 2 rows, ending with WS facing for next row.
Using a 4 mm (US 6) needle, cast off loosely knitwise (on WS).

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Would it be possible to make this in the round? I don't like having to sew up seams.

I looked up "Kidsilk" yarn and found it to be $14.99 at Rowan. There is also a wholesale site, but didn't look to see how much you would have to buy. If you are in a sewing group, It might be a money saver for all of the group to buy it.

Could someone explain it for me? What's it means--"Cast off 4 sts at beg of next row, 11 12 13 15 16 sts at beg of foll row, and 3 sts at beg of next row. "Cast off 11 13 14 15 16 sts at beg of next row, and 12 13 14 15 16 sts at beg of foll alt row and at same time dec 1 st at neck edge of next 3 rows." I couldn't understand. Thank you.

cast of is an english term in america we would say bind off.

I would also think you only cast of the one stitch in the size in which you are working. Not all of them.

Would be perfect with a silk skirt or silk pants - a feminine sweater with soft appeal -- going to have to go on a yarn safari to find what I need to knit this sweater. Yes, it moves to the head of the to-knit list

I love this pattern! It is so pretty. A nice summer top. T he color used is wonderful to go with every color of pants or skirts. Will have to try this one. Not sure where to find the yarn though. Will have to shop around.

Rowan Kidsilk Haze is a delicious blend of silk and mohair. Interestingly the lace weight yarn is knit on larger than usual needles which should make this lovely sweater as light as a cloud. A special top to wear to a summer wedding I imagine it with a bright camisole underneath and a long floaty skirt.

Where is the instruction page that shows how to press it?

No Rowan Kidsilk Haze is lace weight, as required in the yarn weight instruction.

what is "yfrn"? (BACK, Row 1)

YFRN is an increase- knit the yarn forward round the needle

Rowan Kidsilk Haze is NOT worsted weight

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