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Asymmetrical Rib Top

If you're looking for some retro patterns for knit tops, you'll love this Asymmetrical Rib Top, which will make you look more nineties than you did in the nineties. Go with the pale blue for a heavenly, feminine top, or pick black or bright red for a more edgy tank top pattern. Free patterns like this are perfect for adults and teens alike, so if you're not a huge fan of this tank top, knit one for your daughter or granddaughter and see if it's more her speed.


Knitting Needle Size5 or 3.75 mm

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch


  • Patons® Grace (50 g/1.75 oz) [Sizes: XS (S-M-L)]
  • Main Color (MC) (Blue) - 5 (5-6-6) balls
  • Contrast A (White) - 1 (1-1-1) ball
  • Size 3 3/4 mm (U.S. 5) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge.



To fit bust measurement

Extra Small: 32 ins [81.5 cm]

Small: 34 ins [86.5 cm]

Medium: 36 ins [91.5cm]

Large: 38 ins[96.5 cm]



MC: Main color

A: Contrast A yarn

st(s): stitch(es)

K: Knit

P: Purl

RS: right side

WS: wrong side

beg: begin(ning)

cont: continue(ity)

pat: pattern

rem: remain(ing)

Sl: slip


Gauge: 27 sts and 32 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in rib pat.





**With MC, cast on 98 (104-110-119) sts.

1st row: (RS). K2. *P1. K2. Rep from * to end of row.

2nd row: P2. *K1. P2. Rep from * to end of row.

Rep last 2 rows [K2. P1] ribbing until work from beg measures 12 1/2 (13-13 1/2-14) ins [32 (33-34.5-35.5) cm], ending with RS facing for next row.


Armhole shaping:

Keeping cont of pat, cast off 7 sts beg next 2 rows. Cast off 2 sts beg next 14 rows. 56 (62-68-77) sts.**

Next row: (RS). Cast off 2 sts. Pat to end of row.

Next row: Work even.

Rep last 2 rows until 2 sts rem. Cast off.



Work from ** to ** as given for Back.

Next row: (RS). Work even.

Next row: Cast off 2 sts. Pat to end of row.

Rep last 2 rows until 2 sts rem. Cast off.



Pin garment pieces to measurements. Cover with a damp cloth leaving to dry. Sew side seams. Sew shoulder points tog.



With A, cast on 11 sts.

1st row: (RS). K1 (selvage edge). (K2. P1) 3 times. K1.

2nd row: P1. (K1. P2) 3 times. P1.

Rep last 2 rows until work from beg measures 28 1/2 (30-31 1/2-33) ins [72.5 (76-80-84) cm]. Cast off.


Left Armband:

With A, cast on 11 sts.

1st row: (RS). K1 (selvage edge). (K2. P1) 3 times. K1.

2nd row: P1. (K1. P2) 3 times. P1.

Rep last 2 rows 3 times more, then work 1st row once more.


***Short row shaping:

1st row: (WS). Pat across 3 sts. Turn. Leave rem sts on spare needle.

2nd row: Sl1. Pat to end of row.

Note: To avoid a hole when knitting a slipped st, pick up the st below the slipped st and slip it onto left hand needle. Work this st tog with slipped st above.

3rd row: Pat across 6 sts. Turn, leaving rem sts on needle.

4th row: Sl1. Pat to end of row.

5th and 6th rows: Pat across row.

Rep last 6 rows 4 times more.***

Cont even in ribbing until work from beg measures 17 (17-18-18) ins [43 (43-45.5-45.5) cm] (measured along outer edge), ending with WS facing for next row.

Work from *** to *** as before.

Work 8 rows in ribbing. Cast off in ribbing.

Sew selvage edge of Neckband to top edge of Front and Back, stretching Front and Back slightly to fit. Sew side seam of Neckband. Sew selvage edge of Armband to Front and Back, matching armband seam to side seam of garment and stretching armhole shaping slightly to fit.


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