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Blue Paradise Top

This turquoise treasure is a joy to knit as well as wear. The Blue Paradise Top features a darling lace inlay, elegant cables, and flattering dolman style sleeves. Perfect for warm weather activities, this open knit top pattern is sure to keep you nice and cool. Shown in a bright turquoise hue, the Blue Paradise Top is the perfect way to incorporate a pop of oceanic color into your spring or summer wardrobe.

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size4 or 3.5 mm, 6 or 4 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

Materials:

  • Grace (50 g/1.75 oz;125 m/136 yds)
  • Sizes 3.5 mm (U.S. 4) and 4 mm (U.S. 6) knitting needles
  • Size 3.5 mm (U.S. 4) circular knitting needle 16" [40 cm] long or size needed to obtain tension
  • Cable needle
  • 2 stitch holders
  • 2 stitch markers

 

GAUGE
22 sts and 30 rows = 4" [10 cm] with larger needles in stocking st.

 

MEASUREMENTS:


To fit bust measurement
XS/S 28-34 ins [71-86.5 cm]
M 36-38 ins [91.5-96.5 cm]
L 40-42 ins [101.5-106.5 cm]
XL 44-46 ins [112-117 cm]
2XL/3XL 48-54 ins [122-137 cm]
4XL/5XL 56-62 ins [142-157.5 cm]


Finished bust measurement
XS/S 38 ins [96.5 cm]
M 42 ins [106.5 cm]
L 46 ins [117 cm]
XL 51 ins [129.5 cm]
2XL/3XL 57 ins [145 cm]
4XL/5XL 65 ins [165 cm]


 

Yarn Chart

 


INSTRUCTIONS

The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ). Numbers for each size are shown in the same color throughout the pattern. When only one number is given in black, it applies to all sizes.

Note: Back shoulder extends into Front neck depth, so Back armhole depth appears deeper than Front, but will adjust when neckband is complete.

 

BACK
**With smaller needles, cast on 104 (116-128-140-164-184) sts.
Next row: (WS). Knit, inc 12 sts evenly across. 116 (128-140-152-176-196) sts.


Proceed in Pillar Pat as follows:
1st row: (RS). K1. *yo. K2. Pass yo over last 2 knit sts. Rep from * to last st. K1.
2nd row: Purl.**
Rep last 2 rows for Pillar Pat until work from beg measures 3 1/2" [9 cm] ending with a purl row.


Change to larger needles and cont in Pillar Pat until work from beg measures 9 (9-9 1/2-10-10 1/2-10 1/2)" [23 (23-24.5-25.5-26.5 26.5) cm], ending with a purl row.


Shape sides: Keeping cont of pat, inc1 at each end of next row and following 8th (8th-8th-8th-10th-10th) rows 7 (7-7-7-4-4) times
more, taking inc sts into pat. 132 (144-156-168-186-206) sts.
Purl 1 row.
Cast on 6 (6-4-4-3-2) sts beg next 2 rows, then 10 (10-8-8-6-5) sts beg following 2 rows. 164 (176-180-192-204-220) sts. Place markers at each end of last row.


Cont in pat until work from markers measures 6 1/2 (7-7 1/2-7 1/2-8-8)" [16.5 (18-19-19-20.5-20.5) cm], ending with a purl row.


Shape back neck: Next row: (RS). Pat across 58 (64-66-72-76-86) sts (neck edge). Turn.
Leave rem sts on a spare needle.
Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 4 rows. 54 (60-62-68-72-82) sts.
Work 1 row even in pat. Place a marker at side edge of last row.
Work a further 12 rows even in pat. Cast off knitwise.


With RS facing, slip next 48 (48-48-48-52-48) sts onto a st holder. Join yarn to rem sts and pat to end of row.
Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 4 rows. 54 (60-62-68-72-82) sts.
Work 1 row even in pat. Place a marker at side edge of last row.
Work a further 12 rows even in pat. Cast off knitwise.


FRONT
Work from ** to ** as given for Back.
Rep last 2 rows for Pillar Pat until work from beg
measures 3 1/2" [9 cm], ending with a RS row.
Next row: (WS). P30 (36-42-48-60-70). (P2tog. P4) 9 times. P2tog. P30 (36-42-48-60-70). 106 (118-130-142-166-186) sts.


Change to larger needles and proceed in pat as follows:
1st row: (RS). K1. (yo. K2. Pass yo over last 2 knit sts) 12 (15-18-21-27-32) times. K1. [K2tog.(yo) twice. ssk] 6 times. K6. [K2tog. (yo) twice.ssk] 6 times. K1. (yo. K2. Pass yo over last 2 knit sts) 12 (15-18-21-27-32) times. K1.
2nd and alt rows: Purl, working (P1. P1tbl) into double yo.
3rd row: K1. (yo. K2. Pass yo over last 2 knit sts) 12 (15-18-21-27-32) times. K1. [K2tog. (yo) twice. ssk] 6 times. C6B. [K2tog. (yo) twice. ssk] 6 times. K1. (yo. K2. Pass yo over last 2 knit sts) 12 (15-18-21-27-32) times. K1.
5th and 7th rows: As 1st row.
8th row: As 2nd row.
These 8 rows form Front Texture Pat.
Cont in Front Texture Pat until work from beg measures 9 (9-9 1/2-10-10 1/2-10 1/2)" [23 (23-24-25.5-26.5-26.5) cm], ending with a WS row.


Shape sides: Keeping cont of pat, inc1 at each end of next row and following 8th (8th-8th-8th-10th-10th) rows 7 (7-7-7-4-4) times more, taking inc sts into pat. 122 (134-146-158-176-196) sts.
Next row: (WS). Work even in pat.
Cast on 6 (6-4-4-3-2) sts beg next 2 rows, then 10 (10-8-8-6-5) sts beg following 2 rows. 154 (166-170-182-194-210) sts. Place markers at each end of last row.


Cont in pat until work from markers measures 4 (4 1/2-5-5-5 1/2-5 1/2)" [10 (11.5-12.5-12.5-14-14) cm], ending with a WS row.


Shape front neck: Next row: (RS). Pat across 60 (66-68-74-78-88) sts (neck edge). Turn. Leave rem sts on a spare needle.
Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 6 rows. 54 (60-62-68-72-82) sts.
Work 3 rows even in pat. Cast off knitwise.


With RS facing, slip next 34 (34-34-34-38-34) sts onto a st holder. Join yarn to rem sts and pat to end of row.
Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 6 rows. 54 (60-62-68-72-82) sts.
Work 3 rows even in pat. Cast off knitwise.


FINISHING
Pin garment pieces to measurements. Cover with a damp cloth, leaving cloth to dry.


Sew shoulder seams, noting markers on Back will denote 'true' shoulder and seam will come towards Front to complete front neck depth.


Neckband: With RS facing and circular needle, beg at center of back st holder, K24 (24-24-24-26-24) from Back st holder, dec 3 sts evenly across. Pick up and knit 16 sts up left back neck edge and 8 sts down left front neck edge. K34 (34-34-34-38-34) from Front st holder, dec 2 sts evenly across. Pick up and knit 8 sts up right front neck edge and 16 sts down right back neck edge. Knit rem 24 (24-24-24-26-24) sts from Back st holder, dec 3 sts evenly across. Join in rnd, placing marker on first st. 122 (122-122-122-130-122) sts.
1st rnd: *K1. P1. Rep from * around.
Rep last rnd 3 times more. Cast off in ribbing.


Armbands: With RS facing and smaller needles, pick up and knit 71 (75-79-79-83-83) sts evenly along armhole edge.
Knit 2 rows. Cast off knitwise (WS).

 

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I am trying to find out how many balls of wool it takes to k it a size large, I have read it many times and cannot seem to find the info.

11 balls.

Pretty top- going to have to knit it before school starts one in the original colour and one in yellow the pattern is really attractive and different - love it

My e-mail address is nfcamaryj@roadrunner.com. Can someone please help and reply to me? I am so stuck on the front of this Blue Paradise Top. After the 3 1/2" knitted, everything is very confusing. Don't know what is meant by K2tog. [yo] twice. ssk. Also, I have never heard of C6B. I have the back of this top completed and can't go on from there. This was going to be a gift for a family member, but her birthday has already past now. HELP !

K2tog is knit 2 together-knitted two stitches together as if they are one stitch. yo-is yarn over needle, twice, wrap your working yarn around the needle twice, this will create an eyelet or lace pattern stitch on the next row. ssk-is slip, slip, knit-slip two stitches one at a time from left needle to right needle and knit together through the back of the loop-this is a decrease that allows the stitch to lay a certain way in the pattern. C6B-is cable 6 back-you slide the next 6 stitches to a cable needle and hold them in back while you knit the next series of stitches, when you are done with the series of stitches you will knit these back onto the needle from the cable needle. If you are having so much trouble with the pattern, this may not be the pattern for you also there are many stitch explanations on the internet and you tube videos demonstrating each stitch. This web site does not own this pattern, so its unlikely you will get your questions answered here, so its always better to go to the actual web site and ask the designer the pattern related questions. hope this helps.

To what size does "L" equate?

It states quite clearly within the pattern that "L" is 40-42".

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