Drop Stitch Jade Top


A summer essential, the Drop Stitch Jade Top will keep you feeling fresh and fabulous even on the hottest of days. This lacy knit top pattern features the drop stitch and is worked in one piece from front to back. With a boat-neck style opening and over-sized sleeves, this breezy piece looks great in casual or dressy situations. Pair it with a statement necklace for an effortlessly elegant summertime look.


Knitting Needle Size3 or 3.25 mm, 5 or 3.75 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

Gauge24 sts and 26 rows = 4" [10 cm] with larger needles in Drop St Pat.

Finished SizeTo fit bust measurement: Extra-Small/Small 28-34" [71-86.5 cm]; Medium 36-38" [91.5-96.5 cm]; Large 40-42" [101.5-106.5 cm]; Extra-Large 44-46" [112-117 cm]; 2/3 Extra-Large 48-54"; [122-137 cm] 4/5 Extra-Large 56-62"; [142-157.5 cm]. Finished bust: X-Sma

Materials List

  • Patons® Grace™ (50 g/1.75 oz; 125 m/136 yds)

    • Sizes XS/S (M, L, XL, 2/3XL, 4/5XL) - 62244 (Wasabi) 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12) balls

  • Size 3.75 (U.S. 5) circular knitting needle 40” [100 cm] long and size 3.25 (U.S. 3) circular knitting needle 24” [60 cm] long or size needed to obtain gauge


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

Note: Top is worked in one piece from Front to Back.

With larger needle, beg at lower edge of Back, cast on 102 (114-126-138-162-186) sts. Do not join. Working back and forth across needle in rows, knit 10 rows (garter st), noting first row is WS.
Next row: (WS). *K16 (18-20-22-26-30). Inc 1 st in next st. Rep from * to end of row. 108 (120-132-144-168-192) sts.

Proceed in Drop St Pat as follows:

1st, 3rd and 5th rows: (RS). Knit.
2nd and 4th rows: Purl.
6th row: Knit.
7th row: Knit, wrapping yarn around needle 3 times each st.
8th row: Knit, dropping extra 2 loops of each st.
These 8 rows form Drop St Pat.

Cont in pat until work from beg measures approx 11 (11-11-11½-12-12)” [28 (28-28-29-30.5-30.5) cm], ending with a 1st or 3rd row of pat.

Shape Sleeves

Next row: (WS). Cast on 33 sts. Purl to end of row.
Next row: Cast on 33 sts. Knit to end of row. 174 (186-198-210-234-258) sts.
Next row: K5. Pat to last 5 sts. K5.
Rep last row, keeping cont of Drop St Pat and working first and last 5 sts of each row in garter st, until work from beg measures approx 19 (19½-20-20½-21½-22)” [48 (49.5-51-52-54.5-56) cm], ending on a 1st or 3rd row of pat.

Divide for Neck

Next row: (WS). Pat across first 60 (66-72-78-90-102) sts.
Leave these sts on spare needle (Left Sleeve). Cast off next 54 sts. Pat across last 60 (66-72-78-90-102) sts (Right Sleeve).

**Shape Right Neck

Keeping cont of pat, dec 1 st at neck edge on next 16 rows. 44 (50-56-62-74-86) sts.
Work 8 rows even in pat.
Keeping cont of pat, inc 1 st at neck edge on next 16 rows. 60 (66-72-78-90-02) sts.**
Next row: Work even in pat.
Break yarn. Slip these 60 (66-72-78-90-102) sts onto a spare needle.

Shape Left Neck

With RS facing, rejoin yarn to 60 (66-72-78-90-102) sts of Left Sleeve. Work from ** to ** as given for Right Neck.

Joining Row

(RS). Pat across 60 (66-72-78-90-102) sts of Left Sleeve. Cast on 54 sts. Pat across 60 (66-72-78-90-102) sts of Right Sleeve from spare needle. 174 (186-198-210-234-258) sts.
Cont even in pat until work from last cast on row at Front neck edge measures 8 (8½-9-9-9½-10)” [20.5 (21.5-23-23-24.5-25.5) cm], ending with a WS row.

Shape Sleeves

Next 2 rows: Cast off 33 sts. Pat to end of row. 108 (120-132-144-168-192) sts at end of 2nd row.
Cont even in Drop St Pat until work from last sleeve cast off row measures approx 10 (10-10-10½-11-11)” [25.5 (25.5-25.5-6.5-28-28) cm] ending with a 5th row of pat.
Next row: (WS). *K16 (18-20-22-26-30). K2tog. Rep from * to end of row. 102 (114-126-138-162-186) sts.
Knit 9 rows (garter st).
Cast off (WS).
Sew side and sleeve seams.

Neck Edging

With RS facing and smaller circular needle, beg at center back neck edge, pick up and knit 164 sts evenly around neck edge. Join for working in rnd, placing marker on first st.
Next rnd: Purl.
Next rnd: Knit.
Rep last 2 rnds once more.
Cast off.

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I'm in the process of making this top but I'm having a lot of trouble with row 8 as the drop stitches are getting stuck just before putting them on the needle( I'm using circular needles).As I have to add additional stitches for the sleeves I was hoping that there is a technique to solve this problem as already it ia taking a very long time to knit the row without talking about the strain on the hands. Thanks for any suggestions

I made this and wear it over a tank in the summer and turtleneck in the fall. I used a boucle yarn which made it difficult at times, but I generally find boucle challenging.

Go to You Tube and look for New Stitch a Day for a drop stitch tutorial. You can also google "knit drop stitch" (and probably use that phrase in You Tube) for more information. It is just as you stated it. I'm a visual person and had to see it to understand what it should look like....

I like the look of this top and would love to make it for spring, but I don't understand the dropped stitch pattern. The instructions say "7th row Knit, wrapping yarn around needle 3 times each st. 8th row Knit, dropping extra 2 loops of each st." Do I put the right needle in a stitch as usual and then loop the yarn 3 times for step 7? If so, then I now I have 3 stitches on my right needle instead of 1, right? Now for step 8, I just knit one of those three stitches and drop the other two. Is that it? I have never done this before and want to be certain I have it right before I start.

What you have written here is exactly right. It's not a true drop stitch, you would only be dropping the extra loops, not the stitch itself.

Oh gosh, this is a perfect summer knit for the office. It would look good with slacks or a skirt. I think I would wear it with a simple camisole underneath and a sweet necklace. It looks like the typo in the pattern has been corrected in the instructions above.

What is the finished length?

Hey there, firstsoprano! Take a look at the chart at the bottom of the page. The numbers all the way to the left give the total length of the shirt from the bottom of the front side to the bottom of the back. For the length of only the front or back, just take your size, find the corresponding number on the chart (eg medium is 47) and divide it by 2. The length of the medium size, therefore, is 23 1/2 inches. I hope that helps! Happy knitting! - The Editors of AllFreeKnitting

I checked my pdf printed pattern since I'm knitting this now and the word should be FIRST and not "rst" Hope this helps

Does the abbreviation "RST" mean reverse stockinette stitch?

No, its a typo.

With larger needle, beg at lower edge of Back, cast on 102 (114-126-138-162-186) sts. Do not join. Working back and forth across needle in rows, knit 10 rows (garter st), noting rst row is WS. I know that WS is wrong side and RS is right side, however, I can't find an abbreviation for rst anywhere. Hope someone can help. Thanks!

Its a tyo-it should have said "first". Its a bad thing to have a typo in knitting when so many abbreviatiions are used, but I've found the pattern on 2 other sites and verified that it is indeed a typo.


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