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Garden Row Knit Top

By: Grace Melville for knitrowan.com
Updated June 19, 2019
Garden Row Knit Top

Follow this free knitting pattern and learn how to make this Garden Row Knit Top. This knitted top is a classic closet staple because not only does it look good with your casual pair of jeans, but it also looks just as attractive worn with your favorite skirt. We love the retro-inspired boat neck style and the geometric design. The unique geometric design is created with the fairisle technique and combined with the contrasting stripes, this is simply the most darling knit sweater pattern we've seen yet.

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Knitting Needle Size1 or 2.25 mm, 2 or 2.75 mm

Yarn Weight(1) Super Fine (27-32 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch

Materials:

  • Mohair Haze: A  MohHug 524 - 9, 9, 10, 10, 11 x 25gm
  • Fine Art: B  ArtLapwing 306 - 2, 2, 2, 2, 2 x 100gm
  • 1 pair 21/4mm (no 13) (US 1) needles
  • 1 pair 23/4mm (no 12) (US 2) 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.

Gauge:

27 1/2 sts and 38 rows to 10 cm measured over striped st st, 33 sts and 34 rows to 10 cm measured over patterned st st, both using 23/4mm (US 2) needles.

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)
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 21/4mm (US 1) needles and yarn A cast on 152 [166:182: 200: 220] sts.
Work in g st for 12 rows, ending with RS facing for next row.
Change to 23/4mm (US 2) needles.

Beg with a K row, work in st st as folls:
Work 16 rows, dec 1 st at each end of 9th of these rows.
150 [164: 180: 198: 218] sts.
Join in yarn B.
Using yarn B, work 4 rows, dec 1 st at each end of 3rd of these rows. 148 [162: 178: 196: 216] sts.
Using yarn A, work 4 rows.
Using yarn B, work 4 rows.
Using yarn A, work 4 rows, dec 1 st at each end of first of these rows. 146 [160: 176: 194: 214] sts.
Using yarn B, work 4 rows.
Using yarn A, work 15 rows, dec 1 st at each end of 3rd and foll 10th row and ending with WS facing for next row.
142 [156: 172: 190: 210] sts.

Next row (WS): Using yarn A, P1 [3: 1: 5: 5], M1P, (P5, M1P) 28 [30: 34: 36: 40] times, P1 [3: 1: 5: 5]. 171 [187: 207: 227: 251] sts.
Beg and ending rows as indicated, using the fair isle colorwork charts below, repeating the 6 st patt rep 28 [31: 34: 37: 41] times across each row and repeating the 6 row patt repeat throughout, cont in patt from chart for body, which is worked entirely in st st beg with a K row, as folls:
Dec 1 st at each end of 7th and 2 foll 8th rows. 165 [181: 201: 221: 245] sts.
Cont straight until back meas 47 [49: 51: 53: 55] cm, ending with RS facing for next row.

Shape back neck
Next row (RS): Patt 44 [52: 61: 71: 81] sts and turn, leaving rem sts on a holder.
Work each side of neck separately.
Keeping patt correct, dec 1 st at neck edge of next 5 rows, ending with RS facing for next row. 39 [47: 56: 66: 76] sts.
Shape shoulder
Cast off 12 [15: 18: 21: 24] sts at beg of next and foll alt row and at same time dec 1 st at neck edge of next 3 rows.
Work 1 row.
Cast off rem 12 [14: 17: 21: 25] sts.
With RS facing, slip centre 77 [77: 79: 79: 83] sts onto a holder, rejoin yarns and patt to end.
Complete to match first side, reversing shapings.

FRONT
Work as given for back until 14 [14: 18: 18: 22] rows less have been worked than on back to beg of shoulder shaping, ending with RS facing for next row.
Shape front neck
Next row (RS): Patt 46 [54: 64: 74: 85] sts and turn, leaving rem sts on a holder.
Work each side of neck separately.
Keeping patt correct, dec 1 st at neck edge of next 8 rows, then on foll 2 alt rows, then on 0 [0: 1: 1: 2] foll 4th rows.
36 [44: 53: 63: 73] sts.
Work 1 row, ending with RS facing for next row.
Shape shoulder
Cast off 12 [15: 18: 21: 24] sts at beg of next and foll alt row.
Work 1 row.
Cast off rem 12 [14: 17: 21: 25] sts.
With RS facing, slip centre 73 [73: 73: 73: 75] sts onto a holder, rejoin yarns and patt to end.
Complete to match first side, reversing shapings.

SLEEVES
Using 23/4mm (US 1) needles and yarn A cast on 66 [68: 70:70: 74] sts.
Work in g st for 8 rows, ending with RS facing for next row.
Change to 23/4mm (US 2) needles.
Beg with a K row, work in st st as folls:
Work 16 rows, inc 1 st at each end of 3rd and 3 foll 4th rows.
74 [76: 78: 78: 82] sts.
Join in yarn B.
Using yarn B, work 4 rows, inc 1 st at each end of 3rd of these rows. 76 [78: 80: 80: 84] sts.
Using yarn A, work 4 rows, inc 1 st at each end of 3rd of these rows. 78 [80: 82: 82: 86] sts.
Using yarn B, work 4 rows, inc 1 st at each end of 3rd of these rows. 80 [82: 84: 84: 88] sts.
Using yarn A, work 4 rows, inc 1 st at each end of 3rd of these rows. 82 [84: 86: 86: 90] sts.
Using yarn B, work 4 rows, inc 1 st at each end of 3rd [3rd:3rd: 3rd: next] and foll 0 [0: 0: 0: 1] alt row.
84 [86: 88: 88: 94] sts.
Using yarn A, work 15 rows, inc 1 st at each end of 3rd [3rd:3rd: next: next] and 3 [2: 2: 0: 0] foll 4th rows, then on foll 0 [2: 2: 7:7] alt rows and ending with WS facing for next row.
92 [96: 98: 104: 110] sts.
Next row (WS): Using yarn A, P1 [3: 4: 2: 5], M1P, (P5, M1P) 18 [18: 18: 20: 20] times, P1 [3: 4: 2: 5]. 111 [115: 117:125: 131] sts.
Beg and ending rows as indicated, using the fair isle of the charts below, repeating the 6 st patt rep 18 [19: 19: 20: 21] times across each row and repeating the 6 row patt repeat throughout, cont in patt from chart for sleeve, which is worked entirely in st st beg with a K row, as folls:
Inc 1 st at each end of 3rd and every foll alt row until there are 159 [165: 171: 179: 185] sts, taking inc sts into patt.
Work 3 rows, ending with RS facing for next row. (Sleeve should meas approx 30 [31: 32: 32: 32] cm.)
Cast off.

MAKING UP
Press as seen in the diagrams below.
Join right shoulder seam using back stitch, or mattress stitch if preferred.
Neckband
With RS facing, using 21/4mm (US 1) needles and yarn A, pick up and knit 16 [16: 18: 18: 20] sts down left side of front neck, K across 73 [73: 73: 73: 75] sts on front holder as folls: K2 [2: 2: 2: 3], K2tog, (K4, K2tog) 11 times, K3 [3: 3: 3: 4], pick up and knit 16 [16: 18: 18: 20] sts up right side of front neck, and 10 sts down right side of back neck, K across 77 [77:79: 79: 83] sts on back holder as folls: K1 [1: 2: 2: 4], K2tog, (K4, K2tog) 12 times, K2 [2: 3: 3: 5], then pick up and knit 10 sts up left side of back neck. 177 [177: 183: 183: 193] sts.
Work in g st for 6 rows, ending with WS facing for next row.
Cast off knitwise (on WS).
Join neckband and left shoulder seam. Mark points along side seam edges 24 [25: 26: 27: 28] cm either side of shoulder seams (to denote base of armholes).
Use the straight cast-off method to set in sleeves.

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