Gossamer Goddess Top


This gauzy knitted top pattern proves that you don't have to be a master knitter to create something truly spectacular. Perfect for beginners, the Gossamer Goddess Top features a flattering scoop neckline, slimming silhouette, and an eye-catching stitch design. This pretty pink top may look complicated, but it's a suitable pattern for beginner knitters looking to take on their first garment. You can easily throw on this top and be comfortable enough to embark on a full day of exploring outdoors. Plus, the free knitting pattern includes instructions for multiple sizes for easy reference.


Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge19 sts and 25 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stocking st.

Materials List

  • Patons® Venus™ (1.75 oz/50 g; 133 yds/122 m) - Sizes XS/S M/L XL 2/3XL 4/5XL; Blush (10424) 5 6 6 7 7 balls
  • Size U.S. 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 2 stitch markers


Bust measurement
XS/S 28-34" [71-86.5 cm]
M/L 36-42" [91.5-106.5 cm]
XL 44-46" [112-117 cm]
2XL/3XL 48-54" [122-137 cm]
4XL/5XL 56-62" [142-157.5 cm]
Finished bust
XS/S 35½" [90 cm]
M/L 44" [112 cm]
XL 48½" [123 cm]
2XL/3XL 57½" [146 cm]
4XL/5XL 65" [165 cm]

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.


**Cast on 84 (104-116-136-154) sts.
Proceed in stocking st until work from beg measures 17" [43 cm], ending on a purl row.

Shape Sleeves:
Cast on 15 sts beg next 2 rows. Place markers at each end of last row. 114 (134-146-166-184) sts.**
Cont in stocking st until work from beg measures 22 (22-23-23-23)" [56 (56-58.5-58.5-58.5) cm], ending on a purl row.
***Place pat for neck shaping: 1st row:(RS). Knit.
2nd row: P37 (47-52-59-68). K40 (40-42-48-48). P37 (47-52-59-68).
Rep last 2 rows 3 times more, then 1st row once [keeping center 40 (40-42-48-48) sts in garter st].

Shape neck: 
Next row: (WS). P37 (47-52-59-68). K3. Cast off center 34 (34-36-42-42) sts. K3 (including st on needle after cast off). P37 (47-52-59-68).
Cont in stocking st on 37 (47-52-59-68) sts, at SAME TIME, working garter st across 3 sts at neck edge until work from beg measures 25 (25-26-26-26)" [63.5 (63.5-66-66-66) cm], ending on a WS row.

Shape shoulder: 
Cast off 12 (16-17-20-23) sts beg next and following alt row. Purl 1 row. Cast off rem 13 (15-18-19-22) sts.
With RS facing, join yarn to rem sts. K3. P37 (47-52-59-68).
Cont in stocking st on 37 (47-52-59-68) sts, at SAME TIME, working garter st across 3 sts at neck edge until work from beg measures 25 (25-26-26-26)" [63.5 (63.5-66-66-66) cm], ending on a RS row.

Shape shoulder: 
Cast off 12 (16-17-20-23) sts beg next and following alt row. Knit 1 row. Cast off rem 13 (15-18-19-22) sts.***


Work from ** to ** as given for Back.
Cont in pat until work from beg measures 20 (20-21-21-21)" [51 (51-53.5-53.5-53.5) cm], ending on a purl row.
Work from *** to *** as given for Back.


Sew shoulder seams.

With RS of work facing and smaller needles, pick up and knit 76 (76-86-86-86) sts evenly between markers.
Beg with a purl row, work 5 rows stocking st. Cast off. Sew side and armband seams.

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I have read the comments and see where you have to use a certain yarn to get the effect in the photo. It does look like a basic pattern to me which should work up quickly. I really have to look at this yarn now to see what the difference is. You can always look at the Paton website and look at their different yarn. I do like Paton yarn in general. It looks like a pretty top. It will go on my list.

I am very disappointed with this pattern. As per comment from Jun 02, it should have been made clear at the start that a particular type of yarn was required to achieve the look in the photo.

Every pattern on the planet specifies which yarn to use, the fact that crafter's will appropriate the pattern and use whatever they want to make it, then be angry/disappointed with the designer that it doesn't turn out is on them, not the designer.

Apparently this top is knitted completely in stockinette stitch. The design that appears in the photo is the result of the special thick-thin yarn being used. If you use a regular yarn, it will simply be all flat and smooth stockinette. This should have been made clear in the instructions.

Not for beginners.... I'm stuck on the triple asterisk part of the instructions that say "place pat for neck shaping." What pattern? Do I just start knitting instead of purling a certain number of stitches in? Or are the instructions that follow the pattern?

I suggest you read the pattern again, the instructions on what to do are quite clearly written Place pat for neck shaping 1st row(RS). Knit. 2nd row P37 (47-52-59-68). K40 (40-42-48-48). P37 (47-52-59-68). Rep last 2 rows 3 times more, then 1st row once keeping center 40 (40-42-48-48) sts in garter st. If you follow the pattern exactly as written, it will turn out. I suspect you are not understanding that you are working sleeves plus the neck at the same time.. Hope this helps, happy knitting.

my comment did not come out properly on this site... what I actually wrote is this pattern is not for beginners and is confusing with all the asterisks!

This pattern is surely not for beginners! I'm no expert but I have done many sweaters and this one is very confusing with all the 's , casting off and working the two sides at the same time etc. etc. Sorry this needs to be recategorized or written out with more clarity.

The pattern is most definitely a beginner pattern, it is written in the standard format and is great practice for new knitter's learning to read patterns. I've been using this pattern with my 2nd stage knitter's class for a couple of years.

Please respond to previous post . As I to am interested in the pattern.

Here is the link for the original pattern- http://www.yarnspirations.com/assets/files/patte == rn-files/%5Bnode%3Aid%5D/pdf/en/WEB-P-VEN-K-Square == NeckTop.pdf Just copy and paste it into your browser if you want to see the original instructions.

This link does not work for me

It didn't work for me either

We are not supposed to add links in the comments on this site. No doubt the script will alter it (sanitize it) to prevent malicious code being injected into the database. If you do a google search using WEB-P-VEN-SQUARENECKTOP-ENG.pdf it will be at the top of the search. Good luck )

I must be missing the pattern as I see it says to Cast on 84 stitches and proceed with stocking st until work measures 17 in. Where is the pattern suppose to be and when do you start knitting it for the front and back ?

The pattern you see in the top is created by the yarn used. Patons Venus yarn alternates a thick and thin texture to create a textured finished project. The rest of the top is knitted very simply. Editors of AllFreeKnitting.com

A special yarn would still not make the pattern shown There is a definite diamond pattern there, not just random from thick ad thin yarn.

The pattern is created by the textured thick and thin yarn, there is nothing random about it. The only yarn that will create the pattern as shown is Patons Venus.


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