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Unique and colorful, the Knit Trellis Top is sure to direct many compliments in your direction. This pretty, warm weather knit top pattern is an engaging exercise in mitered V's. Perfect for the intermediate knitter, the Knit Trellis Top will keep your interest from cast on to cast off. Knit this charming top in a solid color or variegated yarn as shown. Either way, the results are sure to be fabulous.


Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm

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


  • Deborah Norville Collection® Cotton Soft Silk Multis (78% cotton, 22% silk; 70gm/126 yds)
    • #955-01 Watermelon (A) – 5 (7, 10) balls
  • Deborah Norville Collection® Cotton Soft Silk (78% cotton, 22% silk; 85gm/154 yds)
    • ##950-07 Lime (B) – 1 (2, 2) balls
  • Needle: US Size 7 (4.5 mm) straight or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Notions: Tapestry needle


19 sts x 40 rows = 4” in garter stitch
Mitered “V” = 2½” square or 3½” from point to point
Save time, check your gauge.



Small (Medium, Large)
Shown in Small Size


Length: 21 (22¾, 26¼)”
Bust: 35 (42, 49)”



Basic Mitered V
Cast on 25 sts.
Row 1 (RS): K11, s2kp, k11 – 23 sts.
Row 2: K11, p1, k11.
Row 3: K10, s2kp, k10 – 21 sts.
Row 4: K10, p1, k10.
Row 5: K9, s2kp, k9 – 19 sts.
Row 6: K9, p1, k9.
Row 7: K8, s2kp, k8 – 17 sts.
Row 8: K8, p1, k8.
Row 9: K7, s2kp, k7 – 15 sts.
Row 10: K7, p1, k7.
Row 11: K6, s2kp, k6 – 13 sts.
Bind off all sts firmly.


Make every 8th V using B, or randomly if you prefer, regardless of what round it is. Use the “knit on” cast on method throughout this project. There are many times that stitches are cast on in the middle of a row or the end of a row.
The sweater begins with a row of mitered V’s at the hem. The next row of V’s is picked up and knit along the top edges of the previous row. The sweater is worked in the round up to the underarms, then divided. Triangles are worked to fill in the spaces along the armhole and neck edges.



Tier 1
Make 10 (12, 14) Basic Mitered Vs. They are each separate at this point. Lay them out on edge with the cast
on edges pointed down.

Tier 2
Cast on 6 sts, pick up and knit 6 sts along 2nd edge of one V, cast on 1 st (center), pick up and k 6 sts along the 1st edge of next V, cast on 6 sts – 25 sts.
Work remainder of this V as for Basic Mitered V. Continue to work 9 (11, 13) more Vs around.
Continue to add additional Tiers of “V”s until sweater measures 14 (15¾,17½)”.

Divide for Front and Back
Shape Armholes

To leave sides open for Armholes, at right edge work ½ V as follows:
Cast on 6 sts, pick up 6 sts, cast on 1 st – 13 sts.
Row 1 (WS): P1, k to end.
Row 2: K to last 2 sts, k2tog – 1 st dec’d.
Rep last 2 rows, 6 more times – 6 sts rem.
Bind off all sts firmly.
Work 4 (5, 6) Mitered Vs across.
At left edge work ½ V as follows:
Cast on 1 st, pick up 6 sts, cast on 6 sts – 1 st dec’d.
Row 1 (WS): Knit to last st, p1.
Row 2: Ssk, k to end – 1 st dec’d.
Rep last 2 rows, 6 more times- 6 sts rem.
Bind off all sts firmly.

Next Tier
Return to right edge and work 5 (6, 7) Mitered V’s across.
Repeat these last 2 Tiers until Armholes measure 8½ (8½, 10)”.

Work as for Front.


Weave in ends.
At top edge, anchor front to back at tips of Vs, leaving 3 (4, 5) Vs open for neck.

Knit Trellis Top Chart



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Such a pretty top and the silk cotton blend yarn would feel fabulous. The pattern is somewhat complicated, but it looks doable since each row of Vs is picked up from the finished pattern section below. It might be good to practice the trellis before investing in the yarn.

Love the look of this knit trellis top! Any way to show a brief video of each step? Otherwise this may be too advanced for me to follow and I have been knitting for years. Thanks.


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