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Mountain Dawn Knit Top

By: Kaffe Fasset for
Mountain Dawn Knit Top

There's nothing quite like sunrise over the mountain. It's as if the whole world is unfolding before your eyes. Nothing can quite capture that moment, but this Mountain Dawn Knit Top comes pretty close. Although it will take a while to complete, the techniques utilized in making this knit shirt are pretty simple, making it a great knitting project for those without much practice. The soft kidsilk yarn is the icing on the cake for this knit top pattern, making it the kind of shirt you'll want to wear every day.


Knitting Needle Size5 or 3.75 mm, 8 or 5 mm

Yarn Weight(0) Lace (33-40 stitches to 4 inches). Includes crochet thread.

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch


  • Kidsilk Haze
    • A: Blackcurrant 641 - 25 (50, 50, 50, 50) gm
    • B: Velvet 607 - 25 (25, 25, 25, 25) gm
    • C: Drab 611 - 25 (25, 25, 25, 25) gm
    • D: Forest Green 651 - 25 (25, 25, 25, 25) gm
    • E: Atlantic 609 - 25 (25, 25, 25, 25) gm
    • F: Trance 582 - 25 (25, 25, 25, 25) gm
    • G: Alhambra 666 - 25 (25, 50, 50, 50) gm
    • H: Dewberry 600 - 25 (25, 25, 25, 25) gm
    • I: Splendour 579 - 25 (25, 25, 25, 25) gm
  • 1 pair 3 3/4 mm (no 9) (US 5) needles
  • 1 pair 5mm (no 6) (US 8) needles
  • Stitch markers




To fit bust:

S (M, L, XL, XXL)

81-86 (91-97, 102-107, 112-117, 122-127) cm

32-34 (36-38, 40-42, 44-46, 48-50) in



K = knit

P = purl

st(s) = stitch(es)

dec = decrease

inc = increase

RS = right side

WS = wrong side

folls = follows

st st = stockinette stitch

Cont = continue

Meas = measures

Beg = begin(ning)


Gauge: 18 sts and 23 rows to 10 cm measured over striped st st using 5mm (U.S. 8) needles.


Stripe Sequence:

Row 1: Using yarn B.

Row 2: Using yarn C.

Row 3: Using yarn A.

Rows 4 and 5: Using yarn B.

Row 6: Using yarn A.

Row 7: Using yarn C.

Row 8: Using yarn B.

Rows 9 and 10: Using yarn D.

Rows 11 to 14: Using yarn B.

Row 15: Using yarn E.

Row 16: Using yarn D.

Row 17: Using yarn A.

Rows 18 and 19: Using yarn E.

Rows 20 and 21: Using yarn C.

Row 22: Using yarn E.

Row 23: Using yarn C.

Row 24: Using yarn B.

Row 25: Using yarn F.

Rows 26 and 27: Using yarn D.

Rows 28 and 29: Using yarn F.

Row 30: Using yarn E.

Row 31: Using yarn B.

Row 32: Using yarn G.

Row 33: Using yarn D.

Rows 34 to 36: Using yarn F.

Row 37: Using yarn E.

Row 38: Using yarn H.

Row 39: Using yarn F.

Row 40: Using yarn D

Row 41: Using yarn H.

Rows 42 and 43: Using yarn F.

Row 44: Using yarn G.

Row 45: Using yarn B.

Rows 46 and 47: Using yarn F.

Rows 48 and 49: Using yarn D.

Row 50: Using yarn F.

Rows 51 and 52: Using yarn H.

Row 53: Using yarn F.

Row 54: Using yarn E.

Row 55: Using yarn H.

Rows 56 and 57: Using yarn G.

Rows 58: Using yarn D.

Rows 59 and 60: Using yarn H.

Row 61: Using yarn E.

Rows 62 and 63: Using yarn G.

Rows 64 to 67: Using yarn H.

Row 68: Using yarn G.

Row 69: Using yarn E.

Row 70: Using yarn H.

Rows 71 and 72: Using yarn G.

Rows 73 and 74: Using yarn H.

Row 75: Using yarn G.

Row 76: Using yarn H.

Rows 77 and 78: Using yarn G.

Row 79: Using yarn H.

Rows 80 and 81: Using yarn G.

Row 82: Using yarn H.

Rows 83 to 85: Using yarn G.

Row 86: Using yarn H.

Rows 87 to 94: Using yarn G.

Row 95: Using yarn I.

Rows 96 to 99: Using yarn G.

Row 100: Using yarn I.

Rows 101 to 103: Using yarn G.

Row 104: Using yarn I.

Rows 105 and 106: Using yarn G.

Rows 107 and 108: Using yarn I.

Row 109: Using yarn G.

Row 110: Using yarn D.

Rows 111 and 112: Using yarn I.

Row 113: Using yarn G.

Row 114: Using yarn D.

Rows 115 to 117: Using yarn I.

Rows 118 to 120: Using yarn D.

Row 121: Using yarn E.

Row 122: Using yarn I.

Row 123: Using yarn D.

Row 124: Using yarn C.

Row 125: Using yarn A.

Row 126: Using yarn D.

Row 127: Using yarn A.

Row 128: Using yarn C.

Rows 129 and 130: Using yarn D.

Row 131: Using yarn B.

Row 132: Using yarn A.

Row 133: Using yarn D.

Rows 134 and 135: Using yarn A.

These 135 rows form stripe sequence and are repeated throughout.




BACK AND FRONT (Both alike)

Using 5mm (US 8) needles and yarn A, cast on 90 [102: 110: 122: 134] sts.

Change to 3 3/4mm (US 5) needles.

Row 1 (RS): *K2, P2, rep from * to last 2 sts, K2.

Row 2: *P2, K2, rep from * to last 2 sts, P2.

These 2 rows form rib.

Work 22 rows more in rib, dec 0 [1: 0: 0: 0] st at each end of last row and ending with RS facing for next row. 90 [100: 110: 122: 134] sts.


Change to 5mm (US 8) needles.

Beg with a K row, working in st st throughout, work 2 rows in yarn A, then in stripe sequence from row 1 (see above), as folls:

Dec 1 st at each end of 7th [9th: 13th: 17th: 19th] row, then on 6 foll 8th rows. 76 [86: 96: 108: 120] sts.

Work 7 rows, ending with RS facing for next row.

Inc 1 st at each end of next row, then on 4 foll 8th rows. 86 [96: 106: 118: 130] sts.

Cont straight until work meas 71 [73: 75: 77: 79] cm, inc 0 [1: 0: 0: 0] sts at each end of last row and ending with RS facing for next row. 86 [98: 106: 118: 130] sts.


Change to 3 3/4mm (US 5) needles.

Cont in stripe sequence, beg with row 1 of rib as above and work 10 rows in rib.


Change to 5mm (US 8) needles and cast off in rib.

Place markers each side of centre 58 [58: 60: 60: 62] sts to denote neck and 18 [19: 20: 21: 22] cm below cast-off edge to denote armhole.



Using 5mm (US 8) needles and yarn A, cast on 50 [54: 54: 54: 58] sts.


Change to 3 3/4mm (US 5) needles.

Work 6 rows in rib as given for back, dec 0 [1: 0: 0: 1] st at each end of last row and ending with RS facing for next row. 50 [52: 54: 54: 56] sts.


Change to 5mm (US 8) needles.

Beg with a K row, working in st st throughout, work 2 rows in yarn A, then in stripe sequence from row 1 (see above), as folls:

Inc 1 st at each end of next 3 [1: 1: 5: 7] rows, then on foll 3 [5: 6: 4: 3] alt rows. 62 [64: 68: 72: 76] sts.

Work 1 row, ending with RS facing for next row. (Sleeve should meas approx 6 [7: 8: 8: 8] cm).

Cast off.




Join shoulder seams to markers using back stitch, or mattress stitch if preferred.

Set in sleeves between makers using the straight cast-off method.


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Nice top. Although it is a fairly simple pattern, the instructions do not explain the decreases fully. I understand it is a bit more form fitting. I would have to adjust it a bit for my body type. I am not as narrow in the waist as the model is. Still it is pretty straightforward and I like the cap sleeves. It should work up quickly. I have never heard of the yarn but I can always look it up. Thank you.

It's a beautiful pattern! I am a beginner and can't understand below sentence Dec 1 st at each end of 7th 9th 13th 17th 19th row, then on 6 foll 8th rows. 76 86 96 108 120 sts. in which rows should I make decreases? Can anybody help mi understand this instruction? Many thanks! best, Ania

Where can I buy this Kid Silk Haze?

This is such a beautiful top and the colors are quite stunning! I am not at all familiar with Kidsilk yarn, though, as it is not available in South Africa. Has anyone perhaps made this top using a different yarn? Or does anybody have any suggestions or advice on what I could as a substitute? I would really appreciate any help you can offer.

It appears that this lovely pattern is now being presented as 'Pixie Top'. Why change the name. It's confusing.

Yes the designated yarn is expensive, but if one is sure to choose yarn and needles that knit to the proper gauge than it should not be a problem (as has been said before me I see) but this is such an attractive top that one has to get past the cost -- just wish designers would remember that the rest of the world has to pay for the yarn ) we don't get test yarn from the manufacturers -- but if they would like to donate yarn to us we would be happy to test knit for them

Beautiful designer inspired top - who doesn't love Kaffe Fasset! You are all right, its not cheap to make but Kidsilk yarn is truly luscious. However, as long as you find needles and yarn to knit to gauge you can duplicate this pattern. The amounts for many of the stripes are so small that perhaps a stash trade would help you get the yarns you need.

I love this top ... I have been looking for a free pattern like this for a long time. The first top I ever knit was sort of like this and I wish I still had the pattern. I can't wait to knit it and I think it can be done in any yarn and in any stripe pattern or in only one color as long as the wpi and/or gauge is correct. I love the idea of a variegated or hombre yarn.

Love the look of this top but $164.45 plus taxes and shipping is a little too expensive. I want to make it so bad but must find a less expensive alternative.

This is so beautiful! Do you think knitting this w/ variegated kidsilk yarn would give a similar effect without having to change yarn color?


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