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Peek-a-Bamboo Top

Peek-a-Bamboo Top
Peek-a-Bamboo Top
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Try on this cute, flirty top for a fun night out. The Peek-a-Bamboo Top is a great beginning knitting project for those looking to push their needles and complete an interesting piece. The Peek-a-Bamboo top features cut-out sleeves and a draped cowl style neck. It's fitted enough to show off your shape, yet cozy like a sweater. Sure to turn heads, the Peek-a-Bamboo Top is a great piece for your fall or winter wardrobe.

Easy

Knitting Needle Size10 or 6 mm

Yarn Weight(5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)

Materials:

  • Bernat® Bamboo (60 g / 2.1 oz/57 m/63 yds)
  • Sizes XS/S (M-L-XL-2/3XL-4/5XL)
  • 8 (10-12-13-14-16) balls
  • Size 6 mm (U.S. 10) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 2 st holders

Peek-a-Bamboo Top Chart 1

Peek-a-Bamboo Top Chart 2

GAUGE
14 sts and 20 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in stocking st.

ABBREVIATIONS
Alt = Alternate(ing)
Beg = Beginning
Cont = Continue(ity)
Dec = Decrease
Inc = Increase 1 stitch by knitting into front and back of next stitch
K = Knit
K2tog = Knit 2 stitches together
M1 = Make one stitch by picking up horizontal loop lying before next stitch and knitting into back of loop
Psso = Pass slipped stitch over
Rem = Remaining
Rep = Repeat
RS = Right side
Sl1 = Slip next stitch knitwise
St(s) = Stitch(es)
WS = Wrong side

SIZES
To fit bust measurement

Extra-Small/Small
28-34 ins [71-86.5 cm]
Medium
36-38 ins [91.5-96.5 cm]
Large
40-42 ins [101.5-106.5 cm]
Extra-Large
44-46 ins [112-117 cm]
2/3 Extra-Large
48-54 ins [122-137 cm]
4/5 Extra-Large
56-62 ins [142-157.5 cm]
Finished bust
Extra-Small/Small
37¾ ins [96 cm]
Medium
41 ins [104 cm]
Large
44½ ins [113 cm]
Extra-Large
49 ins [124.5 cm]
2/3 Extra-Large
57 ins [144.5 cm]
4/5 Extra-Large
65 ins [165 cm]

INSTRUCTIONS
The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ). When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. For ease in working, circle all numbers pertaining to your size.

FRONT
**Cast on 66 (72-78-86-100-114) sts.
1st row: (WS). Knit.**
Beg with a knit row, proceed in stocking st, dec 1 st each end of needle on 9th and every following 6th row 2 (2-2-2-1-1) time(s) more. 60 (66-72-80-96- 110) sts.
Work 9 rows even.
Cont in stocking st, inc 1 st each end of needle on next and every following 10th row 2 (2-2-2-1-1) time(s) more. 66 (72-78-86-100-114) sts.
Cont even until work from beg measures 14 ins [35.5 cm], ending with a purl row.**

Shape armholes and front “drape”: Cast off 5 (6-7-9-12-15) sts beg next 2 rows. 56 (60-64-68- 76-84) sts.
1st row: (RS). K2. K2tog. K24 (26-28-30-34-38). M1 (place marker on just made st). Knit to last 4 sts. Sl1. K1. psso. K2. 55 (59-63-67-75-83) sts.
2nd and alt rows: Purl.
3rd row: K2. K2tog. Knit to marked st. M1 (place marker on just made st). K1. M1 (place marker on just made st). Knit to last 4 sts. Sl1. K1. psso. K2.
5th row: K2. K2tog. Knit to marked st. M1 (place marker on just made st). Knit to marked st. K1. M1 (place marker on just made st). Knit to last 4 sts. Sl1. K1. psso. K2.
6th row: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows 2 (3-4-5-7-9) times more. 55 (59- 63-67-75-83) sts.
Next row: Knit to marked st. M1 (place marker on just made st). Knit to marked st. K1. M1 (place marker on just made st). Knit to end of row.
Next row: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows 1 (1-1-2-2-4) time(s) more. 59 (63- 67-73-81-93) sts.
Next row: Knit to marked st. M1 (place marker on just made st). Knit to marked st. K1. M1 (place marker on just made st). Knit to end of row.
Work 3 rows even.
Rep last 4 rows 4 (5-5-5-5-4) times more. 69 (75- 79-85-93-103) sts.
Work 2 rows even, ending with a purl row.
Shape shoulders: Cast off 8 (9-10-11-13-15) sts beg next 2 rows. Leave rem 53 (57-59-63-67-73) sts on a st holder.

BACK
Work from ** to ** as given for Front.
Shape armholes: Cast off 5 (6-7-9-12-15) sts beg next 2 rows. 56 (60-64-68-76-84) sts.
Next row: (RS). K2. K2tog. Knit to last 4 sts. Sl1. K1. psso. K2.
Next row: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows 4 (5-6-7-9-11) times more. 46 (48- 50-52-56-60) sts.
Cont even until armhole measures same length as Front before shoulders, ending with a purl row.
Shape shoulders: Cast off 8 (9-10-11-13-15) sts beg next 2 rows. Leave rem 30 sts on a st holder.

SLEEVES
Right side: (make 2).
Cast on 18 (18-19-20-21-22) sts.
1st row: (WS). Knit.
Beg with a knit row, proceed in stocking st, inc 1 st at beg of row only on 9th (7th-7th-3rd-3rd-3rd) row and every following 8th (6th-6th-2nd-2nd- 2nd) row to 22 (24-25-21-28-39) sts.

Sizes XL and 2/3 XL only: Inc 1 st at beg of row only on every following 4th row to (30-33) sts.

All sizes: Cont even until work from beg measures 9 ins [23 cm], ending with a purl row.

Shape top: Cast off 3 (4-5-6-9-11) sts beg of next row. 19 (20-20-24-24-28) sts.
Work 3 rows even.
Dec 1 st beg of next and every following 4th row 1 (1-3-0-2-0) time(s) more, then every following alt row 10 (11-8-15-13-18) times, then every row 3 times. 4 (4-5-5-5-6) sts. Cast off.

Left side: (make 2).
Cast on 18 (18-19-20-21-22) sts.
1st row: (WS). Knit.
Beg with a knit row, proceed in stocking st, inc 1 st at end of row only on 9th (7th-7th-3rd-3rd-3rd) row and every following 8th (6th-6th-2nd-2nd-2nd) row to 22 (24-25-21-28-39) sts.

Sizes XL and 2/3 XL only: Inc 1 st at beg of row only on every following 4th row to (30-33) sts.

All sizes: Cont even until work from beg measures 9 ins [23 cm], ending with a knit row.

Shape top: Cast off 3 (4-5-6-9-11) sts beg of next row. 19 (20-20-24-24-28) sts.
Work 2 rows even.
Dec 1 st at end of next and every following 4th row 1 (1-3-0-2-0) time(s) more, then every following alt row 10 (11-8-15-13-18) times, then every row 3 times. 4 (4-5-5-5-6) sts. Cast off.

FINISHING
Pin garment pieces to measurements. Cover with a damp cloth, leaving cloth to dry.
Sew right shoulder seam. With RS of work facing, K53 (57-59-63-67-73) from front st holder. K30 from back st holder. 83 (87-89-93-97-103). Cast off knitwise (WS).
Sew in Left and Right sides of sleeves. Sew side and sleeve seams. Tack openings on Sleeves evenly spaced in 4 places.

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I seldom see a garment that inspires me like this one, so am keen to knit it, however, please would the author of this pattern address the sleeve issues as i'm only an "advanced beginner" and don't need any curve balls. thank you.

This pattern is confusing the sleeves have a cast off of a lesser number than the back and front pieces. ie largest size the back and front cast off 15sts the sleeves only 11. cast off sts. Also the sleeves shown on the chart are not the shape that the decreases allow for i.e. the sleeves are not curved in reality but standard slant. Still a work in progress.

The Peek a Bamboo pattern sounded really cute. Since there was no picture I went to the Bernat page and searched for it. It is under the natural Bamboo tank. It is Adorable!!! I really like the tiny sleeves. As I get older I prefer to have an arm cover when I am dressing up. This top is perfect. I plan on working this top up. Hope to find the Bernat Bamboo locally....

Hi FireFightersMoM, there was a glitch in our system and the image for this pattern was temporarily removed, but it has been restored. Our apologies for the inconvenience! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

A Beautiful and elegant sweater is what I think when I look at this pattern. Looking at the pattern it really does look like an easy pattern for an advanced beginner which is what I am. Definitely will be a winter project for me )

I like this sweater very much - great gift for the woman with that special flair -- shall be sure to check out the sleeves thanks

I believe the directions for the left sleeve are incorrect. The right sleeve had all increases and decreases at the beginning. The left I believe should be at the end. The sleeves do not match correctly the way it is printed. Can someone please check this.

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