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Summer Mesh Top

Perfect for pool days and bonfires at the beach, the Summer Mesh Top is the ultimate carefree summer knit. This breathable, knit top pattern has a relaxed fit, so it's a great option for a swim suit cover up as well as a basic pullover for casual days. Featuring a simple lace pattern, the Summer Mesh Top is worked in one piece from front to back.


Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm, 8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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


  • Satin (100 g/3.5 oz;182 m/200 yds): Foliage (04246)
  • Sizes 4.5 mm (U.S. 7) and 5 mm (U.S. 8) circular knitting needles 24" [61 cm] long or size needed to obtain gauge.


Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] with larger needle in stocking stitch.


To fit bust measurement
Extra-Small/Small 28-34" [71-86.5 cm]; Medium 36-38" [91.5-96.5 cm]; Large 40-42" [101.5-106.5 cm]; Extra-Large 44-46" [112-117 cm]; 2/3 Extra-Large 48-54" [122-137 cm]; 4/5 Extra-Large 56-62" [142-157.5 cm]

Finished bust
Extra-Small/Small 37" [94 cm]; Medium 41" [104 cm]; Large 45" [114.5 cm]; Extra-Large 49" [124.5 cm]; 2/3 Extra-Large 57" [144.5 cm]; 4/5 Extra-Large 65" [165 cm]


Summer Mesh Top Sizing Chart




Note: Top is worked in one piece from Front to Back. Beg at lower edge of Front, with larger circular needle, cast on 82 (92-100-110-128-146) sts. Do not join.

1st row: (RS). K1. *K1tbl. P1. Rep from * to last st. K1.
2nd row: K1. *K1. P1tbl. Rep from * to last st. K1. Rep last 2 rows 3 times more, inc 1 (0-1-0-0-0) st at center of last row. 83 (92-101-110-128-146) sts.

Proceed in Mesh Pat as follows:
1st row:(RS). K1. *K2tog. yo. K1. Rep from * to last st. K1.
2nd row: Purl.
3rd row:K1. *yo. K1. K2tog. Rep from * to last st. K1.
4th row: Purl.
Rep last 4 rows for pat until work from beg measures 11 (11-11-1111½;-12-12)” [28 (28-28-29-30.5-30.5) cm], ending with a RS row.

Shape sleeves: Next row:(WS). Cast on 25 sts. Purl to end of row.
Next row:Cast on 25 sts. (K1. P1) twice. Pat to last 4 sts. (P1. K1) twice. 133 (142-151-160-178-196) sts.
Next row: (K1. P1) twice. Pat to last 4 sts. (P1. K1) twice.
Rep last row, until work from beg measures 19 19 (19½-20-20½-21½-22)” [48 (49.5-51-52-54.5-56)cm], ending with a RS row.

Divide for neck opening: Next row:(WS). Pat across first 44 (47-53-56-65-74) sts. Leave these sts on spare needle (Right Sleeve). Cast off next 45 (48-45-48-48-48) sts. Pat across last 44 (47-53-56-65-74) sts (Left Sleeve).

Left Neck: Next row:(RS). (K1. P1) twice. Pat to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1.
Next row:Pat to last 4 sts. (P1. K1) twice.
Rep last 2 rows 8 times more. 35 (38-44-47-56-65) sts.
Work 8 rows even in pat, keeping cont of rib sts.
Next row:(RS). (K1. P1) twice. Pat to last 2 sts. M1. K1.
Next row:Pat to last 4 sts. (K1. P1) twice.
Rep last 2 rows 8 times more. 44 (47-53-56-65-74) sts.
Break yarn. Slip these 44 (47-53-56-65-74) sts onto a spare needle.

Right Neck: With RS facing, rejoin yarn to 44 (47-53-56-65-74) sts of Right Sleeve.
Next row:(RS). K1. K2tog. Pat to last 4 sts. (K1. P1) twice.
Next row:(K1. P1) twice. Pat to end of row.
Rep last 2 rows 8 times more. 35 (38-44-47-56-65) sts.
Work 8 rows even in pat, keeping cont of rib sts.
Next row:(RS). K1. M1. Pat to last 4 sts. (K1. P1) twice.
Next row:(K1. P1) twice. Pat to end of row.
Rep last 2 rows 8 times more. 44 (47-53-56-65-74) sts.

Join Right and Left Necks: Next row:(RS). Pat across 44 (47-53-56-65-74) sts of Right Neck. Cast on 45 (48-45-48-48-48) sts. Pat across 44 (47-53-56-65-74) sts of Left Neck from spare needle. 133 (142-151-160-178-196) sts.
Next row:(WS). (K1. P1) twice. Pat to last 4 sts. (P1. K1) twice.
Rep last row until work from last cast on row measures 8 (8½-9-9-9½-10)” [20.5 (21.5-23-23-24-25.5) cm], ending with a WS row.

Shape sleeves: Next 2 rows:Cast off 25 sts. Pat to end of row. 83 (92-101-110-128-146) sts at end of 2nd row.
Cont even in pat until work from last cast off row measures 11 (11-11-11½-12-12)” [28 (28-28-29-30.5-30.5) cm], ending with a RS row.
Next row:(WS). Purl, dec 1 (0-1-0-0-0) st at center of row. 82 (92-100-110-128-146) sts.
1st row:(RS) K1. *K1tbl. P1. Rep from * to last st. K1.
2nd row:K1. *K1. P1tbl. Rep from * to last st. K1.
Rep last 2 rows twice more, then rep 1st row once.
Cast off (WS).

Sew side and sleeve seams.
Neck edging:With smaller circular needle and RS facing, beg at center back, pick up and knit 122 (124-122-124-124-124) sts evenly around Neck edge. Join in rnd, placing marker on first st.
Next rnd:*K1tbl. P1. Rep from * around.
Rep last rnd 3 times more.
Cast off in pat.




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I have made tops made all in one piece and they are not difficult at all. It makes for a loose fitting sweater which I prefer. I can see it made in cotton for over a swim suit and also in something more for the colder months. You can also wear a shirt underneath. These tops work up fast as well. Thank you.

I love this! It's so simple and straight forward and customizable. Can't wait!

I'd like to make this long in a larger than usual size and use a white yarn and use it as a swim suit coverup. I think that would be super cute. I'm sure my daughter-in-law would like that and maybe my nieces.

Another project for my knitting basket. It would look great with a tank and Capri length leggings. I don't think I have seen the yarn mentioned in the pattern in any local shops. I will have to look online. Does anyone know of an equivalent?

I am full-figured so I usually shy away from knitting tops. But this pattern is roomy, has dimensions for XL, and is long, all things that I really need in a sweater. I am going to try my hand at this again.

Please help , I'm confused on shape sleeves cast on 25 purl to end?

You'll use a cable cast on to add additional stitches to the garment to create the sleeves, purl to end of the row indicates that you'll be casting stitches onto a wrong side row, so to keep the pattern consistent, you'll use purl stitches to complete the row. I know this is late, hope it helps someone. Happy knitting.

This top looks bright and summery - could be worn over swim suit, but would look equally good worn over camisole or tank top, even t-shirt, with jeans or skirt - it is on my list of projects for which I need to locate yarn

On the front it says "rep last 4 rows for pat until work from beg measures 11" (doing small size). Is that from the very beginning, or from where the pattern starts? Thank you.

You repeat the last four rows of the pat, that would be the mesh pat but when you measure your progress you are measuring from the beginning of your work. Hope this helps someone, happy knitting.

I love this Mesh Top. Can you tell me how I can narrow the neck opening, as I have narrow shoulders? I will be making it in size small, but want the mesh top proportions intact. Thank you!

The cast off difference between sizes is 3 stitches, so cast off less stitches in groups of 3 to narrow the neck opening, this will change the sleeve size a little. The neck portion is in rib, not mesh so you shouldn't lose the integrity of the pattern. You just have to make sure you do the same thing on both sides in order for it to be centred and match on both sides. I know this is late, hope it helps someone.

Hi I cannot find where it says the quantity of the yarn, it just identifies it? What am I missing?

Hey there, Barbara! Look beneath the 'finished bust' measurements. The table there gives the amount of yarn needed for each size. Happy knitting!

thanx ... I did see it easily the second time around I was reading this pattern. Do you think it will work in the standard cotton yarn, I have a ton I would like to use up. I made several things with it, its quite heavy but i thought stash buster to make this in stripes of different colors to bust stash!

Hi BarbaraLowell, the pattern calls for worsted weight 4 yarn, and standard cotton yarn like Peaches and Creme, Lily Sugar n Cream, and Bernat Handicrafter Cotton are all that same weight. So yes, definitely you could make this in cotton, and I think for the beach or swimming pool cotton would be even better than acrylic.

What does K1tbl mean? I've never seen tbl used as a knitting term. Thank you.

It means knit 1 stitch through the back loop. You can You Tube the technique if you have never done it before- it's pretty simple.

I am in the process of making this but am having trouble with the neck edge. I completed 19 1/2 inches on row 1 of pattern then bound off leaving me with 47 stitches (medium). Following rows 3 and 4 it said to repeat these 2 rows 8 more times leaving 38 stitches. Does this mean to repeat rows 3 and 4 or keep with the 4 row pattern? Hope you can help. Thanks.

You would repeat the last two rows 8x, then return to the pattern.


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