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Tokyo Knit Top

By: Gemma Atkinson for knitrowan.com
Tokyo Knit Top
Tokyo Knit Top
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The Tokyo Knit Top is a classic free knitting pattern you will be wearing all summer long. Made in a beautiful array of bright colors, this lightweight knit top will instantly become a wardrobe staple. You won't be able to resist the functional and versatile design. The beautiful construction will leave you wondering why you waited so long to work up this wonderful knit top pattern. You don't need to sacrifice style when the temperature starts to rise. Simply throw on this beautiful top and you are good to go. Surely everyone will be asking about your newest item of clothing.

Easy

Knitting Needle Size2 or 2.75 mm, 3 or 3.25 mm

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge26½ sts and 27 rows to 10 cm measured over patterned st st, 23 sts and 32 rows to 10 cm measured over plain st st, both using 3¼mm (US 3) needles.

Finished SizeS - to fit bust 81-86 (cm), 32-34 (in), M - to fit bust 91-97 (cm), 36-38 (in), L - to fit bust 102-107 (cm), 40-42 (in), XL - to fit bust 112-117 (cm), 44-46 (in), XXL - to fit bust 122-127 (cm), 48-50 (in)

Materials List

  • Cotton Glace

    A Ecru 725 - 8 (S) 9 (M) 10 (L) 11 (XL) 12 (XXL) x 50gm

    B Blood Orange 445 - 4 (S) 4 (M) 5 (L) 5 (XL) 6 (XXL) x 50gm

    C Persimmon 832 - 1 (S) 1 (M) 1 (L) 1 (XL) 2 (XXL) x 50gm

    D Green Slate 844 - 1 (S) 2 (M) 2 (L) 2 (XL) 2 (XXL) x 50gm
  • 1 pair 3mm (no 11) (US 2/3) needles
  • 1 pair 3¼mm (no 10) (US 3) needles

Back

Using 3mm (US 2/3) needles and yarn B cast on 127 [141: 157: 173: 191] sts.
Work in g st for 2 rows, ending with RS facing for next row.
Change to 3¼mm (US 3) needles.
Beg and ending rows as indicated, using the fairisle technique as described on the information page, repeating the 16 st patt repeat 7 [8: 9: 10: 11] times across each row and repeating the 22 row patt repeat throughout, cont in patt from chart, which is worked entirely in st st beg with a K row, as folls:
Cont straight until back meas 19 [20: 21: 23: 24] cm, ending with RS facing for next row. Keeping patt correct, dec 1 st at each end of next and 2 foll 10th rows. 121 [135: 151: 167: 185] sts.
Work 17 rows, ending with RS facing for next row.
Inc 1 st at each end of next and 2 foll 10th rows, taking inc sts into patt. 127 [141: 157: 173: 191] sts.
Cont straight until back meas 47 [48: 49: 50: 51] cm, ending with RS facing for next row.
Shape armholes
Keeping patt correct, cast off 3 [4: 5: 6: 7] sts at beg of next 2 rows.
121 [133: 147: 161: 177] sts.
Dec 1 st at each end of next 1 [3: 5: 7: 9] rows, then on foll 3 [4: 5: 6: 8] alt rows, then on foll 4th row. 111 [117: 125: 133: 141] sts.
Cont straight until armhole meas 21 [22: 23: 24: 25] cm, ending with RS facing for next row.
Shape shoulders
Keeping patt correct, cast off 7 [8: 8: 9: 10] sts at beg of next 2 rows, then 7 [8: 9: 10: 10] sts at beg of foll 2 rows. 83 [85: 91: 95: 101] sts.
Shape back neck
Next row (RS): Cast off 7 [8: 9: 10: 11] sts, patt until there are 11 [11: 12: 13: 14] sts on right needle and turn, leaving rem sts on a holder.
Work each side of neck separately.
Cast off 3 sts at beg of next row.
Cast off rem 8 [8: 9: 10: 11] sts.
With RS facing, slip centre 47 [47: 49: 49: 51] sts onto a holder, rejoin yarns and patt to end. 18 [19: 21: 23: 25] sts.
Complete to match first side, reversing shapings.

Front

Work as given for back until 16 [16: 18: 18: 20] rows less have been worked than on back to beg of shoulder shaping, ending with RS facing for next row.
Shape front neck
Next row (RS): Patt 40 [43: 47: 51: 55] sts and turn, leaving rem sts on a holder.
Work each side of neck separately.
Keeping patt correct, dec 1 st at neck edge of next 8 rows, then on foll 3 [3: 4: 4: 5] alt rows. 29 [32: 35: 39: 42] sts.
Work 1 row, ending with RS facing for next row.
Shape shoulder
Cast off 7 [8: 8: 9: 10] sts at beg of next and foll 2 [2: 0: 0: 1] alt rows, then – [-: 9: 10: 11] sts at beg of foll – [-: 2: 2: 1] alt rows.
Work 1 row.
Cast off rem 8 [8: 9: 10: 11] sts.
With RS facing, slip centre 31 sts onto a holder, rejoin yarns and patt to end.
Complete to match first side, reversing shapings.

Sleeves

Using 3mm (US 2/3) needles and yarn B cast on 93 [97: 101: 105: 109] sts. Work in g st for 2 rows, ending with RS facing for next row.
Change to 3¼mm (US 3) needles.
Break off yarn B and join in yarn A.
Beg with a K row, now work in st st throughout as folls:
Dec 1 st at each end of 7th and 4 foll 8th rows. 83 [87: 91: 95: 99] sts.
Cont straight until sleeve meas 15 cm, ending with RS facing for next row.
Shape top
Cast off 3 [4: 5: 6: 7] sts at beg of next 2 rows. 77 [79: 81: 83: 85] sts. Dec 1 st at each end of next 5 rows, then on every foll alt row until 49 sts rem, then on foll 9 rows, ending with RS facing for next row. 31 sts.
Cast off 5 sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Cast off rem 21 sts.

Making Up

Press as described on the information page.
Join right shoulder seam using back stitch, or mattress stitch if preferred. Neckband
With RS facing, using 3mm (US 2/3) needles and yarn B, pick up and knit 20 [20: 22: 22: 24] sts down left side of front neck, K across 31 sts on front holder as folls: K3, (K2tog, K6) 3 times, K2tog, K2, pick up and knit 20 [20: 22: 22: 24] sts up right side of front neck, and 3 sts down right side of back neck, K across 47 [47: 49: 49: 51] sts on back holder as folls: K2 [2: 3: 3: 4], (K2tog, K5) 6 times, K2tog, K1 [1: 2: 2: 3], then pick up and knit 3 sts up left side of back neck. 113 [113: 119: 119: 125] sts.
Work in g st for 2 rows, ending with WS facing for next row.
Cast off knitwise (on WS).
See information page for finishing instructions, setting in sleeves using the set-in method.

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