20K SharesHi friends! A couple of years ago I designed this super easy knit top and wanted to share it again with you today.? So many of you have written to me about how you’ve enjoyed the Honeycombs Knit Scarf Pattern and this uses that same mesh stitch.? It’s a really simple top as you’ll see from reading the pattern below and the yarn is amazing. You can use any light weight yarn that you prefer, but what a treat to use the cotton bamboo yarn.? Softest, most luxurious summer yarn evvvvaa! It’s a little pricey since it’s a luxury yarn, but if you want to treat yourself or someone else, THIS is a yarn that I just LOVE.Quite a while back I conquered my first knit top pattern (here)?and more recently made a fun Drop Stitch Cotton Kimono (here)?.? The pattern I’m sharing with you here is definitely a fave as it’s comfortable, fun, EASY,? and simple to customize.
I wore it to the grocery store the other day just before taking pictures for the blog, and ran into a friend of mine. She just loved it and asked if I made it. ?In her words “It’s so eye catching!” ?How fun is that?
This top works up really fast (as far as knit shirts go) because it’s knit holding two strands of cotton/bamboo yarn together. ?The Lion Brand Cotton Bamboo yarn? (here) does NOT disappoint! It is one of my new favorites and is perfect for summer clothing and accessories. It creates a beautiful?drape and is so soft and light. Oh, I also used larger US size 11 knitting needles which allowed me to quickly finish this shirt. The whole “holding two together” really gave the top a cool texture as well.? And you guys, when I made this top, I was actually making twisted knit stitches (which is a thing haha!) However, I wrote the pattern without the twisted stitches because it’s not important for the look of the sweater. If you know how to do twisted knit stitches, feel free to go for it. If not, just knit as normal and you’re good to go!MY LATEST VIDEOS
This shirt is breezy, but still gives you great coverage. ?With the whole crop top trend going on right now, you could definitely make this shorter by doing less stockinette rows. ?Let’s not kid ourselves – I’m not pulling off the crop top look, but it would be super cute for you hipster gals out there! ?My husband even questions whether my torn jeans are appropriate “mother’s” wear. ?Oh well!
Here’s the lowdown on knitting this shirt. Can you knit? Can you purl? Can you do a yarn over? Do you think you can knit two together? ?If you said yes, you can make this in a flash! If no, just look it up on YouTube because these are basic stitches that you can learn in no time. Wee!
You will need:3 skeins (for the size small pictured) of LB Collection Cotton Bamboo or comparable “3” Light Yarn (You will have to split the third skein in order to hold two together OR just purchase a 4th skein which is what I did)US Size 11 , 8.0 mm Knitting NeedlesScissorsTapestry needle to weave in ends and seam sidesI always prefer to work on circular needles, even for flat projects. This top is made in two parts – a front and a back, then seamed up the sides.Once you finish a front and back side, you will lay them together, right sides out, and seam up both sides.Details:Gauge: Approximately 2 3/4 stitches and 3 rows / 1″ in stockinette – this is quite forgiving as there is no shaping to the top and it fits loosely.k2tog – knit two togetheryo- yarn overk- knitp-purlIt is made holding two together.Worked flat, from the bottom up in two pieces. You’re basically knitting two squares. Then seaming them together. Easy!The pattern is for a S – M ( you can see my best guess for size large below). ?The top measures approximately 16″ from top center, to bottom center and approximately 16.5″ across when seamed. You can adjust the length by doing more or less rows of stockinette or mesh stitches. I’m wearing the top in the photos and am about 5’6″ and about 105 lbs – wearing what I’m referring to as the S – M.For a size large you simply need to cast on more stitches. From looking at the sizing chart from the Craft Yarn Council I believe adding 8 more stitches will do the trick. ?In addition, you will want to make an additional 4″ of the stockinette section. ?This is my best guess at sizing!? Update: Please note that I wrote this pattern a couple of years ago and am much more specific with the patterns that I write now. Haha!**I always slip the first stitch of each row. This creates an even side without bumps. If it’s a knit stitch, slip as if to knit. If it’s a purl stitch, slip purl wise.The bottom is worked in a broken rib stitch, the middle portion in stockinette and the top in a simple mesh pattern. All very easy!