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This versatile top, knitted with Novita Cotton Soft, can be worn on its own or together with the knitted cardigan.
Magazine Novita Kevät 2017 -lehti (in Finnish)
Pattern N:o in Magazine 16
Skill level Intermediate
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Availability:In stock
SKU N011716
Pattern details
Size
XS(S)M(L)XL(XXL)

Yarn demand
Novita Cotton Soft
(010) Off-white 200(250)300(300)350(400) g

Needles and other supplies
Needles:
Novita 3½ mm or the size needed to obtain gauge. For the neckline 40 cm 3mm Novita circular needles. 2½ mm crochet hook to finish the armholes.

Designer
Lea Petäjä

Details

The Back

Cast on 82(90)98(106)114(122) sts and work 5 rows in garter stitch. Then begin working in stockinette stitch.

When the piece measures 14(15)15(16)16(17) cm, bind off 1 st on both ends: on a RS row, k2, skp (=slip, knit, pass slipped stitch over), when 4 sts remain k2tog, k2. Repeat the decreases every 5 cm for 3 times more = 74(82)90(98)106(114) sts.

When the piece measures approx. 35(36)37(38)39(40) cm, on the next WS row knit 7(8)8(10)12(12) sts on both ends and purl the rest of the stitches. Knit the RS row and on the next WS row knit 8(9)9(11)13(13) sts on both ends and purl the rest of the stitches.

In the beginning of the next row, bind off for the armhole 1x5(6)6(8)10(10) sts and knit to the end of row.

In the beginning of the WS row, bind off 1x5(6)6(8)10(10) sts for the armhole, k3, purl through the sts until 3 sts remain, k3. On both ends work 3 sts in garter stitch and decrease 1 st on both ends: on a RS row k3, skp, knit until 5 sts remain, k2tog, k3. Repeat the decreases every 2nd row ( = on every RS row) for another 2(3)5(5)5(7) times = 58(62)66(70)74(78) sts.

When the armhole measures 14(15)16(17)17(18) cm, put the center 28(28)30(30)32(32) sts on hold for the neckline for example on a piece of scrap yarn. Leave the left side stitches on hold and work the right side first. Decrease 1 st on the edge of the neckline: knit through the RS row until 3 sts remain before the neckline, k2tog, k1. Repeat the decreases on every 2nd row 2 times more.

When the armhole measures 16(17)18(19)19(20) cm, bind off the remaining 12(14)15(17)18(20) shoulder sts.

Knit the other side of the neckline to match and work the decreases using skp instead of k2tog.

The Front

Knit similarly to the back until the armhole measures 7(8)9(10)10(11) cm. Put the center 20(20)22(22)24(24) sts on hold for the neckline for example on a piece of scrap yarn. Leave the stitches on the left on hold and work the right side first. Decrease 1 st on the neckline edge: knit through the RS row until there are 3 sts before the neckline, k2tog, k1. Repeat the decreases every 2nd row for 4 more times and then on every 4th row 2 times more.

When the armhole measures 16(17)18(19)19(20) cm, bind off the remaining 12(14)15(17)18(20) shoulder sts.

Knit the other side of the neckline to match and work the decreases using skp instead of k2tog.

Finishing

Lay the pieces wrong side up to measurements on a surface, mist with a spray bottle and let dry.

Sew the shoulder seams.

Neckline border: Move the neckline sts from the scrap yarn on to the circular needle and pick up and knit sts from the neckline so that you will have 115(115)117(117)119(119) sts total on the needle. Work in garter st in the round (= alternate between knit and purl rounds) until you have made two purl rows. Bind off securely on the next knit row.

With the right side facing you, crochet slip sts to the vertical edges of the arm openings. Crochet 1 sl st for every row.

Sew the side seams.

Pattern instructions
Finished dimensions
Body circumference measured below the armholes 72(80)88(96)104(112) cm Hem circumference 80(88)96(104)112(120) cm Lenght of the garment 52(54)56(58)59(61) cm

Stitch patterns & gauge
Stitch pattern:
- Garter stitch:
Knit all rows.
- Stockinette stitch:
Knit all stitches on right side (RS) rows

The Back

Cast on 82(90)98(106)114(122) sts and work 5 rows in garter stitch. Then begin working in stockinette stitch.

When the piece measures 14(15)15(16)16(17) cm, bind off 1 st on both ends: on a RS row, k2, skp (=slip, knit, pass slipped stitch over), when 4 sts remain k2tog, k2. Repeat the decreases every 5 cm for 3 times more = 74(82)90(98)106(114) sts.

When the piece measures approx. 35(36)37(38)39(40) cm, on the next WS row knit 7(8)8(10)12(12) sts on both ends and purl the rest of the stitches. Knit the RS row and on the next WS row knit 8(9)9(11)13(13) sts on both ends and purl the rest of the stitches.

In the beginning of the next row, bind off for the armhole 1x5(6)6(8)10(10) sts and knit to the end of row.

In the beginning of the WS row, bind off 1x5(6)6(8)10(10) sts for the armhole, k3, purl through the sts until 3 sts remain, k3. On both ends work 3 sts in garter stitch and decrease 1 st on both ends: on a RS row k3, skp, knit until 5 sts remain, k2tog, k3. Repeat the decreases every 2nd row ( = on every RS row) for another 2(3)5(5)5(7) times = 58(62)66(70)74(78) sts.

When the armhole measures 14(15)16(17)17(18) cm, put the center 28(28)30(30)32(32) sts on hold for the neckline for example on a piece of scrap yarn. Leave the left side stitches on hold and work the right side first. Decrease 1 st on the edge of the neckline: knit through the RS row until 3 sts remain before the neckline, k2tog, k1. Repeat the decreases on every 2nd row 2 times more.

When the armhole measures 16(17)18(19)19(20) cm, bind off the remaining 12(14)15(17)18(20) shoulder sts.

Knit the other side of the neckline to match and work the decreases using skp instead of k2tog.

The Front

Knit similarly to the back until the armhole measures 7(8)9(10)10(11) cm. Put the center 20(20)22(22)24(24) sts on hold for the neckline for example on a piece of scrap yarn. Leave the stitches on the left on hold and work the right side first. Decrease 1 st on the neckline edge: knit through the RS row until there are 3 sts before the neckline, k2tog, k1. Repeat the decreases every 2nd row for 4 more times and then on every 4th row 2 times more.

When the armhole measures 16(17)18(19)19(20) cm, bind off the remaining 12(14)15(17)18(20) shoulder sts.

Knit the other side of the neckline to match and work the decreases using skp instead of k2tog.

Finishing

Lay the pieces wrong side up to measurements on a surface, mist with a spray bottle and let dry.

Sew the shoulder seams.

Neckline border: Move the neckline sts from the scrap yarn on to the circular needle and pick up and knit sts from the neckline so that you will have 115(115)117(117)119(119) sts total on the needle. Work in garter st in the round (= alternate between knit and purl rounds) until you have made two purl rows. Bind off securely on the next knit row.

With the right side facing you, crochet slip sts to the vertical edges of the arm openings. Crochet 1 sl st for every row.

Sew the side seams.


Skill levels

Beginner

Have you just learned to knit, maybe still trying to figure out the very basics like knit and purl stitches? Or are you picking up knitting again for the first time since elementary school? Start here.

Technique

Beginner-level patterns include only basic knitting techniques: knitting and purling. You’ll also need to cast on and cast off stitches. The projects can be worked flat or in the round. Easy, regular decreases are used. Most patterns are worked in stockinette or garter stitch. Other simple stitch patterns may occur, and they are always detailed in the written pattern. Stripes of different colours may be used, but no more advanced colourwork.

Patterns

All patterns are written and do not include charts. Abbreviations are not used. Getting gauge is not crucial to the finished piece. Patterns include mostly accessories such as scarved and beanies. Pillowcases and other home decoration pieces.

Adventurous beginner

Got the basics covered? You’d like to take a swing at your first pair of socks, perhaps some easy cables or colourwork? A treasure of patterns awaits you on this level.

Technique

Patterns on this level may include simple colourwork, cables or lace. Colourwork patterns repeats are relatively short, cables simple and symmetrical and lace patterns easy and relatively small, covering details rather than entire pieces. The colourwork, cable and lace stitches are not worked into decreases or increases. Colourwork yarn floats are short, max. 3-4 stitches. Picking up stitches may occur. On this level, you’ll also find easy patterns using domino knitting, log cabin knitting or tunisian crochet.

Patterns

Patterns may include simple charts. In case special techniques are employed, they are detailed our in the instructions, either as text or e.g. through videos. The patterns may also suggest ”shortcuts”, i.e. easier ways to accomplish a technique. Most of the basic socks with heel flaps or afterthought heels are on this level, as well as mittens with no-gusset thumbs. There’s also plenty of sweaters, usually yoke sweaters or raglan sleeve sweaters.

Intermediate

So knitting is a regular hobby for you? Abbreviations, charts and instructions are no more than a walk in the park? Perhaps you’re looking for something to challenge yourself with, even at the odds of frogging?

Technique

In addition to basic techniques, some special techniques may be employed on this level, e.g. short rows. The same pattern may include both lace and cables. Magic loop knitting or entrelac, two-coloured brioche stitch, also here. In general, patterns require a more advanced ability to "read" your knitting. Lace patterns are also more advanced than on the previous level, but the lace stitches are still worked on right side only. Intarsia may be included, but in relatively simple and symmetrical patterns.

Patterns

Patterns on this level can feature concurrent shaping, e.g. neckline shaping at the same time as sleeve decreases or sleeve decreases into cable pattern. Sweater sleeves may require more advanced shaping. Most of our sweaters are at this level. Other patterns include e.g. magic loop patterns and toe-up socks.

Advanced

Turn off that telly and lash the doors, maximum concetration required! Although this skill level doesn’t bring much more in terms of technique, there’s simply more going on at the same time. Skill, concentration and perception are requisite.

Technique

On this level, you’ll find more advanced intarsia patterns, including intarsia in the round. Brioche patterns with decreases and/or cables are also here. Beginning of rounds may shift and multiple markers are needed. Lace or cable stitches may be worked also from wrong side. We’ve also included patterns featuring steeks here. Steeking isn’t hard as such, but requires the nerves and confidence of an experienced knitter.

Patterns

Patterns may include complex steps and require simultaneous reading of both charts and written instructions. Gauge may vary over different steps of the project. The patterns often feature much details and a combination of techniques. The size of the project is not what determines whether it’s advanced or not; focus is on technique, overall complexity and the risk of errors during the project.

Gauge & Swatching

Gauge and Swatching

Every pattern is based on a certain gauge, expressed as stitches or rows per 10 cm. It is important that you make a swatch to check your gauge before you start the actual project. If your gauge doesn’t match the pattern’s gauge, your finished garment won’t be the correct size either.

Swatching Start by knitting a swatch. Use the yarn, the needles and the stitch pattern you intend to use in the project. Make the swatch a little wider than 10 cm, so that you’ll be able to measure the stitches properly. Block the swatch by pinning it to a surface, then steam it gently. Count the stitches; put a pin in a stitch, then measure 10 cm from that stitch and put another pin there. Count the stitches from pin to pin – that’s your gauge! If needed, measure both horizontal and vertical gauge (rows). If you’re measuring rib or brioche stitches, stretch out the swatch slightly before measuring.

Adjusting gauge

If your gauge doesn’t match the pattern gauge, you can adjust it by switching needle size. If your swatch has too few stitches per 10 cm (i.e. your knitting is too loose), switch to smaller needles. Conversely, if your swatch has too many stitches per 10 cm, your knitting is too tight and you’ll need a larger pair of needles. Always knit another swatch in order to determine proper gauge and sizing. Also note that the pattern yardage only applies to the pattern yarn, the yardage may differ if you choose another yarn.

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