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You know the whole ‘necessity breeds creativity’ thing? Well I ‘needed’ a summer knit crop and couldn’t find a pattern I liked (at least not in my price range), so I made one up on a post-it. Sounds like a respectable entry into pattern making, no?

I wanted to combine the breezy style and fit of the Diana Sweater from Wool and the Gang with the striped look of the Lace Stripe Pullover in this summers Vogue Knitting. I was after something sheer and ‘lacy’ looking, but with enough coverage that I could get away with just a bra underneath and not arise suspicions of being for sale. You’re welcome, Mum.

I actually started knitting the Vogue pattern and didn’t like the results I was getting, too much ribbing on the bottom, and knit rows before and after the eyelets created little ridges I didn’t like the texture of. The pattern also called for joining new yarn on the wrong side, which meant you could see the join instead of it looking seamless (see picture below). Naturally, I got 2 days and 12 inches in before deciding it wasn’t for me.

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Take two. I played around with eyelet patterns I found in Vogue Knitting as well as a Needle Craft book I borrowed from my Aunt (thanks!) until I found something I thought looked most like the WATG eyelet pattern. Then I went with a short 1×1 rib at the bottom just to keep the edges from curling up. I pretty much guessed how many stitches to cast on for the body and sleeves based off my swatches, and crossed my fingers it would fit it in the end. It’s essentially 4 knit squares sewn together, so nothing fancy and really easy for beginners.

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Thankfully, I’m pretty happy with it overall. I like the fit through the body and shoulders as I didn’t want it to be quite as baggy as the WATG sweater, but I do wish I’d made the sleeves a bit wider. They’re a little tight under the arms and look somewhat out of proportion with the body of the sweater when I hold my arms out (hence the derp faces below).

I used Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima Cotton which was super lovely to knit and as a bonus it’s washable. I don’t know about you, but there’s no way I’m knitting something in white unless I can wash it. Coffee and I have a precarious relationship.

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If you want to know the contents of the post-it so you can improve upon them, keep reading. 


Knit Eyelet Crop Pattern

Materials
3 skeins main colour, 100g/3.5oz Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima Cotton
1 skein stripe colour, 100g/3.5oz Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima Cotton
1 pair each 4.00mm and 4.50mm needles

Finished Measurements:
Front/Back: 18″ wide by 17″ long
Sleeves: 14″ shoulder circumfrence, 6.5″ long

Eyelet Pattern
Rows 1-8: Stockinette stitch
Row 9: Knit 1, *yarn over, knit 2 together; rep from * to last stitch, knit 1
Row 10: Purl

Front/Back
Cast on 82 stitches using smaller needles
Rows 1-4: 1×1 rib stitch
Switch to larger needles and work eyelet pattern 4 times
Join stripe colour and work eyelet pattern 3 times
Join main colour and work eyelet pattern 3 times
Work rows 1-4 of eyelet pattern, bind off

Sleeves
Cast on 58 stitches using smaller needles*
Rows 1-4: 1×1 rib stitch
Switch to larger needles and work eyelet pattern three times, increasing 1 stitch each end every 11th row twice (62 stitches)
Work rows 1-8 of eyelet pattern, bind off
*Add more stitches if you want the arms to be looser, just make sure you add an even number otherwise the eyelet pattern won’t work!

Finishing
Join shoulder seams first. I seamed 4 inches for each shoulder, but you can do more or less depending on how open you want the neck to be.
Join the sleeves to the body, making sure you’ve lined up the middle of the sleeve to the shoulder seam.
Sew the side and sleeve seams.

Tip: If you’re going to make it bigger or smaller, make sure you’re casting on an even number of stitches so the eyelet pattern works!

If you’re confused or have questions please let me know. Additionally leave any recommendations or wisdom in the comments, it’s always appreciated! 

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  • joelle

    Great top! I love how you just wrote a pattern on a post it, knitting really isn’t harder than that! I’m a total beginner too an I have a similar slap dash approach so I don’t have any wisdom to share, sorry 🙂 anyways it looks very nice and I don’t think the sleeves proportions are out. And thanks for the address of effiloche, I’ll be sure to stop by when I’m in Montreal!

    • katesmalley

      Thank you! Haha yup knitting really isn’t hard one you get going (says the girl who’s yet to attempt a cable). Glad you don’t think it looks out of proportion 🙂

  • Love it Kate! I am making this my next project as we are about to hit Spring! Can I ask what your body measurements are, you seem pretty similar to me, but just want to ensure it fits as is?

    • katesmalley

      Thank you so much!! Bust 33.5″, waist 27″, hips 38″ and shoulder to hip bone about 21″ (not sure if that last ones a real measurement haha..but just for a sense of the length of my torso). If you need anything else or the pattern’s not making sense just let me know!

      • Totally weird! Your measurements are exactly, I mean EXACTLY, the same as mine. Any who, just wondering yarn wise if you used the entirety of the yarn you listed. I need to purchase the yarn and I’m thinking of making mine a little longer and was wondering if I’d need extra of the main colour?

        • katesmalley

          Woah!! Well that’s handy I guess haha. I used 2.5 skeins of the white wool and half a skein(ish) of the brown. I did start knitting the front of that different pattern first though so that took up some wool, i’m not sure if it could be done in 2 skeins, maybe? But I’d say maybe don’t risk it? Sorry I don’t have exact answer. Some wool stores let you return unused skeins if you haven’t used them, so you could always ask and then have the option of returning the 3rd skein if you don’t need it.

  • Nicole Haschke

    Hi Kate! I think this design is so cute! I’d like to include it in a blog post roundup of free knitting patterns for lacy T-shirts, and I was wondering if you’d be willing to let me use the photo? I’d give you credit, of course. Thanks!

    (I’m not sure if I’ll be notified of a response, so if you could e-mail me at NHaschke (at) knittingforcharity.org that’d be great 🙂 )

    • Hi Nicole, thanks so much! You can absolutely use it 🙂 I’ll send you an email as well