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.
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.
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.
If you want to know the contents of the post-it so you can improve upon them, keep reading.
Knit Eyelet Crop Pattern
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
Front/Back: 18″ wide by 17″ long
Sleeves: 14″ shoulder circumfrence, 6.5″ long
Rows 1-8: Stockinette stitch
Row 9: Knit 1, *yarn over, knit 2 together; rep from * to last stitch, knit 1
Row 10: Purl
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
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!
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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