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Sleeveless top

by Terri Kruse

Winter Hat
» photos: Brandy Fortune
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Knitting for your little one doesn't have to stop in the summer time. There is still plenty of room for a knit garment in the closet of any child. This basic tank is just that piece. Knit it as is, for a simple, yet lovely top. Or, let your creative juices flow and customize it just the way you want it. A variation for stripes down the side, is included. But, you don't have to stop there. You can add a cable in front, or add stripes in different colors. It's up to you.


 


Size

6m [12m, 18 m, 24m, 3T, 4T]
Shown in 3T

Finished Measurements

Chest: 19[20, 21, 23, 24, 25] inches
Length: 10[11, 121/2, 131/2, 14, 15] inches

Materials

Spud and Chloë™ Sweater [55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton; 160 yards/146 meters per 100 gram hank];

#7500 Ice Cream - 1[1, 1, 2, 2, 2] hanks

Recommended needle sizes

US #7/4.5mm 24 inch circular needle

Notions

Stitch markers
2 Buttons

Gauge

16 sts and 26 rows = 4 inches in St st

Pattern Notes

This tank is knit in the round from the bottom up. The front and back are then finished by knitting back and forth. There is an option for stripes up the side to the underarm.

Skills Required

Turning a hem and three-needle bind off

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Using long tail cast-on method, cast on 76[80, 84, 92, 96, 100] sts, pm, and join in the round, being careful not to twist your sts.

Rounds 1-4: Knit around.

Round 5: Purl around. This is the ridge for turning under the hem. When you turn it under, this purled row will be folded under and become the bottom edge. You can sew this into place later. You could also do a knitted hem by knitting another 4 rounds. Then, with your left needle, pick up the first stitch from your cast on edge, and knit it together with your first working stitch. Continue this around.

Continue knitting every round until piece measures 6[7, 8, 9, 91/4, 10] inches from purled ridge.

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Now you will be binding off for the arms, separating the front from the back:
Set up round: K38[40, 42, 46, 48, 50], pm, k to end.

Round 1: Bind off 6[6, 6, 8, 8, 8) sts, knit to next marker, bind off next 6[6, 6, 8, 8, 8] sts, knit to end.

You will now work back and forth on these 32[34, 36, 38, 40, 42] sts. The back sts are no longer connected to your working yarn; they can remain on the circular needle or be placed on waste yarn.

Front Armhole Shaping

Row 1 (WS): K3, purl to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 2 (Decrease row): K3, ssk, knit to last 5 sts, k2tog, k3: 30[32, 34, 36, 38, 40] sts.
Row 3: K3, purl to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 4: Knit across.
Repeat Rows 1-4, 1[1, 1, 1, 2, 3] more times: 28[30, 32, 34, 34, 34] sts.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until piece measures 9[93/4, 11, 111/2, 12, 13] inches from purled ridge, ending with Row 3.

Neck edge (RS): K9[10, 10, 11, 11, 11], bind off center 10[10, 12, 12, 12, 12], knit across.

Right Strap

Row 1: K3, purl to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 2: Knit across.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 10[11, 121/2, 131/2, 14, 15] inches from purled ridge.
Place sts on holder, break yarn.

Left Strap

With WS facing, join yarn to remaining strap.
Row 1: K3, purl to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 2: Knit across.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 91/2[101/2, 12, 13, 131/2, 141/2] inches from purled ridge, ending with Row 2.
Next 3 Rows: Knit across.
Buttonhole Row: K2, yo, k2tog, k1[2, 2, 3, 3, 3], yo, k2tog, k2.
Last 3 Rows: Knit across.
Bind off all sts.

Back

With WS facing, join yarn to back sts.
Work same as Front from Armhole Shaping through Neck edge: 9[10, 10, 11, 11, 11] sts each side.

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Left Back Strap

Row 1: K3, p to last 3 sts, k3
Row 2: Knit across.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 101/2[111/2, 13, 14, 141/2, 15] inches from purled ridge, ending with Row 2.
Last 7 Rows: Knit across.

Right Back Strap

With WS facing, join yarn to remaining front strap.
Row 1: K3, purl to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 2: Knit across.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 10[11, 121/2, 131/2, 14, 15] inches from purled ridge.

Place sts on holder, break yarn.

Turn inside out and use the Three Needle Bind Off method to join right shoulder.

Optional Side Stripes

The stripes will start after the purl ridge for the hem. Starting with the first stitch of the round:
Round 1: K2, p4, k2, k30[32, 34, 38, 40, 42], pm, k2, p4, k2, knit across.
Repeat Round 1 until piece measures 6[7, 8, 9, 91/4, 10] inches from purled edge.

Separate for Front and Back: K1[1, 1, 0, 0, 0], bind off 6[6, 6, 8, 8, 8) sts, knit to next marker, k1[1, 1, 0, 0, 0], bind off next 6[6, 6, 8, 8, 8] sts, knit across.
You will now work back and forth on these 32[34, 36, 38, 40, 42] sts. The back sts are no longer connected to your working yarn; they can remain on the circular needle or be placed on waste yarn.
Complete same as basic pattern, beginning with Front Armhole Shaping.

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FINISHING

Weave in all ends.

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Brandy Fortune

Terri spends her days chasing a baby, herding teenagers, and knitting and designing during nap time and into the night. She thinks sleep is overrated and yarn is underrated. Her passion for knitting is met only by her passion for ice hockey. You can take a glimpse at her passions on her blog.

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