Garter & Eyelets Sleeveless Top Beginner Knitting Pattern

Today’s project was inspired by the top I designed last year made with Lion Brand Cotton Jeans Yarn (pattern here). It’s such a classic design yet it’s so easy to knit.  This garter stitch version is even simpler and it uses less yarn as well!  It’s beginner friendly as there’s no shaping and you’re basically using the knit stitch throughout the pattern.  

By using a slightly larger needle than what the yarn calls for, you get a light and airy fabric but still have good coverage.  You’ll simply make two panels while following the stitch pattern. Starting at the bottom edge of each panel and working upward, it’s a breeze to knit until you’ve reached the correct length. At the end, you’ll cast off and seam them together!  In my Eyelets Sleeveless Top, you would work stockinette while holding two strands together which created a denser fabric than this top has.

The Comfy Cotton Yarn from Lion Brand (here) is such a great alternative to acrylic.  I used the Driftwood color in my Wanders Wrap and it’s one of my favorite year round pieces because it’s so comfortable on the skin.  I’ll take a natural fiber blend any day if it will hold up in the wash. 🙂 You know I’m a cream fan and when I saw this Whipped Cream color on sale, I bought up several skeins.

The features that I love most about this top are that it’s light and airy while still being totally appropriate to wear under a blazer come fall.  The eyelets are so simple but add so much character to this top as well.  It’s definitely appropriate for work or casual weekend outings. 🙂

So let’s get to this pattern. 🙂

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Garter & Eyelets Sleeveless Top – Easy Free Knitting Pattern

Pattern Description: A beautiful top that features a squishy cotton fabric and delicate eyelet striping. This pattern is easy enough for adventurous beginner knitters and it works up fairly quickly too!

Skill Level: Easy +


US Size 10, 6.0 mm 24” circular Knitting Needles

( 2, 2, 2, 3, 3 ) Lion Brand Yarn Comfy Cotton (HERE) (worsted weight #4) in Whipped Cream 200 g/skein 

Pattern uses (246 g, 294 g, 343 g, 396 g, 452 g) total


Tapestry Needle

Gauge: (Approximate) 13 stitches & 32 rows in 4”

Please follow this key throughout the pattern for your particular size:

(XS, S, M, L, XL)

Dimensions (approximate):


XS – 30”

S – 34”

M – 38”

L – 42”

XL – 46”


XS – 20”

S – 21”

M – 22”

L – 23”

XL – 24”


CO- cast on

k – knit

yo – yarn over

k2tog – knit two together (decrease)

st – stitch


In order to keep this pattern beginner friendly, this top is knit as two separate rectangular panels which are knit from the bottom up.  The two panels are seamed at the sides and at the shoulders to finish.  Block to shape and size as desired. Stitch count remains the same throughout the pattern

Pattern Instructions

CO (51,57,63,69,75) stitches

Bottom Ribbing

Working a 3×3 rib

Row 1 *K3, p3, repeat from * across the row

Row 2 *P3, k3, repeat from * across the row

Row 3 – 6 Repeat rows 1 & 2 in that order, 2 times

Next, you will work the Main Body of the panel.

Main Body

Row 1 Knit each st across the row

Rows 2 – 8 Repeat row 1

Row 9 K3, *yo, k2tog. Repeat from * across the row to last two stitches, k2

Row 10 Knit each st across the row

Repeat Main Body rows 1-10, in that sequence, until piece is approximately (20”,21”,22”,23”,24”) long. (Note: you may adjust length of the top to your preference but keep yarn needs in mind)

Cast off and weave in ends.

Next, repeat above pattern to make your second panel. Block to shape and size as desired.


With a length of yarn and your tapestry needle, seam up each side of the two panels using the mattress stitch seam. Leave a generous opening for your arms at the top. Next, seam inward at the shoulders leaving an opening for your head and neck. Tie off and weave in all ends.

Now enjoy your new Garter & Eyelets Knit Top!



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  1. I love this!!! Your patterns are simply beautiful, Jessica.
    Thanks for sharing

  2. Sure do wish I could knit ! Love the top – it’s feminine and casual.

    1. I was just getting ready to make your Eyelet Sleeveless Top for summer and now you have this beautiful pattern. I might have to make both! You have a great website, and thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Love the garter stitch and eye let pattern. Would it be possible to insert sleeves?

  4. Oh Jessica you have created the perfect beach project. Blended warm weather yarn easy pattern with just enough interest to keep you focused. And then you will have a beautiful summer top when it’s over. I will be casting on this tank on my beach vacation next week!

  5. I used the link to purchase the yarn but still wasn’t sure I bought the correct yarn as is it #3 weight and called Comfy Cotton Blend. My mother is knitting it now and it looks beautiful — the only problem is she wants to keep it for herself. She did say that I could pick another color to knit another for me. 🙂 Love you patterns.

    1. Ahhh, I’m so thrilled that you liked it and even bought the yarn here! That’s so funny that she wants to keep it for herself – ha! Guess you’ll have to pick another color like she said so you can have one too. 😉

  6. I’m a bit confused, do you knit with two strands of yarn held together? Or is that for a different pattern? Thank you.

  7. I am wondering if this pattern uses a #3 or #4 yarn. I am thinking of trying the Lions brand yarn Tye dye as I just finished up making the Painted sky comfy shrug and absolutely love it.

  8. I live in the desert southwest and this would be great as a sleeveless cardigan for layering in cooler weather. Any plans on adapting the pattern?

  9. I love this pattern and can’t wait to make it. One question about sizing: Are the bust measurements shown for the completed sweater or for the person’s actual bust size? (thinking of the amount of ease when finished)

  10. I am a beginner. I don’t have 6mm circular needle. Can I use the straight 6mm needle?

  11. Hi, I’m a beginner and looking forward to making this top.
    After reading the pattern, the only thing I’m not sure of is how to seam the shoulders inward.
    Any help would be appreciated.

  12. Can you tell me what size you wear in your patterns? I know it was probably my fault but I made another one of your patterns and it turned out way too big for me. Not to get personal but I wear a 38DD bra so I’m guessing I would need the XL, correct?

    1. Hi Debbie! I’m always wearing the smallest size option available in the patterns I write.

  13. Hi! I am leaving my Traveling Afghan for a bit and wanted to try this top (I dont have much luck with garments but this looks doable).
    I have knitted the bottom ribbed section (Rows 1-5 so far) and it is VERY loose. This yarn seems loose for the top, but should the ribbing be “firm” or loose? And should the stitches once i get going be loose also?
    Many thanks!!!

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