Hi friends! A couple of years ago I designed this super easy knit top and wanted to share it again with you today. So many of you have written to me about how you’ve enjoyed the Honeycombs Knit Scarf Pattern and this uses that same mesh stitch. It’s a really simple top as you’ll see from reading the pattern below and the yarn is amazing. You can use any light weight yarn that you prefer, but what a treat to use the cotton bamboo yarn. Softest, most luxurious summer yarn evvvvaa! It’s a little pricey since it’s a luxury yarn, but if you want to treat yourself or someone else, THIS is a yarn that I just LOVE.
Quite a while back I conquered my first knit top pattern (here) and more recently made a fun Drop Stitch Cotton Kimono (here) . The pattern I’m sharing with you here is definitely a fave as it’s comfortable, fun, EASY, and simple to customize.
I wore it to the grocery store the other day just before taking pictures for the blog, and ran into a friend of mine. She just loved it and asked if I made it. In her words “It’s so eye catching!” How fun is that?
This top works up really fast (as far as knit shirts go) because it’s knit holding two strands of cotton/bamboo yarn together. The Lion Brand Cotton Bamboo yarn (here) does NOT disappoint! It is one of my new favorites and is perfect for summer clothing and accessories. It creates a beautiful drape and is so soft and light. Oh, I also used larger US size 11 knitting needles which allowed me to quickly finish this shirt. The whole “holding two together” really gave the top a cool texture as well. And you guys, when I made this top, I was actually making twisted knit stitches (which is a thing haha!) However, I wrote the pattern without the twisted stitches because it’s not important for the look of the sweater. If you know how to do twisted knit stitches, feel free to go for it. If not, just knit as normal and you’re good to go!
This shirt is breezy, but still gives you great coverage. With the whole crop top trend going on right now, you could definitely make this shorter by doing less stockinette rows. Let’s not kid ourselves – I’m not pulling off the crop top look, but it would be super cute for you hipster gals out there! My husband even questions whether my torn jeans are appropriate “mother’s” wear. Oh well!
Here’s the lowdown on knitting this shirt. Can you knit? Can you purl? Can you do a yarn over? Do you think you can knit two together? If you said yes, you can make this in a flash! If no, just look it up on YouTube because these are basic stitches that you can learn in no time. Wee!
You will need:
3 skeins (for the size small pictured) of LB Collection Cotton Bamboo or comparable “3” Light Yarn (You will have to split the third skein in order to hold two together OR just purchase a 4th skein which is what I did)
US Size 11 , 8.0 mm Knitting Needles
Tapestry needle to weave in ends and seam sides
Gauge: Approximately 2 3/4 stitches and 3 rows / 1″ in stockinette – this is quite forgiving as there is no shaping to the top and it fits loosely.
k2tog – knit two together
yo- yarn over
It is made holding two together.
Worked flat, from the bottom up in two pieces. You’re basically knitting two squares. Then seaming them together. Easy!
The pattern is for a S – M ( you can see my best guess for size large below). The top measures approximately 16″ from top center, to bottom center and approximately 16.5″ across when seamed. You can adjust the length by doing more or less rows of stockinette or mesh stitches. I’m wearing the top in the photos and am about 5’6″ and about 105 lbs – wearing what I’m referring to as the S – M.
For a size large you simply need to cast on more stitches. From looking at the sizing chart from the Craft Yarn Council I believe adding 8 more stitches will do the trick. In addition, you will want to make an additional 4″ of the stockinette section. This is my best guess at sizing! Update: Please note that I wrote this pattern a couple of years ago and am much more specific with the patterns that I write now. Haha!
**I always slip the first stitch of each row. This creates an even side without bumps. If it’s a knit stitch, slip as if to knit. If it’s a purl stitch, slip purl wise.
The bottom is worked in a broken rib stitch, the middle portion in stockinette and the top in a simple mesh pattern. All very easy!
Summer Knit Top Pattern
Holding two strands of yarn together, cast on 51 stitches (For size S/M), 59 for L
Row 1 P1, k1 across row. End with a purl stitch.
Row 2 Knit across row
Row 3 – until you have approximately 2.5″ Repeat row 1 and 2 end on the wrong side (RS is row 2 knit across, WS is P1,K1 row)
Center Stockinette Portion
You will now work in stockinette, starting on the RS
Next row: Knit across row
Next row: Purl across row
Repeat this sequence, alternating knit and purl rows, working in stockinette stitch for 10.5″ (For a large 14.5″) Remember you can make this longer or shorter by adding more rows, or making less rows!
Upper Mesh Section
Row 1: (RS) Knit across row
Row 2: (WS) K1, *yo, k2tog,* repeat from * to * across row,
Row 3 Knit across row
Row 4 K2, *yo, k2tog*, repeat from * to * across row to last stitch, k1.
Repeat rows 1-4 for approximately 3″
Next: Knit across row
Knit cast off
Tie off, weave in ends
Repeat this pattern in order to make two sides of your shirt.
You should double check your gauge to match the size that best suits you. Sizing can be found through the link I’ve shared from the Craft Yarn Council.
With your front and back pieces place wrong sides together. Use the mattress stitch to seam up each side. Start from the bottom and work your way up, leaving approximately 7″ for the arm holes. Weave in ends. You will not be able to see the seam when you use the mattress stitch.
For the top shoulder, seam with your preferred method ( I just used a whip stitch ) starting from the outside. Seam approximately 2″ in. Tie off and weave in ends.
Tie off, weave in all ends!
There you have it, your new summer vacation knit top. I hope that you like this knit top as much as I do.
Happy summer to you and yours!
Hope you enjoyed this oldie but goodie! 😉
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Thank you to Lion Brand Yarn for providing yarn for this project! All opinions are always my own.