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Knitted Top Pattern

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In this post, you will see a knitted top pattern.

This light top is perfect for summer days.

Made from cotton in two different colors, it is super easy to knit with no shaping involved.

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Knitted top pattern in cotton

Knit A Summer Light Crop Top

The knitted top is really easy for beginner knitters.

It is knit in The Cotton from We Are Knitters in two colors.

Perfect to wear to the beach to throw on over your swimwear.

knitted top pattern pin

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The stitches and techniques you need to know…

The stitches used in this pattern are the knit stitch, garter stitch, and drop stitch.

There is a repeat pattern over 6 rows that includes one row of dropped stitches.

The top is made by creating two pieces and stitching them together, there is no shaping, making it super easy and quick to knit.

tank top knitting pattern

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Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:

This pattern is great for beginners.

knitted top in cotton with drop stitch

Knitted Top Pattern

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Notes

The top is knit in two square pieces and then seamed together at the shoulders and sides, leaving openings for the armholes.

The top is knit in garter stitch and has a repeat row of dropped stitches.

This is a fast project with no shaping.

back and side view of knitted top

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side view knitted top

Skill Level – Basic (Beginner)

Gauge

12 sts in 21 rows in 10×10 cm/4×4 inches in the 6-row rep pattern.

Measurements/Sizes

  • The sizes – S / M / L-XL / 1X / 2X / 3X / 4X / 5X
  • Finished Bust About – 36 (38, 40, 42, 46, 48, 50, 54) in.
  • Finished Length About – 25 inches.To make the top in a larger size, you can cast on more stitches x 6 -so for the next size up, you cast on 112, then 118, etc.
  • You will also need to purchase more yarn if you are making the top in a larger size, than what is listed in the pattern.
  • Please read the notes below on how to adjust the length of the top before you start.
knitted earrings

Adjusting the length of your top…

The length measures around – 64 cm/25 inches.

The length of the 6 rows measures around – 5 cm/2 inches.

Adjust the length to make the top shorter…

  • Reduce the number of rows you knit in each color.
  • For example, instead of working the 6 rows 5 times more in each color, you could work those 6 rows 3 times more or 4 times more.
  • Each time you minus the 6 rows you are taking off 5 cm/2 inches.

Adjust the length to make the top longer…

  • To make it longer, add more rows to each color.
  • For example, instead of working the 6 rows 5 times more in each color, you could work those 6 rows 6 times more or 7 times more, etc until you get your desired length.
  • Each time you add a set of 6 rows you are adding a further 5 cm/2 inches.
Bucket hat back view

The supplies you need…

Yarn

  • 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4) x We Are Knitters – The Cotton in the color Aquamarine.
  • 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2) x We Are Knitters – The Cotton in the color Natural.
  • This cotton is 100% Pima Cotton/10g/3.05oz/232 yds/212m.
  • Use my code – MGM4VHHAT – for 10 off on your WAK yarn order.

Needles

Notions

Knitted top pattern in cotton

Abbreviations

You can grab a free list of US and UK knitting terms here.

  • CO – cast on
  • Cont – continue
  • K – knit
  • St(s) – stitch(es)
  • Rep – repeat
back and side view of knitted top

Top Pattern

Front and back…

This top is knit in two panels with no shaping.

  • Knit one panel in Yarn A – Aquamarine
  • Knit one panel in Yarn B – Natural

With Yarn A and 6mm (US 10) knitting needles cast on 63 (69, 75, 81) sts

  • Rows 1-4: Knit
  • Row 5: K1 (edge), *Insert the right-hand needle into the st on the left-hand needle as if to knit, then wind the yarn 2 times around the needle and K1, rep from * to last st, K1 (edge).
  • Row 6: Knit each st, working into the 1st loop and allowing the 2 extra loops to slip off the needle to their full length.

The last 6 rows form the pattern.

Continue to rep the 6 rows above 5 times more in Yarn A.

Then change color to Yarn B and rep the 6 rows 5 times more.

Change color to Yarn A and rep the 6 rows 5 times more.

Rep Rows 1-4 once more casting off on row 4.

Notes on adjusting the length

The length measures around – 64 cm/25 inches.

Adjust the length to make the top shorter – reduce the number of rows you knit in each color.

To make it longer, add more rows to each color.

drop stitch knitted top

Making up

Sew in all loose ends (weave along the seams).

Place the wrong sides on top of each other.

Seam the shoulder seams

Seam each shoulder seam using the mattress stitch for 13 cm/5 inches or longer if you wish.

Seam the sides

Seam the white section (middle color block) side seams only = 15 cm/6 inches.

This will leave an opening for the armholes on either side and a large split on either side for the lower blue stripe section.

Knitted top seam diagram

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