The intricate ornamentation of ancient Etruscan jewelry was the inspiration for this top, in which a lustrous gold-colored yarn and the varied surfaces of garter stitch, a simple lace border, and slipped stitches combine to create a richly textured fabric.
To keep the border stitch pattern complete, no partial repeats were used, limiting the number of sizes to four; to fit a wider range of measurements, dimensions are given below for these sizes worked in four different yarn gauges, and a number of yarn substitutions are suggested (some of which I have swatched). Knitting progress is given both in inches and in rows, so that a yarn of a different gauge than that pictured can be easily substituted. Note that if yarn is substituted, yarn requirements are a rough guide only!
The pictured top has staggered waist decreases and increases; all slipped stitch columns curve slightly in and then out at the waist. But since the decreases and increases show slightly (look closely at photos), directions are also given for working all waist shaping at the sides only, if desired. Front and back are worked flat to take advantage of the garter stitch base (knit every row!).
Intermediate: skills include reading chart, increases/decreases, three needle bindoff, and picking up stitches for neckband and armhole trim.
For gauges 21 (20, 19, 18) sts to 4" in EG patt. Note that sizes S-XL do NOT necessarily correspond to the sizes given in the CYC standards. Bold #s are for gauge as given above; if only one # appears, it applies to all gauges.
|Bust/Hem||31 (32.5, 34, 36)||37 (39, 41, 43)||43 (45, 47.5, 50)||49 (51.5, 54.5, 57)||inches|
|79 (83, 86, 91)||94 (99, 104, 109)||109 (114, 121, 127)||124 (131, 138, 145)||cm|
|Waist||27 (28.5, 30, 31.5)||33 (35, 36.5, 38)||39 (41, 43.5, 45.5)||15.5 (47.5, 50, 53)||inches|
|69 (72, 76, 80)||84 (89, 93, 98)||99 (104, 110, 116)||116 (121, 127, 135)||cm|
|Armhole depth (approx)||5.5||6||6.5||7||inches|
Shown in size S and gauge 19 sts/4", with bust circumference of 34" and 1" ease.
20 sts/26 rows to 4" in st st; 19 sts/30 rows to 4" in EG (Embellished Garter) and charted lace patterns. EG and lace patt row gauges are different from that of st st (st st gauge given mainly to make yarn substitution easier); to calculate garment length you will need your EG row gauge. Check gauge on blocked swatch.
The top is shown with a deep scooped neck in front and medium scooped neck in back: it can also be worn backwards, OR worked as two "fronts" or two "backs."