Etrusca Sleeveless Top

Etrusca Sleeveless Top

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!).

Difficulty

Intermediate: skills include reading chart, increases/decreases, three needle bindoff, and picking up stitches for neckband and armhole trim.

Materials

  • Yarn: Karabella Empire Silk (100% silk), color 504 deep gold, 6 (7, 9, 10) skeins, or 540 (630, 810, 900) yds.
  • Needles: US size 7/4.5 mm circular needle, 24" US size 7/4.5 mm straight knitting needles. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
  • Notions: Stitch holders, tapestry needle
  • Suggested Yarn Substitutions (Same gauge/needle size as above): Berroco Touche’ (cotton/rayon), suggested color 7912 Dijon; Classic Elite Premiere (cotton/Tencel), suggested color 6212 Mimosa. For Other Gauges: Tilli Tomas Fil de la Mer (silk/seacell) on US size 6 needles for 21 sts to 4" in EG patt, suggested color Goldenrod; Berroco Touché on US size 8 needles for 18 sts to 4" in EG patt. Or try these (not swatched by me): Louet Euroflax on US size 5-7 for 18-22 sts to 4" in st st, color Mustard; Berroco Ultra Silk (rayon/nylon/silk) on US size 10 for 19 sts to 4" in st st, suggested color 6113 Dijon.

Sizes & Measurements

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.

Table of Sizes & Measurements
  S M L XL  
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
Length 20 21 22 23 inches
  51 53 56 58 cm
Armhole depth (approx) 5.5 6 6.5 7 inches
  14 15 17 18 cm
Armhole circ 14 15.5 17 19 inches
  36 39 43 48 cm

Shown in size S and gauge 19 sts/4", with bust circumference of 34" and 1" ease.

Etrusca Sleeveless Top

Gauge

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.

Pattern Notes

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."

 

Price: $5.50