Saturday, April 20, 2013

Summer Stripes

This summer tube top is the perfect way to use u leftovers from a big projects, and it's super cute, too! The instructions are for a size 36/38C chest, but after the instructions, I provide the formula I used to create it, so you can customize it to any size you need, theoretically from child to all sizes of adult.

This pattern makes use of short rows, and if you're unfamiliar with them, Knitty has a pretty good tutorial, though any other method or tutorial that you're comfortable using will do the trick, this isn't a very picky pattern, and doesn't require a specific method.

  • Size US7/4.5mm needles (double pointed or circular)
  • approx. 400 yards in color(s) of choice
  • measuring tape
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors
In 2x2 rib: 6.5 stitches x 7.5 rows per inch

CO 200 stitches, then join for work in the round. Work 2x2 ribbing for three inches.

This is the beginning or short row shaping.

1. Work 100 stitches, Wrap and Turn (W&T)
2. Work 98 stitches, w&t
3. work 96 stitches, w&t
4. Work 94 stitces, w&t

Work in thi manner until there are nine wraps on each side, then work your way back and join in the round again, still in the 2x2 rib for 2 more inches.

Work Ruffle Lace as follows for 3.5 inches Bind Off and enjoy!

Ruffle Lace
1.*k2tog* 3 times, (*k1, yo*) 6 times *k2tog* 6 times, to end

2. Knit around
3. Purl around
4. Purl around

   The basic method is this: Crochet Chain about 50, and compare it to your own chest. Increase/decrease in a mathematically consistent way until you find a number that is snug around the top of your chest, below the  armpits. Try to make sure the number divisible by 4, because then the ribs won't overlap.
   Measure the shirt against yourself to determine when to start the short rows, starting when it's about an inch or so down your chest and continuing for full bust coverage Do w&t until about the nipple, then work your way back and work another 1-1.5 inch(es), then start the ruffle lace. The ruffle lace is a multiple of 18 stitches, so it may be necessary to increase or decrease at this point to obtain a number that fits.

If this sounds compliacted, it really isn't,it's just hard to convey with words. It's really, really simple. At least give it a try, and you'll see how easy it is. Enjoy!

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