This is the top I’ve knitted for my holiday in Cyprus, but now is my favorite knitted top for the summer.

This holiday was my favorite! I fell in love with this beautiful island and the food is so good! We’ve tried so many new and delicious food!

It’s a very simple top, perfect for beginners, if you only know to knit the knit stitch and the purl stitch (the stockinette stitch) this pattern is perfect for you.

 

This knitted summer top it’s a perfect project for scrap yarn. I’ve made this top from cotton, I only had one ball of green cotton (I used it for the back) and one ball of turquoise cotton (I used it for the front).

I’ve made this top a little bit large, so the pattern is for L size, but if you are like me and you like to wear one or two size larger, this top it will fit you well even you are a S size. And if you ask me the straps are a little bit long, but my husband loves it  this way.

 

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Skill level: Easy.

For this knitted summer top you will need:

200 g cotton yarn (use your favorite brand);

3,5 mm needles;

3,5 mm hook if you want to make a border;

Scissors.

The back panel:

Cast on 100 stitches:

The first 6 rows I’ve knitted the seed stitch. Below you have the YouTube tutorials for the seed stitch and for the stockinette stitch.

The written pattern:

1. Row 1: *knit 1, purl 1*, repeat *-*;

2. Row 2: *purl 1, knit1*, repeat *-*;

3. Row 3: repeat row 1;

4. Row 4: repeat row 2;

5. Row 5: repeat row 1;

6. Row 6: repeat row 2;

7. Row 7: knit all stitches;

8. Row 8: purl all stitches.

Repeat from row 7 until you reach the desired length, I’ve made mine 40 cm long.

Now it’s time to make the portion where your arms go:

Cast off the first 12 stitches at the beginning of the row, knit the rest of the stitches. Repeat on the next row, but now you will purl the rest of the stitches because you are on the wrong side.

The next row: cast off 4 stitches at the beginning of the row,  knit the rest of the stitches. Repeat on the next row, but now you will purl the rest of the stitches because you are on the wrong side.

The next row: cast off 3 stitches at the beginning of the row,  knit the rest of the stitches. Repeat on the next row, but now you will purl the rest of the stitches because you are on the wrong side.

The next row: cast off 2 stitches at the beginning of the row,  knit the rest of the stitches. Repeat on the next row, but now you will purl the rest of the stitches because you are on the wrong side.

The next row: knit together 2 stitches at the beginning of the row,  knit the rest of the stitches. Repeat on the next row, but now you will purl the rest of the stitches because you are on the wrong side.

Make the next 4 rows in stockinette stitch. Knit 8 stitches and cast off until you have 8 stitches left on your needle. Your straps are beginning with these 8 stitches.

Now you will knit the straps in stockinette stitch (knit on the wright side, purl on the wrong side) for 40 rows, but you can make them just for 25-30 rows. Cast off.

The Frontal panel:

Cast on 100 stitches.

Begin working like you did on the back panel until you finish the portion where the arms go. Now you are going to take the stitches that you have on your needle and divide them on two: leave one side on the cable and the other on your needle.

Start with what side you want: cast 16 stitches, knit the rest of the stitches, purl the wrong side. Cast off 3 stitches and knit the rest of the stitches, purl the wrong side. Cast off 2 stitches and knit the rest of the stitches, purl the wrong side. Knit 2 stitches together and knit the rest of the stitches, purl the wrong side. Repeat the last 2 rows.

Now you have 8 stitches for the strap, knit it like the ones on the back panel.

Do the same with the other side (the one on the cable).

Because I love to crochet, I’ve crocheted a simple border: 3 rows of single crochet.

Sew together the 2 panels on the wrong side, sew together the straps too.

You can wash it by hand or in a washing machine at 30 degrees and dry or on a flat surface, then block it or if you used cotton like I did you can iron it. I like to iron all my project instead of block them, but I do this only with projects made with natural fibers.

Now you can enjoy your new summer top.

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