I’ve just put the finishing touches to my new pattern- Mendel.
I knit this top for my sister last year as a Christmas present.Â As a non-knitter she can sometimes be a little harder to please but she just loves this top, the drape, fabric and how flattering and lightweight it is.Â This final design was a long time coming, I begin with the initial idea of gently draping and gathered fabric with a Roman aesthetic.Â I wanted to knit it entirely in one piece so it took several attempts to figure out how to create this neckline with a drape at the front without having to resort to sewing in a central panel.
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Simplicity and elegance are key in this understated top.Â Drama is created using an open draped neckline and ruched hemlines.
This top is knit as a lightweight material from fingering weight yarn that has been knit with a loose gauge.Â This creates a flattering and stretchy material.Â Knit in the round from the bottom up, the ruches and hem are created as you knit.Â When the body is finished sleeves are picked up and knit down from the armhole leaving you with minimal finishing when the knitting is done.
Bust size: 30-32 [32-34, 34-36, 36-38, 38-40, 40-42 / 42-44, 44-46, 46-48, 48-50, 50-52, 52-54] inches
0-2 inches negative ease recommended.
Chest : 30 [32, 34, 35.75, 38, 40 / 42, 43.75, 46, 48, 50, 52.25] inches
Length: 23 [23.75, 24.5, 24.75, 25.25, 25.5 / 26, 26.25, 26.75, 27, 27.75, 27.75] inches
Size 34 inches modelled with 1 inch negative ease.
Cascade Yarns â€˜Heritageâ€™: (75% Merino Superwash / 25% Nylon; 437yds/400m per 100g skein); Color: Turqoise (5626); 3 [3, 3, 4, 4, 4 / 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5] skeins
1 US 5/3.75mm circular needle, 24-inch length or longer for bigger sizes.
1 US 4/3.5mm circular needle, 24-inch length or longer for bigger sizes.
US 5/3.75mm double pointed needles.
US 4/3.5mm double pointed needles.
Tapestry needle; stitch markers; waste yarn, small crochet hook.
26 sts/36 rows = 4″/10cm in stockinette stitch on US 5/3.75mm needles
Techniques used and described:
Left and right leaning increases
3-needle Bind off