Monday, April 20, 2009

Ruffled Summer Top

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This top is knitted in the round from top down, and was designed to show off some self striping cotton yarn. As with all my designs, the top is very easy to customize with any personal details (crocheted flowers, cute buttons, some color work, etc...).

Ruffled summer top is also available in two adult sizes in sizes 81.5 cm/32" and 86.5 cm/34".

To fit chest size
Yarn Required
6-12 m

Suggested Yarn
Cotton Joy by Filtes King; (138 m/151 yds in 50 g/1.76 oz);

Or any sports to DK weight cotton yarn.

4 mm/US #6 circular needles; 40 cm/16" and 60 cm/24"
4 mm/US #6 DPN's or  30 cm/12" circular needles
Stitch marker
Stitch holders/waste yarn

Gauge: 20 sts x 29-30 rows in 10 cm/4 inches over stockinette stitch

k =knit;
pm = place marker
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together;
skp = slip one stitch, knit the next stitch, then pass the slipped stitch over the knitted one;
yo = yarn over needle;
kfb = knit into the front then back of the stitch;
rnd(s) = round(s);
st(s) = stitch(es);
m1 = make 1 by knitting into the stitch below the next st.

Pattern Instructions
Cast on 70 (80, 88, 94, 100,104) sts.
Join in the round being careful not to twist the sts, place marker and work in k1 x p1 rib for 12 (14, 17, 20, 20, 22) rounds.

Next round: knit all stitches.

Increase Rnd: *K1, yo* repeat to the end of the round.
Total 140, (160, 176, 188, 200, 208) sts.

Knit for 8 (11, 15, 18, 18, 20) rnds.

Next round: k37 (43, 48, 51, 55, 59) sts, put next 33 (37, 40, 43, 45, 45) sts on stitch holders/waste yarn, cast on 5 (6, 7, 8, 8,10) sts, k37 (43, 48, 51, 55, 59), put next 33 (37, 40, 43, 45, 45) sts on stitch holders/waste yarn, cast on 5 (6, 7, 8, 8, 10) sts. Join in the round.
You should have 84 (98, 110, 118, 126, 138) sts for the body at this point.

Sizes 3-5T and 7-9 onlyKnit for 3 rounds. Increase Rnd: knit and increase by 1 st under each arm (120, 140 sts).

All Sizes:
Knit every round till the top measures:
10 (12.5, 12.5, 15, 15, 15) cm/4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 6) inches from the underarm.

Next round: * k14 (14, 10, 12, 9, 14) sts, m1* repeat * * to the end of the round.
Total 90 (105, 121, 132, 140, 150) sts.

Knit every round for another 2.5 (2.5, 5, 5, 5, 6.5) cm or 1 (1, 2, 2, 2, 2.5 inches).

Increase Rnd: *k15 (15, 11, 13, 10, 15) sts, m1* repeat to the end of the round.
Total 96 (112, 132, 144, 154, 160) sts.

Size 7-9 only:Knit for 6.5 cm/2.5 inches more.  Increase Rnd: *k16, m1* repeat to the end of the round. Total 170 sts.

All Sizes:

Knit in stockinette stitch until work measures 16.5 (18, 25.5, 28, 30.5, 33) cm or 6.5 (7, 10, 11, 12, 13) inches from the underarm.

Next round: kfb into every stitch.
Total 192 (224, 264, 288, 308, 340) sts.

Knit one round.

Bind off.

Sleeves (both alike):

Place the 33 (37, 40, 43, 45, 45) sts from stitch holders/waste yarn onto shorter needles or DPN's.
Starting at the underarm area pick up and knit 3 (3, 4, 4, 4, 5) sts, pm, pick up and knit 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6) sts, join in the round.

**Knit 4 rnds.
Decrease round: k1, k2tog, knit to the last 3 sts before the marker, skp, k1. **

6-12 to 2-3T only: Repeat from ** to ** for 3 times more.
Size 3-5T and 5-7: Repeat from ** to ** for 4 times more.
Size 7-9 only: Repeat from ** to ** for 5 times more.

All Sizes:

Knit one round.

Next round: kfb of every stitch.

Knit one round.

Bind off.

Weave in any loose ends. Done!

©© Special thanks go to Janet for helping me with the presentation and editing of this pattern.©©

This pattern is also available in two adult sizes 32" and 34".  See this link.


  1. This is so cute! And can be used forever. I really like it, can you tell?. But I can't print it. I only get the first and last page (numbered as page 1 and page 2). I have just now subscribed by email. Hoping that will help. If it won't, please send me some hints when you have time. Thanks a bunch.

  2. I have been looking for some cute patterns to make my girls, and am so fortunate to have come across your blog. The patterns you have knit are adorable, and it is so nice to see your daughter wearing them. It gives a better visual as to how they look/fit.
    You have just inspired me to pick up my needles and make some new outfits for my girls. Now just where to start first......

  3. I don't understand what you mean by waste yarn. I've only been knitting for a little over a year, but I've never heard of this term. Can you explain? Thanks. The sweater looks darling!

    1. You can use a large stitch holder which I find much easier than waste yarn

  4. how many rows per inch is your gauge? i'm knitting at a different gauge and need to know so i can get the right lengths - thanks!

  5. Anon, waste yarn is yarn that is not part of your project. When you reached mid-bodice, you put stitches onto a spare length of yarn to hold them until you needed them for the sleeves. You can use any spare length of yarn from your stash. Heck, you could use dental floss, if you needed to!

  6. Hi!
    I am in the middle of knitting this darling top and have come up with a questions. Here is the line:
    (I am knitting the third size and so I have 110 stitches on the needles.)
    Next round, knit 14 (14, 10, 12, 9, 14 ) sts, make 1 (by knitting into the stitch below of the next stitch) to the end of the round. 90
    (105, 121, 132, 140, 150 sts)

    By my calculations, if I knit 10 stitches, then make one on every stitch after that to the end of the round, I will have increased 100 stitches but you say I only should have 121????
    If I (knit 1, Make 1)10 times, then knit the end of the round, I will have 121 stitches. Is that what you meant?
    Any help would be appreciated!

  7. Oh my God your patterns are out of this world,I wish then where in crochet

  8. Grace,

    You do an increase after every 14 (14, 10, 12, 9, 14) sts. If you are making size 3, then you need to increase after every 10 sts, and not after every other stitch. That is how you get 121.

  9. Thank you for explaining waste yarn term. I had to google a query and thanks to this site and your explanation I now know what it is. Can waste yarn also be a yarn in your project? As I've been knitting a 2 yarn glove from a 1 yarn pattern and so i'm hoping it's ok to use my contrast colour as the wast yarn.

  10. When I am knitting in the bar between the stitches it is leaving a small hole how can i eliminate the hole. I love this pattern!!! Thanks.

  11. I wonder if I am too late to ask a question on this sweater...but, being a newish knitter...which circular needle do I start on. I would have thought the larger one (60cm/24") but after getting them on there...I am thinking maybe the smaller one was meant (40cm/16"). I don't see anywhere in the pattern where you tell to switch sized though. Help?

    1. I'm not the artist, but usually you start with a smaller needle when there is ribbing. I'll bet this is the case with this beautiful pattern.

  12. Would a sock yarn be too fine for this? I would love to try this and extend it into a little dress for my girls!

    1. What a lovely pattern. Thanks for the adult sizing, too!

  13. Found this pattern love it love it. However, have a hard time finding the yarn used. Any help on locating or is there a substitute that can be used. Please reply.

  14. I love this pattern and I need to make two for sisters they would look so adorible in this sweater. have been knitting for many years and always figured out a pattern when I got stuck.I'm stuck now. can you please help me.fron the very begining . I only use straight needles. what doesnit 1x1 mean I know a rib st. and knit in 1x1. I startes this sweater but did not get the ruffell and the bottom when I just dot he rib st please help me I am looking forward to knitting this pattern.

    1. Iathere anyone that can asswer my question about how to get the ruffell at the begining of the row 1x1 what does this mean?

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