I did in fact complete most of the planning for a tube top, but inexplicably became utterly fascinated with a sleeveless top in my mother’s old Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Needlework. The set is simply referred to as “Evening skirt, top, and shawl” and for some reason, even though I’ve passed over these pages browsing the book for as long as I’ve been able to read, the top suddenly called out to me a couple of nights ago. I adjusted cast-on stitches for the gauge of my stash yarn (and also to tighten up the size a little, since I didn’t like quite how loose and flowy the original is) and have been knitting away at this very simple little pattern that should make a nice summery sleeveless top within a week or so.
Excuse the images; this is the best I could do, since I don’t think there’s a single image of this pattern in the digital world until now:
I’ve managed to get a bit done on the pattern so far, using KnitPicks Shine Sport (or is it Sport Shine?).
Some of the modifications:
The original pattern calls for a gauge of 5 sts x 7 rows = 1″ in stockinette on #5 needles. My original gauge swatch gave me 5.5 sts per inch, but then my “natural” knitting was even a bit looser than that. So while the original pattern directs me to case on 84 sts for a small size, I went with 72.
The basic pattern as I modified it is as follows:
For stockinette st with eyelets, cast on 72 sts.
Row 1: K 1, 1 eyelet, (to work eyelet: yo, K2tog), *K 12, 1 eyelet*. Repeat between * and * 5 more times. Row 2: Purl. Why the eyelets on either side of the completed fabric? Because lacing up the sides with ribbon is cool! Continue with Rows 1 and 2 for 13.5 inches; put markers at each side for armholes and continue work for 2.5 more inches (minus the edge eyelets, which are no longer necessary – just start knitting them in stockinette). Then get out your trusty Reader’s Digest guide and change to oblique openwork for 2.5 inches, then to network for 4 inches. Bind off.
When I work the front, the only difference is that there will be a v-neck slit that starts at the point where the armhole markers are placed. Work to center, place 1/2 of the stitches on a holder, work first half of shoulder to match back. Attach yarn to second half of shoulder and work up to match back.
I’ll seam at the tops of the shoulders, ribbon up the side seams, and single crochet to finish the armholes. I’ll probably add a small ribbon waist-tie as well, as I really kinda like the one in the photo (I’m not a belt girl at all, but I’ve got a skinny waist, so I suppose I should at least see how it looks).
My grand masterpiece in the making:
Also, I just remeasured my gauge, and it IS 5.5 sts x 7 rows. Should still fit fine, but it won’t be as loose as the photo! We’ll just have to wait and see how it turns out.