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the underlace top

Don’t mind me, clinging onto Summer for dear life with today’s knitting pattern release! Meet the Underlace top, a light and airy wardrobe staple with lace and stripe details. Simple but with enough detail to make for an interesting knitting experience, I’d like to think! Named for obvious reasons – delicate lace edgings give the appearance of a layer peeking out underneath, but the whole thing is made totally seamlessly. Of course.

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The Underlace top isn’t actually my first knit of its kind – I designed a scalloped edge top a couple of years ago that has been on regular rotation in my wardrobe but never made it as a pattern. A prototype, you could say. With quite a few tweaks (and the addition of stripes) we now have the final version. Bigger, frillier edgings this time because I thought they turned out a little too subtle.

Glad I made the most of July’s heatwave to shoot this top in a pretty golden hour field! Suits it, don’t you think?

Yarn support for this design was kindly provided by Qing Fibre. I used their newest yarn, Qing Souffle Pure, a beautifully lightweight pure cashmere. It’s a dream to wear and knit with. Whilst technically it’sa light fingering weight yarn, I knit this top to a sport weight gauge, which seems to have worked great for the variety of yarns used by testers, too.

test knitter roundup

The idea was for this design to provide plenty of scope for playing around with colour and stripes, and my wonderful test knitters showed this off so well! Chunky stripes, solid, fades, thin stripes, contrast edgings, all work so well and I absolutely love the creativity. Seeing everyone’s garments take shape over the last few weeks has been so fun. I am so very grateful as always, thank you guys!

Underlace Top knitting pattern details

YARN: fingering / 4ply weight yarn, approximately 501 (560; 641; 712;
785) [859; 946; 1028; 1120] metres / 548 (612; 701; 779; 858) [939; 1035;
1124; 1225] yards total.

If working stripes as in the sample, you will need approximate quantities:
Yarn A (lighter): 299 (333; 379; 423; 466) [508; 562; 610; 662] metres / 326 (364; 414; 463; 509) [555; 615; 667; 725] yards
Yarn B (darker): 251 (280; 321; 356; 393) [430; 473; 514; 560] metres / 274 (306; 351; 390; 429) [470; 518; 562; 613] yards
Sample shown in Qing Souffle Pure in shades Lace and Chestnut.

GAUGE: 24 sts and 34 rows to 4” / 10cm in stocking stitch, blocked. Suggested needle size 3.75mm.

3.75mm and 3.25mm circular needles of length 24” / 60cm or 30” / 80 cm,
depending on size, for working body
3.75mm circular needles of length 16” / 40 cm for edgings
4.5mm circular needle of any length for working armhole edgings
2 stitch markers
Tapestry needle
Waste yarn

SIZING To fit bust: 28-30 (32-34; 36-38; 40-42; 44-46) (48-50; 52-54; 56-58; 60-62) inches / 71-76 (81-86; 91-97; 102-107; 112-117) (122-127; 132-137; 142-147; 152-157) cm.

Finished bust: 28.5 (32.5; 36.5; 40.5; 44.5) [48.5; 52.5; 56.5; 60.5] inches / 72 (82; 92; 102; 113) [123; 133; 143; 153] cm.

Construction: the Underlace top is worked seamlessly from the top down. Picking up around the armholes and neckline and working 1 garter ridge produces a neat border. Lace edgings for both the armholes and neckline are worked separately, and attached to the body using a 3 needle bind off.

Choosing yarn: yarn used in sample is technically a fingering weight, but produces a reasonably substantial fabric when knit to the recommended gauge on 3.75mm needles. Other fingering weight yarns may produce a looser fabric, and some sport weight yarns may knit up perfectly to this gauge. Providing gauge is met and you are happy with the fabric, either a fingering or sport weight yarn can be used.

The Underlace Top is also available via Ravelry and Etsy.

Lily Kate x

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