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the upwards top

Summer knitting is just the best, isn’t it? If I had to make only summer or winter items for the rest of my life, I’d 100% choose to make summery tops and beachy bags. Perhaps an unpopular opinion, but I stand by it! One reason being that you can (in my size at least), make a whole top from 1 skein of yarn. Which was the main idea behind my Upwards Top knitting pattern, new today. Knit from the top down and keep going until you run out of yarn! I really should’ve called it the downwards top but never mind. I prefer the optimistic sounding option.

Scroll down for details and to purchase the Upwards Top knitting pattern.

It’s nice to have a photo background that isn’t a plain wall for a change! These photos were taken halfway up the Schlossberg in Graz back in May. I had the best time on a solo trip to Austria and want to go back already.

The Upwards Top is worked seamlessly from the top down in fingering / 4ply weight yarn. The keyhole can be worn at either the front or the back, unless you choose to use the optional bust darts, in which case a choice must be made! Sock sets would work perfectly for this pattern, as the mini skeins intended for heels and toes would be just the right amount for the i-cord egings. The pattern is suitable for confident beginners, and there are new video tutorials on my YouTube channel for all the i-cord techniques involved. This method of attaching an applied i-cord is particularly neat!

test knitter roundup

Big love to all my test knitters for showing my knitting pattern off so well! I’m sure you’ll agree it looks great in all colours and styles. Thank you all so much!

Upwards Top knitting pattern details

YARN (MC / main colour): 4ply / fingering weight yarn, approx. 308 (365; 426; 479; 543) (603; 672; 735; 804) metres / 337 (399; 465; 523; 594) (659; 734; 803; 879) yards. Sample shown in a Merino Single fingering weight yarn with 366m / 400 yards per 100g. If using this yarn base, you will need 1 (1; 2; 2; 2) (2; 2; 3; 3) skeins.

Yarn CC / contrast colour: oddments (approx 5-10g) of fingering weight yarn in a contrast colour.

GAUGE: 24 sts and 36 rows to 4 inches / 10 cm in stocking stitch, blocked. Suggested size 3.75mm.

3.25mm and 3.75mm circulars of length 24” / 60 cm
3.25mm DPNs (for i-cord)
Tapestry needle
Stitch markers
Scrap yarn.

SIZING: 1 (2; 3; 4; 5) (6; 7; 8; 9) detailed below, designed to be worn with between 3-5” / 7-12 cm negative ease. Sample shown is a size 2 worn on a 34” bust with around 4” / 10 cm negative ease. If you are between sizes, size down.

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: 24.5 (28.5; 32.5; 36.5; 40.5) (44.5; 48.5; 52.5; 56.5) inches / 62 (72; 82; 92; 102) (113; 123; 133; 143) cm.

Construction: the Upwards Top is worked seamlessly from the top down. It begins with working an i-cord for the front neckline. Then you will pick up stitches from the side of the i-cord and continue to work the front in flat stocking stitch. After increasing gradually until the underarm, front stitches are set aside to work the back (initially in two separate pieces, then joined together after the keyhole). Back and front pieces are then joined to work in the round down to the hem. Armhole and keyhole edgings are worked using an applied i-cord for decoration and stability.

The Upwards Top knitting pattern is also available via Ravelry and Etsy.

I LOVE seeing people knit my patterns and make them their own – if you could tag @lilykatemakes and #UpwardsTop on Instagram that would be great!

Lily Kate x

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