This original design was created by Rita specially for the book, inspired by the popular fashions of the 1950s but with an undeniable up-to-date appeal. The contrast crochet edging makes an attractive finish that is a true vintage detail. The mercerized cotton and lacy stitch are cool and neat, combining to make a top that is easy to wear as well as being reminiscent of the pretty cotton tops of yesterday. Wear it with chic Capri pants or a dramatic full skirt for maximum effect.
To fit Small [Medium, Large]
Actual chest size 81 [92, 102]cm 32 [36 ½ , 40]in
Length to back neck 48 [54, 57]cm 19 [21? ¼ , 22 ½ ]in
Underarm sleeve 8 [10, 12]cm 3 [4, 5]in
23 stitches and 30 rows measure 10cm/4in over pattern on 3.25mm needles (or size needed to obtain given tension)
Taken from Knit Vintage, Madeline Weston & Rita Taylor. £20, Jacqui Small - www.jacquismallpub.com
Knit Vintage offers a fantastic selection of more than 20 timeless designs based on original women's knitwear patterns from the 1930s to the 1950s. Drawing from their own extensive collections of vintage knitting patterns, authors Madeline Weston and Rita Taylor have chosen garments for their classic style and updated them to appeal to 21st century tastes. The patterns, which incorporate traditional stitch formations such as cables, lace, Fair Isle and other motifs, have been adapted to suit an array of gorgeous modern yarns in fashion-forward colours and sumptuous textures, including merino, angora, cotton, bamboo, cashmere, alpaca and silk. The five chapters 'Pretty Tops', 'Cute Cardigans', 'Starlet Sweaters', 'Twinsets & Two Pieces' and 'Finishing Touches' - include short-sleeve tops...© 2013 Madeline Weston / Aurum Press · Reproduced with permission.
Using 3.25mm needles and black yarn, cast on 96 [104, 112] sts and knit 1 row.
Cont in patt as follows:
Row 1 P2, (yon, p4tog) to last 2, p2.
Row 2 K3, (k1, p1, k1) into next st, *k1, (k1, p1, k1) into next st, rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 3 Knit.
These 3 rows form the pattern.
Rep these 3 rows until work measures 12 [15, 15]cm/4 ¾ [6, 6]in.
Work 6cm/2? ¼ in in k1, p1 rib for waist.
Change back to lace patt and cont until work measures 32 [34, 37]cm/12? [13 ¼, 14 ½ ]in.
Cast off 5 [5, 6] sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Dec 1 st at each end of every alt row until 76 [82, 86] sts rem.
Cont until armhole measures 20cm/8in.
Cast off 8 [8, 9] sts at beg of next 2 rows and 8 [9, 9] sts at beg of foll 2 rows; 45 [48, 50] sts rem for back of neck. Cast off loosely.
Using 3.25mm needles and black yarn, cast on 97 [105, 113] sts and knit 1 row.
Patt 40 [44, 48] sts, (p1, k1) 8 times, p1, patt 40 [44, 48] sts.
Cont as set with centre 17 sts in st st until armhole measures 3cm/1in with 77 [83, 87] sts rem.
Work 31 [33, 36] sts and place on stitch holder.
Cast off next 15 sts in rib.
Work rem 31 [33, 36] sts.
Cont armhole shaping until 12 rows have been worked from beg of armhole, AT THE SAME TIME dec 1 st at neck edge every row 7 times, then dec 1 st at neck edge every alt row, until 16 [17, 18] sts rem.
Cont until armhole measures 20cm/8in.
Cast off 8 [8, 9] sts at beg of next row and 8 [9, 9] sts at beg of foll alt row.
Return to 31 [33, 36] sts on stitch holder and work other side of neck to match.
Using 3.25mm needles and black yarn, cast on 64 [68, 72] sts and knit 1 row.
Cont in patt, inc 1 st at each end of 5th row, then every 4th row to 72 [76, 80] sts.
Keeping patt as set, work until sleeve measures 8 [10, 12]cm/?3 [4, 4 ¾ ]in.
Shape top of sleeve
Cast off 5 [6, 6] sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Dec 1 st at each end of every row 0 [3, 1] times; then every alt row 20 [16, 21] times; then every row 0 [3, 1] times.
Cast off rem 22 [22, 24] sts.
Work a second sleeve in the same way.
Sew front to back along shoulder seams.
Block or press carefully.
Sew sleeve top to armhole, easing to fit.
Sew side and sleeve seams.
Using cream yarn and crochet hook, work 1 row dc along outer edge of centre rib panel, working into every k st. Turn, *3ch, miss 2dc, 1dc into next st; rep from * to end. Fasten off. (See page 139.)
Work 3 more of these trims on the centre panel, first on the other outside edge and then on 3rd knit sts in from each side.
Work the same trim around the neck and sleeve edges. ?Sew in all loose ends.
Sew buttons to front of blouse as illustrated.