Sunday, 6 January 2013

Raspberry Ripple - Vintage-inspired top



Vintage-styled short-sleeved top with mitred neck

I made this for one of my daughters for Christmas. She’s into the fifties look, and has recently won an award for Best Vintage-Inspired Designer in Manchester (see Kally’s blog here), but she doesn’t knit so it’s something I can make that she can’t!
I used the same stitch pattern as for the Rainbow Ripple Hooded Jacket, but in 4-ply and with only one contrast colour.

Materials:

Back view of top
150g 4-ply yarn in main colour (black) and 100g in contrast (raspberry) – I used some of the Bramwell 100% acrylic coned yarn left over from my machine knitting days, but any yarn that knits to the correct tension will do.
1 pair 3 mm (UK 11) needles
1 pair 3.75 mm (UK 9) needles

Tension:

28 sts and 36 rows to 4 in/10 cm over pattern.

Measurements:

To fit size 42 to 44 in bust – actual measurements bust 40 in (unstretched), length 20 in, sleeve seam 4½ in.

Abbreviations: 

K      knit
P      purl
M1    make 1 st (pick up loop between 2 sts and knit into the back of it)
st st  stocking stitch
g st   garter stitch (every row K) 
patt  pattern
tog    together
st(s)  stitch(es)
inc    increase
dec   decrease
RS     right side
WS    wrong side
MC    main colour
CC    contrast colour
in      inch(es) 
Back:
Using MC and size 3 mm needles, cast on 119 sts. Work 3½ in K1, P1 rib.
Change to 3.75 mm needles and join in CC – do not cut MC yarn, just carry it up the side of your work, taking care not to pull it too tightly. Work as follows:
Inc row: K2, M1, (K5, M1) 23 times, K2 (143 sts). Work 3 further rows in CC, in st st.
Pattern row (RS): Using MC, K2tog twice, (K1, M1) 4 times, K1, K2tog twice. Repeat to end of row (13 st repeat)
Work 3 rows g st.
Using CC, work pattern row again, then st st 3 rows.
Continue in this manner, working 4 rows MC in g st then 4 rows CC in st st, the first row in each colour being the pattern row, until work measures 13 in.
Decrease for armholes: Keeping continuity of patt, cast off 9 sts at start of next 2 rows. Dec 1 st at each end of next 5 rows (115 sts).**
Dec 1 st at each end of 2nd and each alt row (RS rows) until 91 sts remain.
Work straight until work measures 6 in from start of armhole decreasing, ending with a fourth contrast row.
Shape neck: Patt 13, turn and patt 13 more rows on these 13 sts, thus ending at armhole edge.
Shape shoulder: Cast off 7 sts at start of next row. Patt 1 row. Cast off remaining 6 sts.
Place next 65 sts on stitch holder. Rejoin yarn to rem 13 sts and work 15 rows, thus ending at armhole edge. Shape shoulder as above.
Back neck: Using MC and 3.25 mm needles, with RS facing you, pick up and K 10 sts down right side of neck (right hand side on work), K across 65 sts from stitch holder, pick up and K 10 sts up other side of work (85 sts). K 1 row.
Continue to work neck as follows:
1st row:
K8,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K61,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K8.
(81 sts)
2nd and foll WS rows: K to end
3rd row:
K7,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K59,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K7.
(77 sts)
5th row:
K6,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K57,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K6.
(73 sts)
7th row:
K5,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K55,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K5.
(69 sts)
9th row:
K4,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K53,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K4.
(65 sts)
11th row:
K3,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K51,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K3.
(61 sts)
13th row:
K2,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K49,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K2.
(57 sts)
15th row:
K1,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K47,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K1.
(53 sts)
17th row:

K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K45,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,

(49 sts)
18th row: (WS) K2tog, K to last 2 sts, K2tog. Cast off remaining 47 sts fairly loosely.

Front:

Work as for back to **.
Dec 1 st at each end of 2nd and each alt row (RS rows) until 111 sts remain, ending with a WS row.
Divide for front neck: K2 tog, patt 21, turn leaving remaining 88 sts on needle. Working on these 22 sts, continue in patt, continuing to dec 1 st at armhole edge on each RS row until 13 sts remain. Continue straight until front is same length as back to shoulder cast off, cast off as for front.
Place next 65 sts on a stitch holder. Rejoin yarn to remaining 23 sts. Patt to last 2 sts, K2 tog.
Continue in patt as for other side of front neck, reversing all shapings.
Front neck: Using MC and 3.25 mm needles, with RS facing you, pick up and K 38 sts down left side of neck (right hand side on work), K across 65 sts from stitch holder, pick up and K 38 sts up other side of work (141 sts). K 1 row.
Continue to work neck as follows:
1st row:
K36,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K61,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K36.
(137 sts)
2nd and foll WS rows: K to end
3rd row:
K35,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K59,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K35.
(133 sts)
5th row:
K34,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K57,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K34.
(129 sts)
7th row:
K33,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K55,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K33.
(125 sts)
9th row:
K32,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K53,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K32.
(121 sts)
11th row:
K31,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K51,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K31.
(117 sts)
13th row:
K30,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K49,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K30.
(113 sts)
15th row:
K29,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K47,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K29.
(109 sts)
17th row:
K28,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K45,
K2tog, S1, K1, psso,
K28.
(105 sts)
18th row: K to end.
Cast off fairly loosely, working double decreases at mitred corners in line with those already worked.

Sleeve (make 2):

Using MC and size 3 mm needles, cast on 87 sts. Work 1½ in K1, P1 rib.
Change to 3.75 mm needles and join in CC.
Inc row: K4, M1, (K5, M1) 16 times, K3 (104 sts). Work 3 further rows in CC, in st st.
Continue in patt as for back until work measures 4½ in from start.
Decrease for armholes: Keeping continuity of patt, cast off 9 sts at start of next 2 rows. Dec 1 st at each end of next row (RS) and following alt rows until 64 sts remain.
Dec 1 st at each end of next and following 4th rows (RS) until 50 sts remain, then every alt row until 34 sts remain, ending with a RS row.
Next row: (P2 tog) 17 times. Cast off remaining 17 sts.

To make up:

Do not press (if you have used different yarn, press according to ball band instructions).
Set in sleeves, then join sleeve and side seams. Sew ends into seams. Press seams lightly under a dry cloth.

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