Cooler Trend for Summer II
For an even cooler trend for summer - which seems all too possible this year in the UK - another early sixties light woollen top with bracelet length sleeves (my favourite). This design seems very representative of the 1960s to me, with its plain simplicity and straight body-line, combined with heavier design work emphasising the sleeve.
"...decorative stitches and scooped necklines make pretty tops to wear on summer days..."
Note: I have not knitted this pattern, so if you have a problem with it, then please let me know so I can try and help.
Instructions are for 3 sizes with the larger sizes; where one set of
figures is given this applies to both sizes.
Back and Front alike.
With No 12 (2¾mm) needles cast on 132/140/148
stitches loosely and work 24 rows in stocking-stitch, starting with a
With right side facing, change to No 11 (3mm) needles and continue in stocking stitch, starting with a knit row, and work straight until work measures 14 ins. down centre, ending with a purl row.
Shape armholes: by casting off' 7/5/9 stitches at beg. of next 2 rows, then decrease 1 stitch at the beginning of every row until 96 stitches remain.
Next row(right side facing): k2tog,
k16, turn, and leave remaining stitches on a spare needle.
Repeat the last 2 rows until 2 stitches remain; p2, then k2tog and fasten off.
With right side facing, slip centre 60 stitches on a spare needle, rejoin wool to remaining stitches, k16, k2tog.
Next row: purl to last 2 stitches,
Finish to correspond with first side.
With No. 11 needles, cast on 99/111/111 stitches.
1st row: knit.
Shape top as follows:
1st row: cast off 9, purl to end.
Join raglan seams.
Stitches for yoke are arranged on the circular needle for easy working but pattern is worked backwards and forwards with a backopening.
Using a spare No 11 needle, divide 60 stitches at back onto 2 needles.
With right side facing and using the circular No 11 needle, knit 30 stitches from left side of back, pick up and knit 11 stitches up shaped edge, purl 45 sleeve stitches, pick up and knit 11 stitches down shaped edge of front, k60 stitches from spare needle, pick up and knit 10 stitches up shaped edge, purl 45 sleeve stitches, pick up and knit 11 stitches down shaped edge of back, then knit remaining 30 stitches: 253 stitches
Next row: knit.
Continue as follows:-
1st row: k6, *
wfd, k2tog, k4; repeat from * to last
Repeat rows 1-11 inclusive once.
Repeat rows 1-11 inclusive once.
Change to No 12 needles and work 20 rows stocking stitch, starting with a knit row. Cast off loosely.
With No 12 needles and right side facing, pick up and knit 60/66/66 stitches along each sleeve edge. Work 37 rows stocking stitch, starting with a purl row. Cast off loosely.
To Make Up
Press parts lightly on wrong side under a damp cloth.
Original materials called for: 8/9/9
ozs Patons Beehive Fin-
A pair each Nos 11 and 12 (3mm and 2¾mm) needles, and a circular No 11 needle for the yoke.
6 small buttons.
32 sts and 40 rows to 4 inches over stocking-stitch on No 11 needles.
Original sized for bust 32-33/34-35/36-37
wfd: "wool forward": make a stitch by bringing the wool to the front of the work and then passing the yarn over the needle when you make the next stitch.
sl1: slip one stitch.
psso: pass the slipped stitch over.
k2tog or p2tog: knit or purl 2 sts together (decrease one stitch).
A word on the wool.
This is a good time to look for fine yarns as all the main companies seem to be offering them in a wider range of qualities and colours.
3 ply weight might be a bit harder to find (outside baby wools) - but
I believe you could get the right tension by varying needle sizes and
using the laceweight yarns such as Rowan
Fine Lace (80% baby alpaca, 20% merino; 400m per 50g) or Debbie
Bliss Rialto Lace (100% merino; 390m per 50g).
Jamiesons have an excellent range of colours in "2ply laceweight" which states: This yarn can be used in vintage patterns which call for "3ply yarns". .