Free Pattern – Simple Summer Top

top1Designed by Ann Budd for the Simple STYLE series, and knit with Allegoro, an organic cotton and linen blend. Elegant and Sporty!

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This top features lots of techniques from Simple Style, beginning with a decorative Channel Island cast-on that adds interest to the lower edge. The body is worked in the round, eliminating side seams, but the first two rows of the body are worked back and forth to make it easier to join into a round without twisting the stitches (which would produce a helix). The body begins with a k5, p1 rib to eliminate curling, then the purl stitches are systematically decreased, creating a nice flare in the lower body. The shoulders are joined with the three needle bind-off (no seams!) and the neck and armholes are finished with a simple row of single crochet punctuated with picots.

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