I’d been wondering for a while
about designing a light see-through top with colorwork
using fine mohair yarn like Kidsilk Haze (one of my dream
yarns!). I didn’t see many patterns like that,
since, I guess, fairisle and intarsia make it inevitably
heavy and ugly on the wrong side, and with that yarn,
you can see all those through from the right side.
I thought that a color-change
pattern using slip stitches
seemed the best way to go. I decided to use a simple
linked-stripe pattern which has multiple colors and also
Front and Back are worked separately
from top and seamed later,
except for the slits at
way, you can hide all the tails to weave in and the beginnings
of color-changing rows in those seams.
size [always use a needle
size that gives you the
gauge listed below -- every
knitter's gauge is unique]
1 set US #9/5.5 mm straight needles
set US #6/4 mm double-point needles (for I-Cord straps; only two are used)
Tools Yarn needle
20 sts/36 rows = 4 inches in Stripe Pattern using larger needles
17 sts/20 rows = 4 inches in stockinette st using larger needles
PATTERN NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
When slipping sts in stripe pattern, slip st purlwise with yarn held to WS of work.
Stripe Pattern (Worked over a multiple of 4 sts + 2): Row 1 [RS]: Using MC, k
all sts. Row 2 [WS]: Using MC, p1,
k to last st, p1. Row 3 [RS]: Using CC1,
[k2, sl 2] to last 2 sts, k2. Row 4 [WS]: Using CC1,
[p2, sl 2] to last 2 sts, p2. Rows 5-6: Using CC2, work
as for Rows 1-2. Rows 7-8: Using MC, work
as for Rows 3-4. Rows 9-10: Using CC1, work
as for Rows 1-2. Rows 11-12: Using CC2,
work as for Rows 3-4.
Repeat these 12 rows for
Using straight needles and MC, CO 74[82, 94, 102, 114, 122, 134] sts.
Work in Stripe Pattern until work measures 7[7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 9] inches, ending with a WS row. Break CC1 and CC2.
Using MC, continue in stockinette st until work measures
16[17, 18, 18, 19, 20, 21] inches or desired length, ending
with a RS row.
K 2 rows.
Next row (WS): P 1 row.
Loosely BO all sts.
BACK Work as for Front.
FINISHING Block pieces
to measurements shown in schematic.
Sew pieces together at side edges, beginning at upper edge and ending 4[4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6] inches from lower edge.
Using double-point needles
and MC, CO 3 sts. Work
I-Cord until cord measures 13[14, 15, 15, 16, 16, 17]
inches or desired length.
BO all sts.
Make a second strap in
the same way. Pin straps to top using photos as guides,
then try on and adjust as needed to determine best locations
for straps. Sew straps to upper edges.
Weave in ends.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Yumiko is a biomedical engineer during
day, knitter at night, mom to 2 kids.