Top made of Stone WashedBy Scheepjes
Materials: Scheepjes Stone Washed grey (802) 7–7–8 balls, size 3 straight and double–pointed knitting needles.
Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows in Openwork pattern and 21 sts and 40 rows in Moss st = 10 x 10 cm. Take time to check gauge and switch needles if necessary.
2x2 Ribbing: alternately K2 and P2.
Openwork pattern: work following chart. Always repeat the first 2 rows in chart. The 7 increases at side edges are marked above the repeat rows in chart.
+ = edge st, < = single decrease (slip 1 st, K1, PSSO), o = YO, ^ = slip 2 sts together, K1 and PSSO, > = K2 tog, white square = on right side knit, on wrong side purl, x = on right side purl, on wrong side knit.
If after finishing garment, this pattern stitch pulls in too tightly, just gently steam block the pieces until you obtain the desired width.
Back and front: Cast on 94–102–106 sts and work 8 cm in 2x2 Ribbing, increasing or decreasing sts along the last wrong side row to obtain 93–100–107 sts. Continue to work in Openwork pattern and at side edges increase 7 times 1 st, every 11 rows, = 107–114–121 sts. Sleeves: when work measures 38 cm, increase 7 times 2 sts at both edges, every 2 rows, = 135–142–149 sts. Finish with a wrong side row, evenly increasing 7–10–11 sts along this row, = 142–152–160 sts. Continue to work in Moss st. V–neck: divide work and finish each half separately. At neck edge decrease 33 times 1 st, every 2 rows. Decrease as follows: before reaching neck edge, work 2 sts tog, 1 edge st, after neck edge work 1 edge st, work 2 sts tog through back loop. Shoulders: when work measures 60–61–62 cm bind off the rem 38–43–47 sts.
Finishing: Sew shoulder seams. Using double–pointed needles, pick up approx. 220 sts along neck edge and work in 2x2 Ribbing, distributing the rib so that the 2 center sts at the deepest point of he V–shape are the same sts, i.e. K2 or P2. Decrease 2 sts at center front and center back, every row, as follows: work to 2 sts before center, slip 1 st, work the next st and PSSO, work 2 sts tog. When border measures 4 cm bind off all sts in 2x2 Ribbing. Placing shoulder seam in center, pick up approx. 70–74–78 sts along sleeves and work 5 cm in 2x2 Ribbing. Bind off in 2x2 Ribbing. Sew side and underarm seams.