My new top pattern is the official Outfit Along pattern this year, but there’s so much going on with this pattern that it deserves a post of its own.
Zinone is a seamless, top-down, loose summer top. The pattern gives you a few options, and there are four potential variations. You can do a partial lace back or a full lace back, and you can choose between a cropped length and a full, mid-hip length. The instructions work so that you can mix lengths and back styles easily, so you can choose the combination you love best. The coral sample uses the partial lace back and full length options, and the blue sample shows the full lace back and cropped options in the same size.
The top is designed to fit with some positive ease and has a loose fit, but the pattern features some shaping so it hangs nicely. The shaping is conveniently placed so it will never interfere with the lace pattern, even if you opt for the full lace back, which keeps things from getting too complicated. A slipped stitch edging on the sleeves and an i-cord bind-off at the neckline finishes things off neatly.
The recommended yarn in Quince & Co. Sparrow, which is a fingering weight linen yarn. Knit on 3.75 mm/US 5 knitting needles, it creates a nice, light, sheer fabric that’s perfect for summer weather. It’s also easy to wash and care for, because linen yarn behaves much like linen fabric. The more you wash and wear it, the softer and more beautiful it gets.
Zinone comes in seven sizes, XS to 3X, and it’s available for 20% off when you checkout on Ravelry using the coupon code OAL2016 until June 1st when the OAL starts.