You might not have been able to guess it from all of my colorful projects, but I love black and white stripes. I own a bunch of store-bought striped pieces, but never knit my own until this year. Meet Waters, in my new striped linen top pattern!
Waters is a simple shape, with a high neckline in front and a scoop back. The shirt is knit seamlessly from the top down, starting with each side of the upper back. The shoulders are shaped with a few short rows for good fit. The sides of the upper back are joined when the scoop of the back neckline is cast on, and then the whole back is placed on hold. Stitches are picked up from the cast-on edges for each upper front, and the front is worked similarly to the back. When the back and front are long enough, they’re joined in the round, and the top is knit down with waist and hip shaping. Stitches are picked up around the neckline and armholes, and a ribbed edging completes them.
The top is knit using Quince & Co. Sparrow on US 3 / 3.25 mm needles, so it’s light and cool but not too sheer. You can substitute any fingering weight linen, but be sure to check that it is colorfast if you’re using high-contrast colors to avoid bleeding.
The pattern comes in seven sizes, ranging from 32 in / 81 cm to 56 in/142 cm finished bust circumferences. It fits best with 0-4 in of positive ease through the bust and has an hourglass shape, with a hip circumference equal to the bust.
Waters is a nice, relaxing knit, and it’s simple shape makes it easy to customize. I’m a big fan of 1:3 stripes, but stick around and tomorrow I’ll share five alternative stripe sequences that can easily be substituted for the original and yardage estimates to go with!