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Catch-a-Wave TopCatch-a-Wave Top

Design by Katharine Hunt

The interest is in the colorful rippling stitch pattern.

Skill Level
Intermediate

Sizes
Woman’s small (medium, large, extra-large). Instructions are given for smallest size, with larger sizes in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to all sizes.

Finished Measurements
Chest: 32 (36, 40, 44) inches

Materials

  • Medium weight viscose blend novelty yarn* (120 yds/50g per ball): 2 balls #812 (A)
  • Lightweight cotton yarn* (249 yds/125g per skein): 1 skein gold #3568 (B), 1 (1, 1, 2) skeins maize #3546 (C)
  • Size 4 (3.5mm) 28-inch circular needle
  • Size 6 (4mm) needles
  • Size 7 (4.5mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge

*Sample project was completed with SRK Poco (80 percent viscose/20 percent polyamide) and Super 10 (100 percent mercerized cotton) from S.R. Kertzer Ltd.

Gauge
22 sts = 4 inches/10cm in pat with solid yarn and size 7 needles (lightly blocked).
To save time, take time to check gauge.

Pattern Stitch
(multiple of 11 sts + 2 selvage sts)
Rows 1, 3 and 5 (RS): With B (C) and size 7 needles, k1, *k2tog, k2, [knit into front and back of next st] twice, k3, ssk; rep from * to last st, end k1.
Rows 2, 4 and 6: With B (C) and size 7 needles, purl.
Rows 7–10: With A and size 6 needles, knit.
Rep Rows 1–10 for pat.

Front
Border:
With A and size 6 needles, cast on 90 (101, 112, 123) sts and knit 3 rows.

Body
Rows 1–20: [Work pat Rows 1–10] twice, using B and A, and changing needle sizes as indicated.
Rows 21–30: Work pat Rows 1–10, using C and A.
Rows 31–90: Rep Rows 1–30.
Work rem of front in St st with size 6 needles and C, until front measures approx 14 (14, 14 1/2, 14 1/2) inches from beg, ending with a WS row.

Shape armhole
Row 1 (RS): Bind off 8 (9, 10, 11) sts knitwise, knit across. (82, 92, 102, 112 sts)
Row 2: Bind off 9 (10, 11, 12) sts purlwise, purl to last 2 sts, dec 1. (72, 81, 90, 99 sts)
Continue in St st, dec 1 st at each edge by ssk at beg of row and k2tog at end, until 64 (69, 76, 83) sts rem.
Work even in St st until armhole measures 2 1/2 (3, 3, 3 1/2) inches from beg of shaping, ending with a WS row.

Shape front neck
Row 1 (RS): Knit across 23 (24, 25, 27) sts; attach new ball and bind off center 18 (21, 26, 29) sts; knit to end.
Row 2: Working both sides at once with separate yarn, purl to last 2 sts at first neck edge, dec 1; bind off 2 sts at 2nd neck edge, purl to end.
Row 3: Knit to last 2 sts, dec 1; bind off 2 sts at 2nd neck edge, knit to end. Continue to dec 1 st at each neck edge until 14 (15, 17, 19) sts rem on each side, then work even until armhole measures 7 (7 1/2, 7 1/2, 8) inches from beg of shaping, ending with a WS row.

Shape shoulders
On first shoulder, bind off 5 (5, 6, 6) sts, work to end. Turn and work 1 row even.
Rep last 2 rows. Bind off rem 4 (5, 5, 7) sts.
On 2nd shoulder, work 1 row (RS) even. Continue as first shoulder, binding off at armhole edge.


Catch-a-Wave Front

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Back
Work as for front until armhole shaping is completed.
Continue even in St st until armhole measures 4 1/2 (5, 5, 5 1/2) inches from beg of shaping, ending with a WS row.
Work neck shaping as for front until 14 (15, 17, 19) sts rem on each side, then work even until armhole measures same as front at shoulders.
Shape shoulders as for front.


Catch-a-Wave Back

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Assembly
Block pieces to measurements, cover with a damp cloth and leave overnight to dry.
Sew shoulder seams.

Neck band
(worked in rnds)
Beg at left shoulder with B and size 4 circular needle, RS facing, pick up and knit 31 sts along left neckline, 22 (25, 28, 31) sts across neck front, 31 sts along right neckline and 62 (65, 68, 71) sts across back neck. (146, 152, 158, 164 sts)
Join and purl 1 rnd, knit 1 rnd. Bind off purlwise.

Armbands
(worked in rows)
Beg at underarm with B and size 4 circular needle, RS facing, pick up and knit 53 (56, 57, 60) sts along front armhole edge, and same number along back armhole edge. (106, 112, 114, 120 sts)
Working back and forth in rows, knit 2 rows even. Bind off knitwise on WS.

Finishing
Sew side seams.


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