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Click for larger imageCat's Eye Topper

Design by Kennita Tully

What's not to love with this simple design with I-cord ties, knit in alpaca-blend yarn?

Skill Level

Women's small (medium, 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: 36 (40, 44) inches
Length: 20 (21, 22) inches


  • Plymouth Indecita Baby Alpaca Brush 80 percent baby alpaca/20 percent acrylic bulky weight yarn (110 yds/50g per ball): 5 (6, 7) balls celadon #1477
  • Size 6 (4mm) double-pointed needles for I-cord ties
  • Size 9 (5.5mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Size H/8/5mm crochet hook (for trim)
  • Stitch markers

12 sts and 18 1/2 rows = 4 inches/10cm in Cat's Eye pat with larger needles
To save time, take time to check gauge.

Special Abbreviations
M1 (Make 1): Inc 1 by making a backward loop over right needle.
2yo (Double yo): Wrap yarn twice around needle. On next row, [p1, k1] in lps.

Stitch Pattern
Cat's Eye (multiple of 4 sts)
Row 1 (RS): K4, *2yo, k4; rep from * across.
Row 2: P2, *p2 tog, [p1, k1] in 2yo of previous row, p2 tog; rep from *, to last 2 sts, p2.
Row 3: K2, yo, *k4, 2yo; rep from *, to last 6 sts, k4, yo, k2.
Row 4: P3, *[p2 tog] twice, [p1, k1] in 2yo of previous row; rep from * to last 7 sts, [p2 tog] twice, p3.
Rep Rows 1–4 for pat.

Pattern Notes
When shaping sleeves, work incs 1 st in from each edge, being careful to maintain pat, and working added sts in St st until there are enough sts for a full pat rep.

Cast on 56 (60, 64) sts. Purl 1 row, then work in pat until back measures approx 12 (12 1/2, 13) inches. Place marker at each end of row for armhole. Work even until back measures 20 (21, 22) inches, bind off all sts loosely. Place markers approx 6 (6 1/2, 6 3/4) inches from each edge for shoulder seaming.

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Left/Right Front
Make 2 alike
Working as for back, cast on 28 (32, 36) sts and work even until front measures 12 (12 1/2, 13) inches, place marker at armhole edge. Work even until front measures 20 (21, 22) inches, bind off all sts loosely.

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Cast on 28 (28, 32) sts. Purl 1 row, then work in pat, beg on Row 3, inc 1 st by M1 at each side [every 4th row] 0 (8, 11) times, then [every 6th row] 10 (4, 0) times. (48, 52, 54 sts)
Work even until sleeve measures 13 inches, bind off all sts.

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Block all pieces. Sew shoulder seams to markers. Sew sleeves between armhole markers. Sew sleeve and side seams. Fold back collar and mark bottom of collar for trim.

With crochet hook and RS facing and beg at center back, work reverse single crochet across bottom edge of sweater and up center front to bottom of collar; fasten off yarn. Join yarn at shoulder and work across back neck to other shoulder; fasten off yarn. Join yarn below collar marker and work rem of center front and bottom edge of sweater; join in first single crochet.
Work collar trim on WS of work in same manner.

I-Cord Ties
Make 2
With double-pointed needles, pick up and knit 3 sts at base of collar, *slide sts to opposite end of needle, k3; rep from * for approx 12-14 inches, slide sts to opposite end of needle, k3tog, fasten off.
Rep for tie on other front.
Tack down corners of collar.

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