Knit TOP for hot summer – detailed PATTERN for Shetland lace top

Recently I have completed another knit top with Shetland lace:

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It was made in size XL as a present to my neighbour. I used zigzags and rhombuses as in my previous knit top, but changed the edge and the neckline.  With these shoulders it’s certainly easier to find a suitable bra : ).

The pattern was made earlier for the halter neck top with the same zigzag and rhombus patterns:

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This top looks great with a bikini – you will get lots of admiring glances on a beach resort! It takes not much place in your travel luggage, is very light (weighs 100 gr only), and has a perfect & practical design for the hot summer – it leaves your shoulders free so you would not suffer from the heat too much.

The halter neck top is stretchy and fits a woman with the following circumferences:

Bust 36-41 inch; 92-105 cm
Waist 29-33 inch; 75-90 cm
Hips 37-41 inch; 94-105 cm

Detailed PATTERN for this halter neck top can be downloaded here:

To make the same neckline as I did for my neighbour simply decrease 2 rhombuses for the armholes as described in the PDF and then knit straight up to the neckline. Sew shoulder seams – in each shoulder join one rhombus of the front with respective rhombus in the back.

Knit summer DRESS with free chart

This dress is one of my longest projects – I’ve started it somewhere in September 2013 because I wanted to make a knit dress with geometric lace pattern.

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All photos are clickable:

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Well, somehow the process was moving not very fast. Maybe because of winter, maybe because I lost interest.

I knit this dress in rounds. The part that is now between bust and waist (approx. 27 rows) was completed in 3-4 month : )). Too slow… In the meantime I crocheted lots of different garments and actually was thinking to undo all 27 rows.

My friend said – oh, it was so beautiful, leave it, maybe someday you’ll return to this knit project. After some thinking I took another chart, started knitting upwards over completed part (now it is part over bust). Since I had more yarn that the lace dress was consuming I’ve changed the original chart, added more solid-looking rows and started knitting downwards under cast chains (now it’s skirt). Great thing that I used scrap yarn for casting!

I decided to knit dress downwards until my yarn ends : )) – I had 1600 meters (1750 yards) of mixed yarn of bamboo/rayon/linen and did not want to have any left overs. Not because I didn’t love the yarn – it was fine, soft, with nice shine. I just think that the best project is the one I can use the amount of yarn I have for it : )). Without purchasing more or having lots of leftovers.

Finally I have finished knitting in January 2015! : )) Maybe it’s kind of projects “for keeping it in wardrobe far away from my eyes” because the only place I could wear it is beach resort in the evening. Or perhaps during some beach wedding : ))). It weights 350 gr (12.3 oz) so it takes almost no place in a holiday luggage (I would not be weighed down by huge bags :));

The dark slip dresses are not meant for this dress – I wore them just to show the knit pattern.

Below is the diagram I drew for the skirt (it’s clickable):

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HQ chart in PDF format can be sent to your email upon request – this chart in JPG format is a low-resolution version so I still have some upload space remaining in my blog. I kindly ask you not to copy this diagram into your blog or sell it – just give the following link for the diagram

As for the rest of the charts – I made so many remarks  in them that they look rather terrible : )). Top is just more “lighter version” of the skirt pattern.


Skirt chart abbrev.

All other stitches (squares) you work in garter stitch. This way you will have reversible, ridged fabric.