Bell

Skill Level: 
Easy
Project Type: 
Women’s Clothing
Designer: 
Berroco Design Team

This top combines a bit of knitting and some simple sewing to create a swingy summer tank.

 

Sizes

Directions are for women’s size X-Small.  Changes for sizes Small, Medium, Large, 1X and 2X are in parentheses.

 

Finished Measurements

Bust – 40(44-48-52-56-60)”

Length – 24(24-24½-25-25½-26)

Note:  This garment is designed to fit very loosely at bust and is gathered across the yoke.  Please take this into consideration when selecting your size.

 

Materials

1(1-1-1-2-2) Hanks NaturLin (50 grs), #6315 Coriander (A) and 1 hank each #6303 Oats (B) and #6312 Maize (D)

1 Hank Berroco Lumina (50 grs), #1610 Fairy Dust (C)

Straight knitting needles, sizes 5 (3.75 mm) and 6 (4.00 mm) OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE

1¼(1¼-1½-1½-1¾-1¾) yds of woven fabric

Sewing needle and matching thread

 

Gauge

24 sts = 4”; 34 rows = 4” in Pat St with larger needles

24 sts = 4”;  36 rows = 4” in Seed St with smaller needles

TO SAVE TIME, TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE

 

Seed Stitch (Even number of sts)

Row 1:  * K1, p1, rep from * across.

Row 2:  * P1, k1, rep from * across.

Rep these 2 rows for Seed St

 

Pattern Stitch (Multiple of 2 sts)

Row 1 (RS):  With B, * k1, bring yarn to front, sl 1, bring yarn to back, rep from * across.

Row 2:  With B, purl.

Row 3:  With A, k1, * k1, bring yarn to front, sl 1, bring yarn to back, rep from * to last st, end k1.

Row 4:  With A, purl.

Row 5:  With C, rep Row 1.

Row 6:  With C, purl.

Row 7:  With D, rep Row 3.

Row 8:  With D, purl.

Rep these 8 rows for Pat St.

 

Back Yoke

With larger needles, using B, cast on 72(84-96-108-120-132) sts.  Work even in Pat St for 2 rows, end on WS.  Dec 1 st each end of next row, EVERY row 0(4-12-14-22-24) times more, every RS row 11(11-9-10-8-9) times, then every 4th row 1(0-0-0-0-0) times, end on WS – 48(54-54-60-60-66) sts.  Work even if necessary until piece measures 3(3-3 ½-4-4 ½-6)” from beg, end on WS.  Bind off.

 

Front Yoke

Work same as back yoke.

 

Left Strap

Note:  When 10 rows have been completed, change to C and work even for 1 row, then change back to A and work to end.

With smaller needles, using A, cast on 84(84-92-96-104-108) sts.  Working in Seed St, work even for 1 row, end on RS.  Bind off 0(0-0-0-4-4) sts at beg of the next 0(0-0-0-6-8) rows, 0(0-3-3-3-3) sts at beg of the next 0(0-6-12-8-8) rows, 0(0-2-2-2-2) sts at beg of the next 0(0-6-6-4-2) rows, then dec 1 st each side EVERY row 18(18-7-0-0-0) times – 48 sts.  Bind off.

 

Right Strap

Work same as left strap.

 

Finishing

Sew slanted edges of straps to slanted edges of back and front.  Sew lower points of back and front tog on each side forming underarm edges.  Cut fabric into 2 pieces each measuring 18” long x 20(22-24-26-28-30)” wide.  Gather one long edge of one piece to fit along lower edge of back yoke and the other to fit along lower edge of front yoke.  Sew to yokes.  Note:  Sewing may be done either with a sewing machine or by hand.  Sew side seams.  Hem bottom edge to desired length.