Lace knitting is great for summer – the bold mesh stitch pattern is created using simple techniques, it's quick to memorise and is beautiful on a large expanse of fabric.On the Bright Side was originally published as part of a Knit Today issue a couple of years ago and I am very happy to [finally] announce that it is available as a direct download from Ravelry and LoveKnitting.com.
The top was knitted using Wendy Supreme Cotton DK, which is a multi-ply cotton yarn with good drape and hand. There is a number of other plant fibre yarns that will give you a similar result, keeping the lace open and well defined – King Cole Bamboo Cotton or Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima to name just a couple of options.
The top is knitted in two pieces, flat, from the bottom up. There is a little bit of sleeve and shoulder shaping that take care of the armholes and the drop shoulder look that refine the fit. Once the sides and shoulders are seamed together, the only thing left is the armhole trims and the neckline edge and you're ready for flaunt it over a summer dress!
There is an introductory discount of 40% off as a re-publishing offer until May 20th, 2016 (this Friday) on Ravelry – the discount will be taken off automatically at the checkout.
Intermediate – increases, decreases, simple lace, knitting in the round, seaming, simple finishing
* Finished bust circumference 35 (38½, 41½, 45, 48, 51) in / 88 (96, 104, 112, 120, 128) cm
Designed to be worn with about 1-2 in / 2.5-5 cm of positive ease.
Shown in size 38½ in / 88 cm with 1½ in / 4 cm of ease
Wendy Supreme Cotton DK (100% Cotton, 220 yds / 201 m / 100 g) in Azure #1959, 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 5) skeins
21 sts and 35 rows = 4 in / 10 cm square over broken rib pattern, measured after light blocking
20 sts and 26 rows = 4 in / 10 cm square over lace pattern, measured after light blocking
* Needles & Notions
3.75 mm (US 5) straight or circular needles (for the body)
3.75 mm (US 5) 16 in / 40 cm circular needle or set of double points (dpns) (for neck and armhole finishing)
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Stitch markers, stitch holders and tapestry needle