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How To Knit A Crop Top. Free Knitting Pattern.

Knit Crop Top. Free Knitting Pattern.

Today I would like to share with you a free pattern that I put together for my California Crop TopIt’s a pretty straightforward knit that can become the perfect vacation project, as it doesn’t require much yarn, knits up fast and it’s very easy to make.

Knit Crop Top. Free Knitting Pattern.

In the simple knit piece as this one, yarn will play the main role. I love the ribbon yarn for this project, because the thread is wide, which is very fast to knit, but because of the nature of the thread, it is very light. Plus, it creates a textured surface, even when used with the simplest stitch patterns.

Knit Crop Top. Free Knitting Pattern.

As you can see in my previous post, I chose “purl” side as the right side of the fabric, but if you feel like it you can definitely use it as a reversible top and wear it with any side facing up – so many designers use the visible seam as the decorative element now. And at the end of a day, it is a casual crop summer top, it doesn’t have to be perfect 🙂

Knit Crop Top. Free Knitting Pattern.

To see the fit of the top, check my modeled post here – The Gift Of Knitting – California Crop WATG Top.

How To Knit A Crop Top

SIZE:

32 (36, 40)” [81.5 (91.5, 101.5) cm]

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS:

Finished bust circumference: 34 (38, 42)” [86.5 (96.5, 106.5) cm].

Finished length from the armhole: approx 7 (7 1/4, 7 3/4)” [17.8 (18.4, 19.5) cm].

MATERIALS:

Yarn

3 (4, 4) skeins of Wool and the Gang, Stone Washed, 100% cotton. 1.8 oz. (50 g), 82 yds. (75 m).

Please, keep in mind that the yardage recommended is approximate. 

Needles. 5.5 mm (US 9)

GAUGE

4″ (10 cm) = 12 sts. The row gauge is not essential in this project.

 

BACK

  • CO 51 (57, 63) sts, using a long tail cast on method.
  • *K1, p1; rep from * to last st, k1.
  • Repeat the last row 4 more times.
  • Next Row (RS): Purl.
  • Next Row (WS): Knit.
  • Repeat the last 2 rows until the piece measures approximately 7 (7 1/4, 7 3/4)” [17.8 (18.4, 19.5) cm], finishing after WS row.
  • Next Row (RS): Bind off 7 (9, 11) sts purlwise; purl to end – 44 (48, 52) sts.
  • Next Row (WS): Bind off 7 (9, 11) sts knitwise; knit to end – 37 (39, 41) sts.
  • Next Row (RS): K1, purl to last st, k1.
  • Next Row (RS): K1, knit to last st, k1.
  • Repeat the last 2 rows until the piece measures approximately 7 1/2 (7 1/2, 7 3/4)” [19 (19, 19.5) cm], finishing after RS row.
  • Bind off all 37 (39, 41) sts knitwise.

FRONT

  • Make identical to the BACK.

FINISHING

  • Block the pieces.
  • Seam shoulders: Place the pieces flat, with bind off edges facing each other, RS of the fabric (in this case, purl side) facing up. Using a horizontal seam, sew shoulders together (each shoulder is approximately 1 1/2 – 1 3/4″ wide).
  • Seam FRONT and BACK: Place the pieces flat, RS of the fabric (in this case, purl side) facing up, side edges next to each other. Make sure to align the pieces, with armhole edges being on the same level. Using a mattress stitch, sew edges together on both sides.
  • Weave in the ends.

Note: As you can see, I chose “purl” side as the right side of the fabric, but you can flip it over and stay with the classic stockinette stitch – just seam the pieces on reverse, with knit side facing up.

Note: This is a free pattern. It wasn’t test knitted or tech edited. I tried my best to avoid any mistakes, but if you find one, please, let me know in the comments below. 

I hope you will use this pattern this summer and create your own simple Crop Top. If you liked the pattern, please, share it on your Pinterest board, I would really appreciate it!.

Knit Crop Top. Free Knitting Pattern.

Have a wonderful day today!


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By | 2018-01-28T08:44:35+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Free Patterns and Tutorials, Knitting, Pattern, Tutorial|11 Comments

The Gift Of Knitting – California Crop WATG Top

Knit Crop Top. Free Knitting Pattern

Happy Sunday! This weekend I finally had a chance to take photos of my California crop top I made with ribbon cotton yarn Stone Washed by Wool and the Gang. Summer crop top was on my must-knit list for ages, but for some reason I kept postponing it, maybe because my stash yarn didn’t sparkle the imagination – nothing felt as the perfect match for this kind of project. But when you find the right yarn, you have to go for it!

Ribbon yarn creates a very interesting fabric that has some structure to it, without losing its drape. It worked perfectly for the loose cropped shape of the top – it keeps its form, without being too stiff.

Knit Crop Top. Free Knitting Pattern

I improvised the pattern, but kept my notes. I will post the instructions for it and all the FO details next week, so if you feel like it, you can repeat it for yourself or your dear ones. It is a very quick and relaxing project to work on, I’m sure you will like it! I used only three skeins of Stone Washed for it. This is a great project to take with you on your summer vacation – you don’t need to pack lots of yarn, the process is pretty simple and straightforward and as it’s short and sleeveless, you’ll be able to finish it in several afternoons.

Knit Crop Top. Free Knitting Pattern

California crop top is for hot summer days; for unplanned road trips with dear friends; for signing along Pink Floyd way too loud in the car; for messy hair and sun burned skin…

Knit Crop Top. Free Knitting Pattern

Have a wonderful Sunday with your dear ones!


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By | 2017-07-23T08:35:40+00:00 July 23rd, 2017|Finished Objects, Knitting|13 Comments

We Are Knitters – Pima Cotton

We Are Knitters Pima Cotton

Happy Sunday! Today I would love to share with you one more visual yarn story that I created for the review of Pima Cotton by We Are Knitters. I worked with pima cotton before and I can definitely say this is the best type of cotton for me – it is so incredibly soft, light and silky. I love its slight sheen that adds depth and luxurious feel to the fabric.

We Are Knitters Pima Cotton

The pima cotton is loosely spun and feels very light to the touch. It creates a wonderful crisp stitch definition that works perfect for basic stitch patterns. I am casting on for a simple light summer sweater – I haven’t made any notes, I will just keep knitting and see where it brings me. This is the best way for me to experiment on the needles!

From what I can see so far the yardage is very generous in the skein and I have a feeling I will have enough for more than one project! I’ll see what I will have left at the end and experiment on my knitting machine with it.

We Are Knitters Pima Cotton

For this review I chose Denim shade out of 25 available colors – basically slightly faded grey/blue.Great choice for those who wants to add more color into their knitting, but still stick to a neutral soft palette.

We Are Knitters Pima Cotton

I’ll be knitting away and hopefully share the results of my experiment soon! Thank you, We Are Knitters, for creating such an inspiring yarn! At the end of this knitting story, I will organize a giveaway for you. You can subscribe to my blog to receive the latest giveaways announcements and never miss them!

We Are Knitters Pima Cotton

Enjoy your Sunday!!! See you soon!


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By | 2017-07-16T06:36:35+00:00 July 16th, 2017|Knitting, Yarn|16 Comments

Monthly Knitting Santa – KnitCrate Review

Thank you for your amazing birthday wishes yesterday! I haven’t been well 100% lately and your kind words definitely helped, I really appreciate it!

This weekend I got a special surprise package in my mail from KnitCrate, a subscription box yarn club for yarn lovers and fiber artists. They asked me to review one of their surprise packages. First I researched about the company and what it is all about and thought that their concept is very interesting and you will like it.

Knitcrate

KnitCrate is like a year-long yarn Santa for you 🙂 If you become a member of a club, each month you will receive a surprise box with some very delicious goodies inside. You won’t know what’s in there until you open it – pretty exciting, right?!

There are several subscription plans available. Let me break it down for you:

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  • KnitCrate for knitters with some experience – you will receive surprise premium yarn, a pattern or two, some cute bonus items and promo codes for exclusive discounts in different fiber related online shops!

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KnitCrate

KnitCrate Sock

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  • Learning series KnitCrate – if you want to learn the basics of the knitting, but don’t have a plan, then this package will be exactly what you need. Each month you will receive instructional videos, a simple pattern, tools and yarn, of course. So, basically each month you learn something new!

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KnitCrate Newbies

KnitCrate Sock Newbies

I received a standard KnitCrate for knitters with some experience. It was pretty exciting to open the box and have absolutely no idea what I’ll find there.

Here is what I got (It’s not a January box, so I won’t spoil the surprise for anybody 🙂 )

Knitcrate

2 skeins of SilverSpun yarn from Feel Good Yarn Company, Trellis Tam pattern by Wendy D. Johnson and some fun extras – tiny snip scissors that fit easily in any project bag and row counter to keep track of my knitting progress; plus promo codes for free shipping at Feel Good Yarn Company and 20% off the entire website The Buffalo Wool Co.

First I am going to tell you about the yarn and then will list pros and cons of such subscription box.

SilverSpun isn’t just a beautiful metaphorical name, this yarn is actually spun with silver! For me that was definitely a big surprise, I’ve never worked with anything like this before. It has 5% of silver interwoven with 87% of combed cotton, 5% Nylon and 3% Spandex.

Knitcrate

Feel Good Yarn Company claims that silver content in their yarns is therapeutic, inhibits the growth of odor causing bacteria, nontoxic and perfect for those suffering from arthritis and sensitive skin. The silver will not wash out of the yarn. Sounds amazing, right?

Knitcrate

This is the second time I get the combed cotton and I can say only good things about it – it is really soft and doesn’t feel stiff at all. If you’ve never worked with plant fibers before, but would love to give it a try, combed cotton is great to start with!

Knitcrate

OK, now let’s see what pros and cons surprise subscription has for you

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  • Surprise. You don’t know what you’ll get. The surprise part is so exciting!! You never know what you’ll find in the box.
  • Yarns. Each month you get new premium yarn from a different company. KnitCrate works with indie dyers and big yarn companies; well established and emerging fiber artists. Most probably you wouldn’t even try those yarns on your own, but this way each month you will surprised by new fiber in your hands.
  • New patterns and techniques. Sometimes we stay away from some patterns/projects just because we’ve never done them before. But if you already have the pattern, let’s say with new to you fair isle technique, you might as well try it out and see how it goes – who knows, maybe you’ll fall in love with it!
  • Price. Better prices – the retail value of each box is always bigger than what you pay for subscription.
  • Cancel any time. You don’t have to subscribe to 12 months, if you don’t want to, try one, two, three months and see if it works for you.
  • Bonus codes. Really nice exclusive discounts on yarn and notions.
  • Makes great gifts for fiber enthusiasts. A surprise box at your door each month is the perfect gift for your friends who love knitting!

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  • Surprise. You don’t know what you’ll get. If you don’t like the idea of “a pig in a poke” for your yarn stash and you always HAVE TO know what you are getting, then this package is not for you.
  • Yarns. If you have strong preferences in yarn, such as: you never work with plant fibers or vice versa you are allergic to animal fibers, then you probably won’t enjoy every single package.
  • New patterns and techniques. If you have a pretty small list of things that your prefer to knit and you are not excited about anything else than them, then you probably won’t use all the patterns that come with your monthly package. But you are free to use it for any other project that you like! I, for example, doubt that I will knit a suggested pattern, but I am already excited to try this yarn for some experimenting.
  • Price. If you promised yourself not to spend any money on new yarn for some time, then this is obviously not for you.
  • Bonus codes. Discounts are so good that you will want to use them and enhance your stash even more!

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So, if after reading pros and cons, you decide that you want to indulge yourself and receive a surprise box full of knit goodies, here is the promo code you can use – GOK20. This will give you 20% off your first KnitCrate, which makes it a great price for high quality yarns, patterns and other fun that comes along with it!

Let me know, please, what you think about the idea getting a surprise knitting package every month? Do you like the element of surprise or you prefer always know what you are getting?

Will definitely check all the fun projects you are working on in Yarn Along!

Have a great Wednesday!


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By | 2017-03-01T09:05:59+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Knitting, Yarn|22 Comments

The Gift Of Knitting – Wall Sweater

Machine Knitting Sweater

Wall sweater is probably the most relaxed and shapeless knit piece I have ever made. It is so effortless to wear and it can be styled numerous ways – wide boat neck or slightly lower back neck or off the shoulder sweater. I’ve made the front piece 6 rows shorter than the back to lift it up a little bit.

Machine Knitting Sweater

I’ve always been afraid of raw edges, usually I prefer everything perfectly trimmed, which keeps the whole construction together, but this time I got out of my comfort zone and loosened up a little bit 🙂 At the end of the day, experimenting is my favorite part of the whole process. Plus, I can always trim the edges later if I feel like it doesn’t really work for me or if I feel that the trims are essential to keep the sweater in shape. So far I enjoy the “soft” edges.

Machine Knitting Sweater

I was very pleased with the texture created – it actually looks like a garter stitch, though it’s just a reverse stockinette. The garter is one of the most time consuming stitches to make on the LK-150 knitting machine. You have to manually reform each stitch every single row! I think it would take me more time to do that than knitting it by hand. But the pretty loose stitch dial (8) and the slight stiffness of the cotton thread created garter-like ridges. I like how there are countless ways to play around with one stitch and get absolutely different results.

Machine Knitting Sweater

Though this project is the most colorful sweater I’ve made during a long long period of time, I still feel very comfortable and “me” in it. The colors are rich, but still pretty subtle and subdued. And I love how two threads mixed together on their own in a natural looking patches of color. It reminds me of the artist’s used palette…

Machine Knitting Sweater

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend and enjoying your cozy knits!


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By | 2017-01-11T08:04:29+00:00 November 27th, 2016|Finished Objects, Machine Knitting|22 Comments