Little Red Top

I’m still stretching my imagination to the breaking point trying to make knitting a summer sport. My latest effort is all that remains of a few skeins of red cotton I bought over a decade ago at my then-local yarn store. True to form, it’s been discontinued for a while, although yarnsub.com lists Fibra Natura Radiant Cotton as an excellent match. For once, I didn’t have to test that theory, or revel in the fun part of stash yarn knitting – measuring the length between the last two tails to calculate the exact volume of a skein of yarn in stitches – in order to find out long the torso of my top could be. I did have to play around with sleeve length, but I’m pretty happy with the cap sleeves the yarn limited me to.

I’m also counting this as another re-do of an old knit, because I’ve taken inspiration from a gathered braid pattern I played around with back in 2013 – in an old blog draft titled “Rapunzel Braid” – that flared out before the first cable row. I thought about using it for a sweater dress – with the increases creating the skirt, but what stood out to me this time around was the texture.

So, combining a little cabling with a silhouette that a drunk girl in a bathroom called hot over three years ago, we have the Textured V-Neck Tee.

Textured V-Neck Tee

Abbreviations

sl – slip

CN – cable needle

H2F – hold to front

H2B – hold to back

WS – wrong side

RS – right side

SSK – slip slip knit

K2tog – knit two together

k3tog – sl1, K2tog, slip slipped st over decrease

w+t – wrap and turn

Pattern

Materials

Cable Row 1: *K2, sl 12 onto CN, H2F, k12, k12 off CN, k2; repeat from * to end

Cable Row 2: *K2, sl 12 onto CN, H2B, k12, k12 off CN, k2; repeat from * to end

Front

CO 196

Rows 1-13: Knit

Row 14: *K2, p24, k2; repeat from * to end

Repeat rows 13 and 14 until row 25

Row 25: Cable Row 1

Row 26: Repeat rows 13 and 14 until row 37

Row 37: Cable Row 2

Continue as established until front measures 8″ in length

Armholes

Row 1: K2, SSK, k9, k2tog, k in established cable pattern to last 15, SSK, k9, k2tog, k2

Row 2: K2, p22, k2, k in established cable pattern to last 26, k2, p22, k2

Row 3: K2, SSK, k7, k2tog, k in established cable pattern to last 13, SSK, k7, k2tog

Row 4: K2, p20, k2, k in established cable pattern to last 24, k2, p20, k2

Row 5: K2, SSK, k5, k2tog, k13, k in established cable pattern to last 11, SSK, k5, k2tog, k2

Row 6: K2, p18, k2, k in established cable pattern to last 22, k2, p18, k2

Row 7: K2, SSK, k3, k2tog, k in established cable pattern to last 9, SSK, k3, k2tog, k2

Row 8: K2, p16, k2, k in established cable pattern to last 20, k2, p16, k2

Row 9: K2, SSK, k1, k2tog, k in established cable pattern to last 7, SSK, k1, k2tog, k2

Row 10: K2, p14, k2, k in established cable pattern to last 18, k2, p14, k2

Row 11: K2, k3tog, k in established cable pattern to last 5, k3tog, k2

Row 12: K2, p12, k2, k in established cable pattern to last 16, k2, p12, k2

Row 13: K2, SSK, k in established cable pattern to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 14: K2, p11, k2, k in established cable pattern to middle of row, turn, Place remaining stitches on stitch holder

Left Front

Row 15: K2, SSK, k9, K2tog, k in established cable pattern to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 16: K2, p10, k2, k in established cable pattern to last 2

Row 17: K2, SSK, k7, k2tog, k in established cable pattern to last 5, k2tog, k2

Row 18: K2, p9, k2, *k2, p24, k2; repeat to last 24, k2, p20, k2

Row 19: K2, SSK, k5, k2tog, k to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 20: K2, p8, k2, *k2, p24, k2; repeat from * to last 22, k2, p18, k2

Row 21: K2, SSK, k3, k2tog, k to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 23: K2, SSK, k1, k2tog, k to last 3, k2tog, k2

Row 24: K2, p6, k2, p24, k4, p to last 2, k2

Row 25: K2, k3tog, k to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 26: K2, p5, k4, p24, k4, p to last 2, k2

Row 27: K2, SSK, k to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 28: K2, p4, k4, p24, k4, p to last 2, k2

Row 29: K2, SSK, k in established cable pattern to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 30: K2, p3, k4, p24, k4, p to last 2, k2

Row 31: K2, SSK, k to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 32: K2, p2, k4, p24, k4, p to last 2, k2

Row 33: K2, SSK, k to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 34: K2, p1, k4, p24, k4, p to last 2, k2

Row 35: K2, SSK, k to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 36: K6, p24, k4, p8, k2

Row 37: K2, SSK, k to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 38: K5, p24, k4, p6, k2

Row 39: K2, SSK, k to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 40: K4, p24, k4, p5, k2

Row 41: K2, SSK, k in established cable pattern to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 42: K3, p24, k4, p4, k2

Row 43: K2, SSK, k to last 4, SSK, k2

Row 44: K2, p24, k4, p3, k2

Row 45: K2, SSK, k to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 46: K2, p23, k4, p2, k2

Row 47: K2, SSK, k to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 48: k2, p22, k4, p1, k2

Row 49: K2, SSK, k to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 50: K2, p21, k6

Row 51: K2, SSK, k to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 52: K2, p20, k5

BO

Right Front

Row 14 (WS): Pick up 71 sts from st holder, *k2, p24, k2; repeat to last 15, k2, p11, k2

Row 15: K2, SSK, k to last 15, SSK, k9, k2tog, k2

Row 16: K2, p22, k4, p24, k4, p10, k2

Row 17: K2, SSK, k in established cable pattern to last 13, SSK, k7, k2tog, k2

Row 18: K2, p20, k4, p24, k4, p9, k2

Row 19: K2, SSK, k to last 11, SSK, k5, k2tog, k2

Row 20: K2, p18, k4, p24, k2, p8, k2

Row 21: K2, SSK, k to last 9, SSK, k3, k2tog, k2

Row 22: K2, p16, k4, p24, k4, p7, k2

Row 23: K2, SSK, k to last 7, SSK, k1, K2tog, k2

Row 24: K2, p14, k4, p24, k4, p6, k2

Row 25: K2, SSK, k to last 5, K3tog, k2

Row 26: K2, p12, k4, p24, k4, p5, k2

Row 27: K2, SSK, k to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 28: K2, p11, k4, p24, k4, p4, k2

Row 29: K2, SSK, k in established cable pattern to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 30: K2, p10, k4, p24, k4, p3, k2

Row 31: K2, SSK, k to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 32: K2, p9, k4, p24, k4, p2, k2

Row 33: K2, SSK, k to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 34: K2, p8, k4, p24, k4, p1, k2

Row 35: K2, SSK, k to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 36: K2, p7, k4, p24, k6

Row 37: K2, SSK, k to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 38: K2, p6, k4, p24, k5

Row 39: K2, SSK, k to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 40: K2, p5, k4, p24, k4

Row 41: K2, SSK, k in established cable pattern to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 42: K2, p4, k4, p24, k3

Row 43: K2, SSK, k to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 44: K2, p3, k4, p24, k2

Row 45: K2, SSK, k to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 46: K2, p2, k4, p23, k2

Row 47: K2, SSK, k to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 48: K2, p1, k4, p22, k2

Row 49: K2, SSK, k to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 50: K5, p21, k2

Row 51: K2, SSK, k to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 52: K5, p20, k2

BO

Back

CO 75

Rows 1-13: Knit

Row 14: K2, p to last 2, k2

Repeat rows 13-14 until back measures 8,” ending on WS row

Armholes

Row 1: K7, SSK, k to last 4, k2tog, k2

Row 2: K2, p to last 2, k2

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until 61 stitches remain. End on WS row

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: K2, p to last 2, k2

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until back measures 12.5″ ending on RS row

Row 1 (WS): K2, p25, k7, p25, k2

Row 2: Knit

Row 3: K2, p21, k15, p21, k2

Row 4: K27, BO7, k to end. Place right half onto stitch holder

Back Right

Row 5: K2, p19, k4, k2tog

Row 6: BO3, k to end

Row 7: K2, p18, k1, k2tog

Rows 8, 10, 12, and 14: Knit

Row 9, 11, 13, and 15: K2, p to last 2, k2

BO

Back Left

Row 5 (RS): P2, k19, p4, p2tog

Row 6: BO3, p to end

Row 7: P2, k18, p1, p2tog

Rows 8, 10, 12, and 14: Purl

Rows 9, 11, 13, and 15: P2, k to last 2, p2

BO p-wise

Sew shoulder seam to shoulder seam

Sew front to back (end at decreases)

Sleeves

Pick up and knit 79 stitches between front and back armhole decreases

Rows 2 and 3: Knit

Row 4: K47, w+t

Short row 1 (WS): Sl1 p-wise, p15, w+T

Short row 2: Sl1, k20, w+t

Short row 3: Sl1 p-wise, p25, w+t

Short row 4: Sl1, k30, w+t

Short row 5: Sl1 p-wise, p35, w+T

Short row 6: Sl1, k40, w+T

Short row 7: Sl1 p-wise, p45, w+t

Short row 8: Sl1, k to end

Rows 5, 6, 8, 10, and 12: Knit

Rows 7, 9, 11, and 13: Purl

BO

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