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Irvine top
Irvine top
Irvine top
Irvine top
Irvine top
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Irvine Top


This pattern is part of VERNAL: Collection of warm weather knitwear book. You can also purchase the book here.

The unassuming shape of this summery top puts all the focus on the architectural details on top, created by sloping 2-by-2 rib columns throughout the front and back of the piece. The effortlessness of this bottom-up tank cannot be overstated – it can be worn as a standalone piece or with a tee or a blouse as a vest.

Clever details, such as split hem and I-cord edging of the neck, give the Irvine Top its modern look.


The yarn I used for this design, Miss Babs Killington, a DK weight blend of non-superwash Polwarth wool and Tussah silk comes in generous 700-yard skeins, so you will need just 2 skeins for your top. 



Women’s XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL): to fit bust 28/30 (32/34, 36/38, 40/42, 44/46, 48/50, 52/54, 56/58)”/71/76 (81/86, 91/97, 102/107, 112/117, 122/127, 132/137, 142/147) сm.

Finished Measurements 

34 (38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62)”/85 (95, 105, 115, 125, 135, 145, 155) cm bust circumference.

Intended ease: +4-6”/10-15 cm

Shown in size M (42”/105 cm) on 38”/95 cm bust with 4”/10 cm of positive ease.



DK weight yarn (approximate amounts): 760 (850, 950, 1030, 1120, 1200, 1300, 1380) yds/695 (777, 869, 942, 1024, 1097, 1189, 1262) m.

Miss Babs Killington (85% Polwarth Wool, 15% Tussah Silk; 350 yards/320 m in 4.2 oz/120 g), Coral: 3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4) skeins.



Sizes US 5/3.75 mm: 24-32”/60-80 cm circular.

Size US 4/3.5 mm: 24-32”/60-80 cm circular and set of double-pointed. (Optional: spare needles of the same size).

Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain gauge.


Stitch markers, waste yarn, tapestry needle, crochet hook E/3.5 mm for Crochet Chain Provisional cast on.


22 stitches and 32 rounds = 4”/10 cm in Stockinette Stitch or charted pattern on size US 5/4 mm needle, after blocking.

24 stitches and 32 rounds = 4”/10 cm in k2, p2 rib or charted pattern on size US 5/4 mm needle, after blocking.


• This top is worked from the bottom up in the round to the underarms, then the front and back are worked separately.

• The Body Chart is worked in the round and in rows. When working flat in rows, read odd-numbered rows from right to left, and even-numbered rows from left to right.

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