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 purchase all patterns in this collection as a print book with e-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; 700 yards/640 m in 8.5 oz/240 g), Coral: 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2) 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.