Looking for an easy lace top knitting pattern, knit top down, starting out flat and then joining in the round to finish it. No increases and no decreases. 🥳
I’m so excited about this fall lacy sweater knitting pattern. This started out as a sweater using a single strand of yarn, but the color transitions weren’t quite what I was looking for. I wanted a more subtle color transition and I learned that you need to use multiple strands of yarn, alternating the colors to get a smoother transition. So, I decided that a sleeveless sweater with a bit of lace at the top and bottom to make it a little lighter would be perfect for fall.
I took my time on the top lacy sections, so I didn’t have to frog, which took awhile, but the rest of it, especially when it’s joined in the round, was smooth sailing!
This was a nice knit, not too challenging and not too boring.
About the Pattern
Available Sizes: Six
Pattern Format: Written Pattern, No Chart
Pattern Language: English
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
PDF Format: Printer Friendly
Pattern Name: Enthrall
Some knitting skills you will be helpful to know before getting started:
Knit Flat (Back & Forth)
Knit in the Round
Knit & Purl Stitches
Yarn Weight: Worsted
Yardage: 775 – 1005 yards (709 – 919 meters)
Suggested Yarn: Noble Character Crafts Glory Faded Kit includes 5 skeins of yarn
Needles & Notions
Needle Size: US 10.5 (7mm) Knitting Needles
Needle Size: US 10.5 (7mm) Circular Needles with a 24″ (60cm) Cable
Size 34″ (86cm) Details
Measurements: 16 1/2″ wide x 19 1/2″ (42cm x 50cm)
Weight: 12.5oz (355g)
34” (36”, 38”, 40”, 42”, 44”)
86cm (91cm, 96cm, 101cm, 106cm, 111cm)
Knit top down.
Knit flat and in the round.
The front and back are the same.
Knit using a lace, rib and stockinette stitch.
Knit holding 2 strands of yarn together throughout.
Pattern uses 5 colors; 1 being the lightest and 5 being the darkest.
Knit the front 1/3 and back 1/3 flat and then join in the round to finish.
When knitting in the round you’re always knitting the right side of your work.
*– * – repeat between * to end of round
BO – bind-off in pattern
CO – cast-on (long-tail cast-on method)
K – knit stitches (K1 means to knit 1 stitch)
K1TBL – knit 1 stitch through the back loop
K2TOG – knit 2 stitches together
P – purl stitches (P2 means to purl 2 stitches)
RS – right side
S1PW – slip one stitch purl-wise
STS – stitches
WS – wrong side
WYIF – with yarn in front
YO – yarn over
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Knitting Pattern Instructions
Knit Flat, using US 10.5 (7mm) Knitting Needles
Top panel #1:
Using 2 strands of yarn, colors 1&1:
CO STS 58 (62, 66, 70, 74, 78) STS use a stretchy CO method
Row 1 (RS): *K* (garter stitch)
Row 2 (WS): *K* (garter stitch)
Rows 3-14, using 2 strands of yarn, colors 1&1:
Rows 3, 7, 11 (RS): K1TBL *K2TOG, YO* K1TBL
Rows 4, 8, 12 (WS): WYIF S1PW *P* WYIF S1PW
Rows 5, 9, 13 (RS): K1TBL *YO, K2TOG* K1TBL
Rows 6, 10, 14 (WS): WYIF S1PW *P* WYIF S1PW
Measures about 2 ½” (6.5cm) from the beginning
Rows 15-26, using 2 strands of yarn, colors 1&2:
Rows 15, 19, 23 (RS): K1TBL *K2TOG, YO* K1TBL
Rows 16, 20, 24 (WS): WYIF S1PW *P* WYIF S1PW
Rows 17, 21, 25 (RS): K1TBL *YO, K2TOG* K1TBL
Rows 18, 22, 26 (WS): WYIF S1PW *P* WYIF S1PW
Measures about 5” (12.5cm) from the beginning
Rows 27-38, using 2 strands of yarn, colors 2&2:
Rows 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37 (RS): K1TBL *K* K1TBL
Rows 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38 (WS): WYIF S1PW *P* WYIF S1PW
Measures about 7 1/2″ (19cm) from the beginning
You’re done with the first panel. Slip these stitches onto a holder.
Repeat rows 1-38 for Top Panel #2.
Row 39, using 2 strands of yarn, colors 2&3:
Note: In this “row” we’re going to join the front and back and knit in the round from here on out and you’re always working on the right side of your work.
Put the front and back on a 24″ (60cm) cable, with the right side of the work facing you.
It doesn’t matter which side you start with since they’re both the same.
K2TOG (put a removable stitch marker through the first stitch), knit one side until the last 2 stitches, K2TOG, (you’re reinforcing the arm hole and removing the I-cord edge.)
Repeat for the other side (K2TOG, knit until the last 2 stitches, and then knit those 2 together.) This joins the front and back together in the round.
Place a stitch marker to mark the beginning of your round.
2 STS were decreased on the previous round, so you should have 114 (122, 130, 138, 146, 154) stitches remaining. This is the only decrease in the pattern, and there aren’t any increases, so you should have this number of stitches here on out.
Using 2 strands of yarn, colors 2&3, Knit the next 10 rounds.
Once you get the front and back joined in the round it works up really quick. (My favorite part.)
2 strands of colors 3&3: Knit the next 11 rounds, 2″ (5cm), or desired length.
2 strands of colors 3&4: Knit the next 11 rounds, 2″ (5cm), or desired length.
2 strands of colors 4&4: Knit the next 11 rounds, 2″ (5cm), or desired length.
2 strands of colors 4&5: Knit the next 11 rounds, 2″ (5cm), or desired length.
2 strands of colors 5&5: Knit the next 2 rounds.
Bottom rib lace, continue using 2 strands of colors 5&5:
Round 1: *K2TOG, YO*
Round 2: *K*
Round 3: *YO, K2TOG*
Round 4: *K*
Round 5: (repeat round 1) *K2TOG, YO*
Rounds 6-7: *K1, P1*
BO in the K1, P1 pattern
At the top, starting from the outside, sew 10-14 STS together, about 5-6” (12-15cm). Repeat on the opposite side, leaving a gap for your head to fit through.
Lightly block to even out the stitches.
Weave in the ends.
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