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Catch A Mermaid Top Knitting Pattern

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Image descriptions: Nicky stands in a garden of white hydrangeas in a grey, muted blue, mint, pale yellow, cream, and pale lilac striped summer top with lace yoke and cap sleeves. Nicky models the same top but with 3/4 sleeves; a closeup of the circle hem detail on the top. 

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This is a knitting pattern for a summer top with optional cap sleeves or full sleeves. 
The comfortable cotton and summery colour scheme demanded a light and breezy design. The mesh stitch reminds me of a fishing net and is super breathable and light. In my sample, I switch from open mesh to stockinette a little bit higher in the front than the back and sleeves - this can be done at any point to have more or less coverage over the décolletage. The drape of the cotton hugs the body in 0-2" / 0-5 cm of positive ease, but would also be chic and comfy as an oversized sweater with 4" / 10 cm of ease or more.

The circle hem is universally flattering and surprisingly easy to accomplish. German Short Rows are almost invisible and one of my favourite new techniques I have learned. A video tutorial is given for this technique.

Materials Needed
Loops & Threads Cotton Colors (100% cotton; 394 yds/360m per 7oz/200g skein); Sleeveless: 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2) skeins or 339 (377, 416, 456, 489, 530, 564, 606, 640) yds / 310 (345, 380, 416, 447, 484, 515, 554, 585) m of worsted weight cotton yarn
With sleeves: 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3) skeins or 496 (568, 641, 731, 819, 937, 1032, 1150, 1221) yds / 453 (519, 586, 668, 749, 856, 943, 1050, 1115) m of worsted weight cotton yarn
Sample shown in colourway "Starfish"
US 9 / 5.5 mm - 16" / 40 cm and 32" / 80 cm circular and DPNs, or size needed to obtain gauge
US 7 / 4.5 mm DPNs (optional for ribbing)
4 stitch markers, stitch holders or waste yarn, tapestry needle

Sizes 
Designed to be worn with 0-2" of positive ease (or more). Model is wearing size 38" with 2" of positive ease
Chest - 31.25 (34.75, 38, 42.5, 47, 50.25, 54.75, 59.25, 62.75)" / 79.5 (88.5, 96.5, 108, 119.5, 127.5, 139, 150.5, 159.5) cm
Upper Arm - 10.75 (11.25, 12, 13, 14.5, 16.5, 18, 19.5, 19.5)" / 27.5 (28.5, 30.5, 33, 37, 42, 45.5, 49.5, 49.5) cm
Yoke Depth - 6.5 (7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5)" / 16.5 (18, 19, 20.5, 21.5, 23, 24, 25.5, 26.5) cm
Underarm to Hem Length - 10.5 (10.75, 11, 11.25, 11.25, 11.5, 11.5, 11.75, 11.75)" / 26.5 (27.5, 28, 28.5, 28.5, 29, 29, 30, 30) cm
Sleeve Length (optional) - 14.5 (15, 15, 15.5, 15.5, 16, 16, 16.5, 16.5)" / 37 (38, 38, 39.5, 39.5, 40.5, 40.5, 42, 42) cm
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