Ruffle (or Not) Top
The Ruffle (or not) top is a children’s everyday ‘tank’ top style garment for which of course everyone needs in multiple colours to compliment a vast array of styles. This classic style top can be dressed up or down depending on what you pair with it and is easily adapted through colour/yarn choices and by either adding or omitting the ruffle strap.
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- Sizing and Schematic
- Yarn Requirements
- Needles and Notions
- Required Techniques
- Alternative Buying Options
The Ruffle (or not) Top is a children’s everyday ‘tank’ top style garment which of course everyone needs in multiple variations to compliment a vast array of styles. This classic tank can be dressed up or down depending on what you pair with it. It is easily adapted through colour/yarn choices and by either adding or omitting the ruffle strap.
This pattern is just the right amount of ‘mindless stockinette’ mixed with a super interesting and unusual construction. The armholes are knit first and then joined to one another with the creation of the front and back panels which are knit from a provisional cast-on and shaped using German Short Rows.
This pattern would best suit an intermediate+ skill level. Creating the folded strap/armhole at beginning of the pattern may be fiddly due to joining the provisional stitches on a small circumference with only a few rows of fabric to work with. Manoeuvring of stitches around the needles is also required when changing needle sizes. A ‘supporting instructions’ document is provided with the pattern to aid in the more complex parts.
Sizing and Schematic
2yrs (4yrs, 6yrs) (8yrs, 10yrs, 12yrs).
Ages are provided as a guide only. Due to deviations in children’s body shapes, choose a size based on the actual chest measurement. This camisole is designed to be relatively close fitting so approximately 1” (2.5cm) positive ease is recommended, therefore, choose a size which is approximately 1” (2.5cm) larger than the actual chest measurement.
A. Chest circumference
B. Underarm to bottom hem
C. Armhole depth
D. Cross front width (including straps but not ruffle)
Sizing in Inches
Sizing in Centimetres
The sample is an age 4yrs. The yarn is Truly Hooked Standard Sock, a light fingering base of 75% Merino and 25% Nylon, 425m (465yds) per 100g. Most yarns with a similar specification should work. Just remember that if you are substituting, yarns vary greatly so please swatch to not only check gauge but also that you are happy with the fabric properties.
2yrs (4yrs, 6yrs) (8yrs, 10yrs, 12yrs).
360 (415, 440) (510, 555, 620)m / 394 (454, 481) (558, 607, 678)yds.
This equates to 1 (1, 2) (2, 2, 2) skeins of 75% Merino and 25% Nylon, 425m (465yds) per 100g.
The stated meterage (yardage) is the estimated quantity needed to create both the garment and swatch using the yarns specified. The figures should be used as a guide only.
28 stitches and 32 rounds = 4x4in (10x10cm) in stockinette stitch using 3.25mm (US size 3) needles OR size needed to obtain gauge, after blocking.
One 2.75mm (US size 2) and one 3.25mm (US size 3) circular needles OR size needed to obtain gauge. 16” (40cm) in length recommended for both.
Two 9-12” (23-30cm) circular needles in the smaller needle size for knitting the armholes also recommended. A long circular needle for Magic loop OR double pointed needles may be used but might make the joining of stitches more difficult to work when the provisional cast-on is unpicked.
Crochet hook of a similar size for the provisional cast-on (the gauge is set by the needle not by the crochet hook).
Contrasting waste yarn for the provisional cast-on and to mark later hem stitch pickups.
6 locking stitch markers.
3 stitch holders (or waste yarn, if preferred).
Provisional cast-on such as the crochet method.
Knitting in the round.
A ‘frilled’ cast-off, if working the ruffle strap.