Just looking at this top makes me happy. It’s a charming design in our Fibra Natura Cotton True Sport, a 100% Pima cotton that’s quite pleasant to work with. It’s the kind of basic top that would look great with jeans or a skirt, plus maybe a little silver jewelry. The lace detail at the top, which is charted and written, keeps it from being too plain.
Work it from the hem up in two pieces, then join together. We call for a US Size 4 (3.5mm) needle for the body, but of course use whatever will get you gauge – 6 stitches per inch in this case. It makes a lightweight cotton fabric that’s perfect for summer.
This tee is named after the town of Bienne, Switzerland. Both German and French are spoken there, and with its old Gothic architecture and modern high rises, the city is a beautiful blend of rustic and sophisticated.
Likewise, the Bienne Tee is a lovely mix of cables and lace in sturdy Flax Lace 100% linen, a classic plant fiber that softens with every wash.
It’s easy to see how good this would look over a tank or cami, with contrasting color capris or jewelry. Although it’s a classic in color 101 Taupe as pictured, I’m wondering how something more colorful might work. There are a lot of lovely tones to choose from.
Having a hard time with these hectic days? Facebook feed full of politics? Us too. But you know what? It’s going to be okay. Here’s what we’re going to do.
Take a deep breath, from all the way down in your belly…. then let it out. Feel the tension drain away. Repeat as necessary. If you need a little technical help, close your door and take two minutes at calm.com to relax.
Here’s what else we’re going to do. We’re going to push aside the needs of others, just for a while, and we’re going to hit the LYS. We’re going to chat with the staff, walk the aisles and touch the yarn, and walk out with enough yarn to make something beautiful.
And that’s where this top comes in.
Just Breathe is made in 100% linen Fibra Natura Flax (137yds/50g) in color 105 Natural. Flax softens with each wash, making this a top that will get more and more comfortable with time. The six-row horseshoe lace pattern will require some mindful attention, but not so much that you frown in frustration. Just enough to keep you focused on the moment.
Make a little time away from the worries of the world to knit. Your rewards will be a feeling of refreshment, and a beautiful, versatile lace pullover that will be a favorite for a long time to come.
I love this tank. I can easily imagine myself sitting on a dock, wearing sandals and linen pants with with this top, sipping a lemonade while gazing out at the water through oversized sunglasses. Maybe I’ll wear a Yashi sunhat, too. Bliss.
(Have you tried adding basil to lemonade? Sooo good, and we’re coming in to the season for fresh basil. Here’s a recipe if you want to give it a try.)
The pattern calls for Good Earth Adorn (MC) and Good Earth Solids (CC), both cotton/linen blends that come 170 yards to the hank. It’s a great yarn for summer, and perfect for this drapey A-line top.
Laurel Murphy’s design is worked in pieces and seamed. The straps are knit on the front piece only and then seamed to the back bind-off edge, as shown here.
We hope you have a relaxing and refreshing weekend, finding an opportunity to enjoy some fresh air and breathe deeply.
This summery tank is knit in one piece from the bottom up. Work the lower body in the round, then separate at the armholes to work front and back.
See that V-neck? Believe it or not, there is no neck shaping involved. The stretchy lace stitch pattern combined with the drape of viscose blend Alana (158yds/100g) causes the shoulders to naturally fall into place.
Amy Gunderson calls for a Twisted German Cast-On in this pattern, due to its greater flexibility. She says, “The lace pattern is fairly open and stretchy, and I didn’t want it to be constrained by a too-tight cast-on.”
It’s not a hard technique. If you can do a long-tail cast-on, you can do this. I used this recently for a pair of top-down socks and loved it. It’s a Goldilocks cast-on. Not too tight, not too loose, just right. The Knit Witch has a good how-to video on this technique.
We hope you enjoy this free pattern. Happy knitting!