Titania pattern

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This lacy cotton top is named for the queen of the fairies in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her boudoir is described in these lines: “I know a bank where the wild thyme blows / Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows / Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine / With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.” I tried to capture some of this magic and poetry in the design, which incorporates a simple scalloped lace pattern and a more challenging twisted vine pattern. The elbow-length sleeves are slightly flared, and the front piece incorporates a V-neck, making this top both pretty and easy to wear.

SIZE
XS [S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X] (shown in size M)

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Chest: 28 [32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52] inches
Waist: 25 [29, 33, 37, 41, 45, 49] inches
Hip: 31 [35, 39.5, 44, 48.5, 53, 57] inches
Side length: 12 [13, 14, 15, 15.5, 16, 17] inches
Sleeve length: 11 [11, 11, 12, 12, 12, 13] inches
Upper arm: 11 [12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17] inches

MATERIALS
Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece [80% cotton/20% merino wool; 215 yd/197 m per 100g skein]; color: CW-800 Prairie Lupine; 4 [4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7] skeins
1 set US #6/4mm straight needles
1 set US #5/3.75mm straight needles (optional)
stitch markers
stitch holders
tapestry needle

GAUGE
20 sts/26 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch

LACE PATTERNS

Scallop lace
(worked over 11 sts)
Row 1 (RS): K1, YO, K1, SSK, K3, K2tog, K1, YO, K1.
Rows 2 and 4: P all sts.
Row 3: K2, YO, K1, SSK, K1, K2tog, K1, YO, K2.
Rep rows 1-4 for patt.

Twisted vine lace
(worked over 10 sts plus 2)

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Row 1 (RS): K1, *YO, SSK, K8; rep from *, end K1.
Rows 2, 12 and 22: P1, *YO, P2tog, P5, P2tog TBL, YO, P1; rep from *, end P1.
Rows 3, 13 and 23: K1, *K2, YO, SSK, K3, K2tog, YO, K1; rep from *, end K1.
Rows 4, 14 and 24: P1, *P2, YO, P2tog, P1, P2tog TBL, YO, P3; rep from *, end P1.
Row 5, 15, and 25: K1, *K4, YO, K3tog, YO, K3; rep from *, end K1.
Row 6: P1, *[P3, P2tog TBL, YO] twice; rep from *, end P1.
Row 7: K1, *[K1, YO, SSK, K2] twice; rep from *, end K1.
Row 8: P1, *[P1, P2tog TBL, YO, P2] twice; rep from *, end P1.
Row 9: K1, *[K3, YO, SSK] twice; rep from *, end K1.
Row 10: P1, *[YO, P3, P2tog TBL] twice; rep from *, end P1.
Row 11: K1, *[YO, SSK, K3] twice; rep from *, end K1.
Row 16: P1, *[P2tog, P3, YO] twice; rep from *, end P1.
Row 17: K1, *[K3, K2tog, YO] twice; rep from *, end K1.
Row 18: P1, *[P1, YO, P2tog, P2] twice; rep from *, end P1.
Row 19: K1, *[K1, K2tog, YO, K2] twice; rep from *, end K1.
Row 20: P1, *[P3, YO, P2tog] twice; rep from *, end P1.
Row 21: K1, *[YO, K3, K2tog] twice; rep from *, end K1.
Row 26: P all sts.

(adapted from Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume One)

PATTERN

Front

CO 79 (90, 101, 112, 123, 134, 145) sts. K 2 rows.

Next row(RS): K1, work Row 1 of scallop lace patt over next 77 (88, 99, 110, 121, 132, 143) sts, end K1.  Place markers between patt reps.
Next row(WS): P1, work Row 2 of scallop lace patt over next 77 (88, 99, 110, 121, 132, 143) sts, end P1, slipping markers between patt reps.

Work Rows 1-4 of scallop lace patt a total of 5 (6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7) times.

Dec row(RS): Work Row 1 of scallop lace patt, omitting YOs. 14 (16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26) sts dec. 65 (74, 83, 92, 101, 110, 119) sts rem. Work 1 row even (P all sts), removing markers.

Size XS only: Dec 1 st evenly across row (K all sts). 64 sts rem.
Size S only: Work next row even. (K all sts). 74 sts.
Sizes M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X: Inc 1 (2, 3, 4, 5) sts evenly across next row (K all sts). 84 (94, 104, 114, 124) sts.
All sizes: K 2 rows, P 1 row.

(Note: at this point, if you would like the waistline of your top to pull in a bit more, you can change to a smaller size needle before knitting the lace midriff. This step is optional, however.)

Next row (RS): K1, work Row 1 of twisted vine lace over next 62 (72, 82, 92, 102, 112, 122) sts, end K1. Place markers between patt reps.
Next row (WS): P1, work Row 2 of twisted vine lace over next 62 (72, 82, 92, 102, 112, 122) sts, end P1, slipping markers between patt reps.

Work rows 3-26 of twisted vine lace patt.

(Note: if using a smaller needle, change back to larger size.)

K 3 rows, P 1 row, removing markers. **

Next row (RS): K 17 (22, 27, 32, 37, 42, 47), PM, *[K2, work Row 1 of scallop lace patt over next 11 sts, K2], PM, rep from * once, K 17 (22, 27, 32, 37, 42, 47).
Next row (WS): P 17 (22, 27, 32, 37, 42, 47), SLM, *[K2, work Row 2 of scallop lace patt over next 11 sts, K2], SLM, rep from * once, P 17 (22, 27, 32, 37, 42, 47).

Cont as set, inc 1 st at each end of next and foll 6th row a total of 4 times. 8 sts inc. 72 (82, 92, 102, 112, 122, 132) sts.

Cont even until work meas 12 (13, 14, 15, 15.5, 16, 17)” from beg, or to desired length.

Shape armholes: BO 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8) sts at beg of next 2 rows, then dec 1 st each end of needles every other row 5 (6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9) times. 54 (60, 68, 76, 84, 92, 98) sts rem. Cont even until armhole meas 2.5 (3, 3, 3, 3.5, 3.5, 4)”, ending with a WS row.

Next row (RS): Work 27 (30, 34, 38, 42, 46, 49) sts in patt to center, remove m, turn work. Work on 27 (30, 34, 38, 42, 46, 49) sts for left side; leave right side sts on holder.

Work even for 2”.

Next row (RS): K to 2 sts before m, K2tog, patt to end. Work 1 row even.

Rep last 2 rows 4 more times. 5 sts dec; 22 (25, 29, 33, 37, 41, 44) sts rem.

Work even until armhole meas 6.25 (6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.25, 8.5)”.
Next row (RS): K across 16 (18, 18, 20, 20, 22, 22) sts, BO rest. Leave rem sts on holder.

Join yarn to right side and complete to match left, using SSK instead of K2tog for dec rows.

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Back

Work as for front piece to **.

Next row (RS): K 18 (23, 28, 33, 38, 43, 48), PM; K2, work Row 1 of scallop lace patt over next 11 sts, K1, PM, K1, work Row 1 of scallop lace patt over next 11 sts, K2; PM, K 18 (23, 28, 33, 38, 43, 48).
Next row (WS): P 18 (23, 28, 33, 38, 43, 48), SLM; K2, work Row 2 of scallop lace patt over next 11 sts, K1, SLM, K1, work Row 2 of scallop lace patt over next 11 sts, K2; SLM, P 18 (23, 28, 33, 38, 43, 48).

Cont as set, inc 1 st at each end of next and foll 6th row a total of 4 times. 72 (82, 92, 102, 112, 122, 132) sts.

Cont even until work meas same as front piece to armholes.

Shape armholes: BO 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8) sts at beg of next 2 rows, then dec 1 st each end of needles every other row 5 (6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9) times. 54 (60, 68, 76, 84, 92, 98) sts rem. Cont even until armhole meas 6.25 (6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.25, 8.5)”, ending with a WS row.

Next row (RS): K across 16 (18, 18, 20, 20, 22, 22) sts, BO 22 (24, 32, 36, 44, 48, 54) sts, K 16 (18, 18, 20, 20, 22, 22). Put shoulder sts on holders.

Sleeves

CO 68 (79, 79, 90, 90, 101, 101) sts. K 2 rows.

Next row (RS): K1, work Row 1 of scallop lace patt over next 66 (77, 77, 88, 88, 99, 99) sts, end K1. Place markers between patt reps.
Next row (WS): P1, work Row 2 of scallop lace patt over next 66 (77, 77, 88, 88, 99, 99) sts, end P1, slipping markers between patt reps.
Work Rows 1-4 of scallop lace patt a total of 5 times.

Next row (RS): work Row 1 of scallop lace patt as set, omitting YOs. 12 (14, 14, 16, 16, 18, 18) sts decreased. 56 (65, 65, 74, 74, 83, 83) sts rem.

Work Row 2 of patt even.

Next row (RS): work Row 3 of scallop lace patt as set, omitting YOs. 12 (14, 14, 16, 16, 18, 18) sts decreased. 44 (51, 51, 58, 58, 65, 65) sts rem.

Work Row 4 of patt even, removing markers.

Size XS only: K across all sts in next row. 44 sts.
Sizes S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X: Inc 3 (3, 6, 6, 9, 9) sts evenly across next row (K all sts). 54 (54, 64, 64, 74, 74) sts.
All sizes: K 2 rows, P 1 row.

Next row (RS): K1, work Row 1 of twisted vine lace over next 42 (52, 52, 62, 62, 72, 72) sts, end K1. Place markers between patt reps.
Next row (WS): P1, work Row 2 of twisted vine lace over next 42 (52, 52, 62, 62, 72, 72) sts, end P1, slipping markers between patt reps.

Work rows 3-14 of twisted vine lace patt once. K 3 rows, P 1 row.

Change to st st, remove markers. Inc for top of sleeve: K2, M1, K to last 2 sts, M1, K2. Work 3 rows even. Rep last 4 rows 6 (3, 6, 3, 6, 3, 6) times. 58 (62, 68, 72, 78, 82, 88) sts. Work even (if nec) until work meas 11 (11, 11, 12, 12, 12, 13)” from beg, or to desired sleeve length.

Shape cap: BO 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8) sts at beg of next 2 rows, then dec 1 st each end of needle every other row 7 (8, 10, 11, 11, 12, 12) times; 36 (36, 38, 38, 44, 44, 48) sts. Then dec 1 st at each end of needle on every row for 10 (10, 10, 10, 12, 12, 14) rows; 16 (16, 18, 18, 20, 20, 20) sts. Cap meas 4 (4.5, 5, 5.25, 5.5, 5.75, 6)”. BO all sts.

Make a second sleeve the same as the first; the only difference is that when knitting the twisted vine lace, begin with row 13 and work to the end of the patt rep.

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Finishing

Block pieces to finished measurements.

Use 3-needle bind-off to seam shoulders. Set in sleeves. Sew sleeve and side seams.