A softly structured top with flattering pleats that highlight the face and neck, Box Pleat plays with modern relaxed shaping in a romantic way. The neatly fitted shoulders and neckline emphasize a strong focal point – the central box pleat flanked by right & left side pleats below a pretty scooped neckline. Fitted in the back along princess seams, but with a swingy front shape, Box Pleat flatters all sizes.
Construction: Box Pleat is cast on at the bottom and worked in the round, beginning with a narrow ribbed hem with a rolled edge, to the armholes. Shaping is worked on the back only along the princess lines, then the front and back are divided at the armhole and worked separately to the shoulders, with the extra ease in the front consumed by the pleating at the neckline. The short, fitted sleeves are picked up and worked in short rows for the sleeve caps, then finished with a narrow rib cuff and a rolled edge that matches the casual flirtiness of the bottom hem. See my short row tutorial for easy instructions on using the wrap & turn method.
Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, picking up stitches, short rows, 3-needle bind off.
Size: 36.5 (38.5, 40.5, 42.5, 44.25, 46.5, 48.25, 50.5, 54.5, 57.25)” bust, to fit 30, (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 48, 52)” bust; this top is designed to be worn with about 6” of ease, created by the front pleats above the bust.
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu (60% merino wool, 40% bamboo; 620 yards/226g); 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3) skeins shown in Copperline, or approximately 750 (800, 850, 900, 950, 1000, 1050, 1100, 1200, 1300) yards of sport weight yarn with good drape.
Other Materials: US 6 (4mm) 24” circular needle or size to match gauge; US 6 dpns (2) for pleats and 3-needle BO; US 6 16” circular needle for sleeves and neckline; Stitch markers (2 color A, 2 color B); Stitch holders (3); Yarn needle.
Gauge: 20 st and 28 rows/4” in stockinette stitch, after blocking.
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