Friday, April 19, 2013

T-Top, Sideways Knit Bodice and Sleeves

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I’ve been intending to make this top for a long time.  I just knew it would be something I’d like and wear and it is, so much so that I made 2 of them.  What inspired me was a knit-along sponsored by the Machine Knitting group on 
It’s modeled after ‘T-Time’ from, made on a Bond USM. dissolved a couple of years ago but the wayback machine was able to pull an archive file.

This is a basic T-top that’s knit from cuff to cuff for the sleeves and bodice.  Then the body is knit in 2 pieces from the bottom up, sewed to the bodice and seamed on the sides.  Several knitters have joined the Ravelry knit-along and we’ve all been able to personalize it to make it our own.  I knit mine on my midgauge SK860 machine with DK weight yarns and added a crochet edging around the cuffs and bottom hem to control the curl on my first one and knit a 1” 2x2 ribbing at garment tension at the edges on the second one.   Hung hems could easily be done.  For this crocheted edge trim, I single crocheted around the entire piece, decreasing over the ladder stitches for the mock rib.  Then I used a larger hook and worked a sc, chain, sk 1 sc around on the first row. On the next and subsequent rows, I worked a sc into the chain space of the previous row and continued as in row 1 with a chain, sk 1 st and a sc into the space. I put 3 rows on the sleeves and 4 on the bottom.  KangaMooKnit's pattern is perfectly lovely as it is if you don't mind the curl at the edges.
I also added a couple inches to the length of the sleeves and didn't want to do the math so I used the calculator at to determine the number of increases/decreases required for my altered length. 
The bodice can be knit longer by casting on desired amount of stitches (where the pattern instructs you to mark for the sleeves) on each side after the first sleeve is completed, then binding off the same number of stitches after the bodice is knit and before starting the second sleeve.  See my last schematic.

I must add that as I made this on my midgauge machine with DK weight yarns, I transferred every 6th st instead of the 5th as in the pattern on the denim colored top and transferred every 7th st in the teal top to make the 'mock rib' effect.
The top can be made for any size with any machine and yarn.  Swatch, launder and dry your yarn as you would the finished garment to get a good gauge.  Use the schematics below to fill in your measurements, stitches and rows, decide on your edging treatment, if you want to control the curl and you’re ready to knit a T-top following the written pattern from KangaMooKnits. 

This is my 2nd T-top knit with teal Berroco Vintage DK on my SK860 and ribber.  On this one I began each body piece with an inch of 2x2 ribbing knit at body tension.  I like it just as well as the first one and with less finishing.

AFTERTHOUGHT:  I wore the teal top today with the ribbed edge trim.  It was wonderful, except that if I make more with the ribbed trim, I would increase the tension (decrease tension dial) of just the bottom edge by up to a full number instead of knitting at body tension.  It had a tendency to stretch out as the day wore on.  The sleeve trim at body tension held up well. 

ANOTHER AFTERTHOUGHT:   This T-top pattern was used during a Knit-A-Long in the Machine Knitting group on  This is good because it sparked conversations along the way on how others made their tops.  One of the conversations led to a nice improvement on how to attach the body pieces to the bodices.  Instead of  making the body pieces separately and seaming them afterward, the body piece was knit after hanging the bodice on the machine which leaves no seaming after it's off the machine.  So for future tops, I intend on hanging the bodice on the main bed, knitting one row, transferring the stitches to make the mock rib design and continue to knit the body piece.  Easy!


  1. Sandy, your sideways knit turned out to be a winner. Love the blue and am anxious to see your next one!

  2. It's a real beauty. Have just picked up on your RSS feed so I can keep up with your blog. No idea what too me so long. I'm a lazy blogger, but occasionally post projects at

    Jean (aka Scoop LaRue)

    1. Thanks, Jean. I just checked out your blog too. Very nice. I just love how we can develop a commaraderie to keep the good crafting works going now.