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Note: this pattern has been adapted from the pattern on Kat Coyle's Blog
Another interesting basic top you can add to your library is knitted from side to side. There are several reasons for liking this pattern.
The basic garment style, a sleeveless shell takes on a totally new appearance by adding panels.
Knitting in a variety of yarn types can also create contrast in texture.
Add bottom panels and you have tunic length. Add the collar panel and you have a funnel neck. Folded in half, the collar has a more traditional look.
Basically you are knitting two squares for the body. That's it! Again, you can't get any easier than that.
Create directional dimension by knitting texture patterns that have a stripe effect. Look to the many rib stitch patterns for this effect.
Different colours for the panels create visual excitement such as marls or variegated with solids.
Heavy textured yarn on top in stocking stitch and smooth yarn for bottom panels in garter or moss stitch.
Once more, the possibilities are endless.
Read further for pattern, style and finishing tips and helpful sites.
The schematics or drawings of the garment's shape give you the dimensions you are to work to and the actual direction of the garment.
The pattern itself is minimal as it is very simple. You are actually knitting the front and back sideways and placing markers for the armhole and neck edges
As long as you are getting the dimensions as specified in the drawing, you will achieve the desired results.
For beginners, it is always best to make what is recommended in the pattern first, then experiment with different yarns weights and guages.
Basic patterns that can change by simple additions are invaluable for your library.
Yarn types, colours and stitches create a variety of styles and challenge for even the prolific knitter.
Above are really six examples adding panels to this one pattern. You can adapt this even further making the bottom, sleeve and collar panels in different lengths
Adding pockets, making the garment oversized and narrower sleeves are just a few more ideas where you can adapt this pattern.
Have fun in thinking up new ways to make this garment your design.
Knowing how to properly finish a garment makes all the difference between a garment looking "homemade" and not "handmade".
The effort of learning how to skillfully seam and block a garment will definitely make the end result a pleasure to wear and build confidence in your knitting skills.
Blocking is well explained and straightforward in Part1 and Part2 in the HowTo section of Knitting Daily
Seaming or sewing a garment together properly enhances a garment's fit, with seams that lie flat and don't pull.
Simple drawings and explanations are provided in KnitSimple Online Magazine