Steph Top Pattern & Creative Process

Alas, the last of the summer top patterns has arrived! Last but certainly not least is the Steph Top - a breezy, lightweight top with a simple lace bottom, flattering sweetheart neckline, & thin little spaghetti straps.

I had so much fun designing this top! Steph's is definitely the most intricate of the three. The Jeni Cami & Erin Crop Top are a little more minimalist because Erin & Jeni's styles are minimalist, but Steph's style allows for a little more experimenting & creativity.

I did most of the design & construction of this top in a totally different city than Steph, but I actually finished it up in her home which was lovely. Steph's home is beautifully decorated & so full of personal touches. You can tell that every single corner, surface, & wall is treated with such care & attention, & it makes for a truly special & unique space for her & her husband.

This top is supposed to mirror that - there are so many little details that make it come together into a really fun, flowy top that is perfect to wear to a summer concert, over your swimsuit to the beach, or just on a hot day around town. The lace bottom gives quite a bit of drape & the short row shaping on the bodice creates a beautiful curved sweetheart neckline. The thin straps are a macrame square knot (I learned from the excellent tutorial here) but you could easily substitute in a single crochet or a few picked up knit stitches.

I knit up this sample in Wool and the Gang's recycled denim Billie Jean yarn (which I love), but I also have a finished piece available for sale in linen & it has excellent drape. Any cotton or linen yarn should work great, but if you're feeling really crazy you could always do a wool or alpaca top (probably for layering in the cooler months).

This pattern is available with my standard sizes: 30"-46", with 2" increments in sizing. It is available for purchase here and on Etsy and Ravelry, and there are finished products up on Etsy as well.


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