Simple Summer Knit Top

A perfect first project when you want to start knitting clothing.

Skill Level | Easy
Available Sizes |XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL

When you’re ready to dive into the world of knitting clothing, our simple summer knit top is a great first project because it’s as easy as knitting two big rectangles.

Project sponsored by Red Heart Yarns

If you’re interested in trying your hand at knitting clothing, our simple summer knit top is the perfect place to start. It’s as simple as knitting two big rectangles and sewing them together.

With this project you’ll see how to construct a simple top with basic shapes and simple stitch patterns. It’s just the confidence you need to continue knitting more items of clothing in the future.

Before you begin, review this page entirely so you understand the full scope of the project. We’ve prepared a list of recommended supplies and abbreviations you’ll need to get started as well as a video tutorial to walk you through the process step-by-step.

  • 2(2, 2, 3, 3, 4) balls; It’s a Wrap Rainbow Yarn (Colorway picture: Whisper – images; Seaglass – tutorial)
  • US 7 Circular Needle, 24″
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

  • CO Cast on
  • K Knit
  • P Purl
  • PM Place Marker
  • Rep Repeat
  • Rem Remaining
  • RS Right Side
  • St(s) Stitch(es)
  • WS Wrong Side
Finished Size
  • Finished Bust: 32.5(36.5, 40.5, 44.5, 48.5, 52.5)”
  • Finished Length: 25(25, 26.5, 26.5, 27, 27)”

21 sts x 22 rows = 4″


This breezy summer knit top is worked in two identical flat panels using only combinations of the knit and purl stitch. Use the measurements to block each panel before seaming them together for the best results.

The front and back panels are seamed together along the sides and shoulders to complete the top.

Additional Notes: Instructions for sizes are given as follows:

XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL)

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You’ll find the full pattern for free here on this page. However, if you’d like a PDF version of this pattern to print or save for offline use, you can purchase it from our PDF shop.

Front & Back Panel (Knit 2)

Row 1: CO  84(96, 108, 116,128, 136). K2, P2.

Row 2: K2, P2.

Repeat: Rep last row until panel measures 1.25(1.25, 1.5, 1.5, 2, 2)” from cast on edge.

Next row (RS): K all sts.

Next row (WS): P all sts.

Repeat: Rep last two rows until panel measures 16(16.5, 17, 16.5, 16.5, 16)” from cast on edge ending on a RS row.

Next row (WS): K 8(8, 9, 9, 10, 10). P to last 8(8, 9, 9, 10, 10). K last 8(8, 9, 9, 10, 10). PM in last st of this row.

Next row (RS): K all sts.

Repeat: Rep last two rows until you measure 6.5(7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9)” from marker. End on a RS row.

Next row (WS): K all sts.

Next row (RS): K all sts.

Repeat: Rep last row until panel measures 24.5(24.5, 26, 26, 26.5, 26.5)” from cast on edge. Bind off.


Block panel to the length: 25(25, 26.5, 26.5, 27, 27)” and width: 16.25(18.25, 20.25, 22.25, 24.25, 26.25)”.

Side seams: With RS facing up, seam along the two panels from cast on edge to marker. Rep for other side.

Shoulder seams: Lay top flat and measure 8(9, 10, 11, 12, 13)” from outer edge in towards middle. Place marker. Seam along edge catching both panels to marker.

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