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

Project sponsored by Red Heart Yarns


About this Pattern

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.

getting started

Recommended Supplies

  • 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

FAQ: Can I use a different yarn?
Sure, as long as it’s in the same weight category. Check your gauge and adjust as needed so the sizing comes out right. The recommended yarn amount will likely be different too.

Yarn Substitution Resources:
The Ultimate Guide to Substitute Yarn

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pattern details


  • CO Cast on
  • K Knit
  • P Purl
  • PM Place Marker
  • Rep Repeat
  • Rem Remaining
  • RS Right Side
  • St(s) Stitch(es)
  • WS Wrong Side
pattern notes

Additional Notes

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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the pattern

Written Instructions

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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