A perfectly simple, perfectly casual sleeveless knit top for spring and summer.
Skill Level | Easy
Available Sizes | XS – 5XL
This easy to knit top offers an off the shoulder look that’s great for pairing with a light shawl on breezy days. Don’t worry if you’re not a pro knitter. This is easy enough for first time garment knitters.
If you’re looking for an easy-to-knit top that won’t take months to complete, you’re in the right place. Our casual sleeveless knit top is made up of two simple panels that come together much quicker than you’d think. Pair it with a light shawl on breezy days or keep the off-the-shoulder look when you need to stay cool.
With this project you’ll learn the basics of knitting a simple garment. You’ll pair a classic stockinette stitch with a slightly more interesting stitch to provide a textured separation between the stripes. Don’t worry if you’re not a pro knitter or if you’ve never knit a garment before. This is a great project to start with!
Before you begin, review this page entirely so you understand the full scope of the project. We have a list of recommended supplies and abbreviations here on this page as well as written instructions and a tutorial to walk you through our casual sleeveless knit top step-by-step.
- Caron X Pantone Yarn; (Colorway pictured: Blushing Coral & Cream)
- XS: MC: approx 95 yds; CC: 282 yds
- S: MC approx 115 yds; CC: 342 yds
- M: MC approx 127 yds; CC : 381 yds
- L: MC approx 145 yds; CC : 434 yds
- XL: MC approx 162 yds; CC : 484 yds
- 2XL: MC approx 170 yds; CC : 507 yds
- 3XL: MC approx 194 yds; CC : 578 yds
- 4XL: MC approx 202 yds; CC : 602 yds
- 5XL: MC approx 225 yds; CC : 672 yds
- US 7 Circular Knitting Needles, 24″ or Longer
- Yarn Needle
- Beg Beginning
- CO Cast On
- CC Contrast Color
- K Knit
- MC Main Color
- P Purl
- Rem Remaining
- Rep Repeat
- Sk Skip
- St(s) Stitch(es)
To fit bust measurement:
- XS: 28-30″
- S: 32-34″
- L: 40-42″
- XL: 44-46″
- 2XL: 48-50″
- 3XL: 52-54″
- 4XL: 56-58″
- 5XL: 60-62″
17 sts x 26 rows = 4″
worked in stockinette stitch
This top is worked in two flat, identical panels and seamed together. When referencing yarn, the contrast color refers to the wider, colored stripes within the top. The main color refers to the band, collar and thin stripe color. When asked to work in stockinette stitch, the stitch pattern will be a row of knit stitches followed by a row of purl stitches.
Additional Notes: Instructions for sizes are given as follows:
XS(S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)
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Front/Back Panel (Make 2)
With MC, CO 63(75, 83, 91, 101, 105, 117, 121, 135)
Row 1: K1, P1
Row 2: P1, K1
Repeat: Rep last two rows 3(3, 3, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6) more times. Trim MC and add CC to first st of next row.
Cont to work first contrast colored stripe.
Contrast Color Stripes
Beg workin in stripe pattern and proceed in stockinette stitch for 20(21, 21, 21, 22, 22, 22, 22, 22) rows.
After each color stripe, break CC and add MC to first st of next row. Cont to work main color stripe.
Main Color Stripe Pattern
First row: K1, P1
Rep last row 3 more times (all sizes). Break MC and add CC to first st of next row.
Work a contrast color stripe followed by a main color stripe three more times. Then work one more contrast color stripe and proceed to collar.
First Row: K1, P1
Rep last row 7 more times (all sizes).
Work a standard knitting bind off in pattern. Rep previous steps for a second body panel. For best results, block each panel to final measurements.
Step 1: Lay body pieces on top of one another, right sides facing in with band along the bottom edge.
Step 2: From the top edge down each side, measure 6.5”(7:, 7.5”, 8”, 8.5”, 9” 9.5”, 10”, 10.5”) and place a marker there.
Step 3: Sew along both edges of body pieces up to the marker.
Step 4: Sew shoulder seams on both sides approx 1”(1”, 1”, 2”, 2”, 2”, 3”, 3”, 3”)
Step 5: Weave in all ends.