Deep Field Top knitting pattern

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This top is inspired by the endless array of stars and galaxies captured by the Hubble telescope in the famous ‘Deep Field’ image. The little gradient in contrast colours creates the feel that some stars are farther away and dimmer.

This top is worked in the round from the bottom up. Stitches are placed on hold for the underarms, and steek stitches are cast on for the front neck and armholes, and later the back neck. The shoulders are joined with a three-needle cast-off. The steeks are reinforced and cut, and stitches are picked up and worked in ribbing for the neckband and armholes.

Knitting pattern information

Sizes 

1 (2, 3, 4, 5) [6, 7, 8, 9]

Measurements

Finished body circumference: 74.5 (83, 99.5, 107.5, 116) [124, 132.5, 140.5, 149] cm / 29.75 (33, 39.75, 43, 46.25) [49.75, 53, 56.25, 59.5]”
Body length from underarm: 32.5 (31, 30.5, 29.5, 28) [27, 26, 25, 24] cm / 12.75 (12.25, 12, 11.5, 11) [10.5, 10.25, 9.75, 9.5]”
Armhole depth: 19.5 (21, 21.5, 22.5, 24) [25, 26, 27, 28] cm / 7.75 (8.25, 8.5, 8.75, 9.5) [9.75, 10.25, 10.5, 11]”
Full length: 52 cm / 20.5”
Shoulder width: 35 (36.5, 37, 38.5, 40.5) [40.5, 42, 42.5, 44] cm / 13.75 (14.5, 14.5, 15.25, 16) [16, 16.5, 16.75, 17.25]”

The sample shown is size 4 worn with 24 cm / 9.5” positive ease at widest point of chest. However it is designed to be worn with 0–10 cm / 0–4” positive ease.

Yarn

Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift (4-ply weight, 100% Shetland wool, 105 m per 25 g ball) shown in Petrol (MC), Cornfield 410 (CC1), Flax 375 (CC2), and Natural White 104 (CC3)

MC: 4 (5, 5, 6, 6) [7, 7, 7, 8] balls / 400 (440, 525, 565, 610) [650, 695, 735, 775] m
CC1: 1 ball / 65 (65, 65, 85, 85) [85, 85, 105, 105] m
CC2: 2 (3, 3, 3, 3) [4, 4, 4, 4] balls / 210 (230, 275, 295, 315) [335, 355, 380, 400] m
CC3: 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) [2, 2, 2, 2] balls / 85 (85, 105, 105, 105) [125, 125, 145, 145] m

Gauge

29 sts and 32 rounds = 10 cm / 4” in colourwork pattern on larger needle, after blocking

Needles 

2.25 mm / US 1 circular needle (or needle 1–2 sizes smaller than main needle)
2.75 mm / US 2 circular needle (or size required to obtain correct gauge)

Notions

Stitch markers x 6, removable stitch marker, waste yarn, darning needle, spare needle for three-needle bind-off, 2.5 mm crochet hook