Albion £3.75


A patriotic vest top

2012 was a fantastic year to celebrate all things British with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics taking place in London!  Albion is a cute summer top to wear to tea parties, as a spectator cheering on your team, or relaxing in the sunshine.

Knitted from the bottom up using an intarsia technique, the union jack flag unfolds as you knit. Fitted over the bust, it then flares down to the hips, flattering many shapes. The straps match the pattern on the lower half to keep the flag picture.

Knitted in a recycled denim yarn, it is quick to knit as well as being environmentally friendly!

The top is knitted flat in 2 pieces from the bottom up. Both pieces are the same and sewn together at the sides and straps. A zip is added to the side last as cotton shrinks when washed. I recommend preparing the bobbins of yarn for each colour section before starting the intarsia section. The pattern has written instructions with a table for the intarsia section for each size. Increases for the bust take place in the centre of each bust in the white stripe. The top has positive ease around the body to give a swing effect, but no ease over the bust to stop gaping.


Finished chest circumference:

81-86 (91-96, 101-106, 111-117, 121-127, 132-137, 142-147) cm

32-34 (36-38, 40-42, 44-46, 48-50, 52-54, 56-58) inches

Shown in size 81 - 86 cm (32 - 34") with no ease.


DK weight yarn.

Shown in Twilleys of Stamford Freedom echo DK (100m per 50g ball; 100% cotton), colourways MC: 903 blue, CC1: 901 white and CC2: 904 red.

MC: 215 (260, 300, 345, 385, 430 485) m; 235 (285, 350, 375, 430, 485) yards

CC1: 145 (175, 200, 230, 255, 285, 325) m; 115 (190, 20, 250, 289, 310, 355) yards

CC2: 180 (220, 250, 290, 320, 340, 405) m; 195 (240, 275, 315, 350, 390, 440) yards

Needles & Notions:

4 mm (US 7) knitting needles

3.25 mm (US D) crochet hook

Yarn bobbins

18 cm (8") zip


21 stitches and 30 rows per 10cm x 10cm measured over stocking stitch

Skills required:

Knit and purl stitches

Casting on and binding off

Increases and decreases

Intarsia colourwork

Double crochet stitch for edging

Pattern information:

Originally published May 2012.

Current version: Albion_v1.pdf

PDF file size: 567 kb

Blog post with more information can be found here

Model: Sarah Alderson


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