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A brightly coloured slip-stitch sleeveless top

Summer holidays always remind me of visiting sweet shops in the places we visited, having pocket money to spend and the seemingly endless colorful choice of sweets on which to spend it. My favourite sweets were always the ones that contained sherbet, or kali as it is known in Yorkshire. I loved the bright colors of the sherbet in the jars, the licorice sticks or lollipops which I used to dip into the packets or the flying saucers -- rice paper discs with sherbet inside that melted on your tongue and then gave a fizzy hit.

This vest top was inspired by many summer holidays spent in those sweet shops eating sherbet. The bright colors and combinations that it can be made in are endless and the slipstitch pattern reminds me of the flying saucers that I used to love.

The shape of this garment is perfect for a spring/summer top. It can be layered over a t-shirt or longer sleeve top on those cooler days or worn on its own as a vest top. The garter stitch rib adds a pretty detail to all the edges and the splash of a third color makes it zing! It is surprisingly easy to knit as the pattern is formed with slipstitches, which is perfect for knitting on holiday or after eating too many sweets.

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Finished chest circumference:

71 (81, 92, 102, 112, 122, 132) cm

28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52)"

Shown in size 81 cm (32") and 112 cm (44") with 5 cm (2") negative ease.


Fingering weight yarn in amounts given.

Shown in (pink/grey) Debbie Bliss Rialto 4-ply  (180m per 50g ball; 100% wool), colourways MC: silver, CC1: fushia, CC2: purple.

Shown in (yellow/red) Rowan Cotton Glace (115m per 50g ball; 100% cotton), colourways MC: poppy, CC1: mineral, CC2: shoot

MC: 310 (360, 414, 472, 530, 490, 652) m; 303 (354, 410, 465, 519, 580, 642) yds

CC1: 227 (324, 375, 425, 475, 530, 587) m; 339 (394, 453, 516, 580, 645, 713) yds

CC2: 180m (198 yds)

Needles & Notions:

3mm (US 2.5) and 3.25mm (US 3) knitting needles

Stitch holder or waste yarn to hold stitches

Stitch marker

Sewing needle


28 stitches and 38 rows per 10cm x 10cm measured over stocking stitch

31 stitches and 36 rows per 10cm x 10cm measured over pattern stitch

Skills required:

Knit and purl stitches

Increases and decreases

Corrugated ribbing

Pattern information:

Originally published March 2014.

Blog post with more information can be found her

Model: Suzi Tibbetts

Photography: Chris Turner

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