Knitting Traditions 2018: Bias Lines Top
The Bias Lines Top by Lana Jois is one of my favorite projects in Knitting Traditions 2018. It’s a fun and flirty top that has it all: knitting intrigue, endless layering possibilities, and a stunning yarn that has my fingers itching to squish some skeins!
The handkerchief hem is what first drew my eyes to this design. I love how Lana combined two Shibui Knits yarns (Cima & Staccato) to pair this lacey hem and refined body.
These yarns are so luxurious you’ll want to live in them. Cima is a superbaby alpaca and fine merino blend that gives the lace hem its light weight and soft texture. Staccato makes up the body of the top and is a blend of superwash merino and silk, which gives this top a soft fabric with an elegant sheen.
The layering possibilities are almost endless in this top. You can style of over a long sleeved button down, over a dress, or with a pair of cute shorts or pants. It walks seamlessly from work to drinks out, to an evening at the symphony—I can’t stress enough how often I find situations for a garment like this.
All of this means the Bias Lines Top will take you through any season or occasion depending on how you style it. It’s a capsule piece that is anything but basic and it’s a lightweight top you won’t want to stop wearing.
DESIGNER Lana Jois
FINISHED SIZE 32¾ (36¾, 41, 43¾, 48, 52¼)” bust circumference. Top shown measures 36¾”; modeled with 2¾” of positive ease.
YARN Shibui Knits Cima (70% super baby alpaca, 30% fine Merino; 328 yd [300 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #2038 cove (A), 1 skein. Shibui Knits Staccato (70% superwash Merino, 30% silk; 191 yd [175 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #2038 cove (B), 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6) skeins.
NEEDLES Size 4 (3.5 mm): 32″ circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Size 5 (3.75 mm): 24″ cir and set of dpn. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
NOTIONS Markers; stitch holders; tapestry needle.
GAUGE 23 sts and 30 rnds = 4″ in St st using B on larger needles.