Pattern of the Week: Mojave Top
Mimicking the bands of sandstone and red rock found on the steep sides of desert canyons, the Mojave Top is formed with layers of alternating colors and lace patterning. This stylish, boho top is perfect for music festivals, office-wear, or a date night, depending on how you layer it! No matter how you style it, the geometric lace, horizontal stripes, and fringe will keep you looking youthful and chic. The vibe of this entire issue will have your queue stacked in no time.
Geometric lace not only looks endlessly modern and fresh, but it also makes the charts easy to follow and memorize. It’s becomes intuitive to see where you’ve been and where you’re going when the right angles on your chart match the right angles on your WIP!
This kimono-sleeve top is constructed in two simple t-shaped pieces. For those who are new to knitting garments, that means you won’t have to worry about setting in your sleeves. The front is simply seamed to the back after blocking for a fast finish. Yet another benefit to geometric lace: it will be super easy to match up your front and back as you seam, and you’ll easily be able to tell if you’ve gotten off track.
Don’t forget to set aside yarn for the fun and flirty fringe on the sleeves! You can easily customize your top by making your fringe a little longer or embellishing it with macramé knots. You could even add fringe to the bottom hem, if you’d like. Take the Mojave Top just one step further, to make it your own.
DESIGNER Meghan Jones
FINISHED SIZE 37½ (49½, 61½)” bust circumference. Top shown measures 37½”; modeled with 7½” of positive ease.
YARN Stacy Charles Fine Yarns Alicia (100% linen; 180 yd [165 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #06 coral (red; A), 3 (3, 5) balls; #15 sandy shore (cream; B), 2 (3, 3) balls. Yarn distributed by Tahki Stacy Charles, Inc.
NEEDLES Size 4 (3.5 mm): 32″ circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
NOTIONS Markers (m); removable m; tapestry needle.
GAUGE 16 sts and 26 rows = 4″ in lace patt; 16 sts and 30 rows = 4″ in garter st.