Pattern of the Week: Whirlwind Top

I would wear leggings every day if I could, but it can be tough to bring the comfort of leggings into the workplace. I have a few arbitrary rules for myself around what tops it is appropriate to wear to work with leggings: haunches may be showing, for example, but neither butt seam nor crotch can be visible. Tunics like the lovely Whirlwind Top from knitscene Spring 2019 are wonderful to wear with leggings, elevating the look while not at all detracting from the feeling that I’m wearing PJs to work.

This instant classic from Amy Gunderson is easy to customize to whatever length makes you feel that your butt is covered, literally and figuratively. It’s worked in the round from the top down, so you can try it on as you go and keep knitting until the length is just right. A lovely lace pattern at the hem makes for a bit of a victory lap at the end of a quick-to-knit garment project.

Check out the lovely lace details on the Whirlwind Top!

I also love the subtle lace detail along the raglan armholes on the front and back, another thoughtful detail that adds just enough visual interest to the predominantly stockinette body. This project was created with ease and relaxation in mind. All that stockinette means that the body of the tunic will fly by like, well, a whirlwind!

Yours in Stitches,

Pattern Details

Difficulty Intermediate

Yarn Weight 3

Finished Size 32 (36¼, 40½, 44¾, 48, 52¼)“ circumference at underarm. Pullover shown measures 36¼”; modeled with 6¼“ of positive ease.

Yarn Fibra Natura Unity (36% wool, 28% cotton, 18% linen, 18% bamboo; 262 yd (240 m)/3½ oz (100 g)): #108 silver blue, 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6) balls. Yarn distributed by Universal Yarn.

Needles Size 5 (3.75 mm): 24” and 32|affiliate links| circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle.

Gauge 19 sts and 28 rows = 4” in St st; 16 sts and 26 rows = 4” in Lace patt.

Check out the other designs in knitscene Spring 2019, all inspired by travel, air, and adventure. The Whirlwind Top is just one knitting pattern that’s sure to catch your eye!

All images courtesy of Harper Point Photography.

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