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Smock Top Sweater

January 11

My Smock Top Sweater design, originally published in Knotions, is now available here. And its free!

The traditional style lends itself well to dressing up (maybe with pretty black slacks?) or dressing down (paired with jeans for cozy fall and winter gatherings). Its versatility makes it useful in a time when we are all trying to get the most out of our garments.

The sweater features a form-flattering ribbed body topped by feminine smocking. The turtleneck is knit with ever-increasing sizes of needles to drape softly at the neck line.

Knit from the bottom up, the body’s 2×2 ribbing flows seamlessly into the smocking pattern that adorns the chest. At the top of the smocking, the ribs flow up to match at the shoulder, making for a pretty join.

And now for something really fun….

I know I was a little intimidated the first time I tried to knit smocking. Like a lot of seeming challenges, once I tried it, I nearly laughed at how easy it is. I’ve made a YouTube video demonstrating how to make the smocking, in case you’d like a little guidance.

The updated version of the Smock Top Sweater pattern includes corrections, clarifications, and the addition of metric measurements.

The Smock Top Sweaters that I knit for myself are made from the yarn called for in the pattern, Rowan Classic Yarns’ Cashsoft DK. I adore this yarn! It’s soft against my skin, and the bit of cashmere  content gives it warmth without excess weight.

I caught Stella (my dress form) wearing it early one morning, hanging out by the last of my dahlias.

I hope everyone’s New Year is off to a great start. Happy knitting!

8 Comments to

“Smock Top Sweater”

  1. On January 12th, 2010 at 10:44 am Laurie (Moo!) Says:

    Such a pretty pattern and a video, too?!?!? Put that baby up on Ravelry and start earning some yarn money. 😀 Thank you!

  2. On January 14th, 2010 at 12:41 pm Annegret Says:

    I really love the smock top sweater. And I think not only white is a suitable colour but also other colours like red or blue.


  3. On January 16th, 2010 at 1:09 pm audknits Says:

    Thanks, Annegret. I’d love to see it in red or blue! I’ve seen it in a pretty rose pink and also a lovely leaf green. Each was very pretty and had its own feel.

  4. On January 16th, 2010 at 6:12 pm Karen Says:

    Have downloaded the pattern. How very kind of you, Audrey. Thank you so much. It’s now on my list of to-dos!

  5. On January 31st, 2010 at 6:20 pm mary Joyce Says:

    Thanks for the pattern. I down loaded your Santa Fe Mitts too and Now I have TWO AudKnit designs to knit. I’m starting the mitts next!!

  6. On January 21st, 2011 at 1:51 am MeredithJean Says:

    Oh my this sweater is SO perfect… I would have loved one when I had the body to wear it 😉

  7. On January 21st, 2011 at 7:25 am AudKnits Says:

    Thank you for the kind words! It was a lot of fun to design.

  8. On October 31st, 2011 at 11:27 am AudKnits Turns 3 with a Giveaway | Knitting Patterns, Instructions, Projects & Designs. Learn How to Knit! Says:

    […] of the most gratifying posts trace my design efforts, from my first published design – the Smock Top Sweater kindly published in Knotions, to the thrill of having my Eleanor Cowl included in Knitty. I […]

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