Monday, June 01, 2009


A while back, almost 2 years now I think, I have finished this top I made out of Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy, it was a designing attempt for something summery, simple, but enough detail and flair to be interesting. At that time I didn't happen to take any notes on the process and it was when a whole lot of knitters started requesting this pattern. I tried to resize it from what I had to work with and last month I actually bit the bullet and have re-knit the whole top from a different yarn, but having learnt so much more since way back when the original was created, the pattern turned out quite pleasing!

And now I am so proud to present Grecian top [Ravelry link] to all of you, readers, knitters and lurkers :D

It is a top down design that involves minimal sewing, trimmed with applied cabled edging and the pattern is offered in 13 sizes and comes with options of 2 sleeve lengths and 2 variations for hem.
You can make it cap sleeve or elbow length and have your hem either slightly curved or straight.
To fit bust: (28, 30, 32, 34) (36, 38, 40, 42, 44) (46, 48, 50, 52)”
Finished garment length: (20.5, 20.75, 21, 21.25) (21.5, 21.75, 23.25, 23.75, 24.5) (24.75, 25.25, 25.75, 26.25)”
Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy (34% hemp, 41% cotton, 25% modal; 154 yds
140m/50 gr 1.75 oz; #8, turquoise.
Habu Textiles XS-24 20/12 bamboo (100% bamboo; 80 yds
73 m/28 gr1 oz; color 1;
(654, 700, 747, 794) (840, 887, 934, 1000, 1040) (1100, 1150, 1200, 1250) yds
3.25mm circular needle 24”
3.25mm double pointed needle (or 2 circular needles in same size)
2.25mm double pointed needles
Other materials
crochet hook size B or C
scrap yarn in same weight
removable stitch markers
tapestry needle
28 sts and 36 rows in 4” over washed and blocked St st swatch on larger needles knit in the round

For those of you who may find doing applied cable edging a challenge, I have updated the tutorial on it! So it would be easier to knit through thinking that you have some back support. If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to email me to address on the sidebar.

I want to thank all of knitters who encouraged me and never stopped bugging me for the pattern! It has been nominated for Official Sexy Knitters Club KAL a while back, hopefully you are still passionate about this project!
Also my dear friends, who made suggestions and made this possible [Vanessa, Alexandra, Priscilla, Mac]!
Casey, Jess, Mary-Heather for featuring it in the Spotlight on the Ravelry pattern page!!!!!
Hope all of you enjoy it and Happy Knitting!


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  1. Such a happy day that you have posted the pattern. This has always been one of my favorites of your designs. I loved the simplicity of the design with the dressiness of the cable edging.

  2. Oh, wow. That's so pretty! I don't think I saw the first incarnation! I love the neckline on it - so simple, and yet so very feminine.

  3. Glad to see this is up!! Now I REALLY can't wait to have my baby, so I can knit something for ME again!

  4. Anonymous5:19 PM

    Congratulations, Olga! Well done. And 13 sizes?! Now, THAT'S amazing. :)


  5. It's gorgeous and so elegant♥ Congratulations!!

  6. Congratulations! It looks quite lovely - and now I want one. This may be next on the list after I finish the denim sweater. :) You never cease to amaze me!

  7. The neckline is adorable! I just wish I could wear it--my DDDs can't handle a strapless bra. :(

  8. Kym, it doesn't need a strapless bra.
    check here, Rosemary is wearing a bra and she is a D.

  9. gorgeous, olga! i want to make this for ME!

  10. What great classic, sophisticated top. Love that I could wear this to work with a skirt and pumps or at night with jeans. Congrats!

  11. Olga,

    It was great to run into you at the MD Sheep & Wool fest & again at Teaism the other day. Funny how I didn't realize that the Petal Halter was your design. When I saw it in IK I wanted to make it right away. Bravo, my dear! Your designs are simply amazing.

    Evelyn ;-)

  12. love love love! such a perfect fit and the detailing is simple yet exquisite. congrats on another beautiful design! hugs, kate

  13. Anonymous6:19 AM

    Lovely Olga! I'm in the US for a visit and hoping to catch up with you maybe at the yarn store!

  14. Beautiful. I have been watching you knit online since well before Ravelry. I knew you would be design fabulous sweaters. I was right!

  15. Gorgeous design...I have added it to my queue!


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