Candlelight Halter

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This halter is the perfect summer top. The cotton blend keeps you cool, while the halter shape shows off tanned shoulders. The candlelight lace panel on the front is adapted from the candlelight #2 pattern in Barbara Walker’s 2nd Treasury of Knitting Patterns. It makes a perfect introduction to lace knitting and chart reading, and the detail gives the halter that little bit of extra interest. It’s light and airy for day, but the slight shine from the silk content in the yarn makes it appropriate for evening as well. The straps can be threaded through eyelets on the back border, sewn onto the back, or fastened with some pretty clips, which would make it adjustable as well.

So as to catch the elusive Irish summer, this top is designed to be a quick knit. If the news on Wednesday says the weekend will be sunny, you can be strolling around town in it on Saturday. The top is mostly worked in the round, with no seaming and few ends to weave in.

Good yarn substitutes would be bamboo yarns (e.g., RYC Bamboo Soft), which would make a slinky, drapey top, and cotton yarns and blends (e.g., Rowan Calmer). Knitting this in silk would turn it into a fancy top for a night out. Linen would also work well, and would give a more casual look.

Tips for ensuring a good fit are at the end of the pattern.

Sizes

Finished bust measurements 61[71, 81, 91, 102, 112] cm to fit 76[86, 96.5, 106.5, 117, 127] cm bust

Yarn

Debbie Bliss Cathay (50% cotton, 35% viscose microfibre, 15% silk) 50g/100m 4[4, 5, 5, 6, 7, 7] balls, colour 12019

Needles/Notions

4 mm (or size needed to get gauge) circular needles, in a length that allows for knitting in the round at your smallest point, i.e., your waist.

Stitch markers

Stitch holder

Gauge

20 sts/10 cm, 25 rows/10 cm, for both knitting in the round and flat. If you need to, change needle sizes so you get the same gauge for both kinds of knitting.



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