English pattern for Bee Beautiful
Bee Beautiful was named by the hand dyer behind the yarn that inspired the top. Henriette (By Kiilerich) named it after the small bees flying up the neck. The yarn is a light alpaca/linen/silk blend; perfect for summer!
It is knit top down, first worked flat until you join front and back to work the body in the round. It has a V-neck and short sleeves to create a light and airy summer top. The ribbing on the body is worked in zig-zag lines, created by increasing and decreasing, and the bees at the neck is a simple lace pattern.
1–2–3 (4-5-6) 7-8
Measurements on finished garment
Chest circumference: 80-94,5-102 (116-123,5-138) 145,5-160 cm / 32.3-36.6-40.7 (45-49.2-53.5) 57.9-62.2 inches
Body length: 52-52-52 (54-54-54) 56-56 cm / 18.9-18.9-18.9 (19.7-19.7-19.7) 20.1-20.1 inches
Bee Beautiful is designed to be worn with 0-15 cm / 0-6 inches ease. Body and sleeve length are easily adjustable; just remember that changing the length will affect yardage!
This top is worked top down with a V-neck. First you knit the shoulders, then front and back are worked separately until the body is joined to be worked in the round. Stitches are picked up for the sleeves, which are then worked top down.
720-750-800 (850-900-1000) 1140-1260 meters fingering weight yarn.
Yardage is estimated and may vary between knitters!
The sample is size 3, and used 2 skeins of Alin Silk, in the colorway Silverfox from By Kiilerich: https://bykiilerich.com/
3.75 mm (US5) circular 60 or 80 cm / 24 or 32 inches, using magic loop where needed.
3.25 mm (US3) circular 60 or 80 cm / 24 or 32 inches, using magic loop where needed.
22 stitches x 29 rows/rounds in stockinette stitch on larger needle = 10×10 cm / 4×4 inches
Note: Needle size is just a suggestion. Adjust needle size if needed to obtain gauge! Pay extra attention to your gauge when working flat – you may need to go down a needle size on the purl rows, as many knitters will have a looser gauge when purling compared to knitting. Also be mindful of gauge when doing small circumference knitting (for the sleeves), where many knitters tend to get a tighter gauge. If this happens to you, you will have to go up a needle size!