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The Casual Top - English

The Casual Top - English

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The Casual Top is a simple, lightweight and versatile top.

It was created with the desire to create a wardrobe staple that can be used in summer and winer alike – on its own or as a base layer. The lightweight quality means that the top is incredibly breathable in both the warmer months and as an inner layer under other  garments in the colder months.

The Casual Top is knitted from the bottom up, starting with finding and casting on your individual number of sts according to your personal measurements to create the front and pack pieces. From here, you’ll knit in the round on a 2,5 mm circular needle until you reach the desired length and the beginning of the arm hole. The top can be knitted as a long or cropped version depending on your preference

Knitting needles and accessories 

  • 1 circular needle 2,5 mm, 60 cm

  • 1 circular needle 2 mm, 40 cm

  • 2  double pointed needles 2,5 mm

  • A thin elastic band

  • 1 blunt needle to secure loose ends / sew the folded edges

  • 4 stitch holder cords
    Alternatively, you can use a thick strand of yarn in a contrasting colour

  • 3 stitch holders 

  • A measuring tape

  • A stitch marker (or safety pin)


    Yarn

    Gepard Cashmere Lace (100% cashmere) 

    Length / weight: 350m/25g 


    The Casual Top is knitted using your own measurements, but we have calculated the following estimation to help you find the correct amount of yarn. 


    S = a stomach circumference of 70-75 cm + 45 cm length: 50-75g

     

    M = a stomach circumference of 76-84 cm + 50 cm length: 75g

     

    L = a stomach circumference of 85-95 cm + 55 cm length: 75-100g

     

    XL = a stomach circumference of 96-107 cm + 60 cm length: 100-125g

     

    XXL = a stomach circumference of 108-120 cm + 60 cm length: 125-150g


    Because the top is knitted based on your own measurements, the actual amount of yarn you’ll need might differ from what is described here and will depend on the circumference of your stomach as well as the length of your upper body. Our recommendation is therefore to always buy an extra skein of yarn. This way, you can be sure that all your yarn will have the exact same colour. You will usually be able to return unopened skeins. 

    NB! Cashmere feels soft and delicate against the skin. We therefore strongly urge you to follow the suggestion and use the yarn listed above. We can’t guarantee that the bra won’t feel itchy if you use a different kind of wool than the yarn suggested in this pattern.


    Tension

    The Casual Top is knitted in stocking stitches on a 2,5 mm needle. 

    The tension is 32 sts x 60 needles = 10 x 10 cm

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    Frequently asked questions

    How does the individual sizing work?

    This differs from pattern to pattern, but oftentimes we ask you to measure underneath your bust and across your bust. Then we offer a calculation based on the knitting tension and this in turn tells you e.g. how many stitches you should cast on for your band. 

    Other times, it’s measuring the cups to your body and stopping when you feel they give the coverage you prefer. For some of our patterns we have created an Excel sheet where you simply type in your measurements and it provides you with the amount of stitches, cast-ons ect. Going forward we will optimise this and add it to more patterns. 

    Can I knit in other types of yarn than cashmere?

    Of course you can! 

    We recommend cashmere because while researching many different yarn types, cashmere was the yarn that was the softest against the skin for the longest duration of time. Also cashmere on small needles tends to give a more tight knitted, elegant look, that we feel are perfect for our designs.But as long as you match the knitting tension to whatever yarn you are using, you can use whatever yarn you want. 

    How much support do your bras give?

    The bras give the same support as a soft, wireless bra. However there are no strap adjustments in the patterns yet, so we generally recommend you knit the straps 5-10 cm shorter than you normally would, so they can ease.

    I have a bigger bust, will your bras work for me?

    Our bras are meant as a soft, wireless alternative to regular bras.  If you need more support for your bust than a soft bra can give you, we suggest you wear a regular bra underneath your nakedknit bra.