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The Tulip Top - English

The Tulip Top - English

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The Tulip Top is a simple top with vertical purl ridges as one of its characteristics. The purl ridges help create both structure and form, as the purl ridges take their shape from the curve of the body, and the bust in particular.

The Tulip Top is a versatile top that can be tailored to your exact needs. You can knit it as a bra, a crop top or a longer top, according to your personal preferences. In addition, the top offers a beautiful, strapless alternative , which can be worn alone, under or over clothing. By mounting the straps with snaps, the top can also be worn both with and without straps.


We suggest using one of the following yarn options:

nakedknit Cashmere 170  (170m/25g)


Lang Yarns Cashmere Lace (165m/25g)

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 top won’t feel itchy if you use a different kind of wool than the yarn suggested in this pattern.


The Tulip top is knitted in stocking stitches on a 3 mm needle. 

The tension is 28 sts = 10 cm

On sizing, yarn and measurements

The Tulip Top is knitted based on your own measurements, and can be adjusted to the desired length. The following measurements are therefore just an estimate of the amount of yarn you’re going to need:

Sizing chart The Tulip Top

On knitting needles and accessories 

  • 1 circular needle 3 mm, 40 cm 
  • 1 circular needle  2,5 mm, 40 cm
  • 1 additional circular needle 2 mm or 2,5 mm 
  • 2 double pointed needles 3 mm 
  • 1 stitch holder cord
  • 1 measuring tape
  • 2 stitch markers or safety pins
  • 1 scissors
  • 1 blunt needle to secure loose ends
  • Knitting elastic (if you are knitting the long version)
  • Waistband elastic, 1 cm width (for both the short and long version)
  • 1 safety pin to insert the waistband elastic
  • A sharp needle and thread to sew the waistband elastic together 
  • If you choose the detachable straps, you’ll need 4 sets of snaps, 1 cm diameter 
  • (The Knitting Helper app to help calculate the increases/decreases throughout)
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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.