Short Sleeve Top with Knitted Lace Panel
May 6, 2014
This is another project where I have combined my love of sewing and knitting. I made my first top like this with a long sleeve shirt back in February. You can click on the highlighted text to take you to that project.
Originally I had this project planned to share in March. Well, I actually had it done but did not like the end result with the particular lace panel of feather and fan stitch that I used. I like how it had the scallop in the front but the shirt seemed too loose. So, I ripped that out and started over.
I went back to the knitting stitch I had used for my red top and just made it a little more narrow as this blue top seemed to be a bit more loose fitting than the red one.
Below is the tutorial on how to make this top:
To make this you will need to know how to knit and how to use a sewing machine.
- Size US 8 knitting needles (I used straight ones)
- Worsted weight yarn that is washable – I used Hobby Lobby I Love this Yarn
- T-shirt that is a little too snug or one size too small for you
- Fabric scissors
- Sewing machine
- Sewing thread to match shirt
Step 1: Using your fabric scissors cut up the center front and center back of shirt – use a tape measure or ruler to determine center
Step 2: Knit lace panels using the following stitch on size US 8 needles:
Cast on 12 stitches – knit the first row
Row 1: *k2tog, yo, k 2; rep from * across to end
Repeat row 1 for pattern knitting one panel for the front and one for the back according to how long those sections are. When panel is almost the measured length knit last row then bind off.
Abbreviations: k – knit k2tog – knit 2 together yo – yarn over rep – repeat
Step 3: Pin knit panels to shirt with fabric on the top of the lace knit panel. Sew using a straight stitch and a stitch length of 2.5 – back stitch at beginning and end one or two times to lock stitches. Use the inner toe edge of your presser foot as a seam guide for fabric edge. Repeat this process a total of four times to attach panels to shirt.
Step 4: Weave in tail ends of yarn and your top is done. Enjoy wearing it!
I really like how this top turned out and have already wore mine a couple of times. I found out the other day as I went to ride my bike that it matched my bike so I took a picture.
I have had this Electra 3 speed bicycle for about five years now. It was a combined Mothers Day and birthday gift. I love this bike and enjoy riding it around our neighborhood for exercise and to the store. I actually rode it to Walmart today to get a few groceries. It is hard to see but even the tire print has flowers for the treads. Now that gas is going up again I am planning on riding it to the store more frequently.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have fun making a shirt if you decide to try it. It is really a very easy project and comes together quickly.
Have a great day!
I love unique fashion, nothing like wearing something that no one else can mimic. I also like the way you combined your knitting & sewing. I’m not quite that talented but love checking out the fashionable creations of others.
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Thank you Kellie. I like to combine things sometimes and see what I can come up with – this one happen to work, at least my 2nd version did, not the 1st one.
ooooo ahhh looks so cool!! Love this for sure! I have to try it and I will this time! Thanks for sharing with us!
Kristina & Millie recently posted…Make it your own Clutch Sewing Contest
Thanks! I can’t wait to see your crochet version.
This is such a nice idea, and I love how it turned out! Whenver I see projects like yours, I wish that I had really learned to sew. Thanks for linking up at Snickerdoodle Sunday! 🙂
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Thank you, Dee. This project isn’t very hard at all. If you can do a straight stitch on a sewing machine and do the knitting part you could make this top.
Lovely customized top !
Thanks for your kind visit !
Have a nice week !
Thanks Anna! Thanks for stopping by my blog, too.
I am amazed by your really pretty creation, Kimberlee! I am neither a gifted seamstress nor bike rider and I am pea green with regard to both! 😉
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Thanks Kim! I appreciate your kind words.