Astoria Top – Knitting Pattern

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The past few months I was in the search of the perfect knitted summer top. Something breezy and comfortable to wear in the hot weather in the city. In the past months, my husband and I also made a big move from Brooklyn to Queens (which in NYC is basically moving to a different town), and I was in awe with my new neighborhood, which made me more impatient to find a cute top that went with my new environment.

The knitted top search led me to a lot of beautiful tops, but I never felt truly confident that it would fit my body type. Most bralettes are designed with smaller chests in mind, which sometimes have made me so jealous of cups A and B. But one of the wonderful things about knitting is that you have the power to make things however you want, and to fit you like a glove, provided that you have enough patience.

And that’s how this top started, like a mission of creating the top I really wanted, in the new place that was inspiring me. Hoping that other girls with larger cups would also find it the perfect design for them!

Design

The Astoria Top is knitted bottom up, in a simple ribbed pattern of K2P2, and it features an increase design between the ribbing that shapes it, but also gives a nice effect in the front of the top. It was important for me that the way it increases accommodates your chest while also covering it enough below the arm and the front. I would say the final shape has a slightly vintage look that is very flattering.

It is a fairly easy and fast knit. You will need to know concepts such as knitting in the round, increasing with kfb, and decreasing with k2tog and ssk, and it’s almost seamless except for the straps.

This pattern comes in 5 sizes, XS, S, M, L and XL but it is highly customizable. You can keep adding increases if you wished for a larger bust, or you could remove a few for a smaller bust. Straps can be adjusted for a different size and different fit. And the length can also be changed, if you were looking for a longer top.

SizesBust (inches)Waist (inches)
XS28-3423-24
S32-3625-28
M36-3828-30
L38-4030-34
XL42-4438-40

Yarn

Any sport or fine yarn would be great for this project, and the best thing is that you might not need more than a skein if it has over 300 yds (depending on size)

I recommend using Gherkin’s Bucket Simple SW Sport 100% SW Merino, 320 yds / 1 skein

The beautiful blue top below was knitted in Waterlust colorway.

Find the Pattern for the Astoria Top below

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