I can remember lying for hours under the pergola in my grandmother's yard. In the fall I'd watch the grid-like shadows shift across the grass as the sun moved across the sky. And in the spring I'd stare up, tracking the path of the vines weaving in and out of the lattice work structure. Empty or abundant, I loved the woven wood overhead.

My fondness towards this geometric patterning does not stop at the garden wall. It carries over to painted kitchen floors, pie crusts and, as you see here, knits! The lattice stitch I used is an organic interpretation of the woven grids and crisscrossing ridges that I find so fascinating and beautiful!

I made this Cap Sleeve Lattice Top with one of our newest (and most favorite!) yarns, Madeline Tosh's Sport. It's a superwash merino wool, machine spun but hand dyed, with gorgeous depths of color (even in the neutrals). The pattern, like the sweater, is easy breezy, knit up the back over the shoulders and down the front, two seams and you're done!

Watching the sparce grid of the pergola become overrun with wisteria and roses was a sure sign of the hot summer days to come. This sweater is a delightfully quick project to welcome spring and to wear right through summer. I think if I found myself sitting under that pergola right now, I'd be sporting this top, cool beverage in hand, gazing up at the greenery! -Laura

Materials

  • For the main color: 2 (2, 3) skeins of Madeline Tosh's Sport, 100% superwash merino wool. I used the color Silver Fox. (Another great yarn option is Anzula's Cricket in the color Seaside!)
  • For the contrast color: 1 (1, 2) skeins of Madeline Tosh's Sport, 100% superwash merino wool. I used the color Antler. (Another great yarn option is Anzula's Cricket in the color Au Natural!)
  • US #5 circular needle, any length between 16 and 24 inches
  • US #6 circular needle, any length between 16 and 24 inches

Gauge

6 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch on larger needles

Sizes

Small (Medium, Large)
  • Finished Chest Circumference: 34 (36, 38) inches
  • Length from Underarm to Cast On Edge: 12 (13, 14) inches
  • Length from Shoulder to Cast On Edge: 18 1/2 (20 1/2, 22 1/2) inches

Note

To alter the size be sure to cast on an odd number that is a multiple of 3 plus 1.

Pattern

Back

Back Ribbing

Using the smaller needles, cast on 103 (109, 115) stitches, leaving a 24 inch tail.

Row 1 (Wrong Side): P1, *k1, p2, repeat from * to end.

Row 2 (Right Side): *K2, p1, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 1 3/4 inches from cast on edge, ending with a WS row.

Change to larger needles.

Eyelet Row (RS): K2, *yo, k2tog, k1, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, yo, k2tog.

Back Body

Next Row (WS): Purl.

Next Row (RS): Knit.

Continue in stockinette stitch until piece measures 12 (13, 14) inches from cast on edge, ending with a RS row.

Cut yarn leaving a 24 inch tail.

Back Lattice

Change to contrast color.

Lattice Row 1 (WS): K1, *yo, k2tog, repeat from * to end.

Lattice Row 2 (RS): Knit.

Lattice Row 3 (WS): K2, *yo, k2tog, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.

Lattice Row 4 (RS): Knit.

Repeat Lattice Rows 1-4 until you have 6 1/2 (7 1/2, 8 1/2) inches, ending with Lattice Row 4.

Back Neck

Next Row (WS): K1, (yo, k2tog) 11 (12, 13) times, bind off in knit following 57 (59, 61) stitches, *yo, k2tog, repeat from * to end. (46, 50, 54 stitches)

Front

Front Neck

Next Row (RS): K23 (25, 27) cable cast on 57 (59, 61) stitches, knit to end. (103, 109, 115 stitches)

Front Lattice

Starting with Lattice Row 3, work the four Lattice Rows until piece measures 6 1/2 (7 1/2, 8 1/2) inches from cable cast on, ending with Lattice Row 4.

Front Body

Change to main color.

Next Row (WS): Purl.

Next Row (RS): Knit.

Continue in stockinette stitch until piece measures 10 1/4 (11 1/4, 12 1/4) inches from end of lattice stitch, ending with a WS row.

Eyelet Row (RS): K1, *yo, k2tog, k1, repeat from * to end.

Front Ribbing

Change to smaller needles.

Next Row (WS): *P2, k1, repeat from * to last stitch, p1.

Next Row (RS): K1, *p1, k2 repeat from * to end.

Repeat previous 2 rows for 1 3/4 inches.

Bind off in pattern on WS, cut yarn leaving a 24 inch tail.

Finish

Seam the Sides

Take your knit piece and fold it in half so that the bottom hems align. Using the mattress stitch and the tails of yarn you left, seam the rib and stockinette sides of the sweater together at the main color.

Block your new top if you want and wear it all spring!