knitting || the perfect crop top

The Perfect Crop Top/TPCT pattern has been on my wishlist for a long time. Originally, I have envisioned using one of my precious Rohrspatz & Wollmeise skeins as the main color, with something else striped in or perhaps a contrast yoke (since even though fingering weight Twin or Pure are generous 150g skeins, it's still not nearly enough for a sweater!). But I was rummaging through my stash and pulled two skeins of Herbstblatt Regina--and German indie dyer. I collected many of her skeins last year, and was glad I could combine two into a garment!

After doing a bit of swatching, I decided I didn't like how the light pink ("Old Rosé") and deep red ("Glüwhein") looked right next to each other. So I added a round of a dark grey (Into the Whirled "Quoth the Raven" leftover from another project) between the pink/red stripes, which helped set them off nicely. Visually, you don't really notice the grey at first, but it really helps the other stripes pop!

I really love how versatile this pattern is; there are a lot of options for adding your own touch! I opted for longer sleeves on this version (I want to knit one with short sleeves--possibly in a cotton or bamboo yarn for summer!), and also added extra length to the body. This works perfectly with high waist slacks and skirts--though I think if I were to knit one to wear with modern style jeans, I'd add a bit more length.

More details on my Ravelry project page, for those interested.


  1. So lovely! I really like the 50's feel of the sweater and it looks great on you! It's so hard to find a good sweater in stores. I've wanted to try knitting a sweater before, but been too intimidated. I have a little two month old now and have decided to give knitting a sweater a try for her. Do you have any suggestions for a good baby sweater knitting pattern?

    1. Thank you so much!! Don't be intimidated--sweaters (especially raglan styles) can be super easy and a quick knit if you use a worsted weight yarn! I highly recommend the Flax sweater by Tin Can Knits. It's a free pattern, and uses a heavier weight yarn, comes in a variety of sizes and is one of the better written patterns in regards to being suited for a first time sweater knitter.


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