Cute and Easy Knit Top for Teens

Cute easy knit top

Cute and Easy Knit Top for Teens

Lockdown hasn’t been all bad – many of us have found time for new hobbies or relearned old ones. I took up knitting again and as I only know the most simple of steps – I can cast on, cast off, knit plain and knit purl – I have knitted a pile of scarves! I started knitting this top half thinking I would make just another scarf but not really wanting to as the fun colours of the wool were drawing me in another direction! After casting on and knitting the first few rows, inspiration hit and I came up with this idea for a really cute and easy to knit fun top.

The design for the top evolved as I knitted along but it couldn’t evolve too much due to my really basic knitting knowledge! I also tend to lose count of the rows as I usually knit while watching TV but in this pattern that doesn’t matter as multicoloured wool is very forgiving.

If you only know how to knit plain or purl then you will be able to knit this easy top, if you don’t know how to cast on or off, YouTube is brilliant!

Cute and Easy Knit Top for Teens

I knitted this top to fit my 14 year old daughter but to size this pattern to fit yourself of who ever you are knitting it for, you will need to take some measurements around the bust, under the bust and around the upper arm.

You need:

  • 1x 4.5mm (7 US) pair of knitting needles.
  • 3x 50gm balls of 4ply wool.
  • I large sewing needle for stitching the pieces together.

How to make the top:

This simple top consists of four bands stitched into loops, two for the top and two for the arms. The two bands in the top are different widths with the wider one around the bust and the narrower band underneath.

Cute and Easy Knit Top for Teens
Final top

Upper Band

  1. Cast on 46 stitches (the thickness of the upper band depends on the bust size, you may need to cast on more stitches than I did).
  2. Knit one stitch purl one stitch plain until the end of the row.
  3. Repeat step 2 for 5 rows. Knit a plain row to create a rib row.
  4. Repeat step 3 until your upper band is the required length. You will need to allow for stretch in the wool so the final length of your band will be a few centimetres shorter than the measurements around the bust.
  5. Cast off.

Lower Band

  1. Cast on 20 stitches, knit a long band until it measures a few centimetres shorter than the measurements around underneath the bust. This band will be shorter than the upper band.
  2. Cast off.

Arm Bands

  1. Cast on 32 stitches.
  2. Knit one stitch purl one stitch plain until the end of the row.
  3. Repeat step 2 for 5 rows. Knit a plain row to create a rib row.
  4. Repeat step 3 until your arm bands are the required length.
  5. Cast off.

Finishing off your top

  1. Using a length of wool and your needle, stitch the two long edges of the upper band and lower band together. As the upper band will be longer than the lower band, you will have to stretch the shorter band evenly so that the two edges match.
  2. Stitch the short edges of the bands together to make a big loop.
  3. Stitch the short edges of the arm band loops too.
  4. Finally attach the arm loops with a couple of strong stitches to either side of the upper band to secure them (just a practical step to top them from slipping down the arm or getting lost in the drawer).

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