Little Black Top by Jenna Wilson

Little Black Top

September 2004
DK / Sport ?
22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
768 yards (702 m)
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Errata available:

Pattern on pages 220-223.

Small (Medium, Large, Extra-Large) To fit finished chest measurement: 33 (36, 39, 42) inches

From the designer: “One of the staples in my wardrobe is the little black top - a plain, black, sleeveless, fitted top that can be worn just about anywhere, with just about anything. This particular little black top has a funnel neck and some subtle texture in a narrow front panel of garter stitch. The simplicity of the pattern keeps finishing steps to a minimum, because the hems and armholes are worked in garter stitch as well. There’s a keyhole opening at the back neck, fastened with a button. The design includes an optional knitted tie belt finished with beads. If you find knitting the belt onerous (it is more than six feet long), you can skip it altogether, or cheat and make a tie belt using store-bought cording.”


(*based on the first printing)

In addition to the corrections she lists, the largest size, front, should read “Work (52) St st, pm, work 11 garter st, pm, work (52) St st”. The errata gives 51 stitches.

Little Black Top: Instructions for Back Neck Opening, third sentence should read: Work 19 rows even across…;
Instructions for Front, 6th line down should read: Work 40 (44, 48, 52) St st, pm, work 11 garter st, pm, work 40 (44, 48, 52) St st

Also, for clarity, both the front and the back are started with the first row as a RS row.