Terrestrial Top by Moira Engel

Terrestrial Top

April 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
27 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with larger needles
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
888 - 1998 yards (812 - 1827 m)
XXS (XS, S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X), see notes
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With wide lace panels on the upper front and back and a saucy box pleat worked over a narrow lace panel on the back, the Terrestrial Top is the perfect cotton shell for summer. The cotton merino blend yarn has the coolness of cotton and a touch of wool for easy knitting.

Difficulty Intermediate

Yarn Weight 2

Finished Size 30½ (34, 37½, 41, 44½, 48½, 52, 55½)“ circumference at underarm. Tee shown measures 34”; modeled with 2½” of positive ease.

Yarn Brown Sheep Company Cotton Fine (80% Pima cotton, 20% Merino wool; 222 yd 203 m/1¾ 50 g): #CF452 Jubilant Jade, 4 (5, 5, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9) skeins.

Needles Size 3 (3.25 mm): 32” circular (cir) and two double-pointed (dpn). Size 2 (2.75 mm): 16” cir. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle.

Gauge 27 sts and 36 rows = 4” in St st on larger needle.

For techniques you don’t know, please visit our online knitting glossary.


  • This top is worked back and forth in pieces from the bottom up and seamed.

  • Stitch counts assume each lace repeat is 16 stitches wide.

  • When working the neck shaping, if there are not enough stitches for half of a lace repeat, work those stitches in stockinette stitch instead.

  • A circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of stitches.