Knitted Women's Shell and Sleeveless Top Patterns in Worsted Weight

Worsted weight yarn is the most commonly used weight of yarn. Used in these knitting patterns it knits up very fast. If you are worried that you would get too warm in wool, try a worsted weight cotton or silk blend. These sleeveless shells are normally knit to pretty much body measurement, but if you knit it slightly looser, these shells would also make great vests for layering.

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Tank Top

#101 from Knitting Pure and Simple

A perfectly basic tank top, close fitting and shaped to fit as a first layer, or on its own.

  

Finished Measurements:31, 34, 37, 40, 43, 46 inches.
Gauge:Light Worsted Weight or DK: 5 sts = 1 inch in stockinette stitch
Needles: 29" circular needles size 6 and 4. 16" circular needles size 6. Double pointed size 6. Or sizes needed to get gauge. Scrap yarn, stitch markers and blunt Darning needle.
Yarn Requirements::610, 735, 782, 840, 961, 1026 yds
Suggestions: :A softly draping yarn such as Universal's Bamboo Pop, which is half bamboo, half cotton would be ideal, or bling it up with Sequins Lite. or check out other options on our DK Weight Yarn page.

Side to Side Pullover for Women #124

from Knitting Pure and Simple

  

Finished Measurements:Chest: 30, 34, 38, 42, 46, 50”
Gauge:Worsted weight knit loosely to 3.5sts = 1 inch in garter stitch.
Needles:29" US#10
Yarn Requirements:Worsted-weight: approximately 495 [586, 659, 702, 784] yards. Try a 80/20 cotton/wool blend such as Cascade's Sierra.
We went out on a limb here and knitted a store sample out of Heaven yarn. It was a perfect success! And so fast!
Other:If you do the short sleeve version, you will also need a US#10 16" circular. Small safety pin or pin style stitch marker.

Cable Tank Top #177

from Vermont Fiber Designs

  

Finished Measurements:Chest: 21.75, 25.75, 29.75, 33.75, 37.75, 41.75, 44.25, 48.25, 52.25, 56.25, 60.25".
Gauge:8 sts = 1" in cable pattern slightly stretched.
Needles:US#5 24" or longer, US#3 16" circulars.
Yarn Requirements:Worsted-weight: approximately 2575, 725, 875, 1000, 1150, 1300, 1475, 1675, 1875, 2075, 2275 yards.
Tank knit in a 80/20 cotton/wool blend such as Cascade's Sierra which is normally knits to 4.5 sts per inch in stockinet.
Other:2 cable needles, stitch markers, stitch holder.

Basix Rockport Top-Down Shell #107

from Basix Knitting

  

Finished Measurements:Chest: 26 (30, 34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66)"
Gauge:6 sts = 1" in stockinet.
Needles:US#5 24" or longer and 16" circulars.
Yarn Requirements:Lt Worsted or DK weight cotton: approximately 450 (525, 600, 675, 750, 850, 925, 1025, 1100, 1200, 1300) yards.
Perhaps Universal's New Bamboo Pop, or check out DK weight options on our DK Weight Yarn page.
Other:Stitch markers in 2 different colors; waste yarn

L.A. Tank

#EK717 from Oat Couture

  

Finished Measurements:36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54 inches.
Gauge:Worsted Weight Version: 4.5sts = 1 inch in stockinette stitch
Sport Weight Version: 5.5sts = 1 inch in stockinette stitch
Needles:Worsted Weight Version: US#7 & 9 US Needles. 24" circular #7 for neckband.
Sport Weight Version: US#4 & 6 US Needles. US#4 24" circular for neckband.
Yarn Requirements::Worsted Weight Version: 520, 560, 640, 670, 710, 790, 830 yds.
Sport Weight Version:740, 795, 900, 950, 1000, 1115, 1175 yds.
Suggestions: :Too many to mention, but for Worsted Weight try a cotton such as Universal Cotton Supreme, Cascade Sierra or check out other options on our Worsted Weight Yarn page.
for Sport Weight this tank would be cool in Cascade Ultra Pima, but also check our Sport Weight Yarn page.

Calypso Top

#EK717 from Oat Couture

  

Finished Measurements:36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54 inches.
Gauge:Worsted Weight Version: 5 sts = 1 inch in stockinette stitch
Sport Weight Version: 6 sts = 1 inch in stockinette stitch
Needles:Worsted Weight Version: US#5 and 7.
Sport Weight Version:US#3 and 6.
Yarn Requirements::Worsted Weight Version: 550, 580, 665, 695, 735, 810, 840 yds..
Sport Weight Version: 775, 820, 935, 975, 1035, 1135, 1180 yds.
Suggestions: :Too many to mention, but for Worsted Weight try Lorna's Laces Lion & Lamb or check out other options on our Worsted Weight Yarn page.
for Sport Weight this top would be sweet in Lorna's Laces Honor, or Universal's Uptown DK , but also check our Sport Weight Yarn page.

Ribbed Openwork Tank

#145 from Vermont Fiber Designs

  

Finished Measurements:25, 30.5, 33, 38, 43, 45.5, 51, 53.5, 58.5, 61, 66.5 inches.
Gauge:5 sts = 1 inch in stockinette stitch
Needles:US#6 (4mm) straight or circular and US#5 (3.75mm) 16" circular.
Yarn Requirements:500, 750, 750, 750, 1000, 1000, 1000, 1250, 1250, 1250, 1500 yds of heavy dk or light worsted.
Suggestions: :Cascade's Sierra is perfect for this because of its great stitch definition. Want something warmer? Cascade 220 Superwash is a heavy DK, or check our Worsted Weight Yarn page for more ideas.
Other:Stitch Marker

Catalina Blouse

#GU421 from Oat Couture

  

Finished Measurements:36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51 inches.
Gauge:Worsted Weight Version: 5 sts = 1 inch in stockinette stitch
Bulky Weight Version: 3.5 sts = 1 inch in stockinette stitch
Needles:Worsted Weight Version: US#6 & 8 needles.
Bulky Weight Version: US#9 & 10.5 needles.
Yarn Requirements::Worsted Weight Version: 680, 730, 810, 855, 945, 990 yds.
Bulky Weight Version: 495, 530, 590, 620, 685, 720 yds.
Suggestions: :Too many to mention, but for Worsted Weight try Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted, or Universal Classic Shades>or check out other options on our Worsted Weight Yarn page.
for Bulky Weight try Lorna's Laces Shepherd Bulky, or James C Brett Marble Chunky, or check out more options on our Bulky Weight Yarn page.
Other:4 stitch holders, 7 buttons.

Basic Tank

#LL480 from Fiber Trends

  

Finished Measurements:36, 38, 40, 42 inches.
Gauge:Worsted Weight Version: 4.5 sts = 1 inch in stockinette stitch
Bulky Weight Version: 3.25 sts = 1 inch in stockinette stitch
Needles:Worsted Weight Version: US#8 needle, and G hook .
Bulky Weight Version: US#11 needle, and J hook..
Yarn Requirements::Worsted Weight Version: 525, 600, 650, 700 yds.
Bulky Weight Version:375, 395, 495, 595 yds.
Suggestions: :Too many to mention, but for Worsted Weight try Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted, or Universal Classic Shades>or check out other options on our Worsted Weight Yarn page.
for Bulky Weight try Lorna's Laces Shepherd Bulky, or James C Brett Marble Chunky, or check out more options on our Bulky Weight Yarn page.

Basic Shell

#997 from Knitting Pure and Simple

  

Finished Measurements:32, 35, 38, 41, 44".   22 " length.
Gauge:5 sts = 1 inch in stockinette stitch
Needles:Circular 24" needles in US#6 and US#4. Circular 16" US#4.
Yarn Requirements:750, 765, 840, 950, 1020 yds.
Suggestions: :Cascade's Sierra is perfect for this. Want something warmer? Cascade 220 Superwash is a heavy DK, or check our Worsted Weight Yarn page for more ideas.

Turtleneck Shell

#212 from Knitting Pure and Simple

  

Finished Measurements:34, 37, 40, 43, 46". Length 20".
Gauge:5 sts = 1 inch in stockinette stitch
Needles:24" circular US#8 and #6. 16" circular US#6.
Yarn Requirements:480, 530, 575, 620, 660 yds.
Suggestions: : I would recommend Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted. Requires only 3 hanks (each size). or check our Worsted Weight Yarn page for more ideas.

Lorna's Laces Buttons and Lace

  

Finished Measurements:34, 37.5, 41, 45 & 48 inches.
Gauge:5 sts = 1 inch in stockinette stitch
Needles:US# 7
Yarn Requirements:Lorna's Laces Lion and Lamb 3, 3, 4, 4, 5 hanks for main color, and 1 skein for contrast color.
Suggestions: :Lion & Lamb is half wool half silk. It is knit to a lt worsted gauge. Check our Worsted Weight Yarn page for more ideas.
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