NOTE for those who purchased the original Lydia pattern! Please check your email for an 'update' PDF that gives an overview of all the additions and improvements in 2.0 + a coupon code to use during checkout. Thank you so much for supporting the original version!
Lydia 2.0 is a newly graded (and revamped!) version of my Lydia tank. It features a beautiful tubular cast on, fun lace pattern at the bottom, with a cropped fit and a low v-neckline in the back. Perfect for summer, but great for layering in any occasion! Whether you prefer working flat and seaming or working in the round/reading lace charts or written instructions, this pattern has got you covered. So much love and time has gone into improving upon the original, and I truly hope you will enjoy making, wearing, and loving your new Lydia!
Intermediate level (but beginners welcome!)
Written in English and US terms
Skills to know: Tubular/provisional cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, twisted decreases and stitches, yarn over, three-needle bind off or kitchener stitch, and how to seam if applicable
You’ll need: US size 5 (3.75mm) needles (or size needed to obtain gauge, 16-40” circulars recommended), crochet hook for provisional cast on, waste yarn for cast on and to place stitches on hold, stitch markers, a cable or double pointed needle, and a tapestry needle
Yardage estimates sizes 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6) [7, 8, 9, 10] (11, 12, 13, 14): 275 (311, 354, 419, 475, 535) [606, 676,754, 828] (908, 994, 1087, 1183) yds / 252 (285, 324, 384, 435, 490) [555, 619, 690, 758] (831, 909, 994, 1082) m sport weight yarn or yarn that works up to gauge (see schematic for finished measurements)
Check out others' projects on Ravelry for more yarn/fiber/color inspiration!
You’ll receive a PDF file including:
Complete written instructions on how to knit Lydia 2.0 in 14 different sizes, including both seamed and seamless versions. Lots of options to fit your preference as well as opportunities to learn new techniques!
Both charted and written instructions for the lace pattern
Decrease charts to help when multiple decreases are worked simultaneously + a blank chart for those who may need/want to adjust the V-neck depth
Links to helpful tutorials, including the tubular cast on and twisted decreases
A short photo guide showing how I block Lydia
Notes on sizing:
This pattern is written for 14 sizes, ranging from 27-66 in/68.5-167.5 cm finished bust/waist. A majority of testers found that choosing a size with little to no ease/up to 3-4”negativeease) yielded the best fit. I would recommend at most about 2” positive ease. The original sample shows no ease at the bust and 3” positive ease at the waist. Lydia is designed to have a slightly cropped fit, but is easily customizable to fit your preference! Schematic with measurements included in the images section and pattern.
4”/10 cm = 22 sts/28 rows in (K7, P1TBL) repeat 3”/7 cm W x 6”/15 cm L = 16 sts x 46 rows in the charted lace pattern Taken after wet blocking, using US size 5 (3.75mm) needles
All measurements are approximate and taken after blocking. Inches are rounded to the nearest 0.25 in and centimeters to the nearest 0.5 cm.