I first made this top in 1985, for my holiday to Crete with my then boyfriend (now husband). we went to Malia which was a sleepy fishing village then (it's now full of bars and young people). The pattern was from the Sirdar Sunseeker range - which I love and continue to use. I think the quality of the yarns I use is better now, they certainly wash and wear better.
Here is the only, photo of me wearing it, but I did wear it a lot (just not such a digital world then.)
The 2019 version is a much bigger version than the one I made in 1985, oh well, never mind. Overall though I'm very pleased with the finished article. I did alter the neckline a bit asI'm not a fan of garter stitch to top it off.
Pattern: Lace boat neck top
Yarn: 7 balls of Scheepjes Linen Soft (not 6 balls as in the photo - I had to order another one)
Equipment: 3 25mm for the rib, 4.00mm for the main body - 3.00 crochet hook for the neckline.
Full length - 64cm, To armhole - 40 cm, To Stocking stitch top - 56 cm, Chest - 128 cm
Cast on 109 sts, 1x1 rib, 20 rows, increase to 122sts on last row.
Complete 13 pattern repeats. *
Knit 10 rows stocking stitch.
Divide for neck row - 33 - 55 - 33
Decrease 1 st at neck edge on next 5 rows = 28 sts.
Knit 1 row - cast off.
As for back to *
Knit 2 rows stocking stitch.
Divide for neck row - 39 - 44 - 39
Decrease 1 stitch at neck edge on next 11 rows = 28sts
Knit 2 rows - cast off
Using 3mm crochet hook.
R1 - Double crochet in each stitch all round.
R2 - Double crochet, decreasing 5 sts along each side of the neckline (20sts in all).
R3 - Double crochet, decreasing 2 sts along each side of the neckline (8sts in all).