I have talked in other blog posts about the Edie top by Isabell Kraemer and it’s a favourite knitting pattern of mine. Perfect for summer with short sleeves or for autumn/winter with long sleeves. It’s simple slip stitch pattern adds interest, or knit it plain like I did with my second Edie.

My first Edie top

Edie is knit top down in the round with raglan sleeves. It’s easy to adapt to suit your preferred fit and includes shaping for the waist or aline options. I knitted my first in Drops Belle using the dark purple, a rich plummy colour. I’ve worn it a lot in summer, but also in spring and autumn with a long sleeved top underneath. The yarn is a linen blend and softens a bit more every time it’s washed. It wears well and I can’t see any pilling. I added a quick edging of single crochet around the neckline to tighten that slightly and it does look good.

I started the top in size M1, then increased in the lower body to an L to give an Aline shape

My second Edie top

My second Edie was a reuse of some Wendy Supreme Cotton/Silk yarn in the colour Linen which is a warm, rich wheat colour. I added more slip stitch patterning to this one and it works so well. I love it. It’s hard to photograph and almost looks like it’s had a bath in some tea which a kettle dyed effect to the colouring.

I made this in size M for the upper body then increased to XL for the lower body using a dk weight yarn.

My third Edie top

My third, but not my final, Edie top is using 4ply/fingering weight yarn, a soft and beautiful bamboo/cotton blend by King Cole, it’s using the Coral colourway which is warmer than in the photo.

I added body length, a bit of rib pattern, just one repeat, and a couple of more short rows to the lower body. I lengthened the sleeves to elbow length, as I did with the other two Edie tops. I made the L upper body increasing to XL for the lower body and used only 265g of fingering weight yarn. A very economical knit and great for using up stash. I used 3.5mm needles for this version, as per the pattern, it gives a lovely drape for 4ply yarn but still knits up very quickly. This one, in among work and life took just 3 weeks on and off.

Edie Top in Bamboo Cotton 4ply by King Cole, colour Coral
My top in King Cole Bamboo/Cotton 4ply, colourway Coral.

Edie is a very versatile pattern, it’s easy to knit plain or add texture patterning for a bit of fun. The v neck is very flattering on most figures and looks lovely with crew neck tee underneath on cooler days. Sizing goes up to just under a 60 inch bust/chest and is easy to adapt in terms of underarm depth, sleeve fit, waist shaping or aline shaping.

If I have enough of the Verde green Bamboo Cotton left over from my Tidewater top, then I’ll knit another Edie in that colour. It’s a rich, zingy lime colour and I love it.

I’m looking at cardigan patterns to find the perfect companion for the Bamboo/Cotton version of Edie, maybe in the same colour to match or in a neutral to go with it. I’m not sure yet. I confess to liking a Twin Set, it’s a classic look and so practical for our English climate which blows hot, cool, warm or wet in one day. A cropped cardigan might work well but I’m inclined to go longer and add plenty of waist/hip shaping to flatter my curves rather than overwhelm them.

Have you knitted an Edie top yet? What colour would you make and why?

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