Hikari by Yamagara
Pattern: Hikari by Yamagara (published in Amirisu issue 20)
Yarn: Coastal in the colourway Silver Bark, 2 skeins
Needles: US 3 - 3.25 mm and US 2½ - 3.0 mm
Mods: Cropped, omitted pattern on the back
Hikari is knit top down with short-row shaping on the shoulders. The back of the sweater has a sweet-dipped neckline, and the front has a crew neck (which I really like!). The main design detail is the lovely moss stitch and twisted-knit pattern which is featured on the front and back. The sweater has no shaping, so it's a boxy/oversized fit. The sleeves are dropped shoulder in construction (as in they are knit in one piece along with the yoke) and you only pick up and knit a few rows to finish them (yay!). Because of this, you could easily lengthen the sleeves if you wanted to. The sleeves are finished with an I-Cord bind off and the hem is a simple, twisted rib.
I fell in love with this sweater as soon as I saw it. I chose our Coastal yarn - a 50/50 blend of merino and cotton - because I wanted to try wearing it in our humid climate. Before casting on, I had decided not to do the pattern on the back, preferring to stick with plain stockinette. I also wanted to crop the top so I could wear it with my high-waisted jeans and shorts.
I followed the pattern as written all the way to the beginning of the textured pattern. From here, I placed the markers for the front and side seams, as directed in the pattern, then continued to knit as charted for the front only. The back I left plain. I did forget to knit one of the twisted-knit sections (you can see in the picture above I only have five twisted-stitch columns, oops!) but thought it would still would work, so I just kept going and continued with the moss stitch instead. In order to crop the top, all I did was omit section 2 of the main pattern. I worked the textured pattern on the front until it reached the side seams, then just continued the hem as written. The resulting length of the top from the underarm (including the hem) is 12"/30.5cm
I am totally thrilled with how this top turned out. I can confirm that Coastal does wear really well in hot, humid temperatures and I'm looking forward to knitting a lot more with this yarn base! The fit of the top is perfect; I could even see myself making another with longer sleeves. I'll post a pic below so you can see my mods compared with the original version. If you are after a quick and relatively easy summer top, I highly recommend it!