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Virginia Top

Interpretations Vol. 8 is here! This year brings you the charming 8th collaboration between Joji Locatelli and Veera Välimäki. This collection includes six themes, six words with two designs inspired by each word, showing a personal take on each of these themes.

In 2021 we continued to work together virtually. We found this to be a great opportunity to show you a bit of our home countries. We did the photoshoots separately in our respective major cities: Helsinki and Buenos Aires. 


You can read all about our work together here:




This top is worked from the top down in one piece, with no seams and very little finishing required. I used a textured stitch to highlight the beauty of speckled yarns and to give the finished garment a little more structure. The front and back are adorned with columns of a charming lace pattern. The neckline and armholes are finished with a delicate i-cord.

I named this pattern in honor of my stunning mother, Virginia. She usually knits the sleeves of many of my samples, so maybe a sleeveless vest is not the best design to carry her name. Or maybe it is, because the moment she saw it, she instantly fell in love with it.

I hope you enjoy making this top. It can be worn as a vest over any garment (dresses, button-downs) or it can be worn on its own as a top. Whatever yarn you choose - merino, linen, cotton, silk - it will surely be a garment you’ll go to again and again.



1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9). Shown in size 3 on a 35” bust.

Finished bust circumference: 28 (31½, 35¼, 39, 44½, 48¼, 52, 56, 60½)” [70 (79, 88.5, 97.5, 111.5, 120.5, 130, 140, 148.5) cm]. Recommended ease: 0-2” of negative ease.



Yarn: 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4) skeins of Nube Fingering by Chile Knitz (100% Superwash Merino; 438 yards [400 m] / 100g), or approx. 613 (700, 788, 963, 1095, 1226, 1400, 1533, 1664) yards [560 (640, 720, 880, 1000, 1120, 1280, 1400, 1520) meters] of fingering-weight yarn.

Sample shown in colorway Biblioteca.

Needles: US 4 [3.5 mm] at least 32” [80 cm] long and US 3 [3.25 mm] 24” [60 cm] long for i-cord bind-off.

Other: Stitch markers, cable needle, stitch holders or waste yarn, tapestry needle, crochet hook and waste yarn for provisional cast-on, blocking aids.



26 sts and 34 rows = 4” [10 cm] on US 4 [3.5 mm] needles in Textured Stitch.

Virginia Top

  • Prices are in US Dollars. This pattern is available only in English as a digital download. You will automatically receive a pdf file.

  • Please be aware that our website does not hold a log of your purchases. Therefore I am unable to send updates or provide you with a library feature. I am also unable to integrate this purchase with any existing libraries including Ravelry.

    I apologize for this. Warmly, Joji

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