Knit Upcycled Denim Top

September 9, 2018
Cover image of the Knit Upcycled Denim Top designed by Susana from Fluffy Stitches

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Knit Upcycled Denim Top

Oh, summer… Before the high temperatures go away (which should happen mid-October here in Portugal) I have one knit pattern to share with you! Watch out for the Knit Upcycled Denim Top!


I have taken my chances with knitting and designed a very simple and practical knit denim top for the summer days. It’s made in Wool and the Gang Billie Jean Yarn, a 100% upcycled cotton (yay to recycling!) that’s very light, soft, and environmental friendly!

Picture of Work in Progress

The Project

This is a very comfy top for you to wear all summer long! And the best part… it is super easy to make! I’m a beginner in knitting so believe me when I say, that there are no tricks to this top. It’s all about purls and knits. And as if this weren’t enough, the marled look of the yarn makes it very forgiving of mistakes (something I needed desperately! 🙂 )

The straps of the top are what make it stand out. I wanted to do something a bit different, but you can always skip the highcouture and sew them as regular straps. Up to you!

The pattern I’m sharing below is for a rectangular top, without any kind of shaping. But honestly, I’ve made it so that it would be fitted in the bust, so the yarn is giving and it’s acquiring my body shape through the wear, which I’d risk saying it’s the best form of shaping!

Ready to try your first knit upcycled denim top? 😀



A beautiful top that is as easy to make as it is comfortable to wear. With a beautiful marled look and braided straps, it is a simple, practical yet head-turning piece.

Skill Level

  • Basic

Have in Hand


  • 16 sts x 22 rows of stockinette stitch = 4”/10 cm

Finished Measures

  • Written for sizes XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X):
Fits Bust size 30’’
76 cm
86 cm
96.5 cm
106.5 cm
117 cm
127 cm
Panel width15.25 ‘’
38 cm
17.25 ‘’
43 cm
48.75 cm
53 cm
58.75 cm 
63.75 cm
Panel length15.75’’
39.5 cm
40.5 cm
40.5 cm
42 cm
42.25 cm
43 cm
70 cm
80 cm
80 cm
82 cm
82.25 m
84 cm

Abbreviations (US Terms)

  • BO: bind off
  • CO: cast on
  • k: knit
  • p: purl
  • RS: right side
  • st(s): stitch(es)
  • WS: wrong side


  • Pattern designed as 2 rectangular panels (front and back) knit bottom up and then sewn together at the sides. Straps are made separately and then sewn to the top.
  • Stitch count remains the same.
  • Pattern assumes that two stitches in each panel will “disappear” with side seaming.
  • Block your panels before assembly.

Knit Upcycled Denim Top

Panel (make 2)

CO 61 (69, 78, 85, 94, 102) sts.

Row 1 (RS): K each st across the row.

Row 2 (WS): P each st across the row.

Rows 3 – 87 (89, 89, 92, 93, 95): Repeat Rows 1 and 2 in that sequence.

BO and weave in ends.

Strap (make 2)

Cut 6 pieces of yarn. Depending on how tightly you braid (more tension will need more yarn) try to cut it so that you can make a braid that is slightly bigger than the final size of your strap.

Make a 3-strand braid, where each strand is made of 2 pieces of the yarn you just cut. Finish off your braid.


Lay panels on top of each other with WS facing out. Use mattress stitch to seam up the sides of your panels together.

Lay piece with RS facing out. Use stitch markers to mark where the straps will go. In the front panel, the straps will go at about ¼ the length of the panel according to your size. You can measure either from the side seams or from the middle of the panel. In the back panel, the straps are 0.5 ‘’/1.5 cm from the middle of the panel.

The schematics of where to place the straps of the top.

To obtain the crossed effect attach one ending of the strap to the front of the top. Then, attach the middle of the strap to the back of the top. The other ending of the strap is attached to the front of the top, on the opposite side to where the strap was first attached.

The step by step on how to attach the straps to the panels.
The image made for Pinterest of the Upcycled Denim Top designed by Susana from Fluffy Stitches

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  • Reply Melanie August 27, 2020 at 2:49 am

    hello! Great pattern 🙂 can you please provide more detailed instructions on how to make the straps? How do we do the ends? How do we sew it on the shirt? I am a beginner and not sure how this is normally done, and can’t find any applicable videos anywhere.

    • Reply Susana August 28, 2020 at 3:22 pm

      Hi Melanie,
      Thank you for your comment!
      As for the straps, unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of how I did it. I’ll take a note of that for when I review the pattern.
      For now, I can suggest that you try something like the Whipstitch, that you can find in this link here: I think I did it across the braids to hold them to the hem of the top (on the inside).
      I hope this helps! 🙂

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