Summerlite 4ply

By Rowan


This luxe cotton yarn is perfect for Amy Christoffers’s Shakerag Top from MDK Field Guide No. 6: Transparency. Bonus: it’s easy on the yarn budget. How many skeins will you need? Scroll down.

SKU: Y20RWSMZ00 Category:

Specs & Details

Yarn Weight
100% Cotton
Unit Weight
Yarn Length
191 yds (175m)
28 sts and 36 rows = 4" (10cm)
US 2-3 (3mm)
1 ball


The Shakerag Top is beloved by knitters because it’s fun to knit and a breeze to wear. It looks good on everyone, and that’s a fact.

Designer Amy Christoffers deployed a neat trick to create its subtle tone-on-tone stripes: you alternate between holding the yarn double and holding it single. Here’s how many skeins of Summerlite 4ply you’ll need for each size.

Size S (finished bust measurement 39”): 6 skeins.

Sizes M, L (finished bust measurement 44”, 48”): 7 skeins.

Size XL (finished bust measurement 53”): 8 skeins.

Size 2XL (finished bust measurement 57.5”): 9 skeins.

Size 3XL (finished bust measurement 62.5”): 10 skeins

By the way, in real life, the Shakerag Top is not transparent, as it appears in the artfully backlit photo above.

Here’s Kay’s original Shakerag Top.

And here’s Ann’s marled version. (She used two colors for the double-stranded stripes and one for the single-stranded stripes.)

We can’t wait to make Summerlite 4ply versions of our beloved Shakerag Tops.