Ice Breaker


Ice Breaker is a sleeveless layering top/popover, perfect for winter layering! And knit up seamlessly and in bulky-weight yarn, it’s a fun, fast knit too. It features a deep v neckline and simple eyelet stitch details along the hem. Pattern includes link to my “tips” page which includes lots of tips & tutorials including: sizing options, gauge swatching, adjusting for a different gauge, adding length or making A-line shape, ‘ksp’ video demo, German short rows and a V-neck pick-up & knit video lesson (to name just a few!)

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Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5) (6, 7, 8, 9, 10) 

Finished Body Circumference:

38.25 (41.75, 45.25, 48.75, 52.25) (55.75, 59.25, 62.5, 66, 69.5)”/
97 (106, 115, 124, 133) (142, 150, 159, 168, 177) cm

Picking a Size: Choose a size that is approx 5-10”/13-25 cm larger than your actual bust measurement, depending on your desired fit. Shown in size 2 (41.75”/104 cm), being worn with approx 8.75”/22 cm of positive ease at the bust.
Visit my tips page for more sizing tips and pictures of my test knitters modeling their Ice Breakers with different amounts of positive ease.

Gauge: 11.5 sts & 17 rnds = 4”/10 cm in St st in the rnd after blocking.

Yarn/Yardage: Approx 455 (505, 560, 620, 665) (725, 785, 830, 900, 965) yds of bulky-weight yarn, shown in Cardo by Manos del Uruguay (100% Corriedale Wool; 100g = 109 yds), 5 (5, 6, 6, 7) (7, 8, 8, 9, 9) skeins, shown in color Fjord.

Note: Photos also show my alternative version knit in Berroco Remix Chunky (plum color), a non-wool option for those living in warmer climates or wanting a lighter layer.

Needles & Supplies:

  • US 11/8 mm 32”/80 cm circ or size needed to obtain gauge (note: for sizes 6-10, you may want to consider using a 40”/100 cm long circ).
  • For Three Needle BO: extra US 11/8 mm circ, in either 24”/60 cm or 32”/80 cm length.
  • For V-neck Trim: US 10.5/6.5 mm 24”/60 cm circ, or 1 needle size smaller than that used to obtain gauge.
  • For Sleeve Trim: US 10.5/6.5 mm 16”/40 cm circ, or 1 needle size smaller than that used to obtain gauge (or you can use a long circ and magic loop).
  • Stitch markers.
  • Removable stitch marker.
  • Scrap yarn or stitch holders.
  • Tapestry needle.


  • The lower body is worked in the round to the underarms and features an eyelet stitch pattern above the hem.
  • Front and Back are separated at the underarms, and then each Front is separated to create the v-neck neckline and each is worked separately up to the shoulders.
  • German short rows are used on the Front and Back to shape the shoulders.
  • Shoulders are joined together using the Three Needle Bind-Off technique.
  • Stitches are picked up along the neckline and work in a mitered rib stitch to create trim.
  • Armhole stitches are picked up and worked in the round to create armhole trim.

Looking for tips & tutorials specifically for this pattern?

Click here for the Ice Breaker Tips Page.