It was a spa day for my knitting brain to design this feminine sweater top/tee for Knit Simple Magazine’s Spring/Summer 2015 issue. The design is named “Sweet Tee” under the “Tee Time” story.
Better late than never is my defense and apology for writing this post a tad late.
About This Design:
Defining Words: Clean, Uncomplicated, Sweet, Smart
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Avalon (Worsted, 50% Cotton/50% Acrylic, 175 yds, 160 m/ 3.5 oz ,100 g)
Color #20/Heather: 4-6 hanks, Color #19/Medieval Blue: 1 hank, Color #01/White: 1 hank
Sizes: S, M, L, XL (Bust: 34 1/2”-41”)
And a Sweet Tee, it is.
The design is partly seamless and as such, it is knitted, partly, in-the-round. The thought behind this was twofold, one: to compensate for the weight of the yarn and avoid bulkiness of seaming the sides; and two: to avoid interrupting the colorwork edging.
The work begins at the lower body with a narrow rolled-over edge in the darkest color followed by a wide textured, contrast color stitching band using all three yarn colors (although, only a maximum of two colors are used per row). Garter stitch provides the texture while simple color switches and a bit of stranded colorwork yield an interesting effect resembling ribbon threaded through a row of eyelets. The sleeves begin the same way with a narrower colorwork edging and are seamed at the end to the body. And last but not the least, the neck detail is finished in a similar way as the lower edge started.
As the bulk of work involves knitting in stockinette and one color; the work progress is quite fast. As for the difficulty; a basic knowledge of stranded colorwork is sufficient to tackle this Sweet Tee. There is a good reason why it is suggested as one of the “4 spring must haves to knit now”.
P.S. It makes for a great all-season piece, too.
Please visit the design page on Ravelry too and if you can, give it a heart.
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