Bellflower is a seamless t-shirt worked from the top down. A sideways bellflower lace yoke is made first, and it is worked together with a reverse stockinette stitch i-cord neckband. After the bellflower yoke is completed, stitches along its lower edge are picked up for the body and sleeves, and short rows are used to raise the back of the neck. The body and sleeves are worked top down, and are finished with garter stitch edging.
There are two sleeve options: short and three quarter length.
Skill level: intermediate
Techniques used: knitting in the round, picking up sts, provisional CO, increases: M1L, M1R (tutorial
included in patt), backward loop CO, short rows (tutorial included in patt), optional: making a button loop.
1.5-2 (3-4, 5-6) 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 years. Shown in size 3-4 years.
Finished chest measurements:
58 (62, 67) 71, 76, 80 cm/
23 (24.5, 26) 28, 30, 31.5 in.
DK yarn, (cotton, soft acrylic). The sample was made with Wendy 100% Cotton DK (108 metres/ 118 yards per 50g ball; colour: 131 pink).
Yarn amount for short sleeved t-shirt:
400 (450, 550) 600, 700, 775 metres,
or 440 (490, 600) 660, 770, 850 yards.
Yarn amount for three quarter sleeved t-shirt:
550 (650, 750) 850, 975, 1150 metres,
or 600 (710, 820) 930, 1060, 1250 yards.
stockinette stitch: 22 sts and 28 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in,
i-cord neckband row gauge: 21.5 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in.
You will need:
one set of 4 mm (US #6) DPNs for bell lace yoke and sleeves,
one set of 3.5 mm (US #4) DPNs for sleeve edge,
one 4 mm (US #6) circular needle 60-80 cm/ 24-32 in in length (depending on selected garment size) for lower part of yoke,
one 40-60 cm/ 16-24 in 4 mm (US #6) circular needle (depending on selected garment size) for body,
3.5 mm (US #4) circular needle for garter st edge, length as for body
3 small buttons, approx. 13 mm in diameter,
yarn needle to thread scrap yarn with,
sewing needle to sew buttons on.
Important: You might need to use different size needles to obtain the required gauge. Take time to make a gauge swatch, as incorrect gauge could result in the t-shirt being too small or too large. Adjust needle size, if necessary.