Ice Lolly T-shirt by Ewelina Murach

Ice Lolly T-shirt

July 2011
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches = 4 inches
in stockinette st
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
4.0 mm (G)
173 - 691 yards (158 - 632 m)
0-3 months to 9-10 years
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Ice Lolly is easy to make - only basic skills are required. Its seamless top down construction means there is no need to sew, and the length can be easily adjusted. The neck is finished with I-cord and has button fastening at the back, which makes putting the t-shirt on and taking it off easy, even on a young baby; baby; short rows are used to raise the back of neck. The body is shaped with increases at the sides, for comfortable and flattering fit.
The pattern contains 4 photo tutorials to help less experienced knitters complete the project successfully:
1. Crochet chain provisional cast on (using a crochet hook and needle simultaneously - no need to pick up sts after crocheting a chain).
2. Short rows: wrapping stitches and picking up the wraps, shown both on a knit and on a purl row.
3. Symmetrical increases: Make 1 Left, and Make 1 Right.
4. Making a button loop.

Skill level: easy intermediate
You need to be able to knit in the round on circular and dp needles.

Sizes: 0-3, (3-6, 6-12) months, 1-1.5, 1.5-2, 3-4 {5-6, 7-8, 9-10} years (sample shown is size 3-4 years).

Finished chest measurements:
42 (45.5, 49) 52.5, 56, 60 {65, 69, 73} cm
16.5 (18, 19) 20.5, 22, 23.5 {25.5, 27, 28.5} in

Multicolour DK yarn with long segments of each colour that will produce stripe effect. Sirdar Summer Stripes DK has been used for the sample (60% cotton, 40% acrylic, shade 0314).
Yarn amount: 158 (316, 316) 316, 474, 474 {474, 632, 632} metres, or 173 (346, 346) 346, 520, 520 {474, 692, 692} yards.
(If you want to be able to use part of ball in your preferred colour to finish sleeves, neckband and lower edge, you might need to buy an extra ball.)

Gauge: 22 sts and 28-30 rows = 10 cm/ 4’’ in stockinette st

You will need:
4 mm circular needle for yoke, 60 cm long for sizes up to 4 years, 60 and 80 cm for larger sizes
4 mm circular needle for body, 40 cm long for sizes up to 2 years, 60 cm for larger sizes
3.5 circular needle for ribbed edge
4 mm and 3.5 mm dp needles
one 4.5 mm needle (straight or dp) for neck I-cord
crochet hook, size as main needle for provisional cast on
scrap yarn
stitch markers
1 button
yarn needle (to make button loop)

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.