Penny Candy Tee by Jenjoyce Design
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Penny Candy Tee

Knitting
September 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
6 stitches and 8 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
28 thru 42 (fits bust size 26 through 44 inches)
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An unexpected pairing of stripes and lace in a lightweight Spring-thru-Autumn tee. Four colors in play (or modify to three, or just two). A pretty neckline that dips just enough in both front and back. Lace sleeves that are short and so flirtatious. Moderately shaped at waist with alternating single decreases at sides, creating a very soft & subtle shaping. Same circumference for hips as bust. Raglan shoulders, i-cord edged, a rib-like lacework pattern that scallops the bottom edge. Options include shorter/longer waist shaping, or no shaping, and higher neckline. Words which describe this tee are “classy, cute, smart & feminine!”

INTERMEDIATE SKILL LEVEL: This tee is not appropriate for a beginner project as it has complicated sections which require keeping pattern correct through shaping and color changes.

Fit: As this garment is intended to be knit with a sheer quality to it, a fine weight yarn with larger needles is going to give you the lightweight fabric with lots of stretch, especially knit with sock yarn. The down-side of this stretchy fabric is it can be baggy, so choose size smaller than bust or torso measurement, to stretch fit.

  • For firmer fabric & less stretchy tee aim for same gauge using smaller needles and sport or DK weight yarn.

Skills: Knitting in-the-round. I-cord cast-on. Decreasing i-cord bind-off. Raglan shaping . Lacework edging. Keeping pattern correct with stripes and lacework through shaping.

I recommend wool and superwash wool sock yarn, because of the excellent elastic properties of wool (and there is just so much of it available ! ) Silk or cotton will not be as elastic, so not recommended unless you are experienced in making necessary modifications for best fit.

Gauge: 6 stitches and 8 rows = 1 inch in stockinette.

Needles: US 6 – 4 mm, or size to obtain gauge. You will also need US 4 - 3.5mm for lacework and i-cord bind-off, or two sizes smaller than size to obtain gauge.

It is essential to make a proper gauge swatch. If you knit at all loosely, you will need to go down a needle size. Be sure to make a proper circular-knit (in-the-round) & wet-blocked gauge swatch so that you can have an accurate fit, and change needle sizes and garment size if necessary. Please see my tutorial on 3-in-1 Swatch to get a thorough & more exact stitch-gauge swatch.

Sizes: size of actual garment is approx
28 (30, 32, 34) 36 (38, 40, 42) inches
71 (76, 81, 86) 91.5 (96.5,101.5,107)cm

Prototype in the pattern photo is a size 32 .

Yarn: Fingering weight wool sock yarn, in four colors: Main color 1= MC1 , main color 2 = MC2 , contrast color 1 = CC1 , and contrast color 2 = CC2.

For 2 & 3 color variation , it may be helpful to see notes on this tee project.

Yardage: Prototyped with Knit Picks Stroll sock yarn which comes in 230 y 210 m 50 g balls. Yardage is approximate, not reflecting fitting options, or length variations.

MC1: 1(1, 1-2, 2) 2(2, 2, 2-3)balls.
MC2: 1(1, 1-2, 2) 2(2, 2, 2-3)balls.
CC1: 1(1, 1-2, 2) 2(2, 2, 2-3) balls.
CC2: 1 ball To be safe, though just a little of 1 ball
will be used. Perfect little accent that maybe you already have in your sock yarn stash!

Where size indicates to get 1-2 (2-3) balls depending on shaping, length, and with of lacework that you desire, although you may only use 1(2) balls each, be prepared, make sure you have access to additional balls in same color, or just buy an extra ball.

Note about Madelinetosh Tosh Sock as a substitute: My prototype was knit with yardage which in comparison is (2x50g balls) = 100g = 462 yards.
Tosh Sock is 100g = 395 yards, and the difference is nearly 70 yards per 100g.

Matching sock accessory Penny Candy Socks are a great way to use up left-over sock yarn from the tee !


Most recent update: June 23, 2017 (If you are working from a pdf which is dated earlier, you have an out-dated pattern.)


I invite Any & All who are knitting Penny-Candy Tee to bring questions, comments, great tutorial links, and otherwise general PennyCandyTee-related chattiness to my Jenjoyce Group which exists just for knitters of Jenjoyce Design. Look for the thread for Penny Candy Tee. The kettle is on… see you there ! :)