Pipit by Heidi Kirrmaier


August 2010
Sport (12 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch, after washing and blocking lightly
US 4 - 3.5 mm
925 - 1500 yards (846 - 1372 m)
XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL), see notes
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A comfortable shirt that can be knit in linen or any dk or sport weight yarn that works at the noted gauge. Suitable for a knitter with some experience.

The yoke is worked sideways from the center back to the ends of the sleeves, and the body stitches are picked up directly from the yoke, and worked top down, so you can easily adjust the length or fit (e.g. add waist shaping) if you like. The pattern includes detailed instructions and diagrams that guide you through the construction. There is little seaming required, or none at all if you choose to knit the sleeves in the round. You will need to know how to do a provisional cast-on, as well as short rows. The pattern provides detailed instructions for working the short rows, and here is also a great video tutorial. For the provisional cast on, here is my favourite method.

Instructions are also provided for adjusting the sizing, in case you prefer a size in between those given.

Finished sizes (bust measurement in inches): XS(32), S(35), M(38), L1(42), L2(45), XL(48), 2XL(52))

Yarn Requirements (m/yds):
XS: 850 / 925
S: 925 / 1000
M: 1000 / 1080
L1: 1075 / 1175
L2: 1175 / 1275
XL: 1275 / 1375
2XL: 1375 / 1500

About the yarn:
A few people have asked about the gauge of the Euroflax linen pre- and post-washing, and also which gauge the pattern uses. The pattern gauge is the finished gauge, post-washing. Therefore if you use another yarn, you will want to obtain the same post-blocking gauge.

I found, however, that my gauge for the linen was the same pre- and post- washing. I machine washed it, then dried it in the dryer until it was just a bit damp, then laid it flat to dry completely. If you dry it in the dryer completely, in my experience it appears to tighten up more, but once you wear it, it relaxes back to the original knit gauge again.

Choose a size that gives you the amount of ease you like as well. Again, the measurements provided are for the finished garment. I am wearing mine here with about 2 inches of positive ease.