Ricky for All Seasons
In this pattern, I combined my passion for top-down construction with lace knitting. I named this pattern Ricky for all Seasons …because my knitting friend Ricky whom I knit with on a regular basis introduced me to Estonian Braids (also called Lateral Braids). Most of the time, this braid is used in sock knitting, but it is too beautiful to merely use on socks! I incorporated the braid into this top-down t-shirt.
The ”…for all Seasons” is because the finished pattern is written for a summer t-shirt top with short sleeves and as a sweater top for colder weather with longer sleeves. This pattern is super versatile!
Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL)
to fit chest sizes 34 (36, 38, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56)”
Gauge: 22 sts & 30 rows = 4x4”
Summer T-Shirt: Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy (DK weight yarn) - 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9) skeins
approximately - 750 (800, 850, 900, 1050, 1150, 1200, 1300, 1400) yards
Cold Weather Sweater: Madeline Tosh Pashmina, Madeline Tosh Merino Sport or DK, Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Sport (any DK or Sport weight yarn that can be worked at the posted gauge)
U.S. 4 (3.5 mm) 32 ” circular needle
U.S. 4 (3.5 mm) 16 ” circular needle or DPN if not using magic loop
Use the size needle that gives correct gauge!
U.S. 3 (3.25 mm) - 16 ” circular needle or DPN if not using magic loop
U.S. 2 (3 mm) - 16 ” circular needle or DPN if not using magic loop
Stitch Markers (3 different colors)
Scrap Yarn to hold stitches
Crochet cast-on (not to be confused with provision cast-on) - you can find how to make it by doing a google search.
Basic Lace Knitting Skills
Lateral Braid (Estonian Braid) - explanation on how to make this kind of stitch is included in the pattern.
Here is a link to a Lateral Braid Video