This breezy little tee is just the thing brighten up rainy days when spring is beginning to give way to real warm weather. While it is worked mainly in easy Stockinette stitch, special details like the pleating at the neckline and pretty eyelets give this tee interest while not being too taxing. This tee works up beautifully in any fiber content yarn; the fiber will really impact the final look of the garment. If you want an opaque, substantial tee, use yarn that is heavier, like a sock-weight. If you want a transparent, gossamer tee, use lace-weight yarn.
The tee is worked from the bottom up, then the pleating is worked inline with the knitting. The pleat is not seamed! The only seams in this garment are the shoulder seams, which simply could not be avoided. Everything else is worked with picked up stitches, including the sleeves.
There are 3 finishing options for the sleeves: cap sleeves (shown in the blue tee), flutter sleeves (shown in the white tee), or sleeveless (shown in the pink tee). This pattern is really easy to work up a variety of ways and with a variety of yarns! It looks lovely as a slightly loose, positive ease tee, but also works beautifully in a fitted style.
Yarn: approx 700 (750, 825, 900, 975, 1075, 1200) yards/650 (685, 750, 825, 900, 985, 1100) meters lace to sock weight yarn.
Gauge: 22 sts and 34 rows = 4”/10 cm in Stockinette stitch, unblocked on US 5/3.75 mm needles yields about 22 sts and 30 - 32 rows after blocking.
Size: Actual bust circumference in inches (bust circumference in cm)
Extra Small: 28” – 30” (71 – 76 cm)
Small: 31” – 33” (77 – 84 cm)
Medium: 34” – 36” (85 – 92 cm)
Large: 37” – 39” (93 – 100 cm)
Extra Large: 40” – 42” (101 – 107 cm)
2X Large: 43” – 45” (108 – 114 cm)
3X Large: 46” – 48” (115 – 122 cm)\
This tee is written with no ease or just a bit of positive ease. If you prefer your tee to be fitted with negative ease, bump down a size from what your measurement is.
Notions: 2 stitch markers, stitch holders, 1 small button, 100 – 150 small beads (optional), tapestry needle, blocking mat, t-pins, and blocking wires (optional).
Techniques: Knitting in the round, basic increases and decreases, seaming, pleating, applied I-cord, picking up stitches, and stretchy or combination bind off (explained in the pattern).
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