Prairie Grove by Samantha Stadter

Prairie Grove

March 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
984 - 1476 yards (900 - 1350 m)
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Prairie Grove is a cropped tee with a super wide frame and modern, skinny sleeves.

Worked in a fingering weight linen, it knits up into a drape-y, airy fabric that is great for warm weather in swampy climates. Wear with jeans or shorts or throw it over a dress.

The top is worked flat from the top down, beginning with the back. After working the back from the shoulders down the hem, you’ll pick up stitches for the left front, then the right front pieces. You’ll join the two fronts using a cable cast on to create the center front neck stitches. Finally, you’ll pick up stitches along the sides to create the sleeves.

The pattern can be worked in plain stockinette or with the lace pattern above the front hem. You can use the lace pattern given or use your own!

If you’ve not worked with linen before, it is very unlike other yarns. After blocking and wear, the fiber becomes much softer and relaxes A TON. It will stretch vertically, so the final product will be longer and less wide than when you first finish knitting it. I highly recommend working a nice big gauge swatch and blocking it in the same way you’ll block the final garment.

There are two sizes given in the pattern— size A (and B). The garment is designed to be worn loosely (pictured here with 18” of positive ease), so either size will fit a variety of body types. See the graphic below for specific measurements.

A note on sleeves— Recognizing that every body is different, I wrote instructions in the pattern for customizing your sleeves to make them the perfect size. For a garment that you’ll love to wear, I highly recommend using this method for your sleeves. Like, seriously.

This pattern is available for free on my linked blog, or you can buy a PDF on this Ravelry page.