Tea Leaves by Laura Patterson

Tea Leaves

April 2016
DK (11 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches
in lace stitch, blocked
US 8 - 5.0 mm
5.0 mm (H)
825 - 1700 yards (754 - 1554 m)
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I am a tea drinker. I don’t have anything against coffee—except the taste. It’s awful stuff. Yuck. Anyway, I’d been wondering what to call this design while finishing up my morning tea, and looked at the sweater again. It’s a t-shirt that’s covered with leaves. Hm. A tee shirt or a tea shirt? Covered with tea leaves? We have a winner.

Tee is boxy, and designed to be quite loose, or not. The tee on this lovely model is the second smallest size, and though it was designed to fit a 33-inch model, it looks lovely on her 36-inch frame. Because of the stretchy nature of knitting, this same sweater also fits my 40-inch (ish) chest nicely giving a more fitted look, because of the negative ease.

Tee is knit in the round from the hem straight up to the armholes, then stitches are added for the sleeves with a provisional cast on, and worked straight up to the shoulders, pausing only to shape the neckline. The provisional stitches are picked up for the flip side’s sleeves, and knitting continues. The only seaming on the entire sweater joins the top edges of the shoulders and sleeves.

Finished sizes: 32, 37.25, 42.75 (48, 53.25, 54.75) inches; 81.5, 94.5, 108.5 (122, 135.5, 139) cm.

To fit bust sizes: up to 4 inches (10 cm) smaller than finished sweater (positive ease).

Yarn: DK weight; 825, 975, 1,150 (1325, 1500, 1700) yards.

Skills: k2tog, ssk, s2-k1-psso, yo, m1-p, provisional cast on, knitting in the round.

Notions: 1 stitch marker, 2 large stitch holders, yarn needle, smooth waste yarn of similar size in contrasting color for provisional cast on

Stitch pattern: Charted and written.

5 for 4. If you buy any 5 Fiber Dreams patterns at the same time, the least expensive one will be free.