My favorite time of year is coming – that time when
we fold up our cozy cabled winter sweaters and exchange heavy
wool yarns and scratchy mohair for smooth cotton and luxurious
silk; that time when we wear short-sleeved little tees and
feel the warm sun on our arms.
This little cotton tee makes me think of a meadow full of summer
flowers. Its yoke motif offers a relaxing retake on the
traditional winter wool Fair Isle, by substituting a one color
per round, slipped stitch design for the more fidgety two color
per round Fair Isle.
Its sew-free, finish-free design works up quickly - beginning
with the ribbed neck, increasing at the yoke, pausing briefly
to put the sleeve caps on holders, then shaping and ribbing the
waist before returning to complete the sleeves.
"Meadow" is worked in a slightly loose gauge for summer
coolness, in mercerized cotton yarns. A cotton/silk yarn,
used in the yoke design, adds subtle textural variation. I
chose the two contrast color yarns simply because they looked
good with the main color and I had them in my stash. Vary
the design and make it yours by choosing your own contrast colors
the same way.
Recommended needle size [always use a needle
size that gives you the gauge
listed below -- every knitter's
gauge is unique]
#6/4mm circular needles, 16 inches and 24 inches long
#6/4mm double-point needles
#7/4.5mm circular needles, 16 inches
and 24 inches long
#7/4.5mm double-point needles
stitch markers, with four that are differently colored
stitch holders for sleeves
18 sts/28 rows = 4” in
Stockinette stitch on larger needles with MC, after blocking.
PATTERN NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
Make One Left (M1L) – lift
the strand of yarn between the stitch just worked and the
next stitch and place it onto the left needle,
with its front leg to the right. Knit into the back of this
Make One Right (M1R) - lift the strand of yarn between
the stitch just worked and the
next stitch and place it onto the left needle,
with its front leg to the left. Knit into the front of this
Slip One (Sl1) – Slip the next stitch with the
yarn in back.
differently colored markers for markers
A through D to help you keep track of
which is which.
Next Round: With CC1, k64[76,
81, 91, 97, 98, 108] sts for Back, place
marker B (mB), k48[52, 55, 61, 63, 62, 72]
sts for sleeve, place marker C (mC), k 64[76,
81, 91, 97, 98, 108] sts for front, place
marker D (mD), then k48[52, 55, 61, 63,
62, 72] sts for sleeve.
Continue with MC only.
Work Short Rows for Back: Row 1 [RS]: K to mC, k4, W&T. Row 2 [WS]: P to mD, p4, W&T. Row 3: K to mC, k8, W&T. Row 4: P to mD, p8, W&T. Row 5: K to mC, k16, W&T. Row 6: P to mD, p16, W&T. Row 7: K to mC, k20, W&T. Row 8: P to mD, p20, W&T. Row 9: K to mC, k24, W&T. Row 10: P to mD, p24, W&T.
Sizes 1X, 2X, 3X only: Row 11 [RS]: K to
mC, k28, W&T. Row 12: P to mD, p28, W&T. Row 13: K to mC, k32, W&T. Row 14: P to mD, p32, W&T.
Resume working in the round, picking
up and working remaining wraps, and work
even in St st with MC until work measures
7.5[8, 9, 9.5, 10, 11, 11.5] inches from
end of ribbed neckband, including all
Divide sleeves from body: Next Round: Slip marker, CO
3[2, 3, 3, 4, 8, 8] sts for body, knit
to mB, remove marker, place 48[52,
55, 61, 63, 62, 72] sts to mC on holder
for sleeve. CO 3[2, 4, 4, 5, 8, 8]
sts, slip marker, CO 3[2,
3, 3, 4, 8, 8] sts, knit to mD, remove
marker, place 48[52, 55, 61, 63, 62,
72] sts to mA on holder for sleeve,
CO 3[2, 4, 4, 5, 8, 8] sts for body.
140[160, 176, 196, 212, 228, 248] sts
for body on needle, with 70[80, 88,
98, 106, 114, 124] sts for both front
Work even in St st until piece measures
5[4, 3.5, 3, 3, 3, 4] inches from underarm,
or desired length to beginning of waist
Begin waist shaping: Next Round: Sl marker, k8[10,
10, 12, 12, 14, 14] sts, pm, knit to
8[10, 10, 12, 12, 14, 14] sts before
next marker, pm, knit to next marker
and remove it. K8[10, 10, 12,
12, 14, 14], pm, knit to 8[10, 10,
12, 12, 14, 14] sts before end of round,
pm, knit to end.
Next Round: *Knit to 2 sts before
next m, k2tog, sl m, ssk; rep from * three
times more, knit to end. 8 sts dec.
Work even in St st for five rounds.
Rep last 6 rounds 2[3, 3, 3, 3, 2, 1]
time(s) more. 116[128, 144, 164, 180, 204,
Work Rounds 1-5 of Meadow Pattern, then
knit 2 rounds with MC, and 1 round with
CC1. Then work 1 round with MC, decreasing
8[10, 12, 12, 12, 10, 8] sts evenly around
using the k2tog dec. 108[118, 132,
152, 168, 194, 224] sts rem.
Cont with MC, change to smaller 24 inch
needle and work 2 inches in Basic Rib.
BO in rib patt.
With larger dpns, MC, RS of body facing,
and starting at center of underarm, pick
up and knit 3[2, 3, 3, 4, 8, 8] sts from
cast on, k across held sleeve sts, pick
up and knit 3[2, 4, 4, 5, 8, 8] sts across
cast on to center of underarm, pm for
beg of round. 54[56, 62, 68, 72, 78, 88]
Work 1[1, 1, 1.5, 1.5, 2, 2] inches in
Change to smaller dpns and work 5 rounds
in Basic Rib.
BO loosely in rib patt.
Wash in cool water and block sweater to measurements. Weave
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Susan loves designing for knitters who want sew-free, finish-free
patterns, with interesting details incorporated as the design takes