Another gorgeous pattern from Isabell Kraemer – her patterns never fail to knit up beautifully and fit beautifully, too. This is one of her new releases, Emerald. I used a sport weight yarn, instead of a DK weight, so I downsized to US 5s. I still knit size medium, because it had a 41″ chest, and it fits well, but given how thin and lightweight this fabric is, and how it clings and drapes, I’m glad I didn’t go any smaller. I used Sundara sport silky merino yarn in July yarn club color Coral Reef. This yarn feels amazing – 50% silk and 50% merino. I thought, given the instructions on the pattern, that I would need 2+ skeins (each skein is 415 yards), but I completed the tee with only 1 1/2 skeins.
The tee is knit from the top down with an ingenious provisional cast-on that avoids a shoulder seam. There is no seaming, and the cap sleeves are picked up and knit in the round. The pattern gives instructions for a long-sleeved version, too.
I chose simple pearl-colored buttons, so as to not detract from the varigated colors in the yarn. I love how quickly the button placket, neck edging, and cap sleeves knit up. The little bit of design around the top of the bust is just the right touch of detail, and I like how it runs around the back, too.
You can see in the photos where the yarn color differs when I changed skeins – I’ve never been good about alternating between skeins to avoid this, and to tell you the truth, I don’t notice it at all when I’m wearing the tee. This is the perfect pattern and yarn for summer knitting; the top is so lightweight, I feel like I could wear it on even the hottest days here in Oregon.
Because I ended up with an extra skein, I’m hosting another giveaway – just leave a comment below, letting me know what you’re knitting this summer, and I will randomly draw a winner for a skein of the sport silky merino in color coral reef. And, I’ll throw in my remaining half skein, as well, so you’ll have plenty of yarn for whatever you’d like to knit! Get your post in by midnight on July 22nd, and I’ll announce the winner on July 23rdPin It