Coral reef knitted tee


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 23rd 🙂


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36 comments on “Coral reef knitted tee

  1. Wow what a lovely top and a great contest. I am test knitting a tee pattern and working on a shawl in sundara silk lace (my very first sundara skein ever). I have this yarn in coral reef as well and it would be great to make a long sleeved sweater with it. Thank you for the contest and the inspiration! Happy summer knitting. 🙂

  2. How lovely! I’ve been drooling over the SSM for a while. Glad to know it doesn’t disappoint!

    I’ve been working on a shawl in FMC, mostly, and hats for holiday photos in Sundara Sock during my classes (huzzah for starting early!).

  3. You are always amazingly quick knitting things. Really, you impress me.

    I am currently knitting a silk shawl for my DH’s grandmother, socks for my MiL and a blankie for my cat with this acrylic yarn that makes him drool. He wouldn’t leave it alone, I only had a little bit, so I figured he may as well have it in the end.

  4. Great work and love the pattern and the color! Used the fsm for a test knit a few months ago and it is wonderful. The feel of this yarn next to the skin is perfect, even in our hot Arizona climate.

  5. Lovely sweater!! The yarn shows off the detail beautifully and the fit is amazing!

    I am working on a Print O’the Wave Stole in a teal Sundara Silk Lace this summer. I’m on the edging now and hope to have it completed soon. 🙂

  6. that color looks great on you! I love the pattern too

  7. Your tee is beautiful! I love the colour 🙂 I’m actually winding balls to knit a summer tee from Sundara as well! I’ll be using Silk Sport (now discontinued) and I’m so excited about the beautiful colour.

  8. Oh, Sundara- so scrumptious! I’m knitting a cardigan/jacket out of the Worsted Merino right now, and I practically want to eat it.

    Your sweater is sensational. Wear it in good health!

  9. The color is incredible! I just painted my bedroom a deep coral – Coral Gables from Benjamin Moore, and this would be a perfect match. Maybe a pillow cover or a bed jacket?

    I am in the middle of a Sundara silk lace shawl right now…

  10. Your tee is lovely. Your patience with the finishing work is especially evident — I like your choice of simple pearl buttons. Sundara’s yarn doesn’t need any unnecessary fancifying. Thanks for adding another pattern to my library.

  11. Gorgeous sweater! I haven’t had the courage to try sweater knitting yet, but this really pushes me closer to that goal 🙂 Right now, I’m actually knitting a shawl with Sundara Silk Lace in the colorway Windows to Windows, a wonderful tone on tone blue. I’m thinking it’s going to look great to dress up a pair of jeans.

  12. So gorgeous! I’m working on a sweater and finishing up a pair of socks.

  13. Love this tee! I’m working on some socks and a couple of shawls at the moment.

  14. That color is delicious – as cool as a peach or an apricot in the heat of the day. And that sweater is simply marvelous! Whether or not I might win the skein, I feel I have already won by following the link to find this blog post that details this wonderful outcome. Thank you for letting me dream of luscious colors and sweaters!

  15. Gorgeous! Following you here from your Sundara Yarn Lovers post.
    I think I might just get this pattern as it looks very wearable. It looks great on you. Very flattering!
    This summer I am knitting…tops! A test knit actually but something that I know I will wear loads in the future.

  16. KittenWithAWhiplash

    July 16, 2013 at 6:15 am Reply

    Your sweater is beautiul! I don’t think the color change is bad. The lower dark color actually hits at a good spot – I thought it was just your blue jeans behind the sweater that made it darker. I jsut delivered a horrible sweater that was custom ordered, and now get to turn a dress I knit for Mom into a sweater. Then I get to work on what I want to. I just hope I know what it is by then.

    Thanks for the giveaway. Don’t let the fact that the 23rd is my birthday influence you … too much 😉

  17. Susan-from-Athens

    July 16, 2013 at 10:29 am Reply

    You’ve knit a wonderful sweater and it’s lovely of you to giveaway your extra skein!

  18. I love your sweater and the yarn colour is just beautiful. I am knitting a shawl and am halfway through knitting my first pair of socks.

  19. Love the pattern and the color way. Great job 🙂
    I am working on my first ever sweater (Cassis).

  20. Beautiful knitted tee! I am knitting a sweater for my son for Christmas, he’s 6’5″ so it’s a good thing I started early 🙂 and I just swatched for the Claudia Evilla skirt by Ruth Sorenson….for me!

  21. Gorgeous pattern, gorgeous yarn! 🙂 I have only recently discovered Sundara yarn, but the little I know of it, I absolutely LOVE. <3

  22. Beautiful top! Sundara’s yarns always knit up so nicely.

    I’m working on my WIPs this summer and have a variety of shawls, sweaters, and other misc. items on the needles.

  23. Your tee looks wonderful! Thanks for the giveaway…I am knitting and crocheting shawls and socks this summer 🙂

  24. I’ve been test knitting this summer. Currently, Iris tee by Tweedysheep. Your Emerald is beautiful!

  25. Great job and wonderful color!

  26. I’m knitting socks, socks and more socks. Starting Christmas gifts early this year. Your sweater is soooo pretty. Love the yarn.

  27. What a gorgeous color and a generous giveaway! I am knitting a light-weight sweater right now!

  28. Beautiful work, and what a perfect summer color! I’m currently knitting a Catkin in some Malabrigo Finito that, while beautiful, is a little darker than anticipated. Buying yarn online is always dicey, especially with Malabrigo! It will be perfect for fall/winter, though. 🙂

  29. I love it! I am currently working on a hat in a lace pattern, just finished my first sweater (baby sized) and am getting ready to cast on some socks in the Hermione’s everyday pattern

  30. KittenWithAWhiplash

    July 20, 2013 at 7:35 pm Reply

    It appears my earlier comment didn’t go thru. Your blouse turned out quite lovely, and I don’t think the color change detracts at all. Thanks for the wonderful contest.. In my earlier post I think I mentioned I’m converting a dress I knit for Mom into a sweater, having just completed a special request sweater that I really hated working on.

  31. Gorgeous! I’m knitting a summer shawl 🙂

  32. I finished a Citron shawl made with a gradient yarn. Now I am knitting a Vodka Lemonade cardigan.

  33. Your Tee is beautiful! I love the color. I am working on a ‘Vodka lemonade’ sweater out of Sundara’s sport weight yarn. Unfortunately, I am loving the yarn, but she has discontinued this base.

  34. I’ve got several pairs of socks on the go this summer. They’re slow going because it’s only cool enough to knit first thing in the morning lately.

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