It’s been a hectic week.
Happily, there’s still been a bit of time to play with needles and yarn. Something that wasn’t all stockinette, oh happy day!
A real easy-to-follow, brilliant pattern, designed by sweet Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting. This seamless Spring Garden Tee, with fluttery lace cap-sleeves, is worked in one piece from the top down.
Does it really have to be Spring to knit and wear this adorable little top? So darn cute! I whipped through the body of the sweater on Thursday night and finished the rest the next day.
The yarn!!!! Super soft, sweet, and squishy. Get this…the name of the yarn is “Be Sweet Bamboo”–it couldn’t be more perfect.
Pure buttah…with a sweet honey smell! It worked great and produced a nice silky, luscious drape and looks beautiful made up. Perfect for a nice spring/summer tee.
Like most bamboo or cotton yarn, I had to be careful not to split the loosely-plied strand when knitting. (Following picture represents truest color of the tee in person.)
The project was a blast! Only wish I had a curvy or rounded child to model this. While my life-size barbie’s missing in action, the 18″ hoppity standby will have to do.
No change was made to the instruction except for the yarn and needle size. The pattern called for Rowan Calmer, discontinued worsted-weight yarn, with Size 6 needles. I knit mine with dk-weight substitute and Size 3 needles to get gauge and tension.
The fabric was dense before washing. Once dried, I put it in the dryer for 5 minutes to give it a fluff. The finished cloth is velvety soft, polished and shined. The hand-knit tee for a 12-month-old-child took 2.26 balls of Be Sweet Bamboo, in Tiger colorway–totally 251 yards (or 113 grams.)
I love how Alana’s patterns fit from small children on up to older and would knit this again and again. Perfect for a last-minute gift. There is no word for how cheery this wee garment makes me feel ^__^
The sample will be displayed at Twisted in Portland later in the week.
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!
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