I am so pleased with how my newest project turned out.
I knit this tee using the pattern Knit Me Baby One More Time, designed by Mary Annarella. This is a fantastic basic tee pattern, which has lovely features, and a beautiful fit. Here is Mary’s pattern photo:
I did my own interpretation of the colours, using some bold contrasts for the ribbing and not striping the body, but otherwise followed her pattern exactly. I just love the way that the pattern lends itself to experimentation.
I re-purposed the yarn from an old knitting kit to make this tee (see my last post for more details). This turned into a fun intellectual exercise in colour. The kit uses the yarn Titus, a fingering weight wool from baa ram ewe, which comes in 100 gram hanks with 320 metres/350 yards. The kit had one skein of the Aire (the light blue-grey) and three skeins of the Endeavour (the rich blue), and a bunch of tiny mini-hanks for the contrasts. The mini-hanks were 5 grams each, and there were two each of three colours, and one each of another four colours. This meant that I had seven colours to fool around with in determining the ribbing, with the additional condition that the bottom ribbing needed 10 grams, so that constrained further the choice. It was like putting together a puzzle, and was very entertaining.
I’ve heard some people complain about the Titus. My impression is that it wouldn’t work as well for stranded knitting, and I think the fact that I didn’t strand this (as in the original kit) but instead used bold blocks of colour, meant that the yarn was much more suited for purpose. I loved knitting with it. It is a mix of 50% Wensleydale Wool, 20% Bluefaced Leicester Wool, and 30% British Alpaca, from Yorkshire. It comes in very rich, vibrant shades, and was fun to knit with. It washed and blocked well, dried very quickly, and has a nice feel to it – wooly, yes, but not overly itchy. I don’t know whether it will tend to felt or pull and will have to report back on that.
This is intended to be a tee that I can wear casually or to the office. I styled it above as I might wear it to work. Since we are self-isolating and the university has switched to remote working for at least the next 12 weeks, I am unlikely to get a chance to wear it anywhere but on my sofa for quite some time!
One of the things that I really like about having the green ribbing at the hip, is that I can then wear this with a variety of blues and not worry about a blue/blue mismatch. I find that blues are notoriously hard to match, but with the green to break up the blues, it doesn’t really matter.
This was my first time using a pattern by Mary Annarella, and I was very impressed. You know how some patterns just work for you and others don’t? Sometimes you don’t even know why. But, I have to tell you that this one worked for me in a big way. It was very comprehensive, but not in an annoying way. She provided photos of the difficult stages right at the beginning, which made such a difference! (The very beginning of the pattern is a bit tricky – it takes some concentration – but then it is smooth sailing.) She gave advice about shaping and customizing. It may sound strange to say that a pattern – I mean here the writing of it, not the result – can be charming, but this was definitely written in a very charming manner. Also, the details are amazing. Just look at the line of this shoulder and armscythe! It’s practically swoon-worthy!
I particularly like this little stripe from the colour blocking under the arms. (Note that I exaggerated it just a bit by casting on the underarm stitches using the light yarn, and then switching to the blue, so that it has two rows of the light blue, instead of one, under the arm.)
I highly recommend this pattern. Mary designs some beautiful things and this won’t be my last of her patterns. (And wow! All of her designs are on sale right now on Ravelry – until March 24th – to help out those who are social distancing and could use a bit of calm; just put them in the cart and you’ll get 40% off when you check out.)
Keep safe everyone! And remember that knitting is good for your mental health!
It’s looking so good! Great job. Please tell me that you’re not stuck home for 12 weeks, and that it is a typo. I think here in France, it will be more than the 2 weeks originally planned, but not sure how long it will last.
The university is having us all work remotely for 12 weeks (while delivering lectures online). The situation seems to be changing daily in terms of government restrictions. Keep safe, Agnes!
Love the way you’ve worked with the colours you had. Thanks so much for bringing this pattern to our attention – other Ravellers say it’s the best top-down set-in sleeve pattern they’ve tried.
I’m not surprised to hear this, Beth; this pattern is fantastic! The fit is so great and the instructions for modifying it are so clear. I am already thinking about how I might do another one.
Kelly- you did a wonderful job. It came out so nice!
Thank you, Jossie! Keep safe!
So lovely – Pattern purchased!
That’s cool. Let me know how it turns out!
What a joyful, exuberant post, and a beautiful top. Thanks for writing this, and for all of your posts.
Hi Shirley, the news is so depressing these days. I didn’t want to write about depressing stuff. Knitting makes me feel joyful and exuberant (when it’s not making me feel calm and grounded…..) Thanks for commenting!
Beautiful! That sweater looks great on you, and what a brilliant re-purposing of the other kit! You added such lovely details, too, like the little stripe of the light blue 🙂
It really was fun, taking the yarn from one kit and fitting it to this pattern. It was like a puzzle, and immensely satisfying.
That is lovely. Everything about it suits you.
Thank you so much, Lorenza! I am so happy with this one.
This is so lovely Kelly. It’s great when you find a pattern that just works and us easy to customize. For me it’s Kate Davies’ Doocot. I have knit 3 versions, none of which look anything like the original, but the top-down shaping just works so well for my body that I know the sweaters will fit well and be comfy to wear. I love Titus and it’s Yorkshire connections, but it’s also a hard-wearing yarn. It will pill a little but no more than most other non-merino yarns.
And just add – absolutely love your styling of this top. Totally looks a great work outfit. Off to check out this designer now.
Thanks for the input on Titus; they have the most beautiful colours! I have admired your Doocots; they look so great on you. It is really nice when you find something that works for you, isn’t it? Stay safe, Maylin!
This looks fantastic! Now I really want to knit one!
Yes, do it! It’s so much fun!