The Poppy Tee is worked from the top down. First the top part of the back yoke is worked with increases, then the shoulders are worked from stitches that are picked up and knitted along the slanting sides at the back yoke. Stitches are then picked up and knitted along the sides of the shoulders and the rest of the yoke is worked together on the circular needle, first back and forth and then in the round. The body is worked in the round on a circular needle, and the sleeves are worked in the round on double-pointed needles or on a circular needle using the Magic Loop technique. At the end a folded neck edge with built in double knitting is worked.
Size guide: The Poppy Tee is designed to have approx. 5cm of positive ease, meaning it is designed to be approx. 5cm larger in circumference than your bust measurement.
Measure yourself before beginning your project, to determine which size will fit you the best. For example, if you measure 90cm around your bust (or around the widest part of your upper body) you should knit a size S. A size S sweater has a bust circumference of 96 cm [37¾ inches] which in the given example would give you 6cm of positive ease.
Nine Sizes: XS (S) M (L) XL (2XL) 3XL (4XL) 5XL
Sizes above are designed to fit a Bust Circumference of 80-85 (85-90) 90-95 (95-100) 100-110 (110-120) 120-130 (130-140) 140-150 cm.
Finished circumference at bust (approx.): 90 (96) 101 (106) 115 (125) 136 (146) 155 cm
Length: 52 (54) 56 (58) 59 (60) 63 (66) 70cm measured mid back excl. neck edge
Gauge: 23 sts x 32 rows = 10 x 10cm square swatch in stocking stitch on 3.5mm needles. Please note that these measurements are only achieved if the correct gauge is obtained. The swatch will help determine which needle size you need to achieve the correct gauge. Wash and block the swatch before taking any measurements. Be aware that if you are knitting in a yarn that is different from that recommended yarn, the knitted fabric can grow or shrink when washed – this is the reason it is important that you wash your swatch before measuring your gauge.
Suggested Needles: Circular needles: 3.5mm / 60, 80 and/or 100cm and 3mm / 40, 80 and/or 100cm; Double-pointed needles: 3.5mm and 3mm (unless you use the Magic Loop technique).
Yarn: There are 3 suggested options of yarns for this garment.
Suggestion 1: One Strand of yarn. Approximate total of 805 (920, 920-1035, 1035, 1150, 1265, 1380, 1495, 1610) metres of a Sport 5ply or light DK weight natural fibre yarn holding one strand. We suggest this would be great for a summer type yarn.
Suggestion 2: Two strands held together - one smooth light fingering yarn and one strand of silk mohair.
Approximate total of 940 (940, 940-1175, 1175, 1175, 1410, 1410, 1410, 1645) metres of a light 4ply fingering yarn (preferably Merino) held together with 4 ((4-5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 8 balls of suitable Silk Mohair laceweight yarn (25 g balls). This is a light but warm option for between seasons.
Suggestion 3: Holding 2 strands of silk mohair fluffy together. 7-8 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) balls (25g) of a suitable Silk Mohair laceweight. This is by far the lightest and potentially warmest option so great for the cooler weather.
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Skill Level: More advanced skills or just lots of patience.
This is a printed knitting pattern by global favourite designer, Mette Wendelboe Okkels of PetiteKnit.