Interweave Knits Summer 2018: Taos Tee

Split hems have recently come across my radar, in a happily unexpected way. At first, I thought they were just a nice design feature, something a little unusual from the norm. Then, as I tried on more and more garments with split hems, I realized they actually have an amazing function, especially for those of us with a little more—ahem—”junk” in our “trunks.”

If a sweater is long enough to go over your bum, you might need a little more wiggle room if your hips are fairly wider than your waist. For these instances, a split hem is the answer. Few things are worse than a cute sweater that won’t fit over your bum. What I love about Interweave Knits Summer 2018 are the thoughtful design details found within the featured patterns. The Taos Tee is no exception.

Taos, New Mexico, is known for many things, including chili peppers, art, culture, skiing, and an annual fiber festival. Named for the city, the Taos Tee is an airy layer featuring bands of lace diamonds and a generous split-hem slit up the sides. Wear it to a summer festival over a linen dress, shorts, or your favorite flowing skirt. This tee is worked from the top down in one piece with raglan shaping. Short-row shaping is used to raise the back neck. For the best finishing results, take time to block it.

This tunic is both versatile and contemporary, like many of the projects in Knits Summer 2018. It’s knit with a sport-weight linen yarn, which, paired with the lacy features, helps it to breathe and makes it an ideal summer project. If you’re looking for something cute to wear to your summer activities, and you need some room for that “junk,” this is the project for you!


Taos Tee

Pattern Details

DESIGNER Paula Pereira

DIFFICULTY Easy

FINISHED SIZE 31½ (34¼, 38, 41¾, 45¼, 49¾, 53¼, 57)” bust circumference. Tee shown measures 34¼”; modeled with 1¾” of positive ease.

YARN Quince & Co. Sparrow (100% organic linen; 168 yd [154 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): maize, 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13) skeins.

NEEDLES Sizes 3 (3.25 mm) and 4 (3.5 mm): 16″ and 24″ circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle.

GAUGE 22 sts and 30 rnds = 4″ in St st on larger needle.


Knit design details to die for in Interweave Knits Summer 2018.

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