knit.wear Spring/Summer 2018: Honeysuckle Tee

Knit.wear Spring/Summer 2018 is all about thoughtful details. The Honeysuckle Tee by Sue Gleave is a fine example. The front of the top presents ease and simplicity, making it versatile for layering. It’s exactly what any fan of a shell is seeking. But it is the lace featured on the back of the design that steals the show.

The lace border at the hem is continued to form a lace panel at the center back. As the back section is worked, extra stitches are added to make a stockinette section which is pleated over the lace section at the shoulders to create a lace reveal. That back pleat detail lends further ease to this relaxed garment, which makes the wearability skyrocket for me. I do love how the final project has been styled in the pages of knit.wear Spring/Summer 2018, with the collared shirt beneath lending a touch of structure to this easy-going piece.

The lighter color choice reflects a sunnier season, but the Honeysuckle Tee would look great in a jewel tone or basic black. Add denim to dress it down, add a skirt and boots to dress it up.

You should probably make three of them.

honeysuckle tee

Pattern Details


DIFFICULTY Intermediate

FINISHED SIZE 35 (39, 42¾, 48, 51¾)”
bust circumference. Tee shown measures 39″; modeled with 5″ of positive 

YARN Brooklyn Tweed Vale (100%
 American Rambouillet wool; 450 yd 
[411 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): vernal, 3 (4, 4, 4, 5) 

NEEDLES Size 2½ (3 mm): 16″ and 24″ circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Markers (m); 2 spare cir needles in same size or smaller; stitch holders; tapestry needle.

GAUGE 28 sts and 44 rnds = 4″ in St st; 30 sts and 40 rnds = 4″ in Vine Lace patt.

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