Project of the Week: Trigono Tee

I avoid admitting it, but math and I are not strictly the best of friends. After many years, I’m starting to come around to the satisfying, tangible, and useful math intrinsic to the craft of knitting, but I still raised an eyebrow when I heard Wool Studio Vol. VI would be geometry-themed. My doubts, though, were erased at first sight of the Trigono Tee, Kate Gagnon Osborn’s contribution to the collection.

The geometry in this design is all tasteful, with neatly-tesselated triangles in alternating stockinette and reverse stockinette providing shimmering texture. It features a boxy silhouette that doesn’t force distortion of the motifs; the piece is a rectangle with subtle short-row shoulder shaping for a more flattering fit. The finishing on the piece is simple, with plain garter stitch bands at armholes, hem, and neckline. To me, the subtle finish blends to the back while providing a nice frame for the overall patterning.

This tee knitting pattern meets all my criteria for summer knitting. The simple shaping and repetitive, geometric stitch pattern allow you to knit on autopilot with divided attention. It’s also knit in pieces, so you don’t have a bulky circular needle with most of a top hanging off it heating up your lap at a baseball game. Cellulose fibers, linen and cotton in this case, also allow more breathability for your lap than wool or alpaca.

Need another reason to start the Trigono Top right now? You’ll love to wear this top in the summer! It’s lightweight, trendy, comfortable, and even machine-washable! (Carefully!) Sturdy seams and sturdy, super-wash yarn make for a top you can sweat in and get clean again. Now how’s that for a summer must-knit?

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Trigono Tee by Kate Gagnon Osborn. All Wool Studio photos by Harper Point Photography.

Wool Studio is all about the marriage of designer and yarn. The yarn used in the Trigono Tee is an ultra-crisp 60/40 blend of cotton and linen: Kelbourne Woolens Mojave. This sport-weight yarn, consisting of five sets of very fine 2-plys, provides incredible drape and character to the boxy silhouette. Kate put this yarn to perfect use in this design, don’t you think? Learn more about the minds behind the collection in our guide to the designers of Wool Studio Vol. VI.

I know I’ll personally be casting on the Trigono Tee as soon as I get my first-ever sweater off my needles. I love the smoke gray colorway chosen for this sample, but my personal tastes veer more toward a brighter coral or Prussian blue. Or maybe I’ll knit more than one, if I really love it! What color would you choose for your version? Let us know in the comments!

—Andrea Lotz


KATE GAGNON OSBORN is co-owner of Kelbourne Woolens. She lives and knits in Philadelphia. Kate has contributed deeply to the Interweave family of publications, and we have long adored her aesthetic and her ability to nail down trends. Check out Kate’s Ravely page and you will see exactly what we mean.


Pattern Details: Trigono Tee by Kate Gagnon Osborn

FINISHED SIZE 371/2 (41, 441/2, 481/2, 52, 551/2, 591/2)” circumference at underarm. Tee shown measures 41″; modeled with 8″ of positive ease.

YARN Kelbourne Woolens Mojave (60% cotton, 40% linen; 185 yd [169 m]/13/4 oz [50 g]): #46 Smoke Gray, 4 (5, 5, 6, 7, 8, 8) skeins. 0 YARN WEIGHT 1 2 3 4 5 6

NEEDLES Sizes 3 (3.25 mm) and 4 (3.5 mm): straight. Size 4 (3.5 mm): 16″ circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Marker (m); removable m; stitch holders; tapestry needle.

GAUGE 22 sts and 34 rows = 4″ in charted patt on larger needles.

Featured Image: Trigono Tee by Kate Gagnon Osborn. Photography by Harper Point Photography


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