The Knitted T-Shirt: A Warm-Weather Classic
|Kathleen's Slanting Gretel Tee,
knit from Classic Elite Premier
Many knitters slow down in the spring and summer—the sun, kids on summer break, the garden, bar-b-ques, picnics, vacations—the distractions are endless.
But before you put down those needles for the season, why not knit yourself a T-shirt? We're so lucky these days as knitters; we have so many warm-weather yarns to choose from and there are myriad springy/summery design options out there for us, too.
Recently a bunch of Knitting Daily folks knit the super-cute Slanting Gretel Tee by Petra Manis. I just finished mine a couple of days ago, so I'm all revved up to write about it!
This design is so flattering, and it's challenging enough to keep you interested—it has that "just-one-more-row" aspect to it that keeps you going.
Here are several of the Gretels from my knit-along (check out the forum for lots of great hints for knitting this tee).
|The Slanting Gretel Tee||Velcro's Gretel||Artful Soul's Gretel|
|KiwiKnit's Gretel||SJC's Gretel||Becky's Gretel|
|Detail of neckline|
I made just a couple of mods in my tee. When I was almost done, I tried on the tee and I didn't like how the wide the neck was; I wanted more of a crew neck than a boat neck. What to do? Well, I decided to do two things: go down a needle size to tighten up the gauge a bit, and knit another horseshoe cable repeat. I didn't place any decreases in the neckline because I wanted it to stay smooth. I figured if it didn't go well with the smaller needle and the extra repeat I could rip it out and add some decreases to the mix. But it worked! You can just barely tell that I went down a needle size (see the photo at right), but it really helped bring in the neckline.
I also knew I wanted longer sleeves. So instead of starting the seed stitch border when I divided for the sleeves, I just knit in stockinette. When it was time to finish the sleeves I simply continued in stockinette from the provisional cast-on and finished with seed stitch when the sleeves were long enough for me. This turned out to be a really easy mod for me to do, and it'll make the shirt a year-round garment for me: I can wear it with a long-sleeved T-shirt underneath in the fall and winter, and by itself in the spring and summer! Yay for me.
So, are you ready to knit a T-shirt? Join us on the Gretel bandwagon or try one of our other T-shirt patterns, available at shop.knittingdaily.com!