Tea Leaves

I am a tea drinker. I don’t have anything against coffee—except the taste. It’s awful stuff. Yuck. Anyway, I’d been wondering what to call this design while finishing up my morning tea, and looked at the sweater again. It’s a t-shirt that’s covered with leaves. Hm. A tee shirt or a tea shirt? Covered with tea leaves? We have a winner.

Tee is boxy, and designed to be quite loose, or not. The tee shown is the second smallest size, and though it was designed to fit a 33-inch chest, it looks lovely on the model’s 36-inch frame. Because of the stretchy nature of knitting, this same sweater also fits my 40-inch (ish) chest nicely giving a more fitted look, because of the negative ease.

Tee is knit in the round from the hem straight up to the armholes, then stitches are added for the sleeves with a provisional cast on, and worked straight up to the shoulders, pausing only to shape the neckline. The provisional stitches are picked up for the flip side’s sleeves, and knitting continues. The only seaming on the entire sweater joins the top edges of the shoulders and sleeves.

Yarn: DK weight; 825, 975, 1,150 [1,325, 1,500, 1,700] yards required
Model: Baah! Sonoma in second to smallest size in Framboise: 234 yards in 100 grams; 100% superwash wool.
Gauge: 18 sts and 25 rows to 4 inches (10 cm) in lace pattern, blocked
Needles: Two sets US 8 (5 mm) circular needles for gauge, 24-inch (60 cm); larger sizes may also want a 40-inch (100 cm) for sweater body and sleeves
Crochet hooks: approximate US H (5 mm) for provisional cast on
Finished size: 32, 37.25, 42.75 [48, 53.25, 54.75] inches; 81.5, 94.5, 108.5 [122, 135.5, 139] cm
Bust size: up to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) smaller than finished sweater
Notions: 1 stitch marker, 2 large stitch holders, yarn needle, smooth waste yarn of similar size in contrasting color for provisional cast on

Skills: k2tog, ssk, s2-k1-psso, yo, m1-p, provisional cast on, knitting in the round
Stitch instructions: Charted and written.

This pattern is listed on Ravelry.