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Meshy Tee

Variegated color and open texture marry to create a great layering piece.

Design by Deborah Helmke

Skill Level

Intermediate

Sizes

Woman's small (medium, large, X-large, 2X-large)

Instructions are given for smallest size, with larger sizes in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to all sizes.

Finished Measurements

Chest: 42 (46, 50, 54, 60) inches

Length: 21 1/2 (21 1/2, 22, 23 1/2, 23 1/2) inches

Materials

  • Rowan Summerspun (DK weight; 50% merino wool/50% cotton; 131 yds/50g per ball): 5 (6, 6, 7, 7) balls Bloomsbury #115
  • Size 5 (3.75mm) straight, 16-inch and 24-inch circular needles
  • Size 6 (4mm) straight needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Stitch holders
  • Stitch markers

Gauge

20 sts and 20 rows = 4 inches/10cm in Lace Mesh pat (blocked) with larger needles.

To save time, take time to check gauge.

Special Abbreviations

Centered Double Decrease (CDD): Slip next 2 sts as if to k2tog, k1, p2sso.

Slip, slip, purl (ssp): Slip next 2 sts 1 at a time kwise, slip sts back to LH needle and p2tog-tbl.

Pattern Stitches

3x3 Rib (multiple of 6 sts + 2 edge sts)

Row 1: K1, *k3, p3; rep from * to last st, k1.

Rep Row 1 for pat.

Lace Mesh (multiple of 6 sts + 6)

Note: A chart is provided for those preferring to work Lace Mesh pat from a chart.

Row 1 (RS): K1, k2tog, *yo, k3, yo, CDD; rep from * to last 3 sts, yo, k3.

Row 2 (WS): P2, p2tog, yo, *p1, yo, p2tog, p1, p2tog, yo; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2.

Row 3: K2, *k1, yo, CDD, yo, k2; rep from * to last 4 sts, k1, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 4: P2, yo, p2tog, *p1, p2tog, yo, p1, yo, p2tog; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.

Rep Rows 1-4 for pat.

Pattern Notes

All lengths given refer to finished length after blocking.

Work decreases 1 stitch in from each edge on right-side rows by ssk at the beginning of the row and k2tog at the end of the row, and on wrong-side rows by p2tog at the beginning of the row and ssp at the end of the row. If after working a shaping decrease you no longer have enough stitches to work a Lace Mesh pattern decrease, then omit its accompanying yarn over as well.

Back

With smaller needles, cast on 110 (122, 134, 146, 158) sts.

Work in 3x3 Rib for approx 2 inches, ending with a WS row.

Change to larger needles; keeping 1 st at each edge in garter st, work in Lace Mesh pat until back measures 6 (6, 5, 5, 5) inches from cast-on edge; pm at each end of row to mark bottom of armhole.

Continue in pat until armhole measures 10 (10, 11 1/2, 13, 13) inches, ending with Row 4 of pat.

Pm at each end of row to mark top of armhole.

Shoulder Shaping

Working in pat, dec 1 st each edge [every RS row] 12 (9, 8, 6, 0) times, then [every row] 0 (6, 8, 12, 24) times.

At the same time, when 16 rows (4 pat reps) from top armhole marker have been completed, shape neck -- 94 (106, 116,124,126) sts.

Mark center 58 sts for back neck edge.

Shape Right Neck

Next row (RS): Continuing with shoulder shaping, work in pat across 18 (24, 29, 33, 34) sts -- 17 (23, 28, 32, 33) sts.

Place next 58 sts on holder for center back neck; place rem 18 (24, 29, 33, 34) sts on another holder for left neck.

Continue with shoulder shaping and at the same time, dec 1 st at neck edge [every row] 6 times -- 8 (11, 16, 20, 20) sts when neck and shoulder shaping is complete.

At shoulder edge, bind off [4 (5, 8, 10, 10) sts] once, then bind off rem 4 (6, 8, 10, 10) sts.

Shape Left Neck

Next row (RS): Work in pat across 18 (24, 29, 33, 34) sts for left neck, continuing with shoulder shaping -- 17 (23, 28, 32, 33) sts.

Continue with shoulder shaping and at the same time, dec 1 st at neck edge [every row] 6 times -- 8 (11, 16, 20, 20) sts rem when shoulder and neck shaping is complete.

At shoulder edge, bind off 4 (5, 8, 10, 10) sts once, then bind off rem 4 (6, 8, 10, 10) sts.

Front

Work same as back until armhole measures 9 (9, 10 1/2, 12, 12) inches, ending with Row 2.

Shape Right Neck

Next row (RS): Work 43 (49, 55, 61, 67) sts, put next 24 sts on holder for center front and rem 43 (47, 52, 56, 61) sts on another holder for left neck.

Working in pat, dec 1 st at neck edge [every row] 23 times.

At the same time, after 6 rows are worked, ending with a Row 4, mark for top of armhole.

Shape Right Shoulder

Continue neckline shaping and at the same time, dec 1 st at shoulder edge [every RS row] 12 (9, 8, 6, 0) times, then dec [every row] 0 (6, 8, 12, 24) times.

When shoulder and neck shaping are complete -- 8 (11, 16, 20, 20) sts rem.

Bind off at shoulder edge [4 (5, 8, 10, 10 sts] once, then rem 4 (6, 8, 10, 10) sts.

Shape Left Neck

Next row (RS): With RS facing, join yarn and work across 43 (47, 52, 56, 61) sts.

Working in pat dec 1 st at neck edge [every row] 23 times.

At the same time, after 6 rows are worked, ending with a Row 4, mark for top of armhole.

Shape Left Shoulder

Working in pat and continuing neckline shaping and at the same time, dec 1 st at shoulder edge [every RS row] 12 (9, 8, 6, 0) times, then [every row] 0 (6, 7, 12, 24) times.

When shoulder and neck shaping are complete -- 8 (11, 16, 20, 20) sts rem.

Bind off at shoulder edge [4 (5, 8, 10, 10) sts] once, then rem 4 (6, 8, 10, 10) sts.

Finishing

Steam-block front and back above ribbing. Sew shoulder seams from upper armhole marker to neck edge. Sew side seams from rib to lower armhole marker. Weave in all ends.

Neck Ribbing

With RS facing and beg at left shoulder seam with 24-inch circular needle, pick up and knit 31 sts along left front neck edge, knit 24 sts from holder across center front, pick up and knit 31 sts along right front neck edge, 9 sts along back right neck edge, knit 58 sts from center back holder, pick up and knit 9 sts along back left neck -- 162 sts.

Rnd 1: *K3, p3; from * around.

Rep Rnd 1 until ribbing measures 1 1/4 (1 1/4, 1 1/2, 2, 2) inches.

Bind off all sts tightly in pat.

Sleeve Ribbing

With RS facing and using 16-inch circular needle, pick up and knit 84 (84, 90, 102, 102) sts around armhole.

Rnd 1: *K3, p3; from * around.

Rep Rnd 1 until ribbing measures 1 1/4 (1 1/4, 1 1/2, 2, 2) inches.

Bind off all sts in pat.

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