Summertime Tee

After spending about a year on the Linen and Lace Tunic, I wanted something quick and easy to make.  I found the Summertime Tee by Toni Lipsey on Ravelry; I purchased it there.  It’s also available for free on her blog TL Yarn Crafts.  I was able to complete this project in two weeks!  It was that quick and easy.  And I’m slow, so others could probably make it much faster.

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This pattern was exactly what I needed after the tunic.  Toni’s pattern was actually pretty cleverly constructed.  At first I was a little confused, starting with the bottom ribbing, but really this pattern was pretty brilliant.  No long chains!  I think the longest chain in this pattern was a chain 6.  It also gave me the opportunity to practice the foundation stitch as well, for the sleeves.

The other thing I liked about the pattern was the fact that everything was done by measurement, no need to count rows, just crochet till you meet the desired length.  I loved this aspect of the pattern, since I always tend to crochet tighter/smaller than swatches and always end up adjusting patterns to make up for it.

I used Denim Blues Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek Yarn to make my tee.  I loved how soft this yarn is but I may regret using acrylic yarn.  Perhaps something lighter and more breathable would be better.  When I first tried on my tee it was a bit warm and it felt so heavy and warm.  Today it’s a little more cool and spring-like, so it’s comfortable. I’m not one to make the same pattern over and over again, but I may end up making myself another one or perhaps one for my mom.

I also love the self stripping of this yarn, but since this tee is constructed with front and back sewn together, the stripes don’t line up.  I decided to just let this go, but ultimately this kind of yarn would be better if this tee were in the round.

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So I think I’m now a fan of another designer.  I’ll be checking out more of her patterns on her blog.

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