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Mixed Feelings Cotton Tee

By: Coralie Meslin for Tahki Stacy Charles Inc.

If you're searching for a lightweight sweater that's perfect for providing a touch of warmth on a slightly chilly day, you'll adore the Mixed Feelings Cotton Tee. Created with a built-in pleated design, this knit sweater pattern is effortlessly chic, and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Make your own tee and pair it with both jeans and/or a skirt. You'll love how easy it is to work this piece into your existing wardrobe.

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size4 or 3.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight(2) Fine (23-26 stitches to 4 inches)

 

 

SIZES: Small (Medium, Large, XL)


MATERIALS

  • 3 (4, 4, 5) skeins Tahki Yarns COTTON CLASSIC LITE 100% mercerized cotton (1.75oz/50g;146yds/135m) in color #4017 steel grey (MC)
  • 1 skein EACH in #4912 red violet (A), #4202 almond (B), #4725 deep leaf green (C), #4928 light lavender (D), #4932 amethyst (E), #4702 chartreuse (F), and #4812 light blue (G)
  • One pair size 4 (3.5mm) needles OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE
  • One size 4 (3.5mm) circular needle, 24”/60cm long, for Neckband
  • Three size 4 (3.5mm) doublepointed needles (dpns), for Pleats
  • Stitch holder
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle


Mixed Feelings Cotton Tee Schematics

KNITTED MEASUREMENTS
Bust 36 (40, 44, 48)”/91.5 (101.5, 112, 122) cm
Length 22 (22½, 23, 23½)”/56 (57, 58.5, 59.5) cm

GAUGE: 28 sts and 34 rows = 4”/10 cm in Stockinette stitch TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE


SPECIAL TECHNIQUES
6-st LP (Left Pleat): Slip next 2 sts onto a dpn (needle 1), the next 2 sts onto a dpn (needle 2) and the next 2 sts onto a dpn (needle 3).
Hold needle 1 in front with the RS facing out, fold needle 2 so that the WS of needle 2 is facing the WS of needle 1.
Fold needle 3 so that it is in the back with the RS facing the RS of needle 2. There will be three layers of fabric folded on top of each other. * K3tog using 1 st from each dpn; rep from * once.
6-st RP (Right Pleat): Slip next 2 sts onto a dpn (needle 1), the next 2 sts onto a dpn (needle 2) and the next 2 sts onto a dpn (needle 3). Hold needle 1 in back with RS facing out, fold needle 2 so that the WS is facing forward, and the RS of needle 2 is facing the RS of needle 1. Fold needle 3 so that it is in the front with the RS facing out. There will be three layers of fabric folded on top of each other. * K3tog using 1 st from each dpn; rep from * once.
12-st LP (Left Pleat): Slip next 4 sts onto a dpn (needle 1), the next 4 sts onto a dpn (needle 2) and the next 4 sts onto a dpn (needle 3). Hold needle 1 in front with the RS facing out, fold needle 2 so that the WS of needle 2 is facing the WS of needle 1. Fold needle 3 so that it is in the back with the RS facing the RS of needle 2. There will be three layers of fabric folded on top of each other. * K3tog using 1 st from each dpn; rep from * 3 more times.
12-st RP (Right Pleat): Slip next 4 sts onto a dpn (needle 1), the next 4 sts onto a dpn (needle 2) and the next 4 sts onto a dpn (needle 3). Hold needle 1 in back with RS facing out, fold needle 2 so that the WS is facing forward, and the RS of needle 2 is facing the RS of needle 1. Fold needle 3 so that it is in the front with the RS facing out. There will be three layers of fabric folded on top of each other. * K3tog using 1 st from each dpn; rep from * 3 more times.

SPECIAL ABBREVIATIONS
K2tog: Knit 2 together (dec) – Knit 2 sts tog through the front loops. [for multiple decs, work using number of sts specified]
M1: Make 1 (inc) – Lift strand between needles to LH needle and work strand through the back loop, twisting it to prevent a hole, [knit or purl as indicated by pattern stitch].
Ssk: Slip, slip, knit (dec) – Slip 2 sts, one at a time KNITWISE to right-hand needle, return the sts to left-hand needle in the turned position and knit them together through the back loops.

ABBREVIATIONS
beg begin(ning)
cm centimeter
dec decrease(d)(s)(ing)
inc increase(d)(s)(ing)
k knit
LH left-hand
mm millimeters
p purl
pm place marker
rem remain(ed)(s)(ing)
rep repeat(ed)(s)(ing)
rnd(s) round(s)
RS right side
st(s) stitch(es)
tog together
WS wrong side


PATTERN STITCHES
Stockinette stitch (St st) Knit on RS, purl on WS. K2, p2 rib

Stripe Sequence for Body
Work 2 rows MC, 1 row B, 2 rows MC, 3 rows G, 6 rows E, 6 rows A, 3 rows MC, 2 rows C, 1 row MC, 1 row D, 1 row MC, 1 row F, 2 rows MC, 3 rows B, 6 rows MC, 5 rows G, 3 rows D, 2 rows F, 1 row MC, 1 row A, 1 row C, 1 row E; then work 2 rows of each color in the following sequence for the rest of the pattern: MC, G, MC, A, MC, D, MC, C, MC, E, MC, F, MC, B, MC, G, MC, A, MC, E, MC, D, MC, C, MC, A, MC, F, MC, E, MC, B, MC, G, MC, C, MC, D, MC, F, MC, A, MC, E, MC, G, MC, B, MC, D, MC, C, MC, E, MC.
Stripe Sequence for Sleeves
Work 2 rows MC, 1 row B, 2 rows MC, 3 rows G, 6 rows E, 6 rows A, 3 rows MC, 2 rows C, 1 row MC, 1 row D, 1 row MC, 1 row F, 2 rows MC, 3 rows B, 6 rows MC, 5 rows G, 3 rows D, 2 rows F, 1 row MC, 1 row A, 1 row C, 1 row E; then work 2 rows of each color in the following sequence for the rest of the pattern: MC, G, MC, A, MC, D, MC, C, MC.

NOTE: Stripe Sequences for Body and Sleeves are given for smallest size. For larger sizes, once Stripe Sequence is complete, continue alternating 2 rows of MC with 2 rows of color(s) of your choice until you have reached the length specified for your size.

Stripe Sequence for Ribbing
Work 4 rows MC, 1 row A, 2 rows MC, 1 row D, 3 rows MC.

BACK
With MC, cast on 126 (140, 154, 168) sts.
(WS) Knit 4 rows, purl 1 row.
(RS) Change to St st and Stripe Sequence; work even until piece measures 1½” from beg, end with a WS row.

Shape Body
Dec Row (RS) K2, ssk, knit to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2 – 124 (138, 152, 166) sts rem.
Rep Dec Row every 4th row 6 more times – 112 (126, 140, 154) sts rem.
Work even until piece measures 8” from beg, end with a WS row.
Inc Row (RS) K2, M1, knit to last 2 sts, M1, k2 – 114 (128, 142, 156) sts.
Rep Inc Row every 6th row 6 more times – 126 (140, 154, 168) sts.
Work even until piece measures 14” from beg, end with a WS row.

Shape Armholes
(RS) Bind off 7 (8, 9, 10) sts at beg of next 2 rows – 112 (124, 136, 148) sts rem.
Dec Row (RS) K2, ssk, knit to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2 – 110 (122, 134, 146) sts rem.
Rep Dec Row every RS row 6 (7, 9, 10) more times – 98 (108, 116, 126) sts rem.
Work even until Armholes measure 7½ (8, 8½, 9)” from beg, end with a WS row.

Shape Neck and Shoulders (RS)
K25 (28, 31, 34) sts and turn, leaving rem sts on a holder. Work each Shoulder separately.
Row 1 (WS) Bind off 2 sts, purl to end.
Row 2 Bind off 7 (8, 9, 10) sts, knit to end.
Rows 3 and 4 Rep Rows 1 and 2.
Row 5 Purl.
Row 6 Bind off rem 7 (8, 9, 10) sts.
With RS facing, rejoin yarn and bind off center 48 (52, 54, 58) sts, knit to end.
Work Left Shoulder same as Right Shoulder, reversing shaping.

FRONT
With MC, cast on 182 (196, 210, 224) sts.
(WS) Knit 4 rows, purl 1 row.
(RS) Change to St st and Stripe Sequence; work even until piece measures 14” from beg, end with a WS row.
 

Shape Armholes
(RS) Bind off 7 (8, 9, 10) sts at beg of next 2 rows – 168 (180, 192, 204) sts rem.
Dec Row (RS) K2, ssk, knit to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2 – 166 (178, 190, 202) sts rem.
Rep Dec Row every RS row 6 (7, 9, 10) more times – 154 (164, 172, 182) sts rem.
Work even until Armholes measure 3 (3½, 4, 4½)” from beg, end with a WS row.

Shape Neck
Pleat Row (RS) K35 (40, 44, 49), 6-st LP, [12-st RP, 12-st LP] 3 times, 6-st RP, k35 (40, 44, 49) – 98 (108, 116, 126) sts rem.
Next Row (WS) P35 (38, 41, 44), bind off 28 (32, 34, 38) sts, purl to end. Slip sts from Right Front to holder and continue on Left Front sts only.

Left Front
Dec Row (RS) Knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 34 (37, 40, 43) sts rem.
Rep Dec Row every RS row 9 times, then every 4th row 4 times – 21 (24, 27, 30) sts rem.
Work even until Armhole measures 7½ (8, 8½, 9)” from beg, end with a WS row.
Shape Shoulder (RS) Bind off 7 (8, 9, 10) sts at beg of next 3 RS rows.
Right Front
With RS facing, rejoin yarn and work Right Front same as Left Front, reversing shaping.

SLEEVES
With MC, cast on 78 (86, 94, 102) sts. Begin Stripe Sequence for Ribbing.
Row 1 (RS) K1, * k2, p2; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 2 (WS) P1, * k2, p2; rep from * to last st, p1. Continue in k2, p2 rib as established for 9 more rows.

Shape Sleeve
Change to St st and Stripe Sequence for Sleeves.
Inc Row (RS) K2, M1, knit to last 2 sts, M1, k2 – 80 (88, 96, 104) sts.
Rep Inc Row every 8th row twice more – 84 (92, 100, 108) sts.
Work even until piece measures 5” from beg, end with a WS row.

Shape Cap
(RS) Bind off 7 (8, 9, 10) sts at beg of next 2 rows – 70 (76, 82, 88) sts rem.
Dec Row (RS) K2, ssk, knit to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2 – 68 (74, 80, 86) sts rem.
Rep Dec Row every RS row 20 more times – 28 (34, 40, 46) sts rem. Bind off all rem sts.

FINISHING
Block pieces to measurements. Sew Shoulder seams. Set in SLEEVES; sew side and Sleeve seams.
Neckband
With RS facing, using MC and circular needle, pick up and knit 36 sts up Right Front Neck, 56 (60, 62, 66) sts along Back Neck, 36 sts down Left Front Neck and 28 (32, 34, 38) sts across the FRONT – 156 (164, 168, 176) sts. Pm and join for working in the rnd.
(RS) Begin k2, p2 rib and Stripe Sequence for Ribbing; work 11 rnds. Bind off all sts in rib. Weave in ends.
 

 

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I love the look of the pretty sweater. I haven't made it due to the fact I need a 2XL sized pattern. Will using bigger needle work to get that size? Thanks

one word: UGLY! second word: Expensive. I just looked up the yarn and calculated that it would cost $97.30 before taxes and shipping for this yarn.

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