It may still be winter but we're getting ready for the warmer weather. If you want a handknit wardrobe you do have to forward plan, especially if you're a slow garment knitter like me.😆
But it wasn't the coming summer season that inspired our latest shop sample, instead it was an amazing delivery from My Mama Knits and a new yarn base - Float Your Goat.
Float Your Goat is a hand dyed mohair silk blend laceweight. It has a lovely variegated colour effect and a fluffy halo.
Knitted on relatively thick needles it makes a feather light fabric and you don't need much. You can get a decent sized tee shirt with only 50g of yarn.
As an aside you get a pretty decent scarf too! Check out our Mohair Scarf here.
I think it's a perfect pattern for Float Your Goat.
It's knitted in the round from the top down so there's no sewing up - no bulky seams on your delicate garment.
The 'plain' stocking stitch pattern shows off the hand dyed yarn perfectly.
It has pretty raglan shaping which is easy to work - so no tricky increasing with a thin fluffy yarn.
Summer Light is knitted at a loose gauge so the stitches are large and the fabric is open so it doesn't matter if your stitches aren't uniform and even. If you've avoided laceweight garments before this may be a great opportunity to try one.
It's a fast knit - relatively large needles and no sleeves.
It's easy to lengthen Summer Light. Knitted from the top down, you just keep going until you get the length you want. Make sure you have enough yarn though!
Now you may have noticed that I used another yarn for the neckline, sleeves and body ribs.
Summer Light uses a laceweight mohair silk for the body but a 4ply for the ribbing.
You can pick any colour to do this but I picked a matchy matchy colour from our My Mama Knits Choufunga mini skeins collection. These mini skeins have 20g/85m of yarn and as you only need a small amount of 4ply for the ribbing a mini skein is a great way to buy.
I used the shade Toothed Wrack in both Float Your Goat and Choufunga.
Although it was hard to choose. 😆
From left to right - Pink Algae, Toothed Wrack, Rocky Shores (and Urchin), Purple Sea Urchin, Song of the Sea with a Sea Salad mini skein.
Two technical things:
- you do need to make sure your cast on is very stretchy as this is the neckband. I followed the pattern recommendation and used a German Twisted cast on (or Old Norwegian). I found this tutorial by Andrea Mowry to be helpful.
- This pattern uses simple wrap and turn short rows to raise the back of the neck slightly. This is all explained in the pattern.
And a note on sizing. The pattern includes a range of sizes to fit bust 28” to 52”.
I knitted the shop Summer Light in the M size. This is to fit bust 91cm/36". The tee shirt actually measure 118cm/46.5" around the chest. So the designer is recommending 10.5" of positive ease.
That is, the tee shirt is 10.5" bigger than the wearer.
Check the measurements in the pattern against your own measurements and choose one that gives you the positive ease that you want.
To illustrate the difference in positive ease we have two mannequins in the shop.
One has a 34" bust. 👇
46.5" tee shirt on a 34" mannequin, 12.5" of positive ease
The other mannequin has a 38" bust. 👇
46.5" tee shirt on a 38" mannequin, 8.5" positive ease
We're always happy to talk sizes. And, of course, you can visit the Pittenweem shop if you want to try our Summer Light on.
Hand dyed by Sunshine in the Borders of Scotland Float Your Goat Lace is a luxurious blend of mohair and silk. Super soft and lightweight this yarn has a big halo and despite it's fineness is surprisingly warmer.
Perfect for a one hank accessory (check out out Mohair Scarf) or for an extra special garment. You can use as a single strand our hold it together with another yarn to add some bulk.
Sunshine dyes in small batches, creating families of shades that work fantastically as fades or as one hank projects. Her inspirations are varied and each hank of Choufunga is unique. So if you are using more than one to hank of a shade in your project you should alternate between the hanks for the best overall colour matching.
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What do you think of our Summer Light. Will you make one?
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