Monday, July 5, 2010

A Tee for Summer

I have big news to share. The Spring Garden Tee is finished and may be my best knitted garment yet! I am so pleased with the outcome. It made its official debut at yesterday's picnic. My mother-in-law had seen me working on it last weekend and raved about how well it turned out. I'm thinking that this garment is going to be the first piece to make repeat appearances. I know I've knitted other garments before, but they have a tendency to make a single showing and then be put away in the closet.

The yarn I used was Crystal Palace Panda Silk DK. This yarn is 52% bamboo, 43% superwash merino, and 5% silk. Not only is this yarn lightweight but also has a gorgeous sheen. The pattern is simple and very easy to follow. I think my favorite thing about this pattern is that it is a simple concept (a tee) with some very dainty details (lace sleeve edges and scoop neck) that make it just a darling blouse. 

My only problem while knitting this was that there were knots in the yarn. I thought I had fixed them but what did I find while weaving in the ends?

Can you see it? That's right, a knot. Now what do I do? I know that knots will eventually come undone but it is too late now for me to cut the yarn. Has this ever happened to you? I'm hoping to get some suggestions as to how I can remedy this or keep it from coming undone. I definitely do not want to put it on one day and find that there is a hole. Yikes.

Pattern: Spring Garden Tee by Alana Dakos
Yarn: Crystal Palace Panda Silk DK Solids in color #6005 (Berry Smoothie), 5 skeins
Needles: #5 for Tee, #8 for bind off
Began: June 6
Finished: July 1


  1. I absolutely love this tee! It has such a great shape and looks really good on (you?). Sorry about the knot--I don't really have any solutions for you but hopefully someone else does.

  2. Beautiful tee!
    Could you put a dab of Fray Chek (Fabric Glue)? I've used it before and it doesn't wash out.

  3. I second the Fray Check suggestion. I have used it, just a tiny bit, and it works well.
    That tee is gorgeous on you, lovely job! I am inspired to knit this pattern now. Thanks!

  4. I also recommend the Fray Chek. I use a toothpick to work it into the yarn and try not to put too thick of a layer on the outside of the yarn.

    The tee is just gorgeous!

    Thanks for your kind words about my kitty.

  5. Wowsie Wow Wow!!! That's a super hot tee ~ it fits you beautifully and is sooo pretty and feminine. I'm sure you will wear it often with lots of enjoyment :)

    I'm not familiar with the product others have mentioned, but I think it's a similar idea to what I'm going to suggest in case you don't have that product handy. I would "darn" the inside of the garment where the flaw exists catching up the back side of the problem strands. Don't do it too tightly or the fabric will be "stiff" where you do this. I once accidently cut a strand of yarn in a finished knit and this is how I handled it.

  6. This looks lovely on you- great colour!


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