Monday, July 9, 2012

Afterthought Leaves Tee

Lately, I had been distracted from knitting. Wild flowers were blooming, Tour de Fleece, July 4th and other other gatherings.  Half of my summer passed!  But I must say I'd immensely enjoyed all the wonderful distractions.

This sweater lingered on the needles for weeks.  Continuing my effort to knit down stash, I unraveled a ridiculously looking half done sweater from 3 summers ago and started anew.  As soft as the yarn was, the odd texture of this Manos del Uruguay Cotton Stria made knitting not particularly enjoyable.  So the plan was to knit the most straight forward simple short sleeve Tee to use up some yarn.  And I did just that.  Knitted top-down in round, with sort of a boatneck, or I should say in French "bateau" to pretend it's more chic, raglan sleeves, it should've been a lot faster knit than the three weeks it took me. 

As my luck would have it, unintentional stripes again!! Seriously!!?? I cannot blame anyone, not even myself this time, because the yarn did not come with dye lot numbers. Not bummed since I wasn't as invested in the project, and the stripes came out almost in exact alternating dark and light, so it looked fine. Or maybe I'm already getting so used to it?

Three weeks was not a long time for making a sweater, but it felt like a long time, considering I used only 580 yards of yarn. I watched the first season of Luther on Netflix while knitting this.  

After binding off the main body, I was so ready to be done with it. I tried it on in front of the mirror and saw two yarn ends hanging from the neck. All of sudden I saw the idea of two leaves hanging at the same spots, hence the afterthought decoration to this otherwise unexciting sweater.    

I finished the sleeves in no time and began making little leaves and crocheted onto the sweater the vertical line. Voila, (ha, another French word, see how determined I am to make this chic,) the tee went from plain to a little less plain in 30 minutes.  

In the end, I'm liking this tee a lot more than I expected.  Even though the yarn wasn't the funnest to knit with, the finished fabric is super, duper soft and comfy against skin. And I mean soft like an old towel soft. I even threw the Tee in the dryer, and no problem at all. I already wore it around town this morning.

It's too basic of a tee to list as a pattern, but I still want to share it. 

Disclaimer: Summer is all about lazy. I am too lazy to run an additional test knit group. This pattern is not test knitted nor tech edited, though I double checked my calculations. I am also too lazy to draw schematics but the two major measurements (chest and neck opening) are provided.

So here is the simplest Tee:

Afterthought Leaves T


  • Top-down in round. 
  • 5 rounds of garter sts for borders (garter borders tend to row a little bit, but it should improve after blocking, or you may opt for ribbing instead.) 
  • Rest of the sweater is all simple St sts, perfect for watching good movies/tv. 
  • Raglan sleeves.
  • Leaves are knitted as separate pieces after the sweater is completed and crochected onto the sweater. 

Sizes: 32” (34”, 37”, 39”, 41”, 44”, 47”, 50”) measurements of the chest on garment.
Neck opening measurements: 19” (20”, 21”, 21.5”, 22.5”, 23.5”, 25.5”, 25.5”)

Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Cotton Stria, Color #215 Spice, 5 skeins = 580 yards. About 530 (550, 570, 580, 610, 650, 680, 730) yards for each size. 
Needles: US #5
Gauge: 17 sts x 28 rows = 4”x4”
k – knit.   p –purl. 
CO - cast on.  BO - bind off. 
st – stitch.   rep – repeat.
kf&b  – k into front then into back of the same st.
kfbf - knit into front, then into back, then into front again of the same st (2 sts increased).  
pm - place marker.   sm - slip marker.   rm - remove marker,
m1L - increase one st by make 1 left.   m1R - increase one st by make 1 right.  
ssk - slip slip knit the 2 slipped sts together.    k2tog - knit 2 sts together. 
s2kp - slip 2 sts as if to knit together then knit next st and pass the 2 slipped sts over the knitted st.

CO 82 (86, 88, 92, 96, 100, 108, 108) sts.
Join in round, careful not to twist.
k 1 round.
p 1 round.
Rep last 2 rounds once.

Next round: *pm, k0 (0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1), kf&b 5 times, k0 (0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1), pm, k1, pm, k34 (36, 37, 39, 41, 41, 45, 45), pm, k1, pm, rep from * once.  Total 92 (96, 98, 102, 106, 110, 118, 118) sts.

Next round:  k all sts.
Next round: * sm, k to next marker, m1L, sm, k1, sm, m1R, rep from * 3 more times.
Repeat last 2 rounds 14 (15, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 25) more times and total  212 (224, 242, 254, 266, 286, 302, 326) sts.
k all rounds evenly until 6.5” (6.5”, 7”, 7”, 7.5”, 8.5”, 9.5”, 11”) from CO edge.  It’s a good time to try it on and see if this armhole length needs to be shortened or lengthened.

Next round: *k to next marker, rm, slip next st onto waste yarn, rm (remove marker), slip 40 (42, 46, 48, 50, 56, 58, 64) sleeve sts onto waste yarn, rm, slip next st onto waste yarn, rm, use backward loop method and CO 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5) sts, pm for side seam, CO 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5) sts, rep from * once more. -Total 136 (144, 158, 166, 174, 186, 198, 214) sts on needles and 42 (44, 48, 50, 52, 58, 60, 66) sts for each sleeve on waste yarn.

k all rounds ‘til 5.5” from underarm (or 2.5” above narrowest part of waistline.)
Next round: *sm, k1, k2tog, k to 3 sts before next marker, ssk, k1, rep from * once more.
k 5 rounds.
Rep last 6 rounds 2 more times.
k 2 rounds.
Next round: *sm, k1, m1R, k to 1 st before next marker, m1L, k1, rep from * once more.
k 6 rounds.
Rep last 7 rounds 2 more times.
k all rounds ‘till 14” from underarm or until desired length.
p 1 round.
k 1 round.
Rep last 2 rounds once more.
k 1 round.
BO all sts purl-wise.

Begin at the center of the 6 underarm CO sts, PU the last 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5)  of the 4 (4, 6, 6, 6, 8, 8, 10) sts, slip 42 (44, 48, 50, 52, 58, 60, 66) sleeve sts from waste yarn onto same needles, PU the first 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5)  of the 4 (4, 6, 6, 6, 8, 8, 10) underarm CO sts. – Total 46 (48, 54, 56, 58, 66, 68, 78) sts.
Join yarn.
Next round: k 16 (17, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 32), (k2tog, k1)5 times, k15 (16, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 31) – Total 41 (43. 49. 51. 53. 61. 63. 73) sts.
p 1 round.
k 1 round.
Rep last 2 rounds once more.
k 1 round.
BO all sts purl-wise.

Do the same for the second sleeve.

CO 1 st and leave at least 15” tail.
Next row (RS): kfbf –Total 3 sts.
Next row(WS): p3.
Next row (RS): k1, m1L, k1, m1R, k1.
Next row (WS): p5.
Next row (RS): k1, m1L, k3, m1R, k1.
Next row (WS): p7.
Next row (RS): k1, m1L, k5, m1R, k1.
Next row (WS): p9.
Next row (RS): k9.
Next row (WS): p9.
Next row (RS): ssk, k1, yo, s2kp, yo, k1, k2tog.
Next row (WS): p7.
Next row (RS): ssk, yo, s2kp, yo, k2tog.
Next row (WS): p5.
Next row (RS): ssk, s2kp, k2tog.
Next row (WS): p3.
Next row (RS): s2kp.
Do NOT cut yarn.
Place the leaf at desired spot.
Use single crochet and continue to crochet up a column towards the neckband -  Make one single crochet every other row by crocheting through the center of a st into the bar at the base together with the chain on hook, skip the st above, and crochet into the next one above for the next single crochet.  When reaching the top, cut yarn and pull the end through the last loop and weave in on the WS.

Use tail from CO to sew the leaf in place along edges.
Make more leaves if desired.
Weave in ends.


  1. Very cute! I love the afterthought leaves!!!

  2. Super cute T! I love the leaf details.

  3. Merci Connie
    perfect , simple
    i love leaves