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{New Pattern} Sweet Lil' Tee by Jean Chung

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Introducing my new design, Sweet Lil' Tee!

About 3 years ago, I knitted up a fitted tee in gray, and meant to release a pattern for it. 

Then, life happened, I had other designs to write for and so forth. Then when I went back to it, I felt like it needed to be in a whole different color. Anything bright and feminine but not gray.  

Suzoo's Wool Works was an LYS to me until the owner moved to Texas and started an indie yarn dyer business. And she had the yummiest shade of yellow that was aptly named "Sweet Lil' Buttercup," from which the name of this design was inspired. 


I love the easiness of the tee. The body is worked in the round and the stitch pattern kept my interest in the knitting without being fussy. The stitch pattern is not rigid and gives just the right amount of give when worn with the suggested negative ease. Then of course the bust turns into the mesh stitch pattern that gives a generous amount of stretch. The neckline is simple and shallow but wide, but not wide enough to fall off the shoulder.

It fits my 6mo postpartum body well and I love wearing it! I hope the weather cools down soon so I can wear it more often. :)

Sexy Back!

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Many things have happened since the last time I wrote. First of all, I'm sending prayers to those people who are affected by the explosions in Boston yesterday. I heard about the one at the marathon as I was leaving work, and although I am thousands of miles away from Boston, there was definitely heightened security at the metro and train stations on the way back home. 


Now bringing it back to knitting..

My new design, Beverly Tee, was published in the newest Knitscene Summer 2013 issue!


It features a plunging back and peplum waist hem, and would be perfect over a bikini top/bralette/bandeau this summer. The yarn is Berroco Weekend but I'm hearing Berroco discontinued this color. I'm thinking about knitting my own in "Reddy" for the sexy Hollywood glam. After all, the name I had in my mind for this project was "Marilyn."


Order and see the rest of the issue here!





Lost Garden Tee - Knitscene Spring 2013 issue

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Last week, Interweave Knitscene put out the Spring preview on their website. All the patterns are available for instant download right now and the magazine is scheduled to hit the newsstand on Januaury 22. My new pattern in this issue is Lost Garden tee.



When I submitted the pattern proposal to Knitscene, I titled it Secret Garden. I wanted to capture and convey the shy freshness of spring garden, kind of like something that I imagined in my head when I first read the novel The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

The shaping of this tee is done entirely by fiddling with the gauge so the project is super easy, until you get to the Lace stitch pattern. In my proposal, I also called this the Garden stitch pattern. The Lace pattern is not particularly difficult, but with the cotton yarn with very little elasticity, your hands might hurt a bit. Just remember to use nice pointy needles, and loosen up the grip on your hand that holds the yarn. Change into even bigger needle if that helps.

I’ll be posting about tips on knitting this pattern as I think of more to say.. Again, the pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry as well as Knitscene website and the magazine will be available on January 22, 2013!