Two-tone T-shirt

Take it easy with this straight­for­ward colour­work T-shirt in gor­geous linen by Fran Mor­gan.

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Cool, ca­sual and sur­pris­ingly lux­u­ri­ous, linen is a real plea­sure to knit with, es­pe­cially this re­cy­cled op­tion from Erika Knight. Our de­signer, Fran Mor­gan, has cre­ated a sim­ple T-shirt with neat, colour­work de­tail to show off the real star of this knit – the linen’s beau­ti­ful drape.

Note Be­fore you be­gin, wind three balls of Yarn B to work the sides and cen­tre panel. Make one of these three balls larger than the other two.

BACK

Cast on 110 (122: 132: 142) sts us­ing 3 mm nee­dles and Yarn B.

Knit 12 rows.

Change to 3 mm nee­dles.

Us­ing two balls of Yarn B (see note), work as folls us­ing the in­tar­sia method:

Row 1 K8B, K to last 8 sts us­ing Yarn A, K8B.

Row 2 K8B, P to last 8 sts us­ing Yarn A, K8B.

This sets the bor­der sts in Yarn B, with cen­tre sts in Yarn A.

Rep the last 2 rows un­til work mea­sures 12cm. Cut Yarn B.

Us­ing Yarn A through­out from now on, start­ing with a K row, cont in st st un­til work mea­sures 38 (39: 40: 41)cm, end­ing with a WS row.

SHAPE ARM­HOLES

Cast off 2 sts at beg of next 2 rows. [106 (118: 128: 138)] sts

Row 1 K2, ssk, patt to last 4 sts, k2­tog, K2. [2 sts dec’d]

Row 2 Patt to end. Rep the last 2 rows 4 times more. [96 (108: 118: 128) sts]

Cont in patt un­til armhole mea­sures 15 (16.5: 17: 18.5)cm from start of armhole shap­ing.

SHAPE NECK

Work each side of neck sep­a­rately. Next row (RS) K31 (36: 40: 44), turn. Leave rem sts on a holder. Work each side of neck sep­a­rately.

RIGHT BACK NECK

Cast off 3 sts at beg of next row, (neck edge), then 2 sts at beg of next 3 WS rows (neck edge). [22 (27: 31: 35) sts] Cast off 11 (13: 15: 17) sts at beg of next RS row, then cast off rem 11 (14: 16: 18) sts at beg of next RS row.

With RS fac­ing re­join yarn to rem sts left on holder, cast off cen­tre 34 (36: 38: 40) sts for neck, patt to end of row.

LEFT BACK NECK

Work 1 row.

Cast off 3 sts at beg of next row, (neck edge), then 2 sts at beg of next 3 RS rows (neck edge). [22 (37: 40: 44) sts]

Cast off 11 (13: 15: 17) sts at beg of next WS row, cast off rem 11 (14: 16: 18) sts at beg of next WS row.

FRONT

Cast on 110 (122: 132: 142) sts us­ing Yarn B and us­ing 3 mm nee­dles. Knit 12 rows.

Change to 3 mm nee­dles.

Us­ing two balls of Yarn A (see note), work as folls us­ing the in­tar­sia method:

Row 1 K8B, *K43 (49: 54: 59)A, K8B; rep from * to end.

Row 2 K8B, *P43 (49: 54: 59)A, K8B; rep from * to end.

This sets the bor­der sts in Yarn B, with Yarn A worked ei­ther side of cen­tre band worked in B.

Rep the last 2 rows un­til work mea­sures 10cm.

Cut the two balls of Yarn B at the sides of the gar­ment and con­tinue as folls:

Next row K51 (57: 62: 67)A, K8B, K to end in Yarn A.

Next row P51 (57: 62: 67)A, P8B, P to end in Yarn A.

Cont to work colours as set by last 2 rows un­til work meas 36 (37: 38: 39)cm.

SHAPE ARM­HOLES

Cast off 2 sts at beg of next 2 rows. [106 (118: 128: 138) sts]

Row 1 K2, ssk, patt to last 4 sts, k2­tog, K2. [2 sts dec’d]

Row 2 Patt to end.

Rep the last 2 rows 4 times more. [96 (108: 118: 128) sts]

Cont in patt un­til armhole mea­sures 8cm less than Back to Neck shap­ing.

SHAPE NECK

Work each side of neck sep­a­rately in Yarn A.

Next row (RS) K31 (36: 40: 44), turn. Leave rem sts on a holder. Work each side of neck sep­a­rately.

LEFT FRONT NECK

Next row (WS) Cast off 3 sts at beg of next row, (neck edge), then 2 sts at beg

of next 3 WS rows (neck edge). [22 (27: 31: 35) sts]

Cont with­out shap­ing un­til armhole mea­sures same as Back to shoul­der shap­ing.

Cast off 11 (13: 15: 17) sts at beg of next RS row, cast off rem 11 (14: 16: 18) sts at beg of next RS row.

With RS fac­ing re­join yarn to rem sts left on holder, cast off cen­tre 34 (36: 38: 40) sts for neck, patt to end of row.

RIGHT FRONT NECK

Work 1 row.

Next row (RS) Cast off 3 sts at beg of next row, (neck edge), then 2 sts at beg of next 3 RS rows (neck edge).

[22 (37: 40: 44) sts]

Cont with­out shap­ing un­til armhole mea­sures same as Back to shoul­der shap­ing.

Cast off 11 (13: 15: 17) sts at beg of next WS row, cast off rem 11 (14: 16: 18) sts at beg of next WS row.

SLEEVES

Cast on 72 (76: 82: 86) sts us­ing Yarn B and us­ing 3 mm nee­dles.

Knit 12 rows.

Change to 3 mm nee­dles and Yarn A. Start­ing with a K row cont in st st from now on. Patt 2 rows.

Inc row K2, M1, K to last 2 sts, M1, K2. [2 sts inc’d]

Work 3 rows.

Rep the last 4 rows un­til there are 86 (90: 96: 100) sts.

Cont un­til work mea­sures 13cm.

SHAPE ARM­HOLES

Cast off 2 sts at beg of next 2 rows. [82 (86: 92: 96) sts]

Row 1 K2, ssk, patt to last 4 sts, k2­tog, K2. [2 sts dec’d]

Row 2 Patt to end.

Rep the last 2 rows 4 times more

[72 (76: 82: 86) sts]

Cast off.

NECKBAND

Sew right shoul­der seam.

Us­ing 3 mm nee­dles, with RS fac­ing, pick up and knit 17 sts down left front, 34 (36: 38: 40) from cast-off sts of front neck, 17 sts from up right front, 12 sts down right back, 34 (36: 38: 40) from cast-off sts of back neck, 12 sts up left back. [126 (130: 134: 138) sts]

K 6 rows.

Cast off all sts.

TO MAKE UP

Sew left shoul­der seam and neckband. Sew side seams from the top of the garter stitch edg­ing to the arm­holes. Sew sleeve seams. Stitch sleeves in place. Block gen­tly to mea­sure­ments, fol­low­ing any yarn care in­struc­tions on the ball band.

MIX OAT­MEAL AND ORANGE WITH NEXT IS­SUE’S STRIPY SWEATER. IS­SUE 177 IS ON SALE THURS 30 AU­GUST.

This linen top is durable, flex­i­ble and will soften more with wear

The gen­tle, stepped hem adds an el­e­gant fin­ish.

Garter stitch bor­ders around the cuffs add a ca­sual touch.

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