Blakeley has been a project that I have been working on since May last year when the idea for a knitted t-shirt came to me. I wanted something that looked interesting, fitted well and would be great for layering with in Spring, Summer and Autumn. Yorkshire is definitely somewhere where layers are needed all year round.
I love cables and the idea came to me that they could be used for shaping as they reduce the stretchiness and pull stitches together where they cross over, so I decided to experiment on using them for waist shaping.
It took me several attempts to get this tee right, the yoke especially to get the rib spacing correct. It had to be frogged several times. The cable pattern I designed in a swatch - but rather foolishly I did not write down what I was doing when I was designing it so it took a little guess work and long hard staring at the swatch to repeat what I had done. Lessons have been learnt!
I knitted this version in Wollemeise Sockenwolle 80/20 Twin in Ruby Thursday. It is lovely and stretchy and has a smooth texture that shows the rib and cable pattern really well. I just knew this tee was meant to be bright red - something that would stand out and shout summer! I'm quite tempted to make another in Fyberspates Scrumptious 4-ply though, probably in the beautiful pale blue/grey water colour as the silk sheen will make this top glamorous for going out in.
Blakeley is available to buy here. Have fun knitting!