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Castaways is a very feminine, floaty, easy wearing tee. It is worked seamlessly from the top down. It starts out with a separate back worked in the flat, and then the front to the arm holes. The fronts and backs are joined to work top down in the round to the garter, eyelet and twisted rib shell motifs that adorn the graceful hem, finished with JST’s loopy eyelet bind off.

Castaways is knit using the beautifully silky Emma’s Yarn Super Silky on slightly larger needles making it a great lightweight, easy to wear top.

I cast on Castaways on a small ferry ride off the coast of Croatia last summer on the way to a beautiful rustic island in the middle of the Adriatic Sea. I hope this little summer tee takes you on an adventure too!


1 (2, 3, 4, 5) [6, 7, 8, 9, 10]

Finished chest circumference:

82.5 (91.25, 99.25, 107.5, 115.75) [123.75, 132.5, 140, 148.75, 157] cm

33 (36.5, 39.75, 43, 46.25) [49.5, 53, 56, 59.5, 63.75]”

See Schematic on Page 4 for more detailed measurements.
Suggested fit approx. 2.5 – 8.75cm (1 - 3.5”) positive ease. Sample shown in size 4 with 5cm (2”) ease at bust.

Finished garment measurements are taken with relaxed fabric after blocking, so please knit a gauge swatch.



Yarn for Sweater:

Emma’s Yarn, Super Silky 100g (366m/ 400yds, 80% Superwash Merino, 20% Silk). Fingering weight.

Sample shown in Sweet Magnolia.

Yarn required:

2 (2, 3, 3, 3) [3, 4, 4, 4, 5] Skeins

157 (178, 210, 233, 269) [295, 339, 371, 393, 427] grams

574 (651, 768, 854, 986) [1081, 1242, 1360, 1439, 1564] metres

627 (712, 839, 933, 1077) [1181, 1357, 1487, 1573, 1710] yards

Please note that a 10% yarn contingency is incorporated into these quantities, thus sizes 3, 7 and 10, may only require 2, 3 and 4 skeins respectively.




- Size 4mm / US 6 circular needle, 80-100cm / 32-40” length (or size needed to obtain gauge) to knit the body.

- Size 3.75mm / US 5 circular needle, 80cm / 32” length (or 0.25mm / 1 US size smaller than gauge-size needle) to knit the neck band and sleeve cuffs. If not using

magic loop for small circumferences, then a set of double pointed needles will be required.

Spare needle or smooth waste yarn for holding live sts.

Tapestry/Darning needle

Stitch markers 10 (11, 12, 13, 14) [15, 16, 17, 18, 19], 2 unique

Locking markers or yarn tie markers



23 sts x 32 rnds = 10cm x 10cm (4”x 4”) in stocking stitch worked in the round after blocking on largest needle. Tip: Block and pin swatch, and leave to dry.


Construction Notes:

Castaways is worked in one piece, from the top down. Commencing with the back and then front neck, worked in the flat back and forth until arm holes are created. It is then joined in the round and knit down to the deep garter and shell motif hem. You can shorten/ lengthen this garment by knitting less/ more body length before commencing the hem. Try on as you go and adjust accordingly. Please note that extra yarn will be required if you knit the body length longer.

The neck band is worked by picking up neckline sts. Sleeves in similar fashion.

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