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Why Knot? is the first design in my Macramé Collection, a series of lightweight, warmer-weather designs inspired by the shapes and textures of macramé art.
Why Knot? is a lightweight, drapey tee featuring lateral braids, dropped stitch textures and seed stitch pattern, combined to create an airy addition to your warmer weather wardrobe.

This garment is worked top-down, in the round. Open textures are created throughout most of the yoke using Lateral Braids, yarn overs, dropped stitches and a seed stitch pattern. Once the yoke is completed, stitches are separated into body and sleeves, both of which are also worked top-down, in the round. The body starts by working short row shaping into the back of the tee, with the short row turns hidden along the underarm cast on stitches. The body is worked in stockinette, with a textured waistband that follows the same patterns as the yoke. The sleeves are short and worked in the same style as the body: stockinette followed by a textured knit cuff.

The wearer is 5’10” / 178cm with a 37” / 92.5cm chest circumference. The sample has been worked in size L, giving the wearer 8.75” / 22cm of positive ease at the chest.

This garment is graded into sizes XS (S, M, L, XL) (2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL). Recommended positive ease is 4-10” / 10-25cm at the chest circumference.
Finished Garment Chest Circumference: 34.25 (38.25, 41.75, 45.75, 50) (54.25, 57.5, 61.75, 65)“ / 85.5 (96, 104, 114.5, 125) (135.5, 144, 154, 162.5) cm.

Using 4mm / US size 6 needles, or needle size required to meet gauge, 24 stitches over 28 rounds in stockinette stitch, blocked, creates a 4x4”/10x10cm square.

The sample has been worked using Weku Yarn’s Merino/Nylon fingering weight base (75% Superwash Merino / 25% Nylon; 425m / 465yds per 100g) in the colourway Feo Feo.

YARDAGE (includes ~10% excess)
714 (769, 841, 899, 980) (1056, 1106, 1212, 1260) metres
781 (841, 920, 984, 1072) (1155, 1209, 1326, 1379) yards
168 (181, 198, 212, 231) (248, 260, 285, 297) grams

4mm / US size 6 needles (or needle size required to meet gauge)
Sizes 2XL-5XL only: 3.5mm / US size 4 needles (or needles 1-2 sizes smaller than gauge needle)
1 marker
scrap yarn
tapestry needle to weave in ends
Optional (to finish Lateral Braids as you work): 2mm / size 14 crochet hook (or similar size)

-long tail cast on
-Joining and working in the round
-Lateral Braids (video tutorial provided)
-Knot stitch pattern (video tutorial provided)
-Drop Stitches (video tutorial provided)
-Working stockinette
-Separating yoke into body and sleeves
-Cable cast on at the underarm (video tutorial provided)
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