Knits Spring 2009 Gallery: Sweet Tee

Sweet Tee

by Mary Jane Mucklestone

from Interweave Knits Spring 2009

 30.25" sample garment

The images above are from the magazine where the sweater is modeled with plenty of negative ease for a close fit.

The images below are of our Interweave Gallery Gals wearing the same sample sweater.


 Interweave Gallery Gals
Annie, front view Annie, back view

Bust:  31"
Waist: 25"
Hips:  34"
Height:  5 feet 3.75 inches

Ease at bust:  0.75" negative ease
Ease at waist:  1" positive ease
Ease at hips:  3.25" negative ease

Sometimes a sample garment only fits one Gallery Gal, but it is so lovely that we have to show it off! The Sweet Tee was just too cute not to show you.

A classic yoke sweater, the Sweet Tee is easy to adjust. Note that those of you with fuller busts may need to work more increase rounds before joining the sleeves and body and/or you may need to work short-row bust darts. Both provide the extra fabric you'll need to cover more generous curves.

Sleeve cap sizing: A too-tight or too-loose sleeve cap in yoked designs can make a big difference! Measure your arm in the bicep area around its widest point and adjust the sleeve-cast on accordingly. If you are self-conscious about your upper arms, lengthen the sleeves. If you are large busted, however, try not to have the sleeves end at the widest point of your bust or you will create a wider silhouette at a point where you least need width!


Here are some questions to consider as you look at these photos:

  • How do you think this garment compliments Annie's individual body type and personal style?
  • Which body type does this garment look best on?
  • If you wanted to knit a sweater straight out of the magazine, with no pattern adjustments except for sleeve and hem length, would this be the sweater for you and your body type?
  • Would it fit your personal style?

Leave your thoughts in the comments!


Some links you  might find helpful:

Measuring yourself and your clothing

About positive and negative ease

Measuring tutorial with photos


Other Things You May Like to Check Out:


Knitting Patterns

25 thoughts on “Knits Spring 2009 Gallery: Sweet Tee

  1. Very Sweet, indeed. Thanks for the close-up of the armpit. The cap sleeve needs better engineering. I can forsee the bunching turning into chafing in the upcoming warmer days. but the design work is terrific: charming floral yoke and excellent yarn colorway selection.

    Q: How often does design work start with “what do I do with this yarn?” so common for home stash management. As opposed to what we think of design as: fabulous colored pencil sketches and how do I make the concept become reality?

  2. I just cannot abide sleeves that short. It’s my own personal personality fault, I know. But seriously, designers the world over wonder “what do women want in their clothes?” How About A Darn Sleeve!

  3. I think this is really cute. And as far as the sleeve-length issue goes, if you want a longer sleeve, make a longer sleeve. That’s the beauty of knitting! 🙂 Everyone wants different things in different clothes, and I think there are lots of knitters out there, including myself, that like cap-sleeves, especially in hot summer weather. I think this pattern goes to show that knitting offers soooo much variety in terms of design. I love it!

  4. I loved this one in the magazine, and I love it even more now! I have to agree about the armpit, though – would short rows work to get those nice shoulders without the bunching in the armpits?

  5. This is definately an “Annie” sweater! I like it save for the cap sleeves. Needs some minor adjustments here. Otherwise, this looks like fun to make and I see other possiblities with the T pattern overall. I bet it would be cute with stripes, etc.

  6. I do love this Sweet tee, and as a beginner I would love to make it but I found that there are very few patterns in the magazine that are easy enough for me so I didn’t renew my subscription, it just wasn’t cost effective. can I get this pattern on a website?
    I would definately make the sleves longer. They would really annoy me the way they are.

  7. I hate when models put their hands on their hips, elbows out. It doesn’t let you see how the garment fits in the armholes, shoulders and bust area, in a normal position. See how the fabric bunches up under the arm of the mag model? That tells me this would be horribly uncomfortable to wear, not to mention the unattractiveness of the bulges. The fit looks fine on Annie, only because she has her elbows out. If she put her arms down, she’d have the same ugly bulges.

  8. What would be the most uncomfortable about this is knitting it in the recommended wool and then trying to wear it in warm weather.

    Otherwise, it’s not bad. Not for me, but not bad.

  9. it looks much better on Annie than it does in the magazine. I have alot of trouble with these little sweaters that look like they are disigned to wear in Spring, but are made up in warm wools. I would perish from heat stroke if I wore that any time but winter, and then it wouldn’t be warm enuf because of the short sleeves.. I’ve seen alot of this sort of thing lately, and just don’t understand it.

  10. Again, another REALLY cute sweater in a size most real women I know couldn’t wear, in a color that looks like dried mud. This would have been stunning in some Noro Kureyon with little white flowers.

  11. This is cute but I would not want to try those sleeves unless i could try it on first. They look uncomfortable on the model in the magazine. I would add a little (very little) length in the body and make it a little looser (just a little). I think it would wear better and feel better. I like the detail. I would not use this color as i think it would take someone with very dark dramatic coloring or someone with very fair blond coloring to really look good in this.