Wednesday 3 February 2021

BASIC_Shirt - knitted T-shirt

This one is jumping the blogging queue as I finished it just the other day and have worn it all day today, and I LOVE it!!

This is the first garment I've knitted for myself and there were a few false starts. I'm glad I went back and started over, as I'd had yarn joins dead centre front and some pretty ordinary shoulder seams.

When I first ripped it all out I thought that would be the end of it for a while, but I was itching to start it again as I really wanted to wear it.

I'm so happy with how it feels to wear. It simply feels like not wearing anything!

The yarn is Scheepjes Bamboo Soft premium blend in black (50g = 150m), of which I bought 5 balls from Bellemae Yarns

The knitting pattern is the BASIC_Shirt by Susanne Mueller / Paula Strickt which I bought through Ravelry, along with her crochet raffia hat and a crochet bag pattern.

I made a size M, the second of 5 sizes. In ripping it back and starting over I forget now if I did add any length to the body. I suspect I lost count of the rows and went for the measured length as per the pattern. It's intended to be boxy and somewhat cropped and it's perfect as is.  

The shoulder seams were a bit tricky and my tension isn't perfect. But they're not too loopy or weird.

Adding the ribbing cuffs by picking up stitches with a crochet hook and then knitting into the slipped crochet stitches was a new thing to try. I think I got it fairly neat.

The T-shirt reminds me a lot of the Liesl & Co Bento Tee, in a knitted version. It's a great, easy to wear tee and I could easily have another in a different colour...

At the end I weighed my leftover yarn and there was 132g leftover. Did I really only use three of the five balls? At $7/ball I could knit a dozen of these t-shirts if they use less than 500m of yarn!

Details: Knitting!!
Yarn: Scheepjes bamboo soft, requires 3x50g
Needles: 3.5mm and 4.5mm as per pattern instructions


  1. I love this! I have never been brave enough to knit a garment for myself (sewing requires several alterations) but this inspires me to try it out. It looks great on you, sounds comfortable and the price is right. Well chosen and beautifully knitted.

    1. Thank you. I don't usually make muslins when I'm sewing, but the fact that you kinda can't with knitting does my head in. It could be so much work just to fail... That's why I figured a cotton T-shirt was a good launching pad.

  2. Brilliant little knitted top and now I’m off to check out the pattern.

    1. THanks Sharon. I don't know if it's the patterns or just the colour aesthetics, but I can't resist this ladies instagram feed. Actually, I know it's just the colours: Blacks, grey, rust brown. Nothing bright or multicoloured. I'm sold :)


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