Earlier in the Spring, I felt like all I was knitting was socks. Please do not misunderstand; that is not at all a bad thing. My warm toes are always happy for socks, but I was really wanting to start something new. I had quite a bit of sock weight yarn in my stash (shocking, I know) and really wanted to make a garment.
I was really pleased when I found Flying Vee by Stephanie Earp. It is a fingering weight shirt which could either be made with long or short sleeves; I’ve opted for the short sleeve version. I loved that it had the middle panel where a fun sock yarn really could pop. I had two options in my stash, and with the help of Soper Creek Yarns, we narrowed the choice to Riverside Studio Supersock Superwash Merino Nylon Fingering in Raspberry and found an amazing Cascade Yarns® Heritage to compliment it as the main body colour.
Here are the two yarns, Cascade being the dark blue (and although this photo doesn’t show it, the heathering is pink), and the light blue/pink/purple is the Riverside. The bag likely dates to the 70s, and it is new-to-me, likely owned by my great-grandmother who was a member of the York-District Guild of Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers.
Well, this t-shirt has been flying off my needles. I had a few moments of confusion around a modification provided to allow for more ease at the waist. There were two of us, and I would consider us (my friend, especially) to be confident and competent knitters, and at times we were interpreting these short row instructions completely differently! My default go-to move is simply ‘I’ll just try it and see what happens.’ I’m pretty happy that I only had to completely frog it once!
It’s an interesting construction; rather than being knit top-down, or bottom-up, it’s knit from side to side, and the centre ‘V’ is achieved through short rows. The front is completed, and I’m making very good progress on the back. Hopefully I’ll have a new shirt ready for wear in the coming weeks!