I’ve never been much of a summer sweater knitter. Like most people, wool, humidity, and heat aren’t usually a combination I go for, and I haven’t been too enticed by yarn blends that feature slick, slinky fibers like bamboo, rayon or 100% silk. Admittedly, while there are many lovely summer patterns, I just hadn’t found a summer sweater, top or tee that seemed like a must-have—until I saw Caitlin Hunter’s Tegna.
Tegna is definitely a ‘bandwagon knit’. When it came out, it seemed like everyone was making this short sleeved, cropped silhouette, with it’s fancy hemline and simple shape. The pattern begins with the cathedral lace panel at the bottom, so by the time you feel overwhelmed (two repeats of the chart), it’s all over and you’re on to the stockinette body. If you’re like me, you can even leave the sleeves off for a lightning-fast project.
I used a wool and cotton blend from Geilsk that I picked up at Haus of Yarn in Nashville, TN. This softly heathered blend is basically built for our Southern climate, and I would definitely knit another (sleeved) garment in it. I originally fell in love when I saw the shop sample for Boxy: the stitches smooth out so nicely and the fabric has the best drape!
Have you knit this popular pattern?