On July 15, 2014, we are starting a knitalong for the Lace Tonal Tee. You can use any Artyarns yarn to join the knitalong. If you want to make it using the Silk Pearl kits or Regal Silk kits, here are some of your options:
When you purchase one of these kits, you will get the full pattern, which is actually two separate options:
Lace Tonal Tee
Shown in Chili Rose and Stepping Stones colorways in Silk Pearl kits
Shown in Regal Silk Blue Turquoise Colorway
The Lace Tonal Tee comes in just 2 sizes, since it is oversize, and you will be able to make it longer with more skeins that come with the kits for the larger sizes.
If you prefer to make the easier non-lace version of the tonal tee, you will receive a pattern with your kit for the Piped Tonal Tee:
Shown in Dreamy Blues colorway of Silk Pearl Kits
This tee is knitted in all stockinette, with the exception of the (k1, p1) rib at the bottom hem, and a lovely piped edging is applied to the neckline and sleeves with the darkest color. You will be switching colors in the round, although you are never working with more than two colors at a time. The great thing about switching colors in the round is that the color transitions are really subtle, since you are able to change color every round, and not cut the yarn ( as compared with every other row in traditional straight knitting).
The tricky thing about switching colors on every round without cutting the yarn is you will need to mark the first stitch of each round, and make sure to knit it with the new color. But you will need to slip that first stitch, instead of knitting it, every other round, to maintain the color changes and make sure that they start in that first stitch. Normally when knitting in the round, your rounds move one stitch to the left, and unless you want to have a diagonal color change “seam,” it is best to mark the stitch so that you always knit it with the new color or slip it when it is already presenting itself in the new color on every other round.
Other than that, this is a lovely television-watching option to the more complex lace version that requires concentration.
Here are the links to the Ravelry pages that contain more details including information on where to purchase the kits and available sizes.