Featuring an abstracted Ginkgo-leaf motif, rendered in crisp lace eyelets, Ginkgophyte is a breezy lace t-shirt with an easy, slightly cropped silhouette, dropped shoulder, and rolled cuffs at the short sleeves. The neckline is trimmed with a minimal stockinette band that is turned in, fastened and finished cleanly in one step with a tidy crochet chain.
Worked up in a fingering-weight yarn with a touch of silk, Ginkgophyte is a perfectly unfussy spring layering piece.
1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
Finished bust circumference: 92.5 (103.5, 114.5, 125.5, 136.5, 148, 159)cm / 36½ (40¾, 45, 49½, 53¾, 58¼, 62½)”
Recommended to be worn with 15-20cm / 6-8” positive ease. Model has 85cm / 33” bust, stands 171cm / 5’7” tall and is wearing a size 2.
Quince & Co. Tern (fingering / 4-ply weight; 75% American wool, 25% silk; 202m / 221yds per 50g skein)
Shade: Aventurine; 4 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8) skeins
22 sts & 34 rows = 10cm / 4” over reverse St st on 3mm needles after blocking.
Size A (for Main Fabric)
Suggested size: 3mm / US 2½ circular needle, 80cm / 32” length
Size B (for Neckline)
Suggested size: 2.25mm / US 1 circular needle, 40cm / 16” length
Crochet Hook (for Neckline)
Suggested size: 3.5mm / US 4 crochet hook
3 stitch markers (using locking or removable stitch markers is helpful), tapestry needle
Intermediate: Skills required include knitting lace, knitting in the round, short rows (wrap & turn), and seaming.
Instructions for lace pattern are provided in both charted and written form.
The front and back of the garment are knit flat in pieces and seamed at the shoulders and sides using mattress stitch. The reverse stocking stitch sleeves are worked in the round from stitches picked up around the armhole edge, and the sleeve caps are shaped using short rows. Each sleeve cuff is then worked to twice its finished length before being folded over to form a faced hem. The live sleeve stitches are sewn to the outside of the sleeve, then the faced cuff is turned up and tacked in place. The narrow stockinette stitch neckband is picked up and worked to twice its finished length before being turned under to the WS of the garment, then fastened and finished in one step using a simple crochet chain worked from the RS.
GINKGOPHYTE was originally published in Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 28: Spring 2019.
Photos by Carolyn Carter, courtesy of Pom Pom Quarterly. Modelled by Temica Thompson.