Sometimes a pattern keeps at you until you give in and knit the thing. I am experiencing that phenomenon right now with the As If Tee by Shay Johnson.
Photo by Shay Johnson.
The As If Tee pattern is one year old this month, and that’s about how long it’s been sneaking up on me and whispering “you want to knit me” in my ear. The original is knit in Machete Shop OG Aran for the body and Machete Shop Kid Mohair for the “window.”
It didn’t help that one of the first ones I remember seeing in real life was this one, by Kristy Glass.
Kristy’s version is in Asylum Fibers for the main body and Shibui Silk Cloud for the see-through bit. PHOTO BY KRISTY GLASS.
I think what draws me (and, evidently, many other knitters) in is the As If Tee’s clever use of laceweight mohair to create a decollété illusion across the collarbone and shoulders. The rest of the sweater is knitted in a heavy worsted or Aran weight yarn, so you get the fun of knitting with two wildly different yarns in the same project. (The gauge is 18 stitches over 4 inches/10cm, which makes for a speedy knit.)
And it’s so wearable: look at the projects on Ravelry. I see it looking great on a lot of different shapes and sizes, including mine. Bonus: I get to wear that strapless bra I’ve been holding onto since 1999. I knew I’d need it again someday; take that, Kon Mari!
But do I really need a low-cut (faux-cut), dressy top? That was holding me back: that parsimonious voice in my head saying, “who do you think you are, a party person? What’s next: red lipstick?”
The Last Straw
Then Dana Williams-Johnson included the As If Tee on her rundown of short-sleeved tops last month.
Have mercy! A knitter can resist Kristy Glass some of the time, and Dana Williams-Johnson some of the time, but when they double-team you, you can resist none of the time. Just cast on.
It’s All Over But the Yarn-Picking
So now I’ve got the pattern, and I’m officially at the Delicious Dithering stage: what yarns?
Since this is going to be Special Occasion Party Wear for me, I want to go with a dark, dramatic color. My go-to dark dramatic color is deep blue. The specific deep blue I have in mind is Periwinkle Sheep Merino DK in Cadet:
I know DK is not the specified yarn weight, but I’m thinking that if I carry the mohair yarn along with it for the body, it just might work. What do you think? Crazy, or crazy smart?
Or, to stick to the correct yarn for this gauge, I could go with Spud & Chloé Sweater, in Lake:
Gah. Neighborhood Fiber Company Loft, shade Rosemont (the pale blue)? Or should I do a bit of stash-diving for Rowan Kid Silk Haze, shade Lord (more of a navy), of blessed memory?
I’ve got a lot to think about.
P.S. In designing the As If Tee, Shay Johnson was inspired by 90s nostalgia and the movie Clueless. “I totally paused” is my favorite line in that movie. If you haven’t seen it, see it and smile.