This was my sixth (and final) pattern test of the year, and what a way to go out! I immediately fell in love with this knitted tee the moment I saw it on Instagram, so I knew I had to test it. The moment Danie from @boho.dream.design posted the pattern test of the Minerva Tee, I applied.
I had just finished my pattern test for the Hobbii Pullover, and loved the yarn that I used for that, so I went out and bought some more. I used Loops & Threads Woolike yarn. It is an acrylic yarn that has the feel of wool. It is super soft and has a nice drape to it. The best part, it is budget friendly. One ball is $4.50 regular price, so it makes fingering weight projects affordable. I will say, after wearing by Hobbii Pullover so many times, it doesn’t wear as well as natural fibres, but I can’t complain for the price.
I went with cream as my base and then aqua, green and golden yellow as my accents.
I fell in love with this pattern the moment I saw it. It’s a short sleeve knit tee with lacework down the sleeves and a really pretty colour work section around the waist/bottom. I love colour work, but it is tedious and requires a lot of practice. I struggle with getting my floats the right tension so that there is enough ease in the fabric, so I figured by testing this one out, I’d get in more practice. And I sure did! You can get the pattern for the Minerva Tee here.
I would say this pattern is more on the advanced side of the spectrum. The lace work is intricate and there is a fair amount of colour work. That being said, these are skills easily learned with practice, so don’t let that scare you off! I found I relied on my journal and notes more than ever before in order to keep track of my rows and patterns. So I would definitely recommend making notes. Let’s not discuss the error I made in my colour work :).
I am thrilled with how this pattern test of the Minerva Tee turned out! It is designed to be an oversized tee, so I made a size 4. But I probably could have gotten away with a size 3.
I didn’t alter the pattern in any way, but I think if I were to make this again, I might add in some decreases for the sleeves and maybe make them a little longer. One of the other pattern testers made a long sleeve sweater and it looked amazing!
My other project using this yarn was crocheted, so it will be interesting to see how it holds up in a knitted fabric with this one. But so far, it is the coziest thing I have knitted in my life. I will be living most of winter in this one.