If you’ve looked through my design collection it should be no surprise that I love creating layering pieces! And just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you can’t still layer – you just have to pick the right kind of yarn. My Castaway tee is not brand new (it was published in 2018) but it’s one of my favorite newer designs for summer. It uses Berroco Yarn’s Quinoa which is a DK-weight, thick-and-thin cotton blend. It creates such a cool texture! When I was swatching with it, I thought simple stockinette stitch was the way to go, so the interesting texture of the yarn could really be the star of the show.
I made mine about 10″ in length from the underarm to hem – this is more cropped than I typically would wear in the fall or winter, but in the summer it’s a nice length for my torso length when layering over a tank with a skirt or over a dress. But the great thing with this piece is that you can make it whatever length you like! You start at the bottom and work in Stockinette stitch in the round until your desired length – so there’s lots of flexibility. Just make sure to buy an extra skein of yarn if you think you’ll want to add some length.
If you are a beginner, Castaway is a great option! I wouldn’t recommend it for your very first project, but it would make a great ‘first garment.’ Below are some of the techniques used that I have videos for on my YouTube channel – and of course if you have other questions along the way you can send me an email and I’m always glad to help!
Casting-on and joining to work in the round
Cable cast-on (worked at the underarms)
Wrap and turn short rows (for shoulder shaping)
Three needle bind-off (to attach shoulders)
Ready to cast-on?
If you’re ready to make your own Castaway, you can purchase the pattern here on my website, or on Ravelry. Send me an email if you have any questions!