Classic Elite Yarns



Issue 343 – Simple Raglan Tee in Mesa

I admit it, I'm a year-round lover of wool, alpaca and other warm animal fibers. Summer yarns have to earn their place on my needles and must have a certain je ne sais quoi – something that I recognize but struggle to describe. Mesa is one of those special cotton yarns. I loved it immediately, but what earned Mesa a place in my stash of wool?

“It’s like a faded pair of jeans that fit just right,” one of our designers mused while she swatched.

That was it! The tone on tone shading adds interest to the soft, 100% cotton yarn. It is just right for summer wardrobe staples, like this Simple Raglan Tee designed by Susan. If choosing just one of the sunbaked colors for your tee is too difficult, consider striping the tee or working the sleeves in a contrast color.

Happy knitting!

Meg Myers

View Susan’s designs on Ravelry

(file size: 805 KB; published May 20, 2014)

The Yarn

100% cotton

Mesa, a soft and sumptuous 100% cotton with tone on tone kettle dyed effect, is available in coordinating sunbaked colors. Outstanding stitch definition makes Mesa perfect for cables, lace and or just plain stockinette. With a gauge of 4½ stitches per inch and 85 yards on each ball, an average sweater can be knit with only 9 balls. Projects worked in Mesa are sure to become some of your favorites – like a pair of faded jeans that fit just right.

More Designs in Mesa's Sunbaked Palette

We support all of our yarns with a steady stream of new patterns, both in Web-Letters and in our pattern books, but you already knew that, right? It is interesting to see all recent designs for a particular yarn as a whole, as with the pieces knit in Mesa below (and Sanibel pieces a few weeks ago). Easy textures and short sleeves seem to be a theme, wouldn't you agree?

Larkspur Leona Rosamond Konza Embry Yetta

Click the images above to learn more about the individual patterns, all of which are available for purchase on Ravelry as individual PDF files.

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