A Special Truesilk T-shirt

I have finally got around to using my stash of Rowan Truesilk and I’m so pleased with the result…….FrontA1

Originally I was going to knit something from the Trueslik Collection brochure such as Citrine……..

Citrine designed by Martin Storey

Citrine designed by Martin Storey

and then I changed my mind and thought about this lovely little shrug called Amethyst……

Amethyst, designed by Martin Storey

Amethyst, designed by Martin Storey

but then I changed it again and finally decided to knit Amazonite……….

Amazonite, designed by Martin Storey

Amazonite, designed by Martin Storey

So, what happened! I changed it again and began knitting Emmer, this cute little top designed by Sarah Hatton, but I used Truesilk and not Purelife Revive which it was originally designed with.

Emmer, designed by Sarah Hatton

Emmer, designed by Sarah Hatton

You may remember that I knitted Emmer last year in this lovely green-blue colour called Grit……..Emmer front 3I got so many compliments and people wanting to know where they can get hold of the pattern and besides I love it myself too, so I decided to knit it again. And now I have two lovely Emmer’s but they have very different characteristics.

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Truesilk is a quite a luxurious yarn made from 100% mulberry silk giving it a natural sheen. It knits up to a light fabric with neat even stitches and garments that drape beautifully on the body. Whilst this draping is a delightful characteristic of the Truesilk fabric it can also be a negative one as it will highlight any lumps and bumps on your body, even small ones. Maybe a textured cable or lace stitch would be better than plain stocking stitch if this is a concern; Truesilk does display great stitch definition. This might be something to bear in mind when choosing a pattern. Also, the yarn is of a chainette type construction which I found pulled quite easily, even while knitting. So make sure your knitting needles are nice and smooth and your finger tips don’t have any hang nails before you start knitting. Additionally, tie a small knot in the end of your yarn to prevent the chain of yarn unravelling while knitting.

This is definitely a delicate yarn which requires a certain amount of gentle handling but it is worth it. Therefore, create something for special occasions with this yarn such as the Amethyst shrug I mentioned above or how about this Sunburst Shawl…..

Sunburst Shawl, designed by Martin Storey

Sunburst Shawl, designed by Martin Storey

or Torine scarf in this beautiful coral colour called Sugar……

Torine, designed by Martin Storey

Torine, designed by Martin Storey

My top will be my special t-shirt as I live in area where everyone wears nothing but t-shirts and jeans! And when it gets a little colder in the next few months I can pop a cardigan over the top as it is great for layering.

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Truesilk comes in a mixture of 14 light and dark shades: I used Whisper for my top.

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If you would like to see more patterns using Truesilk click here which will take you to the Rowan website.

If you have knitted or crocheted something using Truesilk I would love to know your thoughts; please send me a comment (see below).

Thanks for reading my blog post and here’s to the cooler weather setting in and the beginning of the winter knitting season…….

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24 thoughts on “A Special Truesilk T-shirt

  1. I started down the silk rabbit hole after I found some sheets and bedding. But this knitted silk is making me crave trying to make something myself. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Dear Esther!
    What a lovely top! Emmer is the first top I’m attempting to knit myself. I noticed that in the Truesilk version you don’t have a ribbed edge at the bottom. I think that your version looks much nicer than the original one. Could you please explain how you knitted the first 10 rows?
    Thanks a lot! Agnes

  3. I also made a cardigan in the truesilk and agree with everything you say about the yarn – the chain construction is too easy to snag and for the price – GB£11. per ball I think it is too expensive and I will not be using it again. I would make one more comment – it is a strange weight – it is not DK and it is not 4ply fingering, it is somewhere in the middle and so that is why it needs alteration of needle size to get correct tension.
    Kind regards

  4. I’m just loving how this piece looks with drape, wow wow wow. I had some concerns from the original photo, too open at the neck, curling sleeves. You don’t seem to have this… Did you make any adjustments? I just love the neckline so much I want one.

    • Thanks Dayana! I think the reason it has curling sleeves and too open at the neck in the original photo is because it is too big for the model. I knitted it in the smallest size. I think I went down a needle size too but will have to check my notes. This is the second one I have made and I just love this design. I get loads of lovely comments every time I wear them.

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