The Passing Showers Tee is a quick and easy summer knit for kids. The sizing ranges from 2T to size 10. I knitted a size 2T for Maddie based on her chest measurements, and it fits perfectly with some room to grow. I wish I had found this pattern sooner, and I already looked forward to making her one or two in different colors next Spring.
Update, it is now 2022 and I made another one in the color pink!
This top is worked flat. There is some small shaping at the arm holes on the front and back, and the neck hole is a slit that is formed while knitting. The only seaming is on the sides once the whole thing is finished. I normally hate seaming but it was very simple and quick.
I used Comfy Color Mist from KnitPicks for this top in the color “Sunshower.” The hanks are 219 yards and I used a tiny bit more than one. I wish I had been able to squeeze the top into one skein because now I have an *almost* whole skein left… sigh.
This was my first time using this yarn and it did not disappoint. It’s a super soft cotton/acrylic blend, comes in great colors, and is a great price.
You can also buy the same yarn in smaller balls and solid colors. I used it for a second top. It is just called Comfy Worsted and I have linked it here.
For needles, I used my Sunstruck circuluar set from KnitPicks even though it is knitted flat. I just prefer to use circulars because they feel more comfortable than straight needles.
You do not need any stitch markers for this pattern.
I wet blocked the top before seaming the sides. The yarn blocked beautifully and dried in a couple hours in the sun. I used a little sample pack of pineapple scented Soak and it smelled so good. You can find the sample pack here.
I don’t have fancy or expensive blocking mats. I use some foam play mats for kids I found on Amazon for only $18, and these are the pins I use. My only tip is to make sure you measure as you pin so your top doesn’t even up way too long.
I wish I had done a selvage edge along the split hem since my ribbing is always messy along the edge. It doesn’t look bad but it could look better. The arm holes actually look fine so I’m glad I didn’t bother with anything there.
If you’re deciding between sizes I would size down and add length if you need to. It has a lot of positive ease. I started making the size 3 but it was wider than I wanted so I started over with the 2.
Overall, I really love this pattern and will be making more. It’s well written and easy to follow, and I think a beginner could easily make it. At first, I was intimidated when I saw that it was knitted flat since stockinette can take forever, but I ended up really enjoying it and it worked up so quick! It looks a bit like a potato sack when you finish it, but trust me when you put it on your kid it looks SO cute! I could see this being a great shoulder season top if you use a wool yarn.
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If you’re looking for a more advanced toddler top to knit, click here for my Rigmor’s Summer Blouse review.
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