Pattern Feature: Crackerjack Jersey

Long summer days are synonymous with baseball, so this lightweight jersey top - inspired by old-fashioned baseball jerseys - is the perfect summer basic!  My focus when designing this piece was attention to detail.  The gently curved hem and the ribbed crewneck continue the look of the baseball jersey.  The joining of the raglan sleeves to the body of the jersey is accomplished through a three-needle bind-off, which both eases the transition from one color to the other, and creates a raised seam that complements the look of the baseball jersey.

One of my favorite parts of this top is the endless color combinations.  I would love to see it knit up in a solid body and variegated sleeves, or vice versa.  Or, a tonal gradient - one color for the body, and just one color lighter (or darker) for the sleeves.  If I had the time, I'd knit a whole line of jerseys with white bodies and bright, primary-colored sleeves - red, blue, green, yellow, orange!  I'd love to see them all lined up in a row.

This top knits up quickly with short sleeves and a DK-weight yarn, and really does make for the perfect summer basic.  Pair it with jeans, shorts, or a skirt - it looks equally at home with all styles.  Start your summer off this year with a jersey knit!