Continuity Tee by Janine Whale


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Before departing on a student exchange to France, my daughter was gifted with a Pikora bone carving pendant. The word Pikorua is derived from ‘Pikopiko’, the new-growth fern frond that thrives in shady, damp areas of New Zealand bush, and ‘rua’ – the Maori word for the number two.

This Continuity Tee pattern lace motif resembles two intertwined pikopiko ferns. A single twist represents a bond between two people, whereas a double twist represents a bond between two people groups.

It is a symbol of the strength and beauty of enduring friendship and interwoven lives.

Overview of design:
The Continuity Tee is a sleeveless T-shirt with short row shaping to the lower hem, sloped shoulders that are slightly wider than the bust to cover the shoulders better, and a shallow round neckline below which is the Pikorua lace design.

The garment is slightly cropped with the lowest point of the hem sitting 15cm below natural waist. The armholes have a knitted selvedge that provides a clean edge.

The garment is worked bottom- up in the round until armholes are reached, at which point the front and back are worked separately. Continuity Tee is designed to be worn with about 10 cm (4”) of ease.

Model is 162cm and wears size 4 with 10 cm of ease.

Suitable yarns include lace-weight yarns with a combination of wool (to maintain shape) and fibre such as linen or silk (for drape).
This style of tee-shirt is great for those that wish to cover their shoulders without adding excess ease to the garment. The shaped hem means the garment will look great worn out or tucked in.


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