Sari Nordlund’s beautiful “Poet tee” is now available in French :)

This spring, Finnish designer Sari Nordlund @sari_n_ has chosen to adapt the lovely pattern of her successful “Poet” sweater in lighter versions for year-round enjoyment! “Poet tee” is a very elegant little top that can be knitted in Penelope to take advantage of its exceptional stitch definition and silky softness, and which will be just as comfortable in the sun with a little skirt as under a jacket this winter 🙂


This pattern is built seamlessly from top to bottom for easy-fitting knitwear: the neckline is first worked flat, then the rest of the shirt is knitted in the round. The pattern, combining moss stitch and lace, appears on the front and back of the sweater, and the raglan sleeves are knitted in stockinette stitch in the round. Finally, the neck band is created by picking up stitches along the cast-on edge.


The pattern comes in 9 sizes corresponding to the following final measurements:

Finished bust circumference: 90 (100, 110, 120, 130) (140, 150, 160, 170) cm / 35.5 (39.25, 43.25, 47.25, 51.25) (55, 59, 63, 67) inches.

Body length from underarm: 40 (40, 40, 42.5, 42.5, 45) (45, 45, 45, 45) cm / 15.75 (15.75, 15.75, 16.75, 16.75, 17.75) (17.75, 17.75, 17.75, 17.75) inches (adjustable).

Raglan depth: 16.5 (17.5, 20, 22, 23.5) (25.5, 26.5, 29.5, 32.5) cm / 6.5 (7, 7.75, 8.75, 9.25) (10, 10.5, 11.5, 12.75) inches.

Neck drop: 5 cm/ 2 inches for all sizes.

Upper arm circumference: 30 (32, 34, 36, 38) (43, 46, 49, 52) cm / 11.75 (12.5, 13.5, 14.25, 15) (17, 18, 19.25, 20.5) inches.

Sleeve length: 12 cm / 4.75 inches (adjustable)

The pattern is designed to be worn with a positive ease of 10 to 15 cm / 4-6 inches: to choose your size, add 10 to 15 cm / 4-6 inches to your chest circumference and choose the closest size of the pattern.

For example, with a 92 cm / 36.2 inches bust circumference, you could choose to knit the second size with 8 cm / 3.15 inches of positive ease for a slightly fitted result, or the third size with 18 cm / 7 inches of positive ease for a more relaxed result.

Both the height of the sweater and the length of the sleeves can be extended without difficulty thanks to the top-down construction. Just be sure to allow for a little extra yarn.


This pattern is at an intermediate level and will require the ability to cast on and cast off, increase (kfb, M1R and M1L) and decrease, knit in the round, pick up stitches, follow a chart for the lace pattern, make cable cast-on and tubular bind-off (optional).

It includes charts of the motif for each size.

To make life easier for French-speaking knitters, we have worked on a French version that you will find on our site (exclusively for 6 months) 🙂


For this pattern, Sari has chosen our Pénélope yarn (90% organic Mérinos d’Arles / 10% silk, 133 m /50 g) in the colour “crépuscule”. It’s a worsted yarn, made up of 6 strands, very round and well twisted, which particularly enhances the texture of the pattern combining moss stitch and lace and gives a lovely regularity to the stockinette stitch. The presence of silk gives it a beautiful “drapé”, a slightly satin-like appearance and emphasizes the smoothness of the worsted merino for a beautifully sophisticated result pleasant to wear in any season.

Without modification, you will need 5 (6, 7, 7, 8) (9, 9, 10, 11) skeins of Pénélope to knit this pattern.

“Poet tee”‘s motif swatch by Sari Nordlund, knitted in Pénélope “brume” with 4mm needles

With a 20 sts per 10 cm / 4 inches ‘s gauge, this pattern can also be knitted in other DK or light worsted yarns like Robinson, or by playing with combinations by knitting together a fingering yarn like Albertine with a lace yarn like Bérénice.

“Poet tee”‘s motif swatch by Sari Nordlund, knitted in Robinson “citronnade” with 4mm needles

« Poet Tee » by Sari Nordlund, available in french and in english, in 9 tailles. Picture in De Rerum Natura ” Pénélope” in “crépuscule

About the designer: Sari Nordlund lives in Helsinki, Finland. She creates modern knitting patterns with a Scandinavian feel.

Her work has been published in international magazines such as Pom Pom Quaterly and Laine Magazine, and she is the author of Softly – Timeless Knits, a timeless classic with 22 knitting projects.

Sari loves natural yarns, cables, good coffee and cats… not necessarily in that order!

Ravelry: Sari Nordlund


Sari has created numerous patterns in our yarns such as the Sunset Camisole in Antigone, the Foxberry tee in Pénélope, the Helmi in Ulysse and the Ballad Pullover in Cyrano (all available both in French and in English on our website).

Photos credits: Sari Nordlund / De Rerum Natura

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