Pattern Review: Monica Geller Tee – Sari Nordlund

Hello, friends!

Recently I’ve been suffering in this summer heat and looking forward to the autumn, but this pretty little pattern inspired me to knit something for the warmer months. Here is my Monica Geller Tee by Sari Nordlund review.

monica geller tee closeup

Monica Geller Tee Review

Only a few months ago my boyfriend and I finished the whole ten seasons of Friends. During our binge-watching, I couldn’t stop admiring Rachel and Monica’s cool retro wardrobes. So when I stumbled across this pattern by Sari Nordlund I knew I had to make it!

Monica Geller Tee Review
My Monica Geller Tee

The pattern called for a 4ply fingering weight yarn, and I settled on The Fibre Co.’s interesting Cumbria Fingering in the shade Fair Hill. This is a curious yarn in a colour which is hard to capture on camera: an enchanting blend of grey, green and red. Despite trying to knit something for the summer, I couldn’t completely set aside my mohair obsession. Consequently, this yarn is 90% wool and just a touch (10%) mohair. This way it will work for cooler summer days and look chic under a blazer in autumn. You can shop this yarn by clicking here.

The Monica Geller Tee is knit in the round from the bottom up, starting with the ribbed hem. The body is simply knit in stockinette with some minimal shaping for the waist and bust. Armhole stitches are cast-off before completing and joining back, shoulders and front. These sweet little capped sleeves are shaped with German short rows and finished with more ribbing. Lastly, the ribbed collar is folded double and sewn into the inside. I knit this in the second size but had some issues with my gauge, so it came up a little small. But I kind of prefer it that way.

Knitting Monica Geller Tee
Knitting and reading – the perfect way to spend a morning

Things I love about this pattern:

  • A quick year-round knit that is great on its own or layered.
  • Chunky ribbed hem, sleeves and collar which really finish the garment nicely. (Although next time I might rest the armhole stitches to avoid having to pick them up for set-in sleeves.)
  • Most importantly, the retro Friends vibes!

Needles, Yarn & Details

Yarn: The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering in the shade Fair Hill (90% wool, 10% mohair) Available from Lovecrafts here!

Needles: 3mm (US 2.5) Circular for ribbing, 3.5mm (US 4) + DPNs of both or magic loop method. I used my Lykke Interchangeables.

Gauge: 20 sts x 28 rows stockinette in the round (Note: I didn’t quite get this gauge but stubbornly continued. This is why my tee is more fitted. I like the result but had to be careful with the tightness of the cuffs and collar.)

Size: 2 (Because of gauge issues it probably knit up to a 1.)

Find the pattern on Ravelry here!

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