My second design from the Clotheshorse Winter 2012/2013 online magazine is Fireside, a woolly mantle knit as a rectangle with sleeves, in light-as-air Techno alpaca blend yarn. Cast on at the top, with the body knit in one piece and sleeves picked up and knit from armhole to cuff. The fur-like top edge is knit in a garter based loop stitch, and becomes the collar and front edge; the body is stockinette with purl ridge detail along the front, hem, and sleeve cuffs. The comforting shape, and modern bulky yet featherweight yarn come together in a new-fashioned garment to wear at home or out into the chill.
Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, picking up stitches, decreasing.
Size: XXS (XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL), to fit 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44)” bust. This blanket sweater is designed so that the cross-back measures 2” less than the front bust. For a good fit, choose a size with 0-2” ease at cross-back.
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Techno (68% baby alpaca, 22% silk, 10% extra fine merino; 120 yards, 50 grams); 10 (10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17) skeins Fame #1970.
US 10.5 60” circular needle, or size to match gauge.
Stitch markers (2).
Gauge: 12 st x 20 rows/4” in stockinette stitch; 12 st x 10 rows/4” in Garter Loop stitch, after steam blocking.