Feb 242014

The Fisher Queen cover | The Knitting Vortex

A modern take on the fisherman sweater, The Fisher Queen blends classic cable and rib elements with a non-traditional shape and construction. The modified dolman sleeves, scooped neck and curved hem are all updated details on a classic silhouette. Worked seamlessly from the top down, the shoulder saddles are knit first, with stitches picked up for front and back and worked flat to below the armhole, then joined to work in the round. Long, skinny sleeves are picked up and worked in rib, then finished with twisted rib cuffs, matching the hem and neckband. The Fisher Queen mixes traditional and modern, in a contemporary classic.

Techniques & Skills Used: backwards loop CO, knit/purl, cables, decreasing, short rows, picking up stitches, grafting. Body stitch patterns are both written and charted.
Size: 31 (35, 39, 43, 47, 51, 55)” bust; shown in third size with 4” ease. For a similar fit, choose a size with several inches of ease; the cables and rib will conform gently to the body, while still maintaining a relaxed silhouette.
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool (100% wool; 478 yards/250g), shown in 8014 Natural; 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4) skeins, or approximately 875 (965, 1115, 1200, 1375, 1475, 1650) yards of heavy aran weight yarn. The yardage requirements for sizes 35, 47 and 51 are very close to requiring an additional skein of Eco Wool; consider purchasing an extra to be sure you have enough.
Other Materials: US 9 (5.5mm) 32” circular needle or size to match gauge; US 8 16” circular needle for picking up stitches; Cable needle, Stitch markers; Stitch holders; Yarn needle.
Gauge: 16 st and 22 rows/4” in stockinette stitch and in slightly stretched rib, with larger needle, after blocking. The central cable panel is 5.5” wide.

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