Truly Plaidly Deeply

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Apr 062015

Truly Plaidly Deeply | The Knitting Vortex

The best way to love? Truly, Plaidly, Deeply! Three colors and a non-stranded afterthought plaid technique make a fun and distinctive graphic plaid sweater.

Construction: The sweater body begins with the shoulder saddles, then stitches for the back and fronts are picked up and worked back and forth to the bottom of the armhole, where they are joined and worked in the round to the hem. Contrasting seamless sleeves are picked up from the armhole, with the caps shaped using short rows then knit in the round to the cuffs. The contrast ribbed collar is picked up and knit to match the sleeves and hem. The plaid is simple to make, as it involves only knitting stripes, in a rib pattern – the vertical plaid lines are added later with a crochet hook in the purl ditches of the rib.

Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, backwards loop CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, picking up stitches. Instructions are written, with additional charts for the plaid repeat and setup; a video tutorial is provided for the non-stranded plaid technique.
Size: 33 (36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54, 57, 60)” bust; shown in fourth size with 7” ease for a relaxed fit. Choose a size closer to actual bust measurement for a more fitted sweater.
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (100% merino wool; 210 yards/100g); 3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5) skeins MC, 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3) skeins CC1, and 1 skein CC2. Sample shown in Purple Mystery (MC), Periwinkle (CC1), and Polygala (CC2). Approximate yarn requirements are 490 (540, 560, 620, 670, 750, 770, 820, 980, 950) yards MC, 220 (240, 260, 320, 340, 400, 430, 460, 490, 520) yards CC1, and 80 (90, 100, 110, 120, 140, 150, 160, 170, 180) yards CC2 worsted weight yarn. Truly makes an excellent stashbuster when you don’t have a sweater quantity of any one color; however, your sweater will be just as truly plaid if you choose to work the sleeves and ribbing in the CC1 (which will effectively become the dominant main color of the sweater). To do so, you will need approximately 310 (330, 340, 360, 390, 400, 410, 430, 470, 530) yards additional of CC1, and only 180 (200, 220, 260, 280, 340, 360, 380, 400, 430) yards total of MC.
Other Materials: US 8 (5mm) 32” circular needle or size to match gauge; US 7 (4.5mm) 16” circular needle for picking up st, shoulders saddles and collar; Stitch marker; Stitch holders (2); Size H/8 5mm crochet hook; Yarn needle.
Gauge: 16 st and 24 rows/4” in Plaid stitch pattern, after adding vertical plaid and blocking. One plaid repeat of 12 st and 16 rows = 3” wide and 2.66” high.

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