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 . . .
Vitis Vulpina, known as the Frost Grape, becomes sweeter as the weather turns colder. Worked seamlessly from the top down in one piece, this aran weight raglan sweater is warm and simple. The defined raglan seamlines, and the purl welt detail at the ribbed turtleneck, deep hem and cuffs add just the right amount of style. A bit of shaping at the waist and back neck maintain a good fit, while at the same time making the chunky styling both cozy and modern. Techniques & Skills Used: raglan construction, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, cable CO, backwards loop CO, working in the round, short rows; this pattern includes a link to my short rows tutorial. Size: 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 48, 52)” bust; sample shown in third size worn with 1” of negative ease Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Twist (100% merino wool; 150 yards/137m/100g); 5 (5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8) skeins, or approximately 700 (750, 800, 850, 900, 975, 1025, 1100, 1175, 1275) yards of aran weight yarn. Sample shown in . . .
Dolman three-quarter sleeves and an easy silhouette make Veruschka the perfect cozy sweater for casual days. Knit in one piece from the top down, the body features gentle shaping to flatter your curves, and chunky ribbing to keep the mood rustic. A foldover turtleneck finishes the look and keeps out the chill. Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, short rows, picking up stitches, increasing/ decreasing, backwards loop CO, provisional CO, grafting. This pattern includes links to my short row and grafting tutorials. Size: 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 48, 52)” bust; sample shown in fifth size, worn with 3” positive ease. Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (100% merino wool; 210 yards/100g); 4 (5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8) skeins or approximately 800 (875, 950, 1000, 1050, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500) yards of worsted weight yarn. Sample shown in Purple Mystery. Other Materials: US 9 (5.5mm) 32” circular needle (2) or size to match gauge; Stitch markers (4); Locking stitch markers (2); Stitch holders (4); Scrap yarn for provisional CO; . . .
Feminine fit, sporty stripes and a fancy rib split hem combine in the versatile Elizabel sweater. The simultaneous set-in sleeves, short row shoulders and lightly scooped neckline flatter the upper torso, while gentle waist shaping continues the attention to your curves. Bracelet length sleeves and a refined I-cord neck finish are pretty and practical at work or play anytime. Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit/purl, short rows, picking up stitches, increasing/decreasing, simultaneous shaping, backwards loop CO, provisional CO, applied I-cord, grafting. Size: 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 48, 52)” bust; sample shown in fourth size with 1” positive ease. Yarn: RYC Cashsoft DK (57% extrafine merino wool, 33% microfiber, 10% cashmere; 142 yards/50g); 5 (6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9) skeins MC, 2 (3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4) skeins CC, or approximately 700 (750, 800, 850, 900, 950, 1000, 1050, 1150, 1275) yards MC and 275 (300, 325, 335, 350, 375, 400, 425, 475, 525) yards CC dk weight yarn. The sample yarn has . . .
As a confirmed topdown sweater knitter, I’ve embraced raglan, seamless set-in, and contiguous sleeve constructions that begin with a cast on at the top. My latest favorite adds the simultaneously worked sleeve to the seamless, set-in method. It’s a nifty way to create that tailored set-in sleeve look, without having to pick up stitches for the sleeve cap from the armhole and then work short rows, or knit the sleeve separately and seam it into the armhole. Mind you, I love a good short row sleeve cap. It’s just nice to have additional techniques available for when you feel like a change, or have a technical need such as an easy way to make perfectly matched stripes around the upper body and sleeves of a sweater. Simultaneous sleeves are a variation of the seamless topdown sweater method. In that method, you cast on stitches for the back shoulders and neck, and work (often with a tiny bit of short row shoulder shaping) to the armscye depth. Then you pick up stitches from each back shoulder . . .
Originally published in knit.wear Fall 2013, this sweater pattern is now available as an individual download from The Knitting Vortex with expanded instructions and slightly tweaked sizing. This sophisticated pullover is knit side to side as an oversized rectangle with minimal finishing. A comfy and easy silhouette, the ample body proportions are balanced by the slim ribbed sleeves and turtleneck, with the added detail of an asymmetrical faux front opening. The lower fronts are free to swing open, enhancing the relaxed attitude and uncomplicated style of this outer layering piece. Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, alternate cable CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, picking up stitches. Size: 49 (55, 57.5, 59, 60.5)” circumference, to fit 32 (36, 40, 44, 48)” bust. This boxy pullover is designed to be oversized; shown in smallest size, with about 19” positive ease. Yarn: HiKoo by Skacel Collection, Inc. Kenzie (50% New Zealand merino, 25% nylon, 10% angora, 10% alpaca, 5% silk noils; 160 yards/50g), shown in #1009 Oceana; 10 (11, 12, 12, 13) skeins, or approximately 1550 (1700, 1800, 1900, 2000) . . .
Stop and smell the roses; linger with the sunset, and tarry awhile. This relaxed tee is meant for lazy mornings, long lunches, and walks in the gentle moonlight. Worked seamlessly from the top down in a cotton and linen blend, it features lacy saddle shoulders for a touch of pretty whimsy, and a smooth stockinette body with matching lace panels at each side, knit seamlessly to the rounded hems. Wear it on gentle, warm days wherever you wander. Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, longtail CO, backwards loop CO, short rows, picking up stitches. The lace stitch pattern is both written and charted, and a link to my short rows tutorial is included. Size: 32 (35, 38, 41, 44, 48, 52)” bust; shown in third size with 3” of ease. For a slightly oversized fit, choose a size with several inches of positive ease. Yarn: Knit Picks Cotlin (70% tanguis cotton, 30% linen; 123 yards/50g), shown in Swan; 6 (6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10) balls, or approximately 625 (700, 775, 875, 975, 1100, 1200) . . .
Light as a whisper and soft as a shadow, this simple tank top is knit in stockinette stitch with flutter cap sleeves. Laceweight yarn on larger needles creates a fabric with beautiful drape, while gentle waist shaping and simple details keep the look uncomplicated. The body is worked seamlessly from the bottom up with a scooped neckline and narrow purl edgings; stitches are picked up around the armholes then rapidly increased and worked in short rows to create the focal flutter sleeves. Shadow Dial is pretty and light, and just right for summer. Shadow Dial is a new version of the Sundial Tee, which was published in Knitscene Summer 2013. It has more drape and an improved fit at a slightly more relaxed gauge of 24 st and 34 rows/4”, with an expanded range of ten sizes, which all include added length and a reshaped upper body with better strap coverage and a more deeply scooped front neckline. Additional detailed instructions for the upper body and flutter sleeve shaping have also been included, with a . . .
I finished the knitting last night, so today was all about weaving in ends – and with a multi-striped sweater, there were a lot of them. Working in the round and twisting the colors created a tidy RS, but a bit of work to do on the private side. After a soak and block, I’ll see how the final result looks. And I’ll just mention that with the coming of spring (finally!), my mind is totally on sorbet; blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, pistachio . . .
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 . . .