My latest design is finally here! I say finally because this pattern has been a looooooong time coming... maybe five years? I first knit a version of this sweater I think in 2004 or 2005, and even wrote up a pattern for it and had it edited. Even though I had never self-published any patterns at that point and wasn't really sure how to go about it. I was focused on a different career path at that point, and the pattern went on the shelf while I pursued other things.
Last winter I happened to be wearing the prototype sweater while visiting the fine folks at Yarn & Fiber in Derry, NH, and became acquainted with their lovely hand-dyed yarn line Ivy Brambles. We all agreed the sweater would be great in their Superwash Worsted, and I agreed to re-work the sweater in their yarn.
More time passed, as I was occupied with other projects. Finally, after re-working the pattern in a different gauge and expanding the range of sizes, I had the sample knit by another knitter. She finished it in August. I went on vacation. Came back and scheduled a photoshoot. And rescheduled the photoshoot. And rescheduled the photoshoot. I was beginning to wonder if I'd ever put this puppy to bed. But now it's done!
So you can imagine why I'm so excited to finally be able to bring you this pattern.
Knit from the top down, this pattern is accessible for knitters at a variety of experience levels and is available in a wide range of sizes.
Finished Bust Measurements: 31 (35 ½, 38 ¼, 41, 44 ½, 47, 50 ¼, 53
¾)” / 79 (90.5, 97, 104, 113, 119.5, 127.5, 136.5) cm
1170 (1300, 1460, 1570, 1740, 1900, 2000, 2100) yds / 1070 (1190,
1340, 1440, 1590, 1740, 1830, 1920) m worsted weight yarn.
Sample used Ivy Brambles Superwash Worsted (100% Superwash
Merino Wool; 250 yards / 230 m per 3 ¾ oz / 105g skein) in Storm colorway.
Size 7 / 4.5 mm circular needle, 16” / 40 cm length
Size 8 / 5 mm circular needles, 16” / 40 cm and 29” / 74 cm
Size 8 / 5 mm double pointed needles
needed to obtain gauge
Stitch markers in 2 colors
Stitch holders or waste yarn
18 sts and 26 rows = 4” over St st using larger needles