Sweaters

EmmaLeigh

Designed during one of my recent eight-week top-down saddle-shoulder sweater design classes (scroll down for class information), EmmaLeigh features decorative cables that run across the shoulders and down the sleeves. The cables are repeated along the sides of the V-neck and down the center front. Increases worked between the armholes and lower body provide a slight swing shape for a flattering and comfortable fit.

Worked in a sportweight yarn that’s a breathable mix of merino, silk, and flax, EmmaLeigh is worked seamlessly from the top down, beginning with the two shoulder saddles from which stitches are picked up for the back and front. The upper back and front are worked back and forth in rows to the underarms, at which point the lower body is joined and worked in rounds. Stitches for the three-quarter-length sleeves are picked up around the armholes, the caps shaped with short-rows, then worked in rounds to the cuffs.

Both charted and row-by-row instructions are included.

Finished Measurements: About 33 (37 1/2, 40 3/4, 44 1/4) (47 3/4, 52 1/2, 56 3/4)” (84 [94.5, 103.5, 112.5] [121.5, 133.5, 144] cm) circumference at bust. Sweater shown measures 37 1/4″ (94.5 cm) at bust.

Yarn: Elemental Affects Coastal (50% U.S. Shaniko merino wool, 25% mulberry silk, 25% Belgian flax; 205 yards [187 meters]/2 ounces [56.7 grams]): #300 Natural, 6 (7, 7, 8) (8, 9, 10) skeins.

Eileigh

Worked with Elemental Affects Coastal yarn, which is a breathable mix of merino, silk, and flax, this short-sleeved tee is ideal for warm-weather comfort. The tee is worked seamlessly from the top down and features a wide panel of 4-stitch cables along the center front and back. The subtle swing shape is achieved by increasing the number of purl stitches between the individual cable columns and by working increases each side of each of the two cable panels.

Stitches are cast on for the upper back, which is worked down to the base of the armholes. Then stitches for the front are picked up across the back shoulders and are also worked down to the base of the armholes, with the neck shaped along the way. The body is then joined and worked in rounds to the hem. Stitches for the sleeves are picked around the armholes, the caps shaped with short-rows, then worked in rounds to the edging. The body, sleeves, and neckline are trimmed with k3, p1 ribbing.

Finished Size: About 351/2 (39, 421/2, 471/4) (503/4, 531/2, 591/4, 631/4)” (90 [99, 108, 120] [129, 136, 150.5, 160.6] cm) circumference at bust, and 413/4 (451/4, 483/4, 553/4) (591/4, 62, 691/2, 733/4)” (106 [115, 124, 141.5] [150.5, 157.5, 176.5, 187.5] cm) circumference at lower edge.

Sweater shown measures 39” (99 cm) at bust.

Yarn: Sportweight (#2 Fine). Shown here: Elemental Affects Coastal (50% U.S. Shaniko merino wool, 25% mulberry silk, 25% Belgian flax; 205 yd [187 meters]/2 oz [56.7 g]): #304 Tangerine, 6 (6, 7, 7) (8, 8, 9, 10) skeins.

Needles: Size U.S. 6 (4 mm): 16″ (40 cm) and 24” (60 cm) circular (cir) and set of 4 or 5 double-pointed (dpn) or other needle configuration for working small circumferences in rounds.

Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Stitch markers (m); removable stitch markers; stitch holders or waste yarn; tapestry needle.

Gauge: 23 stitches and 32 rows/rounds = 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch worked in rows or rounds, after blocking.

Rainbow Infant Gown

This simply adorable baby gown is modeled after one a friend used when her kids were infants. Worked from the top down, it features a long body that covers short little legs and tiny feet, a zipper for easy access, and cheerful rainbow stripes.

The piece begins with a provisional cast-on at the neck. The yoke is shaped with four increase rows distributed between the neck and underarms, then the sleeve stitches are placed on holders while the body is worked to the ribbed edging. The sleeves are worked downward to the cuff, and the rolled neckband and 7″ (18 cm) zipper are added last.

The one-size gown fits 0-6 months and takes two skeins of Urth Yarns Uneek Fingering (100% Extrafine Superwash Merino; 435 yards [400 meters]/100 grams) worked at a gauge of about 6.3 stitches/inch on size U.S. 3 (3.25 mm) needles.

Alita

This top-down pullover features sloped shoulders, set-in sleeves, V-neck, front pockets, and a comfortable swing silhouette, all in a combination of three simple stitch patterns.

Stitches are cast on for the upper back, which is worked in a slip-stitch pattern down to the armholes. Stitches for the front are then picked up at the shoulders, and the front is also worked down to the armholes, with the V-neck shaped along the way. The front and back are joined and worked in rounds to the hem, with widely spaced increases at each side to produce the easy swing shape. The pocket placement coincides with a shift to seeded rib pattern. Stitches for the sleeves are picked up around the armholes, the caps shaped with short-rows, then the rest of the sleeves are worked in round to the cuffs, in the same combination of stitch patterns. All edges are finished with k1, p1 ribbing.

Instructions are given for seven sizes: About 35 (383/4, 421/2, 461/4) (493/4, 541/4, 581/2)” (89 [98.5, 108, 117.5] [126.5, 138, 148.5] cm) circumference at bust and 421/2 (461/4, 493/4, 531/2) (571/4, 61, 653/4)” (108 [117.5, 126.5, 136] [145.5, 155, 167] cm)

Yarn: Kauni Wool 100% 8/2 (100% wool; 437 yd [400 meters]/100 grams, usually sold in approximately 150-gram balls): #JJ3 pale pink, 380 (420, 440, 480) (520, 580, 620) grams.

Gauge: 26 stitches and 40 rows/rounds = 4″ (10 cm) in slip-stitch stripe pattern, after blocking.

 

Aubrey Cardigan

Knitted in the softest pink color, this sweet little cardigan is fit for a princess. It’s worked from the top down with yarnover increases along the four raglan lines. Sleeve stitches are then placed on holders while the body is worked to the hem. Stitches are increased across the back to create a feminine ruffle and a comfortable fit. The sleeves are worked in rounds to the cuffs. The lower body, cuff, and neckband edges are punctuated with eyelets and a simple rib pattern. Tiny shell buttons provide the finishing touch.

This seamless cardigan is worked with fingering weight yarn at a gauge of 8 stitches and 10.5 rows to the inch on size U.S. 3 (3.25 mm) needles. To prevent color pooling with the hand-dyed yarn, 2 rows each from two skeins of yarn are alternated throughout the lower body and sleeves.

Tarquin

I always enjoy the challenge of coming up with a sweater pattern that’s “plain” enough for a man to wear, yet not so plain that the knitter loses interest before it’s completed.

Tarquin, a top-down saddle-shoulder sweater, fits the bill with a casual Henley silhouette, simple seeded rib patterns along the saddles, sleeves, and side panels, and a “neutral” shade of DK yarn. However, I think it looks great on women, too!The sweater begins with the two ribbed shoulder saddles, from which stitches are picked up for the back, which is worked primarily in stockinette stitch in rows to the armholes. Stitches are then picked up along the other side of the saddles for the front, which is also worked in rows to the armholes, with the front neck and button placket shaped along the way. The front and back are then joined and the body is worked in rounds to the lower edge. The sleeve caps are shaped with short-rows from stitches picked up around the armholes, then the sleeves worked in rounds to cuffs.

Six sizes are provided: 36 1/2 (40 1/2, 44 1/2, 48 1/2, 52 1/2, 55 3/4)” (92.5 -103, 113, 123, 133.5, 141.5] cm) chest circumference, requiring 6 (7, 8, 8, 9, 9) skeins of Emma’s Yarn Simply Spectacular DK (75% superwash Merino, 25% nylon).

 

Analie

When I first saw the two red tones of Coastal (a new yarn from Elemental Affects), I knew right away that I wanted to combine them in narrow stripes in a top-down circular yoke design. I didn’t swatch for long before I came up with the simple 8-round pattern consisting of 4 rounds each of the two colors you see here.

For more interesting transitions between the stripes, the first round of each new color is worked in a simple slip-stitch pattern to create a subtle texture.

The tee begins with a provisional cast-on at the neck. The yoke is worked in rounds to the armholes, with increases along the way to shape the shoulders. Stitches are placed on holders for the sleeves while the body is worked in rounds to the lower edge. The sleeves are then worked in rounds. Simple k1, p1 ribbing finished the neck, lower body, and sleeves.

Ten sizes are provided: About 33 1/4 (35, 37, 38 3/4, 40 1/2)(42 1/2, 44 1/4, 46 1/4, 48, 49 3/4)” (84.5 [89, 94, 98.5, 103] [108, 112.5, 117.5, 122, 126.5] cm) bust circumference, requiring 3 (3, 3, 4, 4) (4, 4, 4, 5, 5) skeins of main color and 2 (3, 3, 3, 3) (4, 4, 4, 4, 5) skeins of contrast color.

Throughout the lower body, one stitch is purled at each side for a “faux” seam that helps the sweater hang straight.

Joleigh Swing

Designed to span the seasons, this easy A-line top features a central lace panel, V-neck shaping, and three-quarter length sleeves in ten adult sizes.

The yarn–Coastal by Elemental Affects–is a lightweight blend of wool, linen, and silk that produces a breathable, comfortable fabric.

The front and back are worked back and forth in rows from the garter-stitch lower edges to the sloped shoulders. After the shoulder and side seams are sewn, stitches for the sleeves are picked up around the armholes, the caps are shaped with short-rows, and the stitches are joined for working the sleeves in rounds to the garter-stitch cuffs. The neckline is simply one row of knitting followed by the Sewn Bind-Off for a minimal finish.

Instructions for the center lace panel are given in both row-by-row and charted formats.

The pattern includes ten sizes: About 35 1/2 (37, 39, 41, 43) (45, 47, 49, 51, 53)” (90 [94, 99, 104, 109] [114.5, 119.5, 124.5, 129.5, 134.5] cm) bust circumference, requiring 6 (7, 7, 8, 8) (8, 8, 9, 9, 10) skeins of yarn.

The gauge is 24.5 stitches and 36 rows/rounds = 4″ (10 cm) on size U.S. 4 (3.5 mm) needles.

Outback Henley

This zippered Henley features easy-to-memorize textured stitches, a faced stand-up collar, minimal seams, and unisex appeal.

The body is worked in one piece in rounds from the hem to the armholes in a modified rib pattern. At the armholes, the front and back are separated and worked separately to the shaped shoulders in a modified seed stitch pattern. After the shoulders are seamed, stitches are picked jp around the armholes for the sleeve caps, which are shaped with short-rows. The sleeves are then worked in rounds to the cuffs, allowing for easy length adjustment.

The zipper is sewn in by hand (visit annbuddknits.com/2013/05/inserting-a-zipper  for details); knitted facings cover the zipper tape on the inside of the yoke for a neat finish inside and out.

The super soft yarn is 100% Australian superfine merino in a versatile DK weight.

Finished Sizes: 37 3/4 (40 3/4, 43 3/4, 46 1/2, 49 1/2, 52 1/4)” (96 [103.5, 111, 118, 125.5, 132.5] cm) bust/chest circumference.

Yarn: Cleckheaton Australian Superfine Merino 8 Ply (100% superfine Merino; 142 yards [130 meters]/65 grams): #36 Dark Grape, 9 (10, 11, 11, 12, 13) balls.

Ardis

This lightweight pullover is knitted from the top down with set-in sleeves, a shallow V-neck, a comfortable swing silhouette, and no seams! A simple stranded colorwork pattern punctuates the color shift at the lower body and sleeves. The neck is edged with colorful garter ridges followed by a tiny roll; the body and sleeves are edged with a bit of single k1, p1 ribbing.

Stitches are cast on for the upper back, which is worked in rows down to the armholes. Stitches for the front are then picked up at the shoulders, and the front is also worked in rows down to the armholes, with the neck shaped along the way. The lower body is worked in rounds to the hem, with widely spaced increases at each side to produce the easy swing shape. Stitches for the sleeves are picked up around the armholes, the caps shaped with short-rows, then the rest of the sleeves are worked in rounds to the cuffs.

There are 8 finished sizes: 38 3/4 (40 3/4, 42 1/2, 44 1/2, 46 1/2, 48 1/4, 50 1/4, 52 1/4)” (98.5 [103.5, 108, 113, 118, 122.5, 127.5, 132.5 cm) circumference at bust.