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There’s a picture of my dad that used to sit on my mom’s bedside table – in the nebulous lore that is my dad’s past, I would place it somewhere around the time he took a break from college and lived in Colorado, getting by teaching other sometime-college-students to ski. In this picture, he’s leaning forward into the camera lens with a grin that tells you how perfectly aware he is of the power of his fluffy mane of 80’s hair, and he’s wearing the platonic ideal of the perfect fisherman’s sweater.

There are two points here –  first, this is a man with standards, and second, I have wanted to knit this exacting man a perfect fisherman’s sweater for the past 15 years.

About 20 years ago, I had a babysitter who could knit. If my memory is at all reliable, she was a woman of no discernible age or facial features that would sit on our sofa while we watched Pixar movies on VHS and crank out stockinette stitch color-blocked scarves like it was nothing. Fast forward a handful of years – I’m now 9 and my 12-year-old sister is doing the babysitting, but a flip had switched in my brain and suddenly nothing would do but turning skeins of yarn into scarves, sweaters, and cross-eyed stuffed animals.

My first actual memory of this need is of my mother parking her silver Honda Odyssey in the gravel parking lot of a knitting supply store, and her subsequent breakdown. No one wanted to teach a 9-year-old how to knit. More people than you could possibly imagine all knit in my hometown had already told her no, and no was not a word she usually took at face value. She’d had the power of the internet at least since my older sister was born and had been wielding that power to homeschool us, manifesting books and curriculum and science classes out of a science teacher’s garage since I had been alive, and she didn’t accept that no one wanted to teach her child how to knit. And why not? I wasn’t loud, I was rarely sticky, and both those things were lies because I was 9 and always and impossibly coated in Elmer’s Glue.

But she didn’t leave, and because my mother is a force akin to the moving tide – initially unassuming, but never stopping- I was allowed to take a seat at a folding table in the back next to the microwave they used to heat up pound cake, and I was home.

It was a partial takeover. In a brilliant ploy my mother pulled off with the help of her Psychology degree, she convinced me my sister was dying to learn how to knit but was just too embarrassed to ask her younger sister to teach her anything. And if I could teach her the basics to see if she liked it, that would be great. And then Mom had somewhere she could drop the both of us while she ran errands and got her hair cut. From there, it snowballed. We started to bring our friends. We participated in an event to knit the largest sock, helped grandmothers with dropped stitches, and started a regrettable knitting club at our church.

But I was not ready for the fisherman’s sweater. For one thing, my dislike of being told what to do extends to knitting patterns. By 10, I hadn’t met a pattern I didn’t wrongly believe I could improve.

Initially and transparently, I took a pattern and made it worse. A cute, semi-realistic stuffed animal, became just the front of a blue bunny that I felted to give it a little width and stop halfway through. A hat with a folded brim, became a shorter hat, with no folded brim, and so on. I didn’t want to knit a gauge swatch, I wanted to dive into a project while the project still sounded fun. I wanted to knit right to left and then left to right so I would never have to purl. I didn’t stop that practice, reversing a line of a pattern in my head and marching back and forth across each row, until I realized the vs of each row were tilting in different directions, like writing with your left or right hand.

At this point knitting lessons had mostly become sitting in the yarn store surrounded by color-coordinated knitting supplies, eating cake, and knitting whatever I felt like. Honestly, I can’t recommend it highly enough no matter how old you are. If I could figure out how to quit my job and live in the backroom of a craft store, I would do it.

But I’m older now. A full-time job – several through the years – has softened my edges just enough, and Covid-19 has taken away the commute, gym, and social life that stopped me from taking on big projects, and I’m finally ready to sit down and make something with structure. I found a lovely vintage pattern off Etsy and buckled down.

It was fairly painless. There’s a lot of wisdom to be found in a knitting pattern. Start with the back to get your mistakes out of the way in an area that draws the least attention, there are more interesting ways to rib than 1×1, etc. The end result feels like I’m giving the gift of my own hair. Which has been thinning during the pandemic, so I’d love to take it back. Watching strand after strand tangle into my stitches made me consider a knitting hairnet to go along with the face masks I’ve taken to wearing to protect my lungs from the fibers floating through the air when I roll a fresh skein.

I cut no corners, even blocking the finished product after washing it gently with cashmere soap like a duckling in a Dawn commercial. But this half-a-blue-stuffed-dog energy has to go somewhere. I was good and followed a pattern to the letter, so my reward once my dad’s sweater was safely tucked under the Christmas tree was allowing myself to use the leftover yarn (6 skeins because I woefully over-ordered) to throw out the pattern and make whatever I felt like. I took what I liked – the smart construction of the raglan sleeves and the folded over neckline – and gave it what I felt it was missing. Namely, a crop top vibe. The pattern is below.

My Sweater Pattern

Materials

Yarn -Patons North America Classic Wool Worsted in Pine, 6 skeins

Needles – size 7 DPNs, size 9 straight

Gauge

Size 7 needles

Stockinette st

10 st and 14 rows / 2”

Abbreviations used

CO – cast on

RS – Right side

WS – Wrong side

K – knit

P – purl

st – stitch

sl – slip

cn – cable needle

H2B – hold to back

H2F – hold to front

BO – Bind off

Patterns

TS – K 2nd st, leave on needle, k first st, sl both st off needle.
TS Rib
(RS) *P1, TS; rep from *, P1
(WS) *K1, P2; rep from *, K1
Pattern 1
Row 1: (RS) *K1, P1; rep from *
Row 2: *P1, K1; rep from *
Row 3: *P1, K1; rep from *
Row 4: *K1, P1; rep from *
Rep rows 1-4
Pattern 2
Work over 10 sts
CR: Sl 3 onto cn, H2B, K3, K3 off cn
Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 (WS): *K2, P2; rep from *, K2
Rows 2, 4, 8, 12, 14: *P2, K2; rep from *, P2
Rows 6, 10: CR
CR every 4th, then every 8th row
Pattern 3
work over 64 sts
Rows 1 and 35: (WS) *k1, p4, k7, p8, k7, p4, k1; rep from *
Row 2: *P1, sl 4 onto cn, H2B, p1, k4 from cn; rep from *
Rows 3 and 33: *K2, p4, k6, p8, k6, p4, k2; rep from *
Rows 4 and 20: *P2, sl 4 onto cn, H2F, p1, k4 off cn, p4, sl 4 onto cn, H2B, p1, k4 off cn, P2, sl 4 onto cn, H2F, p1, k4 off cn, p4, sl 4 onto cn, H2B, p1, k4 off cn, p2; rep from *
Rows 5, 15, 21, and 31: *K3, p4, k4, p4, k2, p4, k4, p4, k3; rep from *
Rows 6 and 22: *P3, sl 4 onto cn, H2F, p1, k4 off cn, p2, sl 4 onto cn, H2B, p1, k4 off cn, p2, sl 4 onto cn, H2F, p1, k4 off cn,  sl 4 onto cn, H2B, p3; rep from *
Rows 7, 13, 23, and 29: *(K4, p4, k2, p4) 2 times, k4; rep from *
Rows 8 and 24: *(P4, sl 4 onto cn, H2F) 2 times, p4; rep from *
Rows 9, 11, 25, and 27: *K5, p8, k6, p8, k5; rep from *
Rows 10 and 26: *P5, sl 4 onto cn, H2B, k4, k4 off cn, p5; rep from *
Row 12: *P4, sl 4 onto cn, H2B, p1, k4 off cn, sl 4 onto cn, H2F, p1, k4 off cn, p4, sl 4 onto cn, H2B, p1, k4 off cn, sl 4 onto cn, H2F, p1, k4 off cn, p4; rep from *
Rows 14 and 30: *P3, sl 4 onto cn, H2B, p1, k4 off cn, p2, sl 4 onto cn, H2F, kp1 k4 off cn, p2, sl 4 onto cn, H2B, p1, k4 off cn, p2, sl 4 onto cn, H2F, p1, k4 off cn, p3; rep from *
Rows 16 and 32: *P2, sl 4 onto cn, H2B, p1, k4 off cn, p4, sl 4 onto cn, H2F, p1, k4 off cn, sl 4 onto cn, H2B, p1, k4 off cn, p4, sl 4 onto cn, H2F, p1, k4 off cn, p2; rep from *
Rows 17 and 19: *K2, p4, k6, p8, k6, p4, k2; rep from *
Row 18: *P2, k4, p6, sl 4 onto cn, H2F, k4, k4 off cn, p6, k4, p2; rep from *
Row 28: *(P4, sl 4 onto cn, H2B, p1, k4 off cn, sl 4 onto cn, H2F, p1, k4 off cn) twice, p4; rep from *
Row 34: *P1, sl 4 onto cn, H2B, p1, k4 off cn, p6, sl 4 onto cn, H2B, k4, k4 off cn, p6, sl 4 onto cn, H2F, p1, k4 off cn, p1; rep from *
Row 36: sl 4 onto cn, H2B, p1, k4 off cn, *p7, k8, p7, sl5 onto cn, H2F, k5, k5 off cn; rep from *, sl 4 onto cn, H2F, p1, k4 off cn
Row 37: *P4, k8, p8, k8, p4, rep from *
Row 38: *sl 4 onto cn, H2F, p1, k4 off cn, p7, k8, p7, sl 4 onto cn, H2B, p1, k4 off cn; rep from *
Repeat rows 1-38
Pattern 4
Row 1: (RS) *P1, K1; rep from *
Row 2: *K1, P1; rep from *
Row 3: *K1, P1; rep from *
Row 4: *P1, K1; rep from *
Rep rows 1-4
Sleeve Cable Pattern
work over 32 sts
Rows 1 and 35: (WS) *k1, p4, k7, p8, k7, p4, k1; rep from *
Row 2: *P1, sl 4 onto cn, H2B, p1, k4 from cn; rep from *
Rows 3 and 33: *K2, p4, k6, p8, k6, p4, k2; rep from *
Rows 4 and 20: *P2, sl 4 onto cn, H2F, p1, k4 off cn, p4, sl 4 onto cn, H2B, p1, k4 off cn, P2, sl 4 onto cn, H2F, p1, k4 off cn, p4, sl 4 onto cn, H2B, p1, k4 off cn, p2; rep from *
Rows 5, 15, 21, and 31: *K3, p4, k4, p4, k2, p4, k4, p4, k3; rep from *
Rows 6 and 22: *P3, sl 4 onto cn, H2F, p1, k4 off cn, p2, sl 4 onto cn, H2B, p1, k4 off cn, p2, sl 4 onto cn, H2F, p1, k4 off cn,  sl 4 onto cn, H2B, p3; rep from *
Rows 7, 13, 23, and 29: *(K4, p4, k2, p4) 2 times, k4; rep from *
Rows 8 and 24: *(P4, sl 4 onto cn, H2F) 2 times, p4; rep from *
Rows 9, 11, 25, and 27: *K5, p8, k6, p8, k5; rep from *
Rows 10 and 26: *P5, sl 4 onto cn, H2B, k4, k4 off cn, p5; rep from *
Row 12: *P4, sl 4 onto cn, H2B, p1, k4 off cn, sl 4 onto cn, H2F, p1, k4 off cn, p4, sl 4 onto cn, H2B, p1, k4 off cn, sl 4 onto cn, H2F, p1, k4 off cn, p4; rep from *
Rows 14 and 30: *P3, sl 4 onto cn, H2B, p1, k4 off cn, p2, sl 4 onto cn, H2F, kp1 k4 off cn, p2, sl 4 onto cn, H2B, p1, k4 off cn, p2, sl 4 onto cn, H2F, p1, k4 off cn, p3; rep from *
Rows 16 and 32: *P2, sl 4 onto cn, H2B, p1, k4 off cn, p4, sl 4 onto cn, H2F, p1, k4 off cn, sl 4 onto cn, H2B, p1, k4 off cn, p4, sl 4 onto cn, H2F, p1, k4 off cn, p2; rep from *
Rows 17 and 19: *K2, p4, k6, p8, k6, p4, k2; rep from *
Row 18: *P2, k4, p6, sl 4 onto cn, H2F, k4, k4 off cn, p6, k4, p2; rep from *
Row 28: *(P4, sl 4 onto cn, H2B, p1, k4 off cn, sl 4 onto cn, H2F, p1, k4 off cn) twice, p4; rep from *
Row 34: *P1, sl 4 onto cn, H2B, p1, k4 off cn, p6, sl 4 onto cn, H2B, k4, k4 off cn, p6, sl 4 onto cn, H2F, p1, k4 off cn, p1; rep from *
Row 36: sl 4 onto cn, H2B, p1, k4 off cn, p7, k8, p7, sl 4 onto cn, H2F, p1, k4 off cn
Row 37: *P4, k8, p8, k8, p4, rep from *
Row 38: *sl 4 onto cn, H2F, p1, k4 off cn, p7, k8, p7, sl 4 onto cn, H2B, p1, k4 off cn; rep from *
Repeat rows 1-38

Back

CO 115 with size 7 needles

K in TS rib for 2.5”. End on an RS row. On the last row evenly distribute 9 sts. 124 sts in play

Switch to size 9 needles

Row 1: (WS) K 20 st in patt 1, 10 st in patt 2, 46 st in patt 3, 10 in patt 2, 20 in patt 4

Continue in established pattern until piece measures 12″ from the bottom of the rib, ending with WS row.

Raglan armhole

Row 1 (RS): P1, TS, P2tog, continue in pattern until the last 5 st, P2tog, TS k-wise, P1

Row 2 (WS): K1, P2, K2, continue in pattern until the last 5 st, K2, P2, K1

When I got to the raglan edge, I realized that the sides would look uneven if I continued in the seed stitch the way I had started. Since I’m using even sts rather than odd, the second seed pattern should be a reverse of the first. That’s why I added pattern 4.

This is also why I’m glad I’m knitting the back first.

Continue in established raglan armhole pattern until piece measures 20″. 68 sts remain. End on RS row

Row 1 (WS): K1, P2, K2tog, K21 in pattern, loosely BO 16 sts, K in pattern until last 5, K2tog, P2, K1. Place left side onto stitch holder. 25 stitches in play.

Back – Right Side

Row 1: (RS) P1, TS, P2tog, K in pattern until last 2, K2tog

Row 2: P2tog, K in pattern until last 5, K2tog, P2, Ki

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until 5 stitches remain.

P1, TS, K2tog

BO last 4

Back – Left Side

Pick up stitches from stitch holder

Row 1: (WS) K1, P2, K2tog, K in pattern until last 2, P2tog

Row 2: K2tog, K in pattern until last 5, P2tog, TS, P1

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until last 5 stitches remain

K1, P2, P2tog

BO last 4

Front

Repeat pattern established for back until 82 sts remain (appx 18.5″)
End on WS row.
Row 1: (RS) Continue in raglan armhole pattern for 33 sts, loosely BO 14, K33 in pattern
Place right half on stitch holders
Front – Left Side
 
Row 2: (WS) Continue in pattern until last 2 sts, P2tog
Row 3: (RS) SSK, continue in established pattern
Repeat rows 2-3 until 24 sts remain. End on RS
Row 1: (WS) K1, P2, K2tog, K in pattern until last 2, P2tog
Row 2: SSK, continue in pattern.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until 5 sts remain
K1, P2, K2tog
BO
Front – Right Side
 
Pick up right front from CN
Row 1: (WS) P2tog, continue in raglan armhole pattern
Row 2: K in established pattern until last 2, K2tog
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until 24 sts remain. End on RS row
Row 1: (WS) P2tog, continue in pattern until last 5, K2tog, P2, K1
Row 2: Continue in pattern until last 2, K2tog
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until last 5
P2tog, P2, K1
BO

Sleeves

With size 7 needles, CO 46
Row 1: (RS) *P1, TS; rep from * to end, P1
Row 2: *K1, P2; rep from * to last, K1
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until rib measures 3.5″. End on RS row. Increase 2 sts evenly across last row.
Switch to size 9 needles.
48 sts in play
Row 1: (WS) K8 in pattern 1, K32 in sleeve cable pattern, K8 in pattern 4
Continue in established patterns, increasing 1 st on either side every inch until sleeve from bottom of rib measures 18″.
76 stitches in play.
Raglan Cap
 
Row 1: (RS) P1, TS, P2tog, K in pattern until last 5, P2tog, TS, P1
Row 2: K1, P2, K2, continue in pattern until last 5, K2, P2, K1
Repeat in established raglan cap pattern until 8 stitches remain. Place 8 stitches on stitch holder.
Make another.
Sew raglan caps to raglan armholes.

Neck

Switch to size 7 DPNs
Row 1: (WS) Pick up and knit: 8 stitches from stitch holder, 46, 8 from stitch holder, 46. Evenly distribute 108 stitches across DPNs.
K in 1×1 rib until neck reaches 3 inches. BO loosely. Fold in half to sew down to inside of sweater.
Sew side and sleeve seams.

Scrap Yarn Pencil Skirt

My knitwear closet is a little top-heavy, so I decided to whip up a pencil skirt for a little professionalism. Luckily, a v-neck sweater I knit in February left me with four skeins of chunky beige worsted, although I wouldn’t usually be working with wool in the heat of a Georgia spring, aka first summer, it gave me a nice sturdy material to work with.

I’ve been sporting athleisure ever since I marched out of the office with my work computer over a year ago, so I don’t actually remember what clothes exist outside of yoga pants, t-shirts, and my growing sweater collection. I have a vague memory of flared dress pants and ankle boots, but was that workwear or just winter? Do you wear a skirt over tights? with a tucked-in blouse? With a half-tuck like a J Crew catalog? Does J Crew still exist? Is coordinated athleisure still having a moment? I’m trying to place the last picture I saw of Kim Kardashian in time. I’m out of the loop, but I have options. I have a co-ord up my sleeve with the v-neck sweater, an armful of button-downs, and a whole drawer full of workout tanks. 

I’m going to figure this out. And then I’m going to go outside.

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Braided Crop Top

Materials:

Needles – US 8 – 5.0 mm

Yarn – Knit Picks Shine Worsted, 5 skeins (375.0 yards, 8.82 ounces) in Peapod

3 Buttons

Gauge: 10 stitches and 12 rows = 2 inches in ST

Measurements:

Lying flat

Width – 14″

Length – 15.5″

Patterns

Cable Row 1: *P1, sl3 onto CN, H2F, k3, k3 off CN, k3, p1; repeat from * to end

Cable Row 2:*P1, k3, sl3 onto CN H2B, k3, k3 off CN, p1; repeat from * to end

p2tog – sl2 p-wise, turn, SSK, turn, sl1 p-wise

 

Braided Base

CO 33

Rows 1, 3, 7: *P1, k9, p1; repeat from * to end

Rows 2, 4, 6, 8: *K1, p9, k1; repeat from * to end

Row 5: Cable Row 1

Row 9: Cable Row 2

Repeat rows 2-9 until braided section measures ~30″ ending on Cable Row 2

Button Holes

Rows 1, 5 (WS): *K1, p9, k1; repeat from * to end

Row 2: *P1, k3, BO3, k3, p1; repeat from * to end

Row 3: *K1, p3, CO3 p-wise, p3, k1; repeat from * to end

Row 4: Cable Row 1

BO

Wrap Top (Right)

Row 1 (RS): Pick up and knit 88 stitches along 18″ of braided base

Row 2: *K1, p2; repeat from * to last stitch, k1

Row 3: *P1, k2 repeat from * to last 4, k2tog, k1, p1

Row 4: K1, p4, *k1, p2; repeat from * to last stitch, k1

Row 5: *P1, k2; repeat from * to last 6, p1, k1, k2tog, k1, p1

Row 6: K1, p3, *k1, p2; repeat from * to last stitch, k1

Row 7: *P1, k2; repeat from * to last 5, p1, k2tog, k1, p1

Repeat rows 2-7 until 80 stitches remain. End on WS

Armholes

Row 1: *P1, k2; continue from * for 30 stitches, p1, BO2, *p1, k2; to last 5, p1, k2tog, k1, p1. Place right side of BO on stitch holder. 46 stitches in play.

Row 2, 8, 14, 20, 26, 32, 38: *K1, p2; repeat from * to last stitch, k1

Row 3, 9, 15: P1, k1, SSK, *k2, p1; repeat from * to last 6, k2, k2tog, k1, p1

Row 4, 10, 16: K1, p4, *k1, p2; repeat from * to last 6, k1, p4, k1

Row 5, 11, 17: P1, k1, SSK, k1, *p1, k2; repeat from * to last 6, p1, k1, k2tog, k1, p1

Row 6, 12, 18: K1, p3, *k1, p2; repeat from * to last 5, k1, p3, k1

Row 7, 13, 19: P1, k1, SSK, *p1, k2; repeat from * to last 5, p1, k2tog, k1, p1

Row 21, 27, 33: *P1, k2; repeat from * to last 4, k2tog, k1, p1

Row 22, 28, 34: K1, p4, *k1, p2; repeat from * to last stitch, k1

Row 23, 29, 35: *P1, k2; repeat from * to last 6, p1, k1, k2tog, k1, p1

Row 24, 30, 36: K1, p3, *k1, p2; repeat from * to last stitch, k1

Row 25, 31, 37: *P1, k2; repeat from * to last 5, p1, k2tog, k1, p1

BO (19 stitches)

Back

Pick up 31 stitches from stitch holder

Row 1, 7, 13, 19, 25 (WS): *K1, p2; repeat from * to last stitch, k1

Row 2, 8, 14, 20: *P1, k2; repeat from * to last 4, k2tog, k1, p1

Row 3, 9, 15, 21: K1, p4, *k1, p2; repeat from * to last stitch, k1

Row 4, 10, 16, 22: *P1, k2; repeat from * to last 6, p1, k1, k2tog, k1, p1

Row 5, 11, 17, 23: K1, p3, *k1, p2; repeat from * to last stitch, k1

Row 6, 12, 18, 24: *P1, k2; repeat from * to last 5, p1, k2tog, k1, p1

Row 26: *P1, k2; repeat from * to last stitch, p1

19 stitches remain. 

Repeat rows 25 and 26 until length of top from working stitches to base of braid measures 14″ (or is of equal length to front). End on WS side row. BO

Wrap Top (Left)

Row 1 (WS): Pick up and purl 88 stitches along 18″ of braided base (measuring from right to left on wrong side and continuing behind Wrap Top Right)

Row 2, 8, 14: *P1, k2; repeat from * to last stitch, p1

Row 3, 9, 15: *K1, p2; repeat from * to last 4, p2tog, p1, k1

Row 4, 10, 16: P1, k4, *p1, k2; repeat from * to last stitch, p1

Row 5, 11, 17: *K1, p2; repeat from * to last 6, k1, p1, p2tog, p1, k1

Row 6, 12, 18: P1, k3, *p1, k2; repeat from * to last stitch, p1

Row 7, 13: *K1, p2; repeat from * to last 5, k1, p2tog, p1, k1

Armholes

Row 19: *K1, p2; continue from * for 30 stitches, k1, BO2 p-wise, *k1, p2; repeat from * to last 5, k1, p2tog, p1, k1. Place right side of BO on stitch holder. 46 stitches in play.

Row 20, 26, 32, 38: *P1, k2; repeat from * to last stitch, p1

Row 21, 27, 33: K1, p1, p2tog, *p2, k1; repeat from * to last 6, p2, p2tog, p1, k1

Row 22, 28, 34: P1, k4, *p1, k2; repeat from * to last 6, p1, k4, p1

Row 23, 29, 35: K1, p1, p2tog, p1, *k1, p2; repeat from * to last 6, k1, p1, p2tog, p1, k1

Row 24, 30, 36: P1, k3, *p1, k2; repeat from * to last 5, p1, k3, p1

Row 25, 31, 37: K1, p1, p2tog, *k1, p2; repeat from * to last 5, k1, p2tog, p1, k1

28 stitches remain

Row 39, 45, 51: *K1, p2; repeat from * to last 6, p2, p2tog, p1, k1

Row 40, 46, 52: P1, k4, *p1, k2; repeat from * to last stitch, p1

Row 41, 47, 53: *K1, p2; repeat from * to last 6, k1, p1, p2tog, p1, k1

Row 42, 48, 54: P1, k3, *p1, k2; repeat from * to last stitch, p1

Row 43, 49, 55: *K1, p2; repeat from * to last 5, k1, p2tog, p1, k1

Row 44, 50, 56: P1, k2; repeat from * to last stitch, p1

19 stitches remain

BO p-wise

Back

Pick up 31 stitches from stitch holder

Row 1, 7, 13, 19, 25: *P1, k2; repeat from * to last stitch, p1

Row 2, 8, 14, 20: *K1, p2; repeat from * to last 4, p2tog, p1, k1

Row 3, 9, 15, 21: P1, k4, *p1, k2; repeat from * to last stitch, p1

Row 4, 10, 16, 22: *K1, p2; repeat from * to last 6, k1, p1, p2tog, p1, k1

Row 5, 11, 17, 23: P1, k3, *p1, k2; repeat from * to last stitch, p1

Row 6, 12, 18, 24: *K1, p2; repeat from * to last 5, k1, p2tog, k1, p1

Row 26: *K1, p2; repeat from * to last stitch, k1

19 stitches remain. 

Repeat rows 25 and 26 until length of top from working stitches to base of braid measures 14″ (or is of equal length to front). End on RS side row. BO p-wise

Sew BO edges of wrap front left to wrap back left and the BO edges of wrap from right to wrap back right.

Weave in ends.

Sew 3 buttons to braided base opposite buttonholes. Open Photo Booth and party like it’s 2005.

Fair Isle Tank

Materials
Needles – US 8, Circular
Yarn – Knit Picks Shine Worsted, 2 skeins (150.0 yards, 3.53 ounces) in Serrano, 2 skeins (150.0 yards, 3.53 ounces) in Sweet Potato, 3 skeins (225.0 yards, 5.29 ounces) in Crocus
Gauge
19 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in ST
Fair Isle Pattern
11 stitch repeat

Pattern

CO 165 in MC
Row 1: Knit. Join in round
Rows 2-9: Knit
Row 10: Purl
Rows 11-19: Knit rows 1-9 in Fair Isle Pattern 
Row 20: Continue in Fair Isle Pattern, picking up CO edge and knitting together
Rows 21-67: Continue in Fair Isle Pattern
Row 68: Knit row 58 in Fair Isle Pattern to last 5 sts, BO5
Row 69: (In CC2) BO4, k74, BO8, k to end (148 stitches remain)
Back Left
Row 70 (RS): K1, p2, k2, p27, k2, p2, k1. Place remaining stitches on stitch holder
Row 71: P1, k2, p2tog, k to last 5, p2tog, k2, p1
Row 72: K1, p2, k2, p to last 5, k2, p2, k1
Repeat rows 71 and 72 until 9 stitches remain, ending on RS row
Row 1 (WS): K1, p2, k1, p1, k1, p2, k1
Row 2: P1, k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, p1
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until purple section measures 8” from row 69.
Back Right, Front Left, and Front Right
Pick up 37 stitches from stitch holder
Row 71 (WS): K1, p2, k2, p to last 5, k2, p2, k1
Row 72: K1, p2, k2, p to last 5, k2, p2, k1
Repeat rows 71 and 72 until 9 stitches remain, ending on RS row
Row 1 (WS): K1, p2, k1, p1, k1, p2, k1
Row 2: P1, k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, p1
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until purple section measures 7” from row 69, ending on WS row, BO
Stitch shoulders together. Weave in ends.

 

Beach Sweater

Materials

Yarn: Queensland Collection Rustic Merino Sport in Shamrock,  skeins (equal to yards/ meters,  ounces)

Needles:

US 6 straight

US 6 DPN

US 8 straight

Gauge

Size needles

Stockinette st

36 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches

Abbreviations

TS – K 2nd st, leave on needle, k first st, slip both stitches off needle

SSK – Slip, slip, knit

YO – Yarn over

WS: Wrong side

RS: Right Side

M1 – Make 1

SSP – Slip, slip, purl

Patterns

LC: TS, YO, SSK; repeat from * to end

Back

CO 112 with size 6 needles
Row 1: *K2, p2; repeat from * to end
 
Continue in 2×2 rib as established until rib measures 4\” ending on RS row. Switch to size 8 needles.
 
Row 1 (WS): K4, p to last 4, k4. Place marker in center of row
Row 2: P4, *YO, TS, k2tog; repeat from * to marker, *SSK, TS, YO; repeat from * to last 4, p4
Row 3: K4, p to last 4, k4
 
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until back measures 11” from bottom of rib. End on RS row.
 

Armhole decreases

Rows 1, 3, 5, 7 (WS): K5, p to last 5, k5
Row 2: P3, p2tog, k3, *YO, TS, k2tog; repeat from * to marker, *SSK, TS, YO; repeat from * to last 8, k3, p2tog, p3
Row 4: P3, p2tog, k2, *YO, TS, k2tog; repeat from * to marker, *SSK, TS, YO; repeat from * to last 7, k2, p2tog, p3
Row 6: P3, p2tog, k1, *YO, TS, k2tog; repeat from * to marker, *SSK, TS, YO; repeat from * to last 6, k1, p2tog, p3
Row 8: P3, p2tog, *YO, TS, k2tog; repeat from * to marker, *SSK, TS, YO; repeat from * to last 5, p2tog, p3
 
Repeat rows 1-8 for 6”. (70 stitches remain) End on RS row
 

Back (Left)

Row 1 (WS): K5, p to 10 stitches before marker. Place remaining stitches on stitch holder
Row 2: K2, *SSK, TS, YO; repeat from * to last 7, k2, p2tog, p to end
Rows 3, 5, 7, 9: k5, p to end
Row 4: K2, *SSK, TS, YO; repeat from * to last 6, k1, p2tog, p to end
Row 6: K2, *SSK, TS, YO; repeat from * to last 5, p2tog, p to end
Row 8: K2, *SSK, TS, YO; repeat from * to last 7, k3, p2tog, p to end
 
Repeat rows 2-9 until 19 stitches remain
 
End on WS row
 
BO
 

Back (Right)

(RS) Pick up 25 stitches from the right side of the stitch holder, leaving 20.
Rows 1, 3, 5, 7 (WS): P to last 5, k5
Row 2: P3, p2tog, k2, *YO, TS, K2tog; repeat from * to last 2, k2
Row 4: P3, p2tog, k1, *YO, TS, K2tog; repeat from * to last 2, k2
Row 6: P3, p2tog, *YO, TS, K2tog; repeat from * to last 2, k2
Row 8: P3, p2tog, k3, *YO, TS, K2tog; repeat from * to last 2, k2
 
Repeat rows 1-8 until 19 stitches remain
 
End on WS row
 
BO
 

Front

Repeat Back
 
Stitch front and back together at the BO edges of shoulders
 

Sleeves

CO 40 with size 6 needles
K in 2×2 rib until sleeve measures 1 1/2\”. End on RS row (11 rows). Evenly increase 4 stitches on final row.
 
Switch to size 8 needles. Place marker in center of row.
 
Row 1 (WS): K2, p to last 2, k2
Row 2: P2 (+n), *YO, TS, K2tog; repeat from * to marker, *SSK, TS, YO; repeat from * to last 2, p2 (+n+
 
Repeat rows 1 and 2, increasing 1 stitch on either side every inch until sleeve measures 17.5 inches from bottom of cuff
 
End on WS row
 
Row 1 (RS): P1, TS, p2tog, p12, continue in pattern to last 17, p12, p2tog, TS, p1
Row 2: K1, p2, k13, k to last 16, k13, p2, k1
Row 3: P1, TS, p2tog, p11, continue in pattern to last 17, p11, p2tog, TS, p1
 

Neck

Row 1 (WS): With size 6 DPNs, pick up and knit 20 stitches from back stitch holder, pick up and knit 25, pick up and knit 20 stitches from front stitch holder, pick up and knit 25. Evenly distribute 90 stitches across 4 DPNs
Row 2: *K1, p1; repeat from * to end
 
Repeat row 2 until neck reaches 2\” BO loosely
 
Fold in half, sew end to inside of sweater. Sew tops of sleeves to armholes, then stitch together sleeves and sides of sweater. Weave in tails.
 
 

Asparagus Sweater Dress

I started this dress six years ago with a vague idea of a cable that grew outwards to fill a pleated skirt. The problem is that once I started cabling, the midsection was only slightly wider than my thigh. If I had started over at the time, maybe even stretched myself to do a little math, I would have had a much easier time of it, since this yarn I inherited in a full stash from a family friend when she decided one day she would never knit again, is now discontinued.

Pattern

Materials

Needles – US 6 – 4.0 mm

Yarn –

MC – Cascade Yarns Pima Tencel in 4084, 10 skeins = 890.0 yards (813.8 meters), 17.64 ounces (Discontinued)

CC1 – Knit Picks Shine Worsted in Peapod, 9 skeins = 675.0 yards (617.2 meters), 15.87 ounces

Gauge – 12 stitches and 14 rows = 2 inches in ST

Skirt

CO 442 in MC

Row 1: *P2, K2; rep from * to last 2, P2. Join in round.

Continue in 2×2 rib as established for 1” K in ST st until skirt reaches 12” from bottom of rib.

Rows 1-7: *P1, k16; repeat from * to end

Rows 8-14: *P2, k6, p2, k6, p1; repeat from * to end

Rows 15-18: *P3, k4, p4, k4, p2; repeat from * to end

Row 19: *P2, k2tog, k2, SSK, p2, p2tog, k2, SSK, p1; repeat from * to end

Row 20: *P2, k4, p2, k4, p1; repeat from * to end

Row 21: *P1, k2tog, k3, p2, k3, SSK; repeat from * to end

Row 22: *P1, k2tog, k3, p2, k3, SSK; repeat from * to end

Row 22: *P1, k4, p2, k4; repeat from * to end

Rows 23 and 31: *P1, Sl5 onto CN, H2F, k5, k5 off CN; repeat from * to end

Rows 24-30 and 32-44: *P1, k4, p2, k4; repeat from * to end

Repeat rows 23-44

Colorwork (Optional)

Row 31: *P1, sl5 onto CN, H2F, [k5] in CC1, k5 off CN; repeat from * to end

Rows 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44: *[P1, k4, p2] in CC1, k4; repeat from * to end

Rows 33, 35, 37, 39, 41, 43: *P1, [k4 in CC1], p2, k4; repeat from * to end

Row 45: *P1, sl5 onto CN, H2F, k5, [k5 off CN] in CC1; repeat from * to end

Rows 46, 48, 50: *P1, k4, p2, [k4] in CC1; repeat from * to end

Rows 47, 49, 51: *[P1] in CC1, k4, [p2, k4] in CC1; repeat from * to end

Row 52: *P1, sl5 onto CN, H2F, [k5] in CC1, k5 off CN; repeat from * to end

Repeat rows 31-51

Switch to CC1. Continue in wide rib (P1, k4, p2, k4) until dress measures 25” from bottom of hem.

Back

Row 1: P1, k4, p2tog, *k4, p1, k4, p2; repeat from * 11 times, k4, p1, p2tog, k4, p1. Place remaining stitches on stitch holder

Row 2 (WS): K1, p4, k2, continue in established pattern to last 7, k2, p4, k1

Row 3: P1, k4, p2tog, continue in pattern to last 7, p2tog, k4, p1

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until 134 stitches remain. End on WS row.

Back (Right)

Place marker in center of row

Row 1 (RS): P1, k4, p2tog, continue in pattern to marker. Place remaining stitches on stitch holder.

Row 2: (WS): K1, p4, k2, continue in pattern to last 7, k2, p4, k1

Row 3: P1, k4, p2tog, continue in pattern to last 7, p2tog, k4, p1

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until 22 stitches remain. End on WS row.

BO

Back (Left)

Pick up stitches from stitch holder

Row 1 (RS): continue in pattern to last 7, p2tog, k4, p1

Row 2: (WS): K1, p4, k2, continue in pattern to last 7, k2, p4, k1

Row 3: P1, k4, p2tog, continue in pattern to last 7, p2tog, k4, p1

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until 22 stitches remain. End on WS row.

BO

Front

Pick up stitches from stitch holder

Row 1: (RS) make 1 p-wise, k4, p2tog, continue in pattern to last 6, p2tog, k4, make 1 p-wise

Row 2 (WS): K1, p4, k2, continue in established pattern to last 7, k2, p4, k1

Row 3: P1, k4, p2tog, continue in pattern to last 7, p2tog, k4, p1

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until 134 stitches remain. End on WS row

Repeat steps from back right and left. Sew together at the shoulders. Weave in tails

A Tale of Two Sweaters

The week before Thanksgiving 2011, I grabbed the top of my mannequin and molded some cables around it. I pictured myself in a jaw-dropping neon orange sweater saying “this old thing? I made it myself.” Objectively, that isn’t a great reason to do anything. In my case, it set me up for disappointment.  
I was a 15-year-old freshly out of braces trying to be impressive and had never once looked at a sweater pattern, so I made a few strategic errors. First, I didn’t understand the difference between my measurements and a sweater’s finished measurements – hint from the present: a sweater should be bigger than what it covers. Then I made the choice to pair chunky yarn with size 4 needles. Two days before Thanksgiving and 5 skeins in, I was still toting around a tank top on a torso. That year I trudged through the woods of my great aunt’s property in giant hiking boots and another skin-tight bright orange sweater that I bought from The Limited, a failure.
 
The picture of the first and only time I wore this sweater – before the tails had even been woven in, and several months after Thanksgiving – illustrates my problem. With ten years worth of hindsight, the original sweater really isn’t that bad. If you overlook the fact that I paired it with a beige button-down, this walking sauna was a good first effort. This is a sweater – and a teenager – that deserves a do-over. 
 

Twist V-Neck Sweater

 

Materials

Yarn: Berroco Vintage Chunky in Chana Dal, 7 skeins (equal to 952.0 yards/870.5 meters, 24.69 ounces)

Needles: US 8 – 5.0 mm and US 10 – 6.0 mm (circular)

 

Gauge

Size 10 needles

Stockinette st

16 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches

 

Abbreviations

Kf&b – Knit front and back

Pf&b – Purl front and back

TS – K 2nd st, leave on needle, k first st, slip both stitches off needle.

C: Sl3 onto CN, H2F, k3, k3 off CN

 

PC: Sl3 onto CN, H2F, p3, p3 off CN

WS: Wrong side

RS: Right Side

Patterns

Cable Pattern 1 (in the round)
Rows 1-6: K3, p2, k6, p2, k3
Row 7: K3, p2, C, p2, k3
 
Cable Pattern 2 (straight needles) 
Maintain pattern as established in Cable Pattern 1, alternating C and PC
 

Body

CO 128 with size 8 needles
Row 1: *K1, p1; rep from * to end. Join in round 
 
Continue in established 1×1 rib for 3” 
 
Row 1: *K1, p1, k1, pf&b; repeat from * to end
Row 2: *K1, pf&b, k1, p2; repeat from * to end
 
Switch to size 10 needles
 
Knit in Cable Pattern 1 until sweater measures 12” in length from bottom of rib. Place marker in center of row.
 
Row 1: P1, TS, p2tog, continue in cable pattern until 5 stitches before the marker, p2tog, TS, p1. Place remaining stitches on stitch holder.
 

Raglan Armholes (Back)

Row 1 (WS): K1, p2, k2, knit in Cable Pattern 2 until last 5 stitches, k2, p2, k1
Row 2: P1, TS, P2tog, continue in Cable Pattern 2 until last 5 stitches, p2tog, TS, p1
 
Continue raglan armhole pattern until 56 stitches remain. End on WS row. BO

Raglan Armholes (Front)

Pick up front stitches from stitch holder
 
Row 1 (RS): P1, TS, p2tog, knit Cable Pattern 2 to last 5 stitches, p2tog, TS, p1
Row 2: K1, p2, k2, continue in cable pattern until last 5 stitches, k2, p2, k1
 
Continue raglan armhole pattern until 79 stitches remain. End on WS row.
 
Row 1: P1, TS, p2tog, k29 in cable pattern, p2tog, TS, p1. Place remaining stitches on stitch holder.
Row 2 (WS): K1, p2, k2, k in cable pattern to last 5, k2, p2, k1
Row 3: P1, TS, p2tog, k in cable pattern to last 5, p2tog, TS, p1
 
Repeat rows 2-3 until 17 stitches remain. End on WS row
 
Row 1 (RS): BO to last 4, complete raglan edge.
Row 2: K1, p2, k1
Row 3: P1, TS, p1
 
Continue until raglan edge extension measures 2.5”
 

Front (Left) 

Row 2: (WS) k1, p2, k2, k in cable pattern to last 5, k2, p2, k1
 
Repeat rows 1-2 until 17 stitches remain. End on RS row
 
Row 1: (WS) BO p-wise to last 4, complete raglan edge 
 
Row 2: k1, p2, k1
Row 3: p1, TS, p1
 
Continue until raglan edge extension measures 16”. Place on stitch holder.
 

Sleeves

CO 36 with size 8 needles
Row 1: *K1, p1; repeat from * to end
Row 2: *P1, k1; repeat from * to end
Continue for 3 inches, ending on WS row. Evenly increase 4 stitches on last row. 
 
Switch to size 10 needles
 
(RS) Knit in Cable Pattern 2, increasing 1 stitch on either size every inch until sleeve from bottom of rib measures 18″. End in WS row. 68 stitches remain (no increases on final inch)
 
Row 1: P1, TS, p2tog, continue to last 5, p2tog, TS, p1
Row 2: K1, p2, k2, continue to last 5, k2, p2, k1
 
Repeat until 20 stitches remain, ending on WS row. BO
 
Make another sleeve, moving 8 stitches down in cable pattern. Sew raglan sleeve edges to raglan armholes (continuing past raglan armholes to meet neckline). Then sew extended raglan edge around the neckline. Sew ends of neckline together.

Cabled Hat

Size: Women’s Medium

Materials

Size 10 DPNs
120 yards of your squishiest, chunkiest stash yarn

Gauge

9 stitches and 9 rows = 2 inches
in 1×1 rib

Pattern

KTS: Knit 2nd stitch, leave on needle, knit first stitch, slip both stitches off needle.
PTS: Purl 2nd stitch, leave on needle, purl first stitch, slip both stitches off needle.
C1: Sl2 onto CN, H2F, k2, k2 off CN, k2
C2: K2, sl2 onto CN, H2B, k2, k2 off CN
CO 60
Row 1: *K2, p2; repeat from * to end. Join in round
Row 2: *KTS, PTS; repeat from * to end
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until the brim measures 4″. End on odd row.
Rows 1 and 6: *KTS, p2, k6, p2; repeat from * to end
Rows and 5: *K2, p2, k6, p2; repeat from * to end
Row 3:*KTS, p2, C1, p2; repeat from * to end
Row 7: *K2, p2, C2, p2; repeat from * to end
Repeat rows 1-7 4 times, or until hat measures 8.5″
Row 1: *K2tog, p2, k6, p2; repeat from * to end
Row 2: *K1, p2, k6, p2; repeat from * to end
Row 3: *SSK, p1, C1, p2; repeat from * to end
Row 4: *K1, p1, k6, p2; repeat from * to end
Row 5: *SSK, k6, p2; repeat from * to end
Row 6: *K1, C2, p2; repeat from * to end
Row 7: *SSK, k5, p2; repeat from * to end
Row 8: *K6, p2; repeat from * to end
Row 9: *SSK, k4, p2; repeat from * to end
Row 10: *SSK, k3, p2; repeat from * to end
Row 11: *SSK, k2, p2; repeat from * to end
Row 12: *SSK, k1, p2; repeat from * to end
Row 13: *SSK, p2; repeat from * to end
Row 14: SSK to end
Cut yarn, thread tail through remaining stitches, pull taught.

Braided Cable Scarf

Materials

Yarn – Berroco Vintage Chunky Yarn in Tang, 4 skeins

Needles – size 10 straight

 

Gauge

8 stitches and 11 rows = 2” in Stockinette stitch

 

Abbreviations

CO – cast on

sl – slip

CN – cable needle

H2B – hold to back

 

H2F – hold to front

BO – Bind off

 

Patterns

C1: Sl4 onto CN, H2F, k4, k4 off CN, k4

C2: K4, sl4 onto CN, H2B, k4, k4 off CN

 

CO 34

Rows 1-7: Knit

Rows 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, and 24: K4, P12, K2, P12, K4

Rows 9, 11, 15, 17, 21, and 23: Knit

Row 13: K4, C1, k2, C1, k4

 

 

Row 19: K4, C2, k2, C2, k4

 

Repeat rows 13-24 until scarf measures 60\” (or desired length)

Rows 1-7: Knit

BO

Fringe

Cut 48 9\” pieces of yarn. Take 2 strands and thread all 4 ends through the needle. Pierce the bottom edge of the scarf from back to front and pull yarn partially through, forming a loop. Pull ends through the loop and pull together. Repeat across the bottom and top ends of the scarf 12 times each. 

Double V Ribbed Tank

Materials
Yarn – Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in Charcoal, 3 skeins (576.0 yards (526.7 meters), 5.29 ounces)
Needles: Size 5 straight
Gauge – 13 stitches and 18 rows = 2 inches
in ST
Size: Women’s Small

Back

CO 110
Row 1: (RS) *P2, k2; continue from * to end, p2
Continue in 2×2 rib as established until tank measures 11” ending in WS row. Place marker in the middle of the row – between stitch 55 and 56
LC1: P2tog, sl2 onto CN, H2F, p1, k2 off CN
RC1: sl1 onto CN, H2B, k2, p1 off CN, p2tog, k1
Row 1: (RS) LC1, p1, *k2, p2; rep from * 10 times (7 sts remain in front of marker), p1, RC1. Place stitches on left of marker on stitch holder.

Back Right

Row 2: P1, k2, p2, k1, *p2, k2; rep from * 10 times, p2, k1, p2, k2

Row 3: LC1, *k2, p2; rep from * 10 times, k2, RC1

Row 4: P1, k2, p4, *k2, p2; rep from * 10 times, p2, k2
Row 5: LC1, k1, *p2, k2; rep from * 9 times, p2, k1, RC1
Row 6: P1, k2, p3, *k2, p2; rep from * 9 times, k2, p3, k2
Row 7: LC1, *p2, k2; rep from * 9 times, p2, RC1
Row 8: P1, *k2, p2; rep from * to last 2, k2
Row 9: LC1, p1, *k2, p2; rep from * 8 times, k2, p1, RC1
Row 10: P1, k2, p2, k1, *p2, k2; rep from * 8 times, p2, k1, p2, k2
Row 11: LC1, *k2, p2; rep from * 8 times, k2, RC1
Row 12: P1, k2, p4, *k2, p2; rep from * 8 times, p2, k2
Row 13: LC1, k1, *p2, k2; rep from * 7 times, p2, k2, RC1
Row 14: P1, k2, p3, *k2, p2; rep from * 8 times, p1, k2
Row 15: LC1, *p2, k2; rep from * 7 times, p2, RC1
Row 16: P1, *k2, p2; rep from * 9 times, k2
Row 17: LC1, p1, *k2, p2; rep from * 6 times, k2, p1, RC1
Row 18: P1, k2, p2, k1, *p2, k2; rep from * 6 times, p2, k1, p2, k2
Row 19: LC1, *k2, p2; rep from * 6 times, k2, RC1
Row 20: P1, k2, p4, *k2, p2; rep from * 6 times, p2, k2
Row 21: LC1, k1, *p2, k2; rep from * 5 times, p2, k1, RC1
Row 22: P1, k2, p3, *k2, p2; rep from * 6 times, p1, k2
Row 23: LC1, *p2, k2; rep from * 5 times, p2, RC1
Row 24: P1, *k2, p2; rep from * 7 times, k2
Row 25: LC1, p1, *k2, p2; rep from * 4 times, k2, p1, RC1
Row 26: P1, k2, p2, k1, *p2, k2; rep from * 4 times, p2, k1, p2, k2
Row 27: LC1, *k2, p2; rep from * 4 times, k2, RC1
Row 28: P1, k2, p4, *k2, p2; rep from * 5 times, p2, k2
Row 29: LC1, k1, *p2, k2, rep from * 3 times, p2, k1, RC1
Row 30: P1, k2, p3, *k2, p2; rep from * 4 times, p1, k2
Row 31: LC1, *p2, k2; rep from * 3 times, p2, RC1
Row 32: P1, *k2, p2; rep from * 5 times, k2
Row 33: *P2, k2; rep from * 5 times, p2, k1
Repeat rows 32 and 33 for 2.5″ inches (or until tank top reaches 18″) ending in WS row. BO.

Back Left

Pick up 55 stitches from stitch holder
RC2: K1, p2tog, sl2 onto CN, H2F, p1, k2 off CN
LC2: Sl1 onto CN, H2B, k2, p1 off CN, p2tog
Row 1: (RS) RC2, p1, *k2, p2; rep from * 10 times, k2, p1, LC2
Row 2: K2, p2, k1, *p2, k2; rep from * 10 times, p2, k1, p2, k2, p1
Row 3: RC2, *k2, p2; rep from * 10 times, k2, LC2
Row 4: K2, p4, *k2, p2; rep from * 10 times, p2, k2, p1
Row 5: RC2, k1, *p2, k2; rep from * 9 times, p2, k1, LC2
Row 6: K2, p3, *k2, p2; rep from * 10 times, p1, k2, p1
Row 7: RC2, *p2, k2; rep from * 9 times, p2, LC2
Row 8: *K2, p2; rep from * 11 times, k2, p1
Row 9: RC2, p1, *k2, p2; rep from * 8 times, k2, p1, LC2
Row 10: K2, p2, k1, *p2, k2; rep from * 8 times, p2, k1, p2, k2, p1
Row 11: RC2, *k2, p2; rep from * 8 times, k2, LC2
Row 12: K2, p4, *k2, p2; rep from * 8 times, p2, k2, p1
Row 13: RC2, k1, *p2, k2; rep from * 7 times, p2, k1, LC2
Row 14: K2, p3, *k2, p2; rep from * 8 times, p1, k2, p1
Row 15: RC2, *p2, k2; rep from * 7 times, p2, LC2
Row 16: *K2, P2; rep from * 9 times, k2, p1
Row 17: RC2, p1, *k2, p2; rep from * 6 times, k2, p1, LC2
Row 18: K2, p2, k1, *p2, k2; rep from * 6 times, p2, k1, p2, k2, p1
Row 19: RC2, *k2, p2; rep from * 6 times, k2, LC2
Row 20: K2, p4, *k2, p2; rep from * 6 times, p2, k2, p1
Row 21: RC2, k1, *p2, k2; rep from * 5 times, p2, k1, LC2
Row 22: K2, p3, *k2, p2; rep from * 6 times, p1, k2, p1
Row 23: RC2, *p2, k2; rep from * 5 times, p2, LC2
Row 24: *K2, p2; rep from * 7 times, k2, p1
Row 25: RC2, p1, *k2, p2; rep from * 4 times, k2, p1, LC2
Row 26: K2, p2, k1, *p2, k2; rep from * 4 times, p2, k1, p2, k2, p1
Row 27: RC2, *k2, p2; rep from * 4 times, k2, LC2
Row 28: K2, p4, *k2, p2; rep from * 4 times, p2, k2, p1
Row 29: RC2, k1, *p2, k2; rep from * 3 times, p2, k1, LC2
Row 30: K2, p3, *k2, p2; rep from * 4 times, p1, k2, p1
Row 31: RC2, *p2, k2; rep from * 3 times, p2, LC2
Row 32: *K2, p2; rep from * 5 times, k2, p1
Row 33: K1, *p2, k2; rep from * 5 times, p2
Repeat rows 32 and 33 for 2.5″ inches (or until tank top reaches 18″) ending in WS row. BO.

Front

Repeat pattern for back, back left, and back right. Stitch together at the sides and top. Weave in tails.