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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.

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Bedroom Slippers

When I was 11 or so, I rented a spinning wheel to live out an ultimately boring Sleeping Beauty fantasy. I spun just one chunky skein of yarn – light yellow and green twined together in a lemon-lime sugar rush. If my memory can be trusted – which it usually can’t – it took me the whole second season of Gilligan’s Island of DVD. The payoff vacillated between lace weight and super chunky worsted.

I never made anything with that yarn. 14 years later it’s still at the bottom of a basket. I tried a couple of times, but without a consistent gauge it wouldn’t have made anything good. I stuck with the color combination, though. It inspired a pair of slippers later that year. What I don’t remember is what inspired me to use cardboard box flaps covered in novelty yarn for the soles.

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Abstract Sweater

I didn’t study much my senior year in college. Instead, I spent a solid chunk of my time painting abstracts with tiny brushes on five inch squares of canvas. I see painting now as a form of meditation – clearing my thoughts to focus on swirls of complementary color. But back then, as my rickety six inch greeting card easel toppled face down – wet paint meeting marble-slab-desk over and over – it may have been closer to non-threatening mania. At some point in between brush strokes and handfuls of sour patch kids, I opened an excel spreadsheet, and mapped out an abstract color work pattern. I thought about knitting a t-shirt, or a blanket, or a pillow like the painted ones my parents kept in their foyer, and then I did nothing.

Until last week. When I placed an irresponsibly large order of multi-colored pima cotton on Knit Picks.

It’s eye-searing. And I’m in love.

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Layering Tank

I don’t usually knit much in the summer. Party because I live in Georgia and the heat and humidity create a small swamp wherever I set my hundreds of yards of wool – and partly because of my summer association with lacework. I have a prejudice against lacework that goes back 15 years to my sister learning to knit. She carved out a niche for herself pretty quickly as the delicate knitter – small gauges, delicate patterns, and lots and lots of lacework. I stuck to my chunky worsted finger puppets, avoiding anything I considered fiddly. But, I ordered a cute strappy tank top online to pair with some boyfriend jeans, and when it was tragically refunded I figured I make the top anyway.

For once, running out of yarn wasn’t as issue. I bought this Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in pink and blue in 2013 when I got my wisdom teeth taken out. And while I recovered, I bought and bought and bought it again to fund drugged projects I eventually frogged. But, waste not want not.

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The August Sweater

I’ve been wanting to knit something for my mom for a while (especially since I made a sweater for my dad last Christmas) and I finally got an opportunity when she stopped in front of a store window to look at a sleeveless knit top. It was a breezy design with an open gauge and a slight drape entirely appropriate for an August birthday. So I blatantly stole the idea.

Despite this being a pretty quick and easy knit, the first hurdle came when I got the yarn in the mail. I ordered a pima cotton blend the same color as the sweater in the window. But when I opened the plastic shipping bag, I got a whiff of a sheep in a thunderstorm. It’s a smell that takes me back in time to felting beach bags and blocking socks in the Jack and Jill bathroom my sister and I shared – and Dad walking in already holding his nose.

I got the smell out with The Laundress Wool and Cashmere Shampoo, which funnily enough, Mom bought me for Christmas last year, but it was down to the wire. I bound off the neckline last night, leaving me to furiously shampoo it – tails and all – in my bathroom sink at 2am. If it was still a little damp for her birthday dinner, despite some blowdryer action before my own shameless photoshoot with it – I say all the better for the fit if you block a sweater while wearing it.

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Little Red Top

I’m still stretching my imagination to the breaking point trying to make knitting a summer sport. My latest effort is all that remains of a few skeins of red cotton I bought over a decade ago at my then-local yarn store. True to form, it’s been discontinued for a while, although yarnsub.com lists Fibra Natura Radiant Cotton as an excellent match. For once, I didn’t have to test that theory, or revel in the fun part of stash yarn knitting – measuring the length between the last two tails to calculate the exact volume of a skein of yarn in stitches – in order to find out long the torso of my top could be. I did have to play around with sleeve length, but I’m pretty happy with the cap sleeves the yarn limited me to.

I’m also counting this as another re-do of an old knit, because I’ve taken inspiration from a gathered braid pattern I played around with back in 2013 – in an old blog draft titled “Rapunzel Braid” – that flared out before the first cable row. I thought about using it for a sweater dress – with the increases creating the skirt, but what stood out to me this time around was the texture.

So, combining a little cabling with a silhouette that a drunk girl in a bathroom called hot over three years ago, we have the Textured V-Neck Tee.

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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