Brilliant red in summer, chokecherries darken to nearly black by harvest time, when their sweetness is at its peak. The lacy leaves and red color of this sweater evoke blissful days of summer, wiling away the time, waiting for the fruit to ripen to perfection before making autumn's jams and syrups.
Basic stitches are set off with a parade of leaves all around. Sweater is knit in one piece from hem to armholes. Neckline is added after the shoulders have been seamed. Three-quarter length sleeves can be worked flat from the hem up, or in the round from the shoulder downboth options are included.
Yarn: fingering weight; 750, 800, 850, 875 [925, 975, 1000, 1050] yards.
Finished sizes: 35.75, 37.75, 39.75, 41.75 [43.75, 45.75, 47.75, 49.75] in; 91, 96, 101, 106 [111, 116, 121.5, 126.5] cm
Bust size: 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) smaller than finished sweater.
Model knit with Baah Yarn La Jolla in Burmese Ruby, finished size 41.75 in (106 cm); sleeves worked cuff up; 400 yards in 100 grams; 100% superwash merino. Model used 2 hanks of yarn; 6 grams (24 yards) remained.
Stitch instructions: Charted and written.
20 sts and 25 rows to 4 inches (10 cm) in stockinette stitch, blocked
I have knit and crocheted, and done various forms of embroidery and needlepoint since early grammar school. Making things with bits of colored string is so integral to my being that the few times of my life when I don't have *something* on the go feel empty, and without form.