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Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy ...

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Cunning Cotton Cover

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Cunning Cotton Cover
Cunning Cotton Cover
Cunning Cotton Cover

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • following multiple directions at a time -- lace edging while shaping, etc
  • basic yo, ssk, k2tog
  • knitting in the round

Pattern Description:

The name says it all ... designed to show the color-striping (and the wearer's shape) to best advantage: with self-scalloped border ... single button closure ... 3/4 sleeves with minimal finishing in a colorway with "pops" of color ... cunning, indeed!

Knit side-to-side, the cotton/rayon/silk blend yarn means this sweater will go from work to an evening out ... or even look great on the Beach, thrown over a suit or strappy sundress.

There is minimal finishing needed for this beauty - shoulder seams, tucking ends, sewing buttons are all the "finishing needed". Garter bands on edges keep the jacket from curling; on the fronts, this garter band folds just above the button to create "lapels".

The sample shown (a medium) used just over 1000 yards of worsted weight (knit in Plymouth's Kudo - cotton 55%, rayon 40%, silk5%), worked on US#8's.

Pattern includes charts and written directions and comes in sizes Sm (32-34) thru 5X (60-62). NOTE: if your stitch/row gauge is different than what I achieved, work the number of stitches/rows which will give you the measured lengths in the following chart (rather than relying on the number of stitches/rows I give you). When in doubt, measure and get the inches shown.


14sts x 22 rws = 4" in stockinette worked flat and blocked

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Sm (32-34) thru 5X (60-62)


  • approx 875 (1025, 1110, 1225, 1300, 1475, 1575, 1650) yards of worsted weight cotton/cotton blend yarn; sample used Plymouth's Kudo (color #61), a cotton/rayon/silk blend
  • US #8 circs (16- and 40-inch circs)
  • 2 stitch markers
  • tapestry needle to tuck in ends
  • 1-1/2 inch button (or shawl pin or leave open)

Suggested yarn:

1650 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Plymouth Kudo


#061 - blues, greens, purples, hint of pink