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from Deb Hoss Knits
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Elsie

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit, long-tail CO, k2tog, k1-f/b
  • Kitchener stitch grafting and seaming
  • zipper installation (photo tutorial included)

Pattern Description:

Elsie the moto sweater is so much fun - easy to make and a blast to wear! Her thick garter fabric is dense and weighty like her leather motorcycle counterpart. Zippers, positioned diagonally at the center front and at sleeve cuffs, add to the authenticity of this design - and a bit of sparkle. You'll find this piece, worked flat from the bottom up in aran weight wool, to be a delightfully quick knit too. The overall garter stitch requires no blocking, enables virtually invisible shaping, and lends itself to easy seaming and zipper insertions by matching rows and following the paths of its large, defined stitches.

14 page pdf includes pattern instructions, photographs, schematics, assembly diagrams, photo tutorial for zipper installation, a row tracking grid for managing at-the-same-time instructions, and definitions for relevant abbreviations.



14.4 sts and 30 rows to 4 inches in garter stitch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Bust: 32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56 inches
  • Waist: 27, 31, 35, 39, 42, 47, 51 inches
  • Hips: 32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56 inches
  • Length: 25.25, 25.25, 25.5, 25.75, 25.75, 26, 26.25 inches


  • 1 29 or 32-inch circular needle, to manage multiple stitches (pattern knit flat)
  • 1 29 or 32-inch circular US10.5/6.5mm needle, to manage multiple stitches (pattern knit flat)
  • 1 set straight US10.5/6.5mm needles
  • Medium weight (#5) zippers - online zipper source info included
  • - 1 21-inch aluminum medium-weight, 2-way separating (for center front; best to wait until knitting is completed before ordering to ensure accurate length)
  • - 2 6-inch aluminum medium-weight closed zippers (for sleeves)

You Will Also Need:

  • Yarn needle, stitch markers, stitch holders
  • Thread, sewing needle, and pins for zipper insertion

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