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This began life as my 2008 NaKniSweMo (National Knit a Sweater Month) sweater, but as the compliments piled up at my local yarn store, I decided to offer it for sale as well. It's extraordinarily flattering for plus-sized women, includes shaping where you need it, and could be knit from just about any yarn you fancy that cables well.
Rivulet features cable shaping, a peplum that looks great on knitters of all sizes, and inset panels under the arm that give a charming swing to the finished piece. The front, neckline and shoulders use garter stitch on all edges for rustic charm, but advanced knitters or cable fans can easily adapt the charts given here to make cabled edges. You could also make seed stitch edges or something incorporating your favorite stitch pattern - the pattern is very forgiving. The upper arms are knit in 1x1 rib, which is exceptionally flattering for plus sizes, not to mention comfortable and flexible.
Shown in Beaverslide Dry Goods Fisherman Weight yarn, a mule-spun 2-ply yarn with almost handspun consistency, you could easily make this pattern in just about any popular yarn or even your own handspun.
4 sts and 6 rows = 1" / 2.5 cm
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