This lovely sweater, with just a bit of texture at the cast on edges and smocking across the shoulders is a versatile addition to any wardrobe. The V neck shaping is echoed by a V at the back of the neck. The smocking is continuous across the front shoulder and the back shoulder, where it's attached to an angled back for a better fit.
Yarn: 890[1000, 1150, 1250, 1350, 1475, 1575] yards of heavy worsted or aran weight yarn. Sample shown in Swans Island Merino Worsted (Natural Heathers are colored with natural alpaca, and dyed versions are 100% Organic Merino Wool, 250 yds per 100 gm skein) in 'Oatmeal'; 11 wpi
Needles: 4.5mm (US 7) circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge. A 32-inch or longer circular needle recommended.
Gauge: 19 stitches & 26 rows in 4 inches (10cm) square in stockinette stitch after blocking.
Finished Sizes: XS[S, M, L, 1x, 2x, 3x] corresponding to bust circumference of 32[36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56] inches (81.5[91.5, 101.5, 112, 122, 132, 142]cm). For specific measurements, see schematic on page 2.
Notions: 4 stitch markers, cable needle, scrap yarn or stitch holders to hold live stitches, tapestry needle to weave in ends. Seven buttons (5/8-inch).
Pattern Includes: written instructions
Stitches Used: knit, purl, k2tog, slipped stitches, ssk, p2tog, wrap & turn short rows with detailed instructions, make 1 left, make 1 right, make 1 purl, smocking with detailed instructions, working buttonholes.
Other Details: This sweater is knit flat with fronts and back in one piece from the bottom hem to the armhole bind off, with waist shaping set in to form darts on both fronts and the back. At the armholes, the fronts and back split. The back is gently shaped and then short rows are added to make a peak of fabric at the center back. The smocked fronts of the sweater wrap over the tops of the shoulders to create the back neck shaping, then they are seamed into the short row peak on the center back. This creates a V at the neck in both front and back, with angled shoulders for fit and continuous smocking pattern over the shoulder. This sweater is designed to be worn with 1-2 inches (2.5-5cm) of positive ease. The narrowest point of the sweater will hit at the natural waist. Sweater is shown in 37 inch finished size on a 36 inch bust.
19 stitches & 26 rows in 4 inches (10cm) square in stockinette stitch after blocking.
I started sewing when I was a toddler on one of those drilled out boards where you use a shoelace and sew the outline of a fish or a duck. Once I could wield scissors I started sewing dresses for my dolls.
I added crochet when I was 8, cross stitching when I was 10, beading at 11, and knitting at 16. And I started binding books in college.