This is a great looking oversized shawl collar cardigan with a southwest feel. It is worked in one piece (from right center front to left center front) until the armholes. This method eliminates the need to match side seam stripes and weaving in yarn ends on the body. The yarn ends at the center fronts are knotted and tucked behind the sewn down facings. The only clean up, of yarn ends from color changes, is along the armholes. I wrote the pattern in two sizes small/medium and medium/large. The difference sizes are achieved by knitting the sweater in two different gauges on different size needles. It is best to refer to the yardage to determine how many skeins or balls to purchase. Using Lamb's Pride 23 skeins of 20 colors are needed. brown requires 228 grams (394 yards) red requires 141 grams (219) yards The remaining colors go from 22 grams (41 yards) to 62 grams (94 yards). The total yardage is much less than 4370.
NOTE: INSTRUCTIONS ARE WRITTEN WITH ONE SET OF NUMBERS. THE DIFFERENT SIZES SMALL/MEDIUM AND MEDIUM/LARGE ARE A RESULT OF WORKING IN DIFFERENT GAUGES WITH DIFFERENT SIZE NEEDLES. size small/medium 18 stitches and 24 rows = 4" on size 8 needles size medium/large 17 stitches and 23 rows = 4" on size 9 needles