this recipe is designed for an experienced knitter.
the pattern is written to fit a size 34 (you know… me…) however, i’ve designed it so that if you have a good grasp on gauge and basic sweater knitting, you can edit the pattern to fit your specific body type.
about how i came to this design: i’ve really been in a knitting slump these days and every sweater i’ve started i’ve frogged. i wasn’t entirely sure what the deal was but once i casted on for this it all came into focus. i’m a LAZY knitter. the two words shouldn’t meet and don’t come together naturally because knitting is inherently hard and takes quite a bit of time to master, but i have my happy place in my knitting where i settle in and let laziness reign. elizabeth zimmerman thought purling was (mostly) for chumps. i think working flat is asinine. so here we are. a yolk sweater worked in the round with a whopping six ends to weave in and you’re done.
3 balls KnitPicks Full Circle in Ponderosa (worsted, 220 yds)
1 18” US 8 circular needle
1 24” US 10 circular needle
1 set size US 10 double pointed needles
2 stitch markers
on size US 10 needles, worked in stockinette 4 sts & 5 rows/inch
using size 8 needles, CO 86 sts & join for working in the round (place marker)
work even 6 rounds
round 7, increase: * [k4, M1] once [k3, M1] thirteen times* repeat this increase pattern once more (114 sts)
rounds 8, 10, 12, & 13: knit
rounds 9 & 11: *k2 tog, yo repeat from * to end (switch to 24” US 10 needles on round 9 & continue with them for the remainder of the sweater)
round 14, increase: * [k5, M1] once [k4, M1] thirteen times* repeat this increase pattern once more (142 sts)
repeat rounds 8-13
round 20, increase: * [k6, M1] once [k5, M1] thirteen times* repeat this increase pattern once more (170 sts)
repeat rounds 8-13
round 26, increase: * [k7, M1] once [k6, M1] thirteen times* repeat this increase pattern once more (198 sts)
repeat rounds 8-13
next round: slip 37 sts onto scrap yarn, co4, pm (this marker will signify the beginning of the round), co4, knit 62, slip next 37 sts onto crap yarn, co4, pm, co4, knit to end
continue knitting around and decreasing one stitch on either side of the stitch markers (reducing 4 stitches) every 1 1/4” a total of 4 times (you will now have worked about 5” from underarm and reduced to 124 sts)
work even 1 1/4” and begin increasing one stitch on either side of the stitch markers (increasing 4 stitches) every 1 1/4” at total of 3 times (you will now have worked about 10” from underarm and increased back to 136 sts)
work even for 1 1/2”
you will begin working back and forth in short rows as follows:
turn the work so that you slip the marker signifying the beginning of the round back onto the right hand needle, then p10, wrap & turn, knit back across, sm, knit the entire length of the back , sm, k10, w&t
continue working this way until there are 11 stitches wrapped outside each marker ending on a purl side row (w&t one less stitch on each pass)
next row: knit the entire round picking up wraps as you come to them.
begin rib edge: k2tog, k1, p1 *k2,p1 repeat from * to end
continue working in k2,p1 rib for 5 more rounds & BO
sleeves: slip live stitches on scrap yarn to DPN’s, pick up and knit 9 sts at under arm where you had casted on earlier & place marker to signify the middle most point of the underarm (46 sts)
knit even for 6” then decrease one stitch on either side of marker (44 sts)
knit even for 6” then decrease one stitch on either side of marker (42 sts)
knit even for 2”
next 6 rounds, *k2, p1 repeat from * to end & BO
finish: block well & weave in all ends!
:: i realize this is a very loosely written pattern as is the theme of these “recipes” please let me know if you have any questions or comments. i designed this with the hope that you would lengthen the sleeves or body as you need to fit you perfectly & the simple yoke pattern and shaping would make it easy for you to increase the width as needed. i made this sweater in four days breaking my knitting slump & i hope it inspires something in all of my knitty friends ::
mara brought up a great point! here are the measurements for the finished garment:
the bust is 34”, waist 31”, hip 36” the front of the sweater (neckline to bind off edge) is 17” & the back is 22” the sleeves are 15” long (about 3/4 length) & 9” at the cuff or 4.5” diameter