- The body is worked flat in one piece, from hem to underarm, on a circular needle to accommodate the large number of stitches. The back is shaped with increases on the interior of the piece over the lower portion of the garment, which causes the fronts to tilt forward and drape dramatically. The fronts and back are worked separately from underarm to shoulder. The shoulders are shaped with short rows, then the shoulder stitches are bound off, and the remaining neck stitches are placed on hold for the collar. The collar is worked in one piece after joining the shoulders. The sleeves are worked circularly from cuff to underarm, then the sleeve cap is worked flat.
- 17¾ (19¾, 21¾, 23¾, 25¾, 27¾)” back width from center of underarm to center of underarm; approximately 35½ (39½, 43½, 47½, 51½, 55½)” circumference at chest with fronts overlapping
- Sample shown is size 39½” with + 6½” ease on model
Need help picking a size? See our resource page on Selecting a Sweater Size 101.
- 16 stitches & 46 rows = 4″ in Brioche Stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
Note: For Brioche Stitch, each elongated stitch in a column of knit stitches represents two rows; when you count these it will appear that 23 rows = 4″ 18 stitches & 28 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch with Size B needle(s), after blocking 19-stitch panel from either chart measures 4″ wide with Size A needle(s), after blocking
Size A (for Brioche Fabric)
- One 32″ or 40″ circular needle and one spare circular needle (32″ or longer) in size needed to obtain Brioche Stitch gauge listed
- Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)
Size B (for Stockinette Stitch Fabric)
- One 16″ circular needle and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs)*, in size needed to obtain stockinette stitch gauge listed
- Suggested Size: 5 mm (US 8)
Size C (for Ribbing)
- One set of DPNs* three sizes smaller than Size B
- Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)
Size D (for Sleeve Tubular Cast On only)
- One set of DPNs* one size smaller than Size C
- Suggested Size: 3½ mm (US 4)
*32″ circular needle can be used instead of DPNs and/or 16″ circular needle if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round (i.e., Sleeves).
Note: If you have adjusted the needle size to obtain the correct gauge, it may or may not be necessary to make a matching adjustment to the needle size used for Tubular Cast On due to variance in individual work. You may wish to test your chosen cast-on method on your swatch.
Please note: the stitch patterns in this garment are charted only.