Today I walked alone from Ingonish beach, along the wooded cliff. It was not a mild day, but classically Cape Breton, where the wind makes up most of your breath. It lifts you elsewhere even as your feet root among the rocks.
The last time I was here, she had given me a shell, a bit of sea glass, a sea-smoothed pebble. She brought me these things to give me a part of the place she loved. And her sweater was like the wind as it whipped between and around us, we too-small forms against the cold sea.
A relaxed fit tunic knit from the top down in one go – no short rows, no neckline stitches to pick up. Modified raglan shaping gives a more flattering fit through the shoulders. The front panel and edges are variations of Barbara Walker’s Jacquard stitch pattern and are created by simply slipping a couple of stitches with the working yarn in front. The slightly tighter row gauge of the front panel causes a bit of an elliptical hem line. Written to be worn with 2.5-10 cm of positive ease. Modeled with 10 cm of ease.
Skills required: long-tail cast-on, backwards-loop cast-on, increasing, decreasing, sewn bind-off (instructions included)
Sizes available (actual garment measurement at bust, in cm): 92, (99.5, 108, 116.5, 124, 133)
Gauge: 19 stitches and 29 rounds to 10 cm in blocked stockinette
Note: Though conversions to the metric system have been made on this page for your convenience, the pattern itself uses American measurements.
- Knitting pattern for cozy sweater with simple Jacquard slip-stitch pattern
- Schematic and charts included
- Suitable for intermediate knitters
Materials you need at home:
- Approximately 1035, (1125, 1220, 1315, 1400, 1495) m of worsted weight yarn. Sample was knit in Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd's Wool Worsted (100% merino)
- 4.0 mm/US 6 circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge, with cord lengths suitable for neck, body, and sleeves. Sleeves can also be worked using DPNs
- Stitch markers
- Waste yarn for holding sleeve stitches
- Tape measure
- Tapestry needle
If ‘knitting designer’ had been one of the job choices for those aptitude tests they give you in high school, I wouldn’t have spent so many years trying to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. My best subject in high school was math; my best classes in college were logic, drawing, and a commercial art class. After careers in computer programming/analysis and child-rearing, knit design snuck up on me, but I think it’s the perfect use of my odd skill set! I love every step of the process, from figuring out how to actually make what I’ve envisioned to putting the finishing touches on a pattern, not to mention all the knitting that comes in between!
I also love reading and hiking and spending time on Brier Island in Nova Scotia every summer.