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Ambergris

Knitting
December 2010
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in St st
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1425 - 2275 yards (1303 - 2080 m)
34" to 54" bust circumfernce
This pattern is available for download for $7.00.

UPDATE ON THE PATTERN!
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ERRATA: Under “Directions” for the body, the paragraph under “Establish ribbing pattern as follows” should read:
K1, p1 9 (11, 13, 16, 18, 20) times

For those of you who purchased earlier versions of the pattern, you might have confusing instructions for the Twist 2 right and Twist 2 left stitches. The instructions should read:

Twist 1 left (T1L): Skipping next st on left hand
needle, p second st through back loop and leave on
needle. K first st on left hand needle, then slide both
sts from left hand needle.
Twist 1 right (T1R): Skipping next st on left hand
needle, k second st and leave on needle. P first st on
left hand needle through back look, then slide both
sts from left hand needle.

Ambergris is a “curious substance” found in the bowels of sick whales, the perfume from which was used to make fine soap, candles, and perfumes. Melville dedicates a chapter of Moby Dick to ambergris, writing:

Now that the incorruption of this most fragrant ambergris should be found in the heart of such decay; is this nothing? Bethink thee of that saying of St. Paul in Corinthians, about corruption and incorruption; how that we are sown in dishonor, but raised in glory.

This pullover is intended to fit with 0-2” of positive ease; choose your size according to the fit you’d like. The sample measures 34” around the bust and is worn by a model with a 32” bust.

All the cables in the pattern are clearly charted.

The body of this pullover is worked in the round in one piece to the underarms. The back and front are split and worked separately. The sleeves are worked in the round to the underarms, at which point the sleeve caps are worked back and forth.

The collar edging is picked up and worked after the shoulder seams are sewn and the sleeves are set in.

Waist shaping is worked through a combination of additional ribbing and decreases and increases at the side seams (which just happen to look like harpoons. I mean, if you’re going with a theme, go all the way).