Assateague by Emily Connell
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December 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
27 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
1380 - 2760 yards (1262 - 2524 m)
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I’d been thinking about short rows and how to use them for shaping quite a bit when I started this design. I’d wanted to play around with using them for yoke shaping…and so, here we are!

Assateague is inspired by the movement of the tide on the shoreline. During my summer vacation to the lower Eastern Shore of the Delmarva peninsula, this pattern was born, thanks to the lovely inspiration of the waves, sand, and sandpipers.

For those of you who hate purling, this sweater is for you! With a garter stitch yoke and stockinette body, there is very minimal purling involved. Knit top-down with no seaming, this is an excellent choice for a project when you want a little something interesting to start and then to taper off the difficulty.

Use your favorite fingering weight yarn with good memory for this light sweater. You can use three colors, following the model, or one or two--the color scheme is flexible and up to you. Assateague would also look fantastic with a main color and lots of bits of extra sock yarn you have stashed away.

(XS, S, M) L, XL, XXL 3XL
shoulder circumference:
(38, 41, 45) 48, 51, 56 60 inches

(32.5, 35.5, 39.25) 43.25, 47.5, 51.25 55.5 inches

approximate finished length:
(23, 23.5, 23.75) 24, 24.25, 24.5 24.5 inches

yoke depth:
(7.1, 8, 8) 8.8, 9.7, 9.7 10.7 inches

uppermost armhole circumference:
(11.8, 12.4, 13.6) 15.4, 15.4, 17.5 20.3 inches

cuff circumference:
(10, 10.7, 11.3) 12.1, 13.9, 16 17.6 inches

MC Ella Rae Lace Merino 100% superwash merino; 460 yd/421 m per 100g skein; color: 212 (1, 2, 2) 2, 2, 3 4 skeins
CC1 Ella Rae Lace Merino 100% superwash merino; 460 yd/421 m per 100g skein; color: 52 Grey (1, 1, 1) 2, 2, 2 2 skeins
CC2 Ella Rae Lace Merino 100% superwash merino; 460 yd/421 m per 100g skein; color: 19 Creme (1, 1, 1) 2, 2, 2 2 skeins


1 20-inch (75-cm) US #3 circ needle
1 40-inch (100-cm) US #2.5 circ needle (or preferred method for working sleeves)

notions required:
st marker for marking beg of rnd
2 st markers for marking short rows that are different from the BOR m
Tapestry needle

27 sts x 34 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch on size #3

25 sts/52 rows = 4” in garter stitch unstretched on size #3

To achieve a fit similar to the one in the photo, choose one size smaller than your measurements.