Basic Black by Glenna C.
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Basic Black

November 2007
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch on larger needles
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1096 - 2192 yards (1002 - 2004 m)
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Notes from the designer: Because this sweater comes with waist-shaping, ensure you have compared the dimensions with your own measurements to make sure the shaping sits well on your own torso (i.e. if you are on the petite side or on the tall side especially) ;)

To add length to make this a good fit for lower rise jeans/pants, add 1-2 inches in even stockinette before starting the waist shaping decreases.

from the designer: “What this sweater lacks in complexity it makes up for in practicality – it is light enough to take away the slight chill that accompanies transitional seasons and late summer evenings, but the subtle waist-shaping, flattering V-neck, and cropped sleeves also take this sweater from daytime to evening in comfort.”

Difficulty level



Finished bust 31 (35, 39, 43, 47, 51, 55)” 79 (89, 99, 109, 119, 130, 140) cm


8 (9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16) skeins Plymouth Yarn Wildflower DK (51% cotton, 49% acrylic; 137 yds 125 m per 50 g), color Black

US 4 3.5 mm needles

US 6 4 mm needles

5 3/4”-inch 19 mm buttons

tapestry needle

stitch holder

Yarn substitutes:

A word of warning - Plymouth Wildflower DK can be quite “splitty.” Some light-weight substitution candidates are Knitpicks Shine Sport, Rowan Wool Cotton, or Elann Luna. Virtually any DK-weight yarn may be substituted.


22 sts and 28 rows = 4” 10 cm in stockinette with larger needles