Berry Sweater by Anne B Hanssen

Berry Sweater

Knitting
February 2017
DK (11 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stranded stockinette stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
2297 - 3062 yards (2100 - 2800 m)
33/36/39/42.5/46/48", see notes
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Berry Sweater: the ultimate “walking in the woods looking for berries”-sweater! When I made this design I wanted to recall the forest with its leaves, branches, tiny flowers and berries. I am not able to walk in the forest as often as I would have loved to, but whenever I have the opportunity I know that this will be a lovely moment; my shoulders drop down, the silence makes me listen more consciously for sounds made by birds and the wind… my eyes admires the variety of leaves and underwood. The colors are so subtle, everything so quiet and serene.

Fit The sweater is supposed to give some room for comfort. The sample is worked with 5cm/2” of positive ease. You could choose to work it straight or with waist-shaping (as in the sample and pattern instructions).

**** Sizes:The Berry Sweater could be knit in 6 different sizes: finished chest measurements 33/36/39/42.5/46/48”. This is if you choose to work at 24sts to 10cm/4”.
If you change the gauge slightly, to 23sts to 10cm/4”, the finished chest measurements will be 34/37.5/41/44.5/48/50.5”.

The sweater is worked top-down in a seamless construction. You start at neckline from a provisional cast-on, work the circular yoke in stranded knitting, divide work for sleeves and lower body to be worked in separate pieces. All the knitting is worked from RS and in the round. When the sweater is completed you return to the provisional cast on for working the neckline-shaping and the ribbed edge.
This method is very practical: you can adapt for changes of the neckline afterwards.

YarnIt was a joy to choose colors for this sweater! I chose to work with Rowan Felted Tweed DK. The color-range is amazing!
This yarn is of DK weight and comes in balls of 50gr/1.76oz and 175meters/191yards.
You will need the following amount of wool:
MC: (Treacle) 6/6/7/8/9/10 balls
1 ball of each of the following contrasting colors: Peony / Avocado / Frozen / Bilberry / Cinnamon. For size 6 you will need 1 more ball of Peony. Needle size Choose needles to obtain gauge. You could work to 23 sts to 10cm/4” or 24 sts to 10cm/4” depending on which size you choose to work. Read more under “Sizes” above. It is important that you keep the same tension for the stranded knitting as well as the stockinette sts using MC only. This means that you might change needle sizes working the 2 different methods. The pattern gives full instructions on how to work a swatch to be able to decide which needle(s) size(es) to use.

The pattern The pattern is easy and comprehensible. All stitch-counts are given, measurements are in cm’s as well as inches. There are full color-charts for the yoke (including stitch-counts every increas round) and the sleeves.

Knitting skills The knitting itself is very basic, with only a few abbreviations involved: k, p, k2tog, ssk, m1 (k1fb), m1l and m1r. The stranded knitting is fun and if you have never tried it is worth giving it a go! There are a few shortrows for shaping of the neckline and a provisional cast-on (optional).