Chainmail Sweater (March)
Summary A sweater using a Travelling-Stitch to create less angular color patterns.
Gauge: 5 sts to 1" measured over stocking-st. 6 sts to 1" measured over pattern, which pulls in.
Size: 40" around
Materials: In 1-ply "Homespun," or knitting worsted, 4 4oz skeins Light (Lt), 2 skeins Dark (DK), 1 skein Medium (Med) color. Light and Medium should harmonize, but Dark not necessarily. 1 16", 1 24" circular needles of a size to give you correct GAUGE.
There is additional information regarding the amount of yarn needed for a sweater and what to do when/if you run short, as well combining color-blending and texture-difference as inspired by the Bohus tradition.
Chart included for Travelling-Stitch.
Elizabeth Zimmermann's elaboration on the Chainmail Sweater
Regular ski-sweater and Fair Isle color-patterns are beautiful and fascinating, and rewarding to execute, but they are sometimes rather angular, as their diagonals slope in a series of small steps. They eye compensates for this; it is a knitting convention, and a handsome one. Why, though, should it be the end of the road for knitters who wish to give their patterns a more flowing line?
Flowing lines are commonly seen in textured knitting-patterns, and particularly in Travelling-Stitch, typical of Aran designs. Shall we make a colored Travelling-Stitch on a differently-colored background? We shall.