Chaverim by Kat Riddell


May 2017
Light Fingering ?
20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
990 - 2080 yards (905 - 1902 m)
32 (35, 38, 41, 45, 47, 50, 53, 56, 59, 62, 65)in/81.25 (89, 96.5, 104.25, 114.25, 119.5, 127., 134.5, 142.25, 149.75, 157.5, 165)cm Bust
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From about fifth grade onward, I spent a week or two every summer at camp. I wasn’t the most gracious camper– I refused to hike or swim or do many of the traditional, running-around camp games.

I spent as many activity periods as possible in the arts and crafts hut. There is where I practiced sewing, weaving, and spinning, as well as popsicle-hut building, leaf collages, and my favorite, friendship bracelet making. I made hundreds of friendship bracelets over the years, in countless colors and styles.

Every night before returning to our cabins, all of the campers and staff would congregate in the middle of the camp, making a circle around a peace pole, and, holding hands, we’d sing together, “Shalom, chaverim, shalom, chaverim, shalom, shalom.” Peace, my friends, peace, my friends, peace, peace.

This sweater is about camp. It’s about summer memories, the smell of trees, campfire stories, and friendship. Use some of your favorite sock scraps for the cuffs, or to keep in the spirit of summer camp, swap mini skeins with your friends to knit up true friendship bracelets.

Sweater is worked seamlessly from the top down. The body is worked flat and the collar and sleeves are picked up and worked in the round. The Friendship Bracelet Cuffs are knit using the Latvian Braid technique. Written instructions for Latvian Braids are included in the pattern.

Sample shown is size 50in/127cm. Model is 5’4” tall and has a 45in/114.25cm bust.

Requires 990 (1090, 1190, 1290, 1390, 1490, 1590, 1690, 1780, 1880, 1980, 2080)yds/910 (1000, 1090, 1180, 1280,
1370, 1460, 1550, 1630, 1720, 1820, 1910)m