Checks and Balances by Boadicea Binnerts

Checks and Balances

August 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches
in stranded stockinette stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
1760 - 2640 yards (1609 - 2414 m)
XS-XL; (72/76, 80/86, 91/96, 102/106, 111/116) cm (28/30,32/34, 36/38, 40/42, 44/46)inch
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This pattern is available for free.

Bo loves checks, plaids, tartans in all forms and shapes. For this fall she picked a checked sweater, to keep in step with all the checks and tartan we see in fashion this year. It’s knit with stranded colorwork, worked in the round, bottom-up, with steeks for front, armholes, sleeves and sleeve caps. Steekfest!

You knit a monosleeve, then you join body and sleeves to work the raglans. Then another steek is made for the neckline, so you won’t have to sew a stitch except a few inches in the armpits. Once you get over your Fear of Steeking, it’s easy as pie.

The sweater is straight, with enough drape to flatter your natural curves. And the bonus feature is you could wear it inside out. The loops of yarn on the inside of the garment are, to my mind, as pretty as the outside…

For women’s garments: XS S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X

Chest: 30 34, 38, 42, 46, 50,54 inches
Length: 20 21, 22, 22.5, 23, 23, 24 inches

MC Loopy Ewe Solid Series Fingering100%merino, 220 yd per 2 oz. skein; color:Putty; 44,4,5, 5,5,6 skeins
CC Loopy Ewe Solid Series Fingering100%merino, 220 yd per 2 oz. skein; color:Putty; 44,4,5, 5,6,6 skeins color:Charcoal; 44,4,5, 5,5,6 skeins
notions required
1 at least length 40 inch US 10/3.5mm circular needle
1 other 3.5 mm or smaller needle
10 stitch markers;
Tapestry needle

26 st/27 rows

Monosleeve: You cast on in the round, work the sweater up to the armpits, then rest the work to make the sleeves in one big monosleeve. I devised this technique because knitting sleeves in the round always feels fiddly to me. You work the monosleeve to the armpit, rest the work and separate the sleeves by cutting the steeks.