Congo Sweater by Marianne Isager

Congo Sweater

March 2006
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
27 stitches and 54 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch using larger needles (3.0 mm)
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
3906 - 4464 yards (3572 - 4082 m)
Small (47"), Medium (51")
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From ‘Knitting Out of Africa’: The bold pattern of dark, medium, and light shades in the yoke of this sweater imitates pieced or strip-woven fabric, another African classic. The sweater begins with the V-shaped yoke, which is worked in modular units that build one upon the other. Then the lower body and pseudo-cuffed sleeves are worked outward from the yoke in mitered garter-stitch sections that reflect the strong diagonal lines of the modular units. Instructions are provided for adding an optional stand-up collar.

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SIZES: Small (Medium).

FINISHED CHEST/BUST CIRCUMFERENCE: 47 (51)”/ 119.5 (129.5) cm
SIZES SHOWN: Small 47” (119.5 cm) with heathered lilac neckband and Medium 51” (129.5 cm) with periwinkle neckband.

YARN REQUIREMENTS: Fingering-weight (CYCA Super Fine #1) yarn, Dark Colour D – 250 (325) g / 3 (4) skeins, Medium Colour M – 150 (200) g / 2 (2) skeins, Light Colour – L – 75 (100) g / 1 (1) skein and Accent Colour – A – 50 (50) g / 1 (1) skein. Note: Accent colour is used for V-neck insert and is not needed for stand-up collar version.

SHOWN IN: Isager Tvinni, #30 Black (D), #23s Grey Heather (M), #6s Taupe Heather (L) and #52s Rose Heather (A) for size 47”or #30 Black (D), #42 Charcoal (M), #32 Light Gray Heather (L) and #53 Royal Blue (A) for size 51”.

NEEDLES REQUIRED: US 1.5 (2.5mm) circular needles and US 2.5 (3.0mm) circular needles, 24”/60cm in length and spare double-pointed needle to match large size circular.

ADDITIONAL GAUGE INFORMATION: 10 (13) sts and 20 (26) rows for square garter stitch block measures about 1½ (2)” / 3.8 (5) cm square using larger needle.

CHARTS INCLUDED: 1 colourwork chart

GERMAN PATTERN TRANSLATIONS: Isager-Stitches; Note these are translations only, you will need to purchase a book as well.

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