Courant by Amy Herzog


January 2014
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
913 - 1872 yards (835 - 1712 m)
29¾ (31¼, 34¼, 35¾, 38½, 40, 41½, 44¼, 45¾, 47¼, 50¼, 54½)"/75.5 (79.5, 87, 90.5, 98, 101.5, 105.5, 112.5, 116.5, 120, 127.5, 138.5) cm
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You can buy a Courant pattern in one of two ways!

The original pattern, available as a Ravelry download, is a traditional pattern, written in multiple sizes, with a fixed gauge. To make the traditional pattern fit you well, modifications are likely required. (My book, Knit to Flatter, has guidance on selecting a size and performing the modification math, as does my website.)

The CustomFit version of Courant will give you a sweater that looks exactly like the original sweater, but all of the pattern numbers have been created exclusively to match your gauge, your body measurements, and your length/sleeve preferences. CustomFit patterns cost $12.50; for the fully customizable version of Courant, go HERE. (Note, CustomFit requires free log in account.)

Technical editing by Alison Green. Photo credit Jonathan Herzog.

Courant is a figure-flattering take on a classic pullover with modern touches. The ultra-long sleeves and wide turtleneck balance one another out; combined with the short sweater length, they give a balanced and timeless look to the sweater. The sleeves are extremely long, to facilitate a “leg-warmer” feel; please choose a yarn with a bit of memory and “scrunchability” to achieve the look shown here.

The sweater is worked in pieces from the bottom up and then seamed; edges are trimmed in a combination of broken rib and seed stitch. The wide, shallow turtleneck is added after seaming and worked in the round.

The Knitting Boutique’s Severn is a beautiful Blue Faced Leicester and silk blend from a farm local to the Knitting Boutique shop, in the greater Baltimore area. It is dyed in a beautiful, subtle, utterly clothing-appropriate set of colors and provides a lovely drape and luminosity to the finished fabric. If you choose to substitute yarn, choose a blend with elasticity and drape, with a soft hand. You will need approximately 913 (984, 1067, 1114, 1227, 1282, 1347, 1428, 1517, 1595, 1715, 1872) yds/833 (898, 973, 1017, 1120, 1170, 1229, 1303, 1384, 1455, 1565, 1708) m.

Courant offers great options for all body types. As written, the wide neckline, combined with the super-long sleeves and short sweater length, make a proportional figure shine. The broken rib lines up the sweater sides, and thick sleeve edging, accentuate waist curves. Top-heavy shapes might consider narrowing the neckline slightly and/or lengthening the body. Bottom-heavy shapes might consider shortening the sleeves (either just slightly, to avoid the “legwarmer” look, or to a different length entirely). Shortening the sleeve ribbing would also be effective.