You can buy a Courant pattern in one of two ways!
The original pattern, available here, 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. 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.
Vertical darts enable easy customization to fit your needs. Should you desire less waist shaping than specified, either omit the shaping rows entirely, or omit/reduce only the shaping on the front of the sweater. Bustier women can work more increases on the front of the sweater, and not in the back. Extra stitches should be decreased into the neckline.
As with all patterns, compare the schematic against your own measurements and make alterations as necessary. Thanks for your support!