July 14: To honour Malala Day, July 14, 2014, today and tomorrow I will donate 50% of Tricksy Knitter pattern sales to the Malala Fund.
A botanical motif gently climbs the front bands of Cultivar, and subtle details emerge at the sides and cuffs. Side shaping, set-in sleeves, and button-front closure give this a classic look, and the garter stitch collar, broken rib and bobble details give it texture. The collar, shaped with short-rows, frames the neck gracefully.
Skill Level intermediate
Finished bust (buttoned) 36 (40, 44, 48, 52, 56)”
Length 24 (25, 25½, 26¼, 26¾, 27½)”
Intended to be worn with 2-4” positive ease; photographs show size 40 worn on 36” bust
5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 8) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Loft 100% wool 275 yards/50 grams per skein (shown in Tent)
24 sts and 36 rows = 4” in Stockinette Stitch, blocked, on 3.5/US 5
3.5 mm/US 5 in 24-32” circular needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)
3.25 mm/US 4 32” or longer circular needles
5 buttons, 8 stitch markers, blunt yarn needle
Cultivar is worked from the bottom up. Fronts and back are worked together on circular needles, back and forth, to the underarms. They are worked separately from there. Sleeves are worked flat, and set in and seamed during finishing. Button bands are picked up and worked at the end. Stitch patterns are charted.
Thanks to my mom, Cynara, for her expert knitting and suggestions. And thanks to Cameron being such a clever photographer, and to Chris for his cheerleading.
On Back neck and shoulder, knit 21 (25, 24, 25, 27, 28) stitches (including the 1 stitch left from the shoulder bind off) to the center decrease, not 27 (31, 31, 32, 34, 35).