Elsie the moto sweater is so much fun – easy to make and a blast to wear! Her thick garter fabric is dense and weighty like her leather motorcycle counterpart. Zippers, positioned diagonally at the center front and at sleeve cuffs, add to the authenticity of this design – and a bit of sparkle. You’ll find this piece, worked flat from the bottom up in aran weight wool, to be a delightfully quick knit too. The overall garter stitch requires no blocking, enables virtually invisible shaping, and lends itself to easy seaming and zipper insertions by matching rows and following the paths of its large, defined stitches. Enjoy!
Bust: 32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56 inches
Waist: 27, 31, 35, 39, 42, 47, 51 inches
Hips: 32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56 inches
Length: 25.25, 25.25, 25.5, 25.75, 25.75, 26, 26.25 inches
Shown in Osprey wool by Quince & Co. (100% wool; 170 yds per 100g skein); color – Kumlien’s Gull #152; 7, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 skeins, or for comparable yarn, approximately 1050, 1190, 1340, 1480, 1630, 1805, 1950 yards. I always buy a little extra.
Needles and notions, etc.
Needles size US #10.5/6.5mm or size to obtain gauge
• 1 29 or 32-inch circular, to manage multiple stitches (pattern knit flat)
• 1 set straight
Medium weight (#5) zippers – online zipper source info included
• 1 21-inch aluminum medium-weight, 2-way separating (for center front; best to wait until knitting is completed before ordering to ensure accurate length)
• 2 6-inch aluminum medium-weight closed zippers (for sleeves)
Thread, sewing needle, and pins for zipper insertion
14.4 sts and 30 rows to 4 inches in garter stitch
Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Techniques: knit, long-tail CO, k2tog, k1-f/b, Kitchener stitch grafting, seaming, and zipper installation
14 page pdf includes pattern instructions, photographs, schematics, assembly diagrams, photo tutorial for zipper installation, a row tracking grid for managing at-the-same-time instructions, and definitions for relevant abbreviations.