Essential Indulgence by Leslie Scanlon
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Essential Indulgence

July 2005
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch on larger needles
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
876 - 1314 yards (801 - 1202 m)
37½ (39, 41, 43, 46½)" (95 [99, 104, 109, 118] cm) bust circumference

Pattern Description from Interweave Knits, Fall 2005: “Leslie Scanlon calls this wicked-smart design her ‘desert island’ sweater - if she could pack just a few pieces of clothing, this sweater would be one of them. The simple elegant shape with exposed seams is flattering on most women and looks great whether paired with a worn-in pair of jeans, elegant satin pants, or a tiered evening skirt. This beautiful, lightweight silk-alpaca yarn feels luxurious against your skin.”

Finished Size: 37½ (39, 41, 43, 46½)“ (95 99, 104, 109, 118 cm) bust circumference.

Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca & Silk (50% superfine alpaca, 50% silk; 146 yd133 m/50 g): #i00 slate, 6 (7, 7, 8, 9) balls.


  • Body and Sleeves - Size 6 (4 mm): 24” (60-cm) circular (cir).
  • Edging - Size 5 (3.75 mm): 24” (60-cm) cir.
  • Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle.

Note: The sleeve is designed so the decorative sleeve seam runs along the outside of the arm from the top point of the shoulder to the cast on edge, instead of starting in the armpit and running down the inside of the arm in the usual manner. As a result, the lowest part of the sleeve cap is in the center of the sleeve, and the top of the cap is at each selvedge, as shown in the schematic.