Excuses by Nikki Adams

Excuses

by Nikki Adams
Knitting
December 2007
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 10 - 6.0 mm
801 - 1379 yards (732 - 1261 m)
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Notes for larger bust/cup sizing and different ease options are on my blog here:
http://knitensity.blogspot.com/2007/12/im-in-magknits.html

from the designer: “Let’s be honest. We’ve all bought a couple of skeins of beautiful novelty yarn, and if you are one of the few who hasn’t, you were probably held back only by not being sure what you would do with it once you brought it home. I love the look of many novelty yarns, but have had difficulty finding designs that incorporate them into styles I want to wear. My favorite is Louisa Harding’s Sari Ribbon, a wide ribbon that comes in many colors with gold or silver metallic in the center. I have it in several colors, and in the right light, the fire is stunning. So I designed this sweater to show off the ribbon to its best, with some flowing free in the back so the unknitted beauty of the ribbon can be seen.

“This sweater is very close fitting, with approximately 3” of negative ease. Do not be afraid of the negative ease. All knits, especially those at hand-knit gauges, stretch quite nicely. If you want no negative ease, simply go up to the next size as the sizes are also done in 3” bust increments.”

Difficulty level

Intermediate

Sizes

XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X)

To fit bust 31 (34, 37, 40, 43, 46, 49)“ 79 (86.5, 94, 101.5, 109, 117, 124.5) cm

Finished bust 28.5 (31, 33.5, 37, 40.5, 43, 45.5)” 72.5 (78.5, 85, 94, 103, 109, 115.5) cm

Length 21 (21.5, 22.5, 23.25, 24.75, 25.5, 26.5)“ 53.5 (54.5, 57, 59, 63, 65, 67.5) cm

Materials

MC: 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5) skeins Patons Classic Merino Wool (100% wool; 223 yd 204 m per 100 g), color Old Rose

CC: 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4) skeins Louisa Harding Sari Ribbon (90% polyamide, 10% metal; 66 yds 60 m per 50 g), color #7

US 7 4.5 mm circular needle, 24-32” 60-80 cm long

US 10 6 mm circular needle, 24-32” 60-80 cm long

US 7 4.5 mm double pointed needles

US 10 6 mm double pointed needles

stitch markers

removable markers

tapestry needle

scrap yarn

Gauge

19 sts and 26 rows = 4” 10 cm in stockinette with MC and US 7 4.5 mm needle

16 sts and 20 rows = 4” 10 cm in stockinette with CC and US 10 6 mmm needle

Notes

“This sweater is worked from the top down flat until the ribbon band below the bust, then worked in the round. The sleeves are picked up after the body and worked in the round on double pointed needles.

“Take advantage of the fact that it is a top-down raglan and try the top on often. People of the same bust size come in different heights, so after trying it on you may find you want to increase more or less rapidly than dictated for your size.”