Fireside by Jennifer Dassau


January 2013
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
1200 - 1700 yards (1097 - 1554 m)
30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44)” bust
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Originally published in Clotheshorse Magazine, Fireside is now available as an individual pattern download on Ravelry.

A woolly mantle knit as a simple rectangle with sleeves, Fireside features seamless construction in a light-as-air alpaca blend yarn. The textured top edge is worked as a garter-based loop stitch, and becomes the collar of the sweater; the body is a canvas of stockinette with purl ridge details along the front, hem, and sleeve cuffs. The comforting shape, and modern bulky yet featherweight yarn come together in a new-fashioned garment to wear both at home and out into the chill.

Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, decreasing, picking up stitches.

Size: 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44)” bust; shown in third size with no ease. This blanket sweater is designed so that the cross-back measures 2” less than the front bust. For a good fit, choose a size with 0-2” ease at cross-back.

Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Techno (68% baby alpaca, 22% silk, 10% extrafine merino; 120 yards/50g); 10 (10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17) skeins, shown in #1970 Fame.

Other Materials: US 10.5 (6.5mm) 60” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Stitch markers; Yarn needle.

Gauge: 12 st and 20 rows/4” in stockinette stitch; 12 st and 10 rows/4” in Garter Loop stitch, after gentle blocking.