Halfway by Jamie Hoffman

Halfway

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INTRO

With a strand of fingering held together with a strand of lace throughout the pattern, Halfway is a boxy two-tone top that changes colors at the approximate midway point of the sweater by simply switching out the color for the lace. In the sample the same colorways are held together for the bottom color section, while a different lace colorway is used for the top for a marled effect.

The design is divided vertically as well, with a front lace panel that is worked with the intarsia technique back and forth in the round. It is not as contradictory as it seems! The garment is worked back and forth to the left side, where the work is turned and German short rows are used to form a side seam. Thus, Halfway is entirely seamless. It is constructed from the bottom up, and once the underarm section is reached, the top front and back are worked flat separately, and you can choose either a visible or invisible three-needle bind-off for the shoulders. There are options for three-quarter sleeves or long sleeves, which are worked in the round.

SIZING

All of my patterns are #sizeinclusive.

1 (2, 3, 4, 5) (6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

To fit bust circumference of 28 (32, 36, 40, 44) (48, 52, 56, 60, 64) in/70 (80, 90, 100, 110) (120, 130, 140, 150, 160) cm

Finished bust circumference: 36 (39.75, 44, 48, 51.75) (56, 59.75, 64, 67.75, 72) in / 90 (99.5, 110, 120, 129.5) (140, 149.5, 160, 169.5, 180)

Intended to fit with approximately 7.75-8 in / 19.5-20 cm of positive ease. Sleeves are intended to fit with 0-1 in / 0-2.5 cm of positive ease. If between sizes, I recommend going up a size. Please review the upper sleeve circumference measurement (J) in the Schematic at the bottom left to help determine your size. For less/greater ease in the bicep area, please go down/up a needle size for the sleeves. You may also wish to further space out the sleeve decrease rounds. Also, you can pick up additional sleeve stitches that can be decreased out, but please be aware that this could result in a bump in the fabric at the armscye.

SAMPLE DESCRIPTIONS

The reddish purple sweater at left is a size 3 worn on a 36-in / 90 cm bust. Project page can be viewed here. The blue/pink sample is a size 9 worn on a 57-in / 145 cm bust. Project page can be viewed here. The gray/pink sample is a size 4 on a 36-in / 90 cm bust, so I went up a size. Love the extra ease! I omitted the lace panel and made it cropped. Project page can be viewed here.

BLOCKED GAUGE

Stockinette: 21 sts and 28 rows/rnds = 4 in / 10 cm

Lace: 19 sts and 28 rows = 4 in / 10cm

Ribbing: 22 sts and 29.5 rows/rnds = 4 in / 10 cm

NOTIONS

3 markers, including 1 unique BOR/end of row marker, and darning needle for weaving in ends

NEEDLES

Ribbing: Size US 5/3.75 mm circulars, 24 in/60 cm or longer for hem and cuffs; DPNs or 9 in / 23 cm circulars if not using magic loop for cuffs

Main: Size US 6/4 mm in a range of 32-47 in/81-120 cm for the body and sleeves; DPNs or 9 in/23 cm circulars if not using magic loop for sleeves

Bind-Off: Size US 8/5 mm needle or DPN for working the 3-needle bind-off at the shoulders

Optional: Size H/5 mm crochet hook for binding off the neckline

YARN

The pattern uses a light fingering weight yarn and mohair yarn, but any combination of fingering and lace weight yarn can be used so long as gauge is met. For the bulk of the pattern, the fingering and mohair are held together, and a DK weight yarn can be substituted for those portions. While the pattern uses The Farmer’s Daughter, other brands that have been used to knit this pattern (including more affordable options) are listed above in the Suggested Yarn category.

Yarn A: The Farmer’s Daughter Foxy Lady (70% merino, 30% silk), 428 yards/392 meters and 100 grams/skein, shown in colorway Namoo

Yarn B: The Farmer’s Daughter Mighty Mo (70% kid mohair, 30% silk), 459 yards/420 meters and 50 grams/skein, shown in colorway Namoo

Yarn C: Mighty Mo, shown in the colorway Dumplin

YARDAGE

Yardage includes a 10% buffer.

Three-quarter sleeve version:

Yarn A: 714 (802, 905, 1003, 1104) (1203, 1299, 1404, 1516, 1625) yd / 653 (734, 828, 918, 1010) (1101, 1188, 1284, 1387, 1486) m

Yarn B: 439 (493, 556, 616, 678) (739, 798, 863, 931, 999) yd / 402 (451, 509, 564, 620) (676, 730, 790, 852, 914) m

Yarn C: 328 (368, 415, 460, 507) (552, 596, 644, 696, 746) yd / 300 (337, 380, 421, 464) (505, 545, 589, 637, 683) m

Long sleeve version:

Yarn A: 737 (829, 933, 1033, 1138) (1237, 1335, 1445, 1558, 1672) yd / 674 (759, 854, 945, 1041) (1132, 1221, 1322, 1425, 1529) m

Yarn B: 453 (510, 574, 635, 699) (760, 820, 888, 957, 1027) yd / 415 (467, 525, 581, 640) (695, 750, 812, 876, 940) m

Yarn C: 339 (381, 428, 474, 522) (568, 613, 663, 715, 767) yd / 310 (349, 392, 434, 478) (520, 561, 607, 654, 702) m