Hearth Sweater by Nicole Montgomery

Hearth Sweater

Knitting
April 2013
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with largest needles
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1650 - 2300 yards (1509 - 2103 m)
33" (36", 39", 42", 45", 48", 51")
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The Hearth Sweater is sure to become the central piece to your wardrobe. Classically stylish with an easy comfort, this sweater can be paired with anything from jeans on the weekends to skirts at work.

This v-neck cardigan features a hood, extra-long sleeves, and a double-knit belt that is easily detached from the sweater, leaving no “vestigial belt loops” because it is secured in the back with buttons.

This sweater is designed to fit with 0 - 3 inches of negative ease at the chest, giving you a fitted look in the chest and shoulders while still allowing for some extra room in the waist and hips.

The belt is the only part of this sweater that uses the double knitting technique, and it’s actually a great “Intro to Double Knitting” project, if you’ve never done it before. There is a video link in the pattern demonstrating the cast-on you’ll use, as well as a video link demonstrating how to actually work your double-knitted fabric.

Any “adventurous beginner” who is open to learning how to double knit can expect this project to be a success. Skills used include:
knitting flat
increases & decreases
picking up stitches for hood, sleeves & button band
using backward loop to cast on mid-row
three-needle bind off
Kitchener Stitch
Double Knitting the belt
Sewing on Buttons

Sizes offered: Women’s Sizes 33” (36”, 39”, 42”, 45”, 48”, 51”) with a finished chest size of 32” (35”, 38”, 41”, 44”, 46.75”, 49.75”)

Materials Needed:

1650 (1700, 1900, 2025, 2112, 2210, 2300) yds. DK-weight yarn. Sample was made from Berroco Vintage DK 50% Acrylic, 40% Wool,10% Nylon (288 yds / 100g skein)

US Size 6 / 4mm circular needle, or size needed to obtain correct gauge
US Size 6 / 4mm dpns (Set of 5)
US Size 5 / 3.75mm circular needle, or a size smaller than main needle
US Size 5 / 3.75mm dpns (Set of 5)
Pair of US Size 4 / 3.5mm needles - dpns, straights or circ - for belt only (two sizes smaller than main needle size)

8 stitch markers - 6 stationary, 2 traveling
4 stitch holders (or waste yarn)
7-9 buttons (Sample sweater used 1 3/16” buttons)

I am thankful for the work done by the lovely ladies who test-knit this pattern: CornflowerKnits, crystalvisions, Janice61, Breisterretje, and madamezola. You all really helped put the finishing touches on this pattern, and I am very grateful that you gave your time and energy to this project!

I am always available to give customer support for my patterns, so don’t hesitate to contact me if you have a question!