Helen by Tamara Moots


September 2012
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
US 8 - 5.0 mm
990 - 1500 yards (905 - 1372 m)
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Helen is a loose-fitting boat-neck sweater ala 80s with open lace perfect for layering written in 7 sizes. Wear it over long sleeves for added warmth in winter or even over a basic tee to carry over into spring. Helen is worked from the top down and so seamless with minimal finishing.

The sample garment is knit in Berroco Vintage. Any worsted weight yarn that has enough weight for a lovely drape would work just as well.

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

Finished measurements
Chest: 33 (35, 38, 41, 44, 48, 53) inches
Length: 32 inches

(Note: The sweater as written measures 32” from cast on to cast off. The beauty of a top down sweater is you can choose the length you love best. Instructions to lengthen or shorten are included in the pattern).

Berroco Vintage worsted 5 (5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7) skeins
(Sample knit in color #5104 Mushroom)

1 set US #8 double-point needles
16-inch US #8 circular needle
24-inch US #8 circular needle
(or needle size necessary to obtain gauge)

16 sts/20 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch

(Note: This is a looser gauge than indicated on the ball band to achieve the desired drape and light/open feel of the sweater).

4 stitch markers; one marker should be unique to denote end of round
Waste yarn for held arm stitches
Yarn needle