Helvetica by Elizabeth Doherty
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Helvetica

Knitting
August 2015
Aran (8 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
533 - 990 yards (487 - 905 m)
31 (33, 36¾, 39½, 42¼, 44¾, 48, 51¼, 54½, 56½)" [78.5 (84, 93.5, 100, 107, 114, 122, 130, 138, 143.5) cm]
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Simple, clean, and modern, Helvetica is a multi-season cardi that’s sure to become a wardrobe staple. And worked at an open gauge, it’s also an incredibly quick knit!

Finished bust circumference
31 (33, 36¾, 39½, 42¼, 44¾, 48, 51¼, 54½, 56½)”
[78.5 (84, 93.5, 100, 107, 114, 122, 130, 138, 143.5) cm]

Note: Fronts do not meet at center. Bust circumference measurements include the gap. For actual finished dimensions, see schematic.

Yarn
Kestrel by Quince and Co, 100% organic linen, 76 yd [70 m] per 50 g skein, in colorway Pebble

8 (8, 9, 10, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13, 14) skeins Kestrel, or

533 (568, 632, 686, 727, 770, 826, 890, 947, 990) yds
[488 (519, 578, 627, 665, 704, 755, 814, 866, 906) m]
Aran weight yarn.

Needles
US 10½ [6.5 mm]
US 9 [5.5 mm]
US 7 [4.5 mm]
US 5 [3.75 mm]

Gauge
15 sts and 22 rows = 4” [10 cm] in stockinette stitch, on US 10½ 6.5 mm needles, after blocking.

Construction notes
Knit from the top, beginning with the upper back. The back is worked to the underarms, then placed on hold. Stitches for the back neck and shoulders are picked up along the cast on edge. The shoulders are shaped with short rows, then fronts are worked one at a time to the same depth as the back. Fronts and back are joined at the underarms and the body is worked in one piece to the hem.

When the body is complete, the sleeves are picked up from the armholes and worked in the round to the cuff using the method detailed in the book Top Down: Reimagining Set-in Sleeve Design.

See this blog post for info on working with Kestrel yarn.



Many thanks to my wonderful testers: jarmeblue, knitpenny, barbiemae, Glennae, and CurlyQueue!