Herbal Garden by Anne B Hanssen

Herbal Garden

Knitting
September 2014
Aran (8 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in st st
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1320 - 2160 yards (1207 - 1975 m)
4 sizes available - from 36" - 52". Each size very flexible, see details under notes
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This pattern has been tested by a wonderful group of test-knitters. See more belowThe soft, feminine and comfortable A-line of this tunic/pullover will make me smile my way into autumn and winter:)

Whenever I go to a city, I’m getting exhausted by the noise, the traffic, the shopping and after a few Days I always start looking for quiet, secluded places to visit.

In the southern part of Sweden I found this lovely Herbal Garden - hidden away, as a small part of a huge park. I found it so peaceful - the perfect spot for knitting and meditation:) When looking closer at the layout of the garden I found that it was built up of triangular wedges going out from a center. Just like a raglan-shaped pullover!

When this thought crossed my mind I had to start creating a Herbal-Garden-inspired tunic; with the shape lent from the garden, and the patterning evoking a knotted garden and a Rosemary sprig.

Construction This tunic/pullover is worked top-down and is completely seamless. The upper-body is worked using raglan-shaping - but with increases at larger distance, giving a Deep, soft curve for the shoulders/sleeves. There are also some fmore increases added just below neck towards back and front, to ensure a good shape for the shoulders. Working it top-down means that you have the opportunity of adding/subtracting length to your taste.
Body and sleeves are worked in the round. The neck-line is completely straight, which means that you could wear either pattern in front/back. You could start either by working the cowl or starting at neck-line with a provisional cast-on, deciding on the cowl later.

The fit Relaxed and comfortable! With it’s A-line shape, generous cowl, long cuffs it adds a gorgeous, feminine and soft addition to the autumn wardrobe:)

Gauge
20 sts/28 rows in st st, using needles 5mm/US8 (or size of needles to achieve required gauge)

Material I was happy to work a Danish Wool, from Onion Knit - in a soft blend of 30%camel, 70%merino. Allow yourself to a SOFT wool with a nice drape:) You will need 11/13/15/18 balls of this wool to work the tunic.

Sizes
You could choose from 4 sizes, which in between them covers several sizes. SIze 1 will fit bust-measurement 36-40”
Size 2 will fit bust-measurement 40-46”
Size 3 will fit bust-measurements 46-50”
Size 4 will fit bust-measurements 50-52”

You will find several measurements in the pattern to help you determine which size to work.

The pattern The pattern is in English, with measurements in both cm’s and inches, and lots of stich-counts along the way.
The 3 patterns: Twisted Stiches, Herbal Garden and Rosemary Sprig are fully charted and also comes in row-by-row instructions.

Difficultie level I think this pattern would suit any average knitter with skills in completing a full garment worked in the round.
There are no unusual stiches involved in the pattern.’’

Please note. The sample is worked in size 1, and bottom-up. The only difference from pattern would be that the increases will be “neater” worked top-down.

The pattern has been tested by a Group of wonderful knitters, sharing their time and skills with me. Take a look at their Beautiful FO’s.
THANK YOU to : Catherinesm, Nutti4, Heini-P, ryn2103, Ganymedeknitting, Mermaid3011