Jilted, dropped, fallen …
She may have been left ignominiously by that worthless boyfriend, but that just means her spirit is free. No more quiet evenings in, no more covered-up turtlenecks; she’s going out, and she’s going to wear something touchable and revealing, something imperfect and undone. And it’s going to be eye-catching, just like she is.
Jilted is a very simple, wide-neck blouson with a column of dropped stitches placed on each arm and asymmetrically on the front. Knit seamlessly from the top down with raglan shaping, the boxy fit hits at high hip with a wide rib hem, which echoes the rib cuffs on three-quarter length sleeves. With a simple purl neckline and stockinette body, the focus is on the dropped stitches, which are set up at the beginning and dropped almost at the end. There is no body and minimal sleeve shaping; instead the cuffs and hem are knit in rib on smaller needles, creating the generous sleeves and body.
Dressed up or down, Jilted is a simple sweater with a surprise – just like the girl wearing it.
Techniques Used: knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, knitting in the round, dropped stitches.
Yarn: Knit Picks Capretta (80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 230 yards/50 grams); 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6) skeins, Fairy Tale. Roman Hills Gissing (80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 420 yards/100 grams); 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 4) skeins, Don’t Blink.
US 7 (4.5mm) 24” and 16” circular needle and dpns or size to match gauge; US 5 (3.75) 24” circular needle and dpns for ribbing; Yarn needle; Stitch markers (7 total; 1 for end-of-round, 3 color A, 3 color B); Stitch holders (2); Crochet hook, any size, for raveling dropped stitches.
Bust & Hip: 34 (36.5, 39.5, 42.75, 46, 49.25)”.
Sleeve length: 19.25 (20.5, 21.75, 22.5, 23.75, 24.75)”.
Length: 20 (20.75, 21.75, 22.5, 23.75, 24.75)”.
Jilted was designed to be worn with plenty of positive ease, as shown in the first & last magenta photos; for a similar look, choose a size where actual bust is at least 4” smaller than the finished bust measurement. Don’t be afraid of volume; the wide ribbing on the hem and cuffs hugs the body, for a neat and flattering fit. The grey and the middle magenta photos show Jilted worn with less ease for those who prefer a leaner fit.
Read my blog post to hear about how the different photos were styled.
Clarifying note: when working the raglan shaping, increase only at the color A raglan markers, not the color B markers which indicate the position of the dropped stitches.