Laddered Sweater by Erika Knight

Laddered Sweater

January 2004
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
13.5 stitches and 19 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
1100 yards (1006 m)

From the pattern description: A favorite sweater is often regarded as an “old friend,” but there comes a time when it is beyond repair and, quite frankly, has seen far better days. But what makes you hold onto it? Its comfort, warmth, and smell of familiarity makes you feel secure. It may have been a gift from a friend or family member, which creates a certain sentimental attachment. Well, this laddered sweater strikes a similar chord. Knitted in soft, comfortable wool, and with a well-worn, loved feel, it looks great and retains a certain urban appeal. The exaggerated ladders incorporated into the body of the sweater make amazing patterns- you could add more to make a “cobweb” sweater or devise your own. Ladders are not a new technique in knitting, however. They were a feature of knitting even in the Victorian era, used for great decorative and intricate effect. Here I have just taken the idea a little bit further to give this sweater a deconstructed look.