Mandy's Heart by Alexandra Richards

Mandy's Heart

February 2013
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1180 - 1880 yards (1079 - 1719 m)
34, 37, 41, 44, 47, 50, 54 inches
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Update: On 11 December, 2015, Mandy lost her fight with cancer. Going forward all proceeds from pattern sales will go to the Koningin Wilhelmina Fonds voor de Nederlandse Kankerbestrijding (Dutch cancer fund).

Updated 12 Nov. 2015: All proceeds from the sale of this pattern will go towards Mandy’s medical care. You can keep up with her on her blog (warning: explicit discussions about cancer).

A Fall and Winter classic crew-neck sweater with cable details and figure flattering fabric.

This sweater compliments Mandy’s Heart Socks, which uses the same stitch patterns in a fingering weight yarn. You can find the pattern here.

The sweater is designed with only 1”/2.5cm of ease. This is less than the typical ease for a worsted weight sweater. Please note that the finished sweater measurements are for un-stretched fabric. The fabric is very stretchy and will easily accommodate curves and waistlines. My design goal was to create a sweater that hugs the body in a flattering way, even with a worsted weight yarn, and feels good to wear.

I recommend using 100% wool or yarn with at least 50% wool for this sweater. Using a tightly spun wool yarn will show off the cables and stitch pattern to their best effect. I would not recommend using alpaca or silk as the fit will be substantially different than intended.

I’ve designed this sweater to be knit in pieces and sewn together. I am a firm believer in seaming a garment of this weight. Seams, especially shoulder and sleeve seams, add the strength needed to hold a sweater of this weight in the correct shape. A worsted weight sweater without shoulder or sleeve seams will very soon sag and lose its shape and look old before its time. Taking the time to make beautiful seams will give you a beautiful garment you will wear for years. Don’t be afraid of seaming! There are many fantastic resources online to help you sew invisible seams in your knitted garments. (See the Appendix at the end of the pattern.)

If you intend to lengthen either the body or sleeves substantially, please take this into account when purchasing yarn!

The pattern includes charts. The charts are also written out as text.

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