Mersea Island by Claire Slade
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Mersea Island

Knitting
September 2016
Aran (8 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 23 rows = 4 inches
in stockingette
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1050 - 1875 yards (960 - 1715 m)
XS - 3X
This pattern is available for free.

Now also available in Danish here.

Mersea Island, just down the road from where I live, is famous for its oysters and mud but it is also a wonderful place to sit and sketch the small fishing boats that sail in and out on the tide.

With a textured yoke, mock seams, front pockets and short collar, this sweater takes inspiration from both traditional local artist’s smocks and fisherman’s ganseys. Mersea Island is designed to be worn as a top layer so it is oversized and intended to be worn with 4-6 inches /10-15 cm of positive ease.

This sweater is knit from the bottom up in the round with picked up sleeves. There is only a very small amount of seaming required on completion.

Finished Measurements:

Chest: 3640, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60 inches / 91.5101.5, 112, 122, 132, 142, 152.5 cm
Length: 2627.5, 28.25, 28.75, 30.25, 31.75, 31.75 inches / 6670, 72, 73, 77, 80.5, 80.5 cm

Materials:

Drops Alaska 100% wool; 77 yd/70 m per 50g skein
MC: #58 Mustard; 1315, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24 skeins
CC: #12 Navy Blue; 1 skein

32-inch US 8/5mm circular needle
US 8/5mm needle(s) for working small circumference in the round
8 stitch markers
8 stitch holders or waste yarn
yarn needle