messing about in boats by Åsa Tricosa
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messing about in boats

Knitting
October 2013
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
1039 - 1640 yards (950 - 1500 m)
81 (86, 91, 97, 102) [107, 112, 117, 122, 127] cm 32 (34, 36, 38, 40) [42, 44, 46, 48, 50] in
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This is a slightly boxy comfortable pullover to live in or mess about in.

The placement of the pockets magically creates a waist line even as the sweater is knitted straight.

Messing about in Boats1 is knitted like all Ziggurats, that is, in one piece, top-down, shoulders and sleeve caps knitted in one sweep, and then all in the round including the built-in pockets to just before the hem, where a bumforgiving slit requires a bit of back and forth knitting.

A simple rib collar is knitted on last. Not a seam in sight. Honest.

The first sample in the pattern photos was knitted in size 40 with a local plant-dyed yarn (by Wolllaus).
(I’m knitting a second sample right now with Marchmont DK by The Yarn Yard.)

Skeins (Vivacious DK) required: 5 (5, 5, 5, 6) 6, 6, 6, 7, 7

Approximate yardage:
950 (1000, 1100, 1150, 1200) 1300, 1350, 1400, 1450, 1500 m
1050 (1100, 1200, 1250, 1350) 1400, 1450, 1550, 1600, 1650 yds

(I love my test knitters – even when I don’t thank them publicly every time. They are the bee’s knees.)

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  1. Annabel came up with this perfect name for her test-knit. She spends a lot of time messing about in boats. Also, one must agree with Ratty.