Monsina (Women's Pullover) by Lars Rains
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Monsina (Women's Pullover)

Knitting
November 2015
Lace ?
22 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with yarn held double
US 6 - 4.0 mm
7098 - 8190 yards (6490 - 7489 m)
XS (S, M, L, XL, XXL) to fit bust circumference of 34” (38”, 42”, 46”, 50”, 54”) [86.5 cm (96.5 cm, 106.5 cm, 117 cm, 127 cm, 137 cm)] with 3-3¾” [5.5-7.5 cm] of positive ease intended.

Many thanks to Linda Pratt of Westminster Fibers and Hulda Hákonardóttir of Ístex for the generous yarn support for this project.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Bust Circumference: 37½” (41”, 45½”, 49”, 53½”, 57¾”) 93.5 cm (102.5 cm, 113.5 cm, 122.5 cm, 133.5 cm, 144.5 cm).
Pullover Length: 22” (22¾”, 23¼”, 24”, 24¾”, 25¼”) 55.5 cm (57 cm, 59 cm, 60.5 cm, 62 cm, 64 cm).

YARN
Ístex Einband: 100% Icelandic wool; 273 yds 250 m per 1.75 oz 50 g skein.
Color A: 9142 Fuchsia; 2 skeins for all sizes.
Color B: 9281 Sky Blue; 2 skeins for all sizes.
Color C: 9028 Citron; 2 skeins for all sizes.
Color D: 9044 Purple; 2 skeins for all sizes
Color E: 9277 Royal Blue; 2 (2, 2, 4, 4, 4) skeins.
Color F: 1768 Pink; 2 skeins for all sizes.
Color G: 1764 Vivid Green; 2 skeins for all sizes.
Color H: 0851 White; 2 skeins for all sizes.
Color I: 1761 Teal; 4 (4, 4, 6, 6, 6) skeins.
Color J: 9128 Blush; 2 skeins for all sizes.
Color K: 1762 Turquoise; 2 skeins for all sizes.
Color L: 1769 Cherry; 2 skeins for all sizes.

NEEDLES
US #6 4.0 mm, or size needed to obtain gauge:
All sizes: 24” 60 cm, 32” 80 cm and 40” 100 cm circular needles.
Sizes XL-XXL: 60” 150 cm circular needles.
Optional: double-pointed needles for small-circumference knitting.

Note: Begin with the shortest circular needles and switch to longer lengths as needed while working the yoke. Use your preferred method of small-circumference knitting to work the sleeves.

NOTIONS
1 stitch marker (to indicate end of round).
2 short circular stitch holders or waste yarn (to hold live stitches for sleeves).
Blunt tapestry needle.
Blocking pins, if desired.

CONSTRUCTION NOTES
This garment is worked seamlessly in the round from the top down.
Directions for the Knitted Cast On and Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off, as well as other useful information, can be found in the Special Techniques section of the book.
The garter stitch neckband is worked flat, then the yoke is knit in the round with increases occurring before and after each band of stranded colorwork.
The yoke is then divided to work the body, with additional stitches cast on at the underarms, while the sleeve stitches are held separately.
The sleeves are worked from the upper arm down with stitches picked up from the cast-on edge at the underarms and are tapered with decreases below the elbow.
3x3 Ribbing is worked at the hem and the cuffs.

Note: Yarn is held double-stranded throughout.

REQUIRED SKILLS
Basic knitting skills
Basic pullover construction
Color charts
Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off
Knitted cast on
Knitting in the round
Knitting small circumferences in the round
Picking up and knitting stitches
Ribbing
Seamless yoke pullover construction
Simple decreases
Simple increases
Stranded colorwork