Ms. Monroe by Stephanie Mason
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Ms. Monroe

Knitting
January 2015
Aran (8 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1015 - 1820 yards (928 - 1664 m)
xs, s, m, l, xl, 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x
This pattern is available for $6.99 USD buy it now

The sweater speaks for itself.

The pattern has some things you might want to know about.

Sizing:
The pattern comes in sizes ranging from xs-5x, and is broken down into three groups: xs-s-m in one PDF, l-xl-2x in another, and 3x-4x-5x in another. Buying the pattern gets you all three PDFs.

Each PDF contains written instructions, a detailed schematic, and a piece-together chart for the three sizes it contains.

There are also high resolution images of the chart available for each sizing group, which are for those who prefer to read their charts on a computer or tablet rather than printing them out.

Difficulty
This pattern is intermediate/advanced. The shaping is simple, but the intarsia is not for the faint of heart. The pattern itself includes instructions on stitch counts and shaping, and very detailed charts for the front. Instructions for individual techniques used in making the pattern are not included, but I do have a resource list for you here. I highly recommend looking at the skills list below and making sure you’re comfortable with how to do everything before you buy.

For really advanced and/or super confident knitters, the charts are very customizable. There is extra chart outside of the largest of each size grouping so if you want to add extra rows or stitches, or add waist shaping, or change the neckline, or change the sleeve cap, you can.

Sweater Model Info
The sweater shown in the model is a size large. It is worn with about 5-6 inches of ease. The pattern isn’t written with oversize fit in mind, though, so pay attention to the finished measurements when deciding to make yours. (IE, if you want it baggy, make a size that is a few inches bigger than your chest measurement, and if you want it more fitted, make the size that’s closest to your chest measurement.)

Techniques & Resources
This pattern requires knowledge of the following techniques:

Casting on
Binding off
Stockinette stitch
1x1 (or k1, p1) rib
Reading knitting charts
Intarsia
Duplicate stitch (Optional: see note below)
Increasing on right & wrong sides
Decreasing on right & wrong sides
Easing set in sleeves
Blocking acrylic (if using the same yarn I did)
Picking up & knitting stitches

Note on duplicate stitch: I don’t recommend using duplicate stitch for the whole chart as the fabric it makes is pretty dense. There are some small isolated spots of color, though, that I personally find easier to do after the fact with duplicate stitch. But if you can also totally skip it.

Get Satisfied
I provide technical support for my patterns and am usually pretty quick with responding to any questions. (However, I won’t be able to provide extended support for customizing the pattern. But if you’re doing that you probably know what you’re doing anyway, right? Right!)

If at any point after purchasing this pattern you decide you want a refund for any reason, I’ll happily provide one for you no questions asked. I want you to be happy, whether or not that happiness springs from the day glow of a pop art sweater.

Finally
There is also a baby sweater version of this pattern available. So cute!