My Favorite Thing by Nicole Montgomery

My Favorite Thing

Knitting
September 2015
Sport (12 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch on larger needles
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1560 - 2620 yards (1426 - 2396 m)
Chest Circ 33" (36", 39", 42', 45", 48") based on Shoulder Widths of 13.75" (14.25", 14.5", 15", 15.25", 15.5")
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This sweater was designed with my lovely mom in mind. Knit it for yourself, or for your own mom or favorite mother figure. The gentle shaping will flatter a wide range of figures, and the smooth Hempathy yarn has a comfortable drape and makes a great layering piece to keep on hand!

Since this is a cardigan, the best measurement to use to ensure a nice fit in the shoulders / back is your Shoulder Width. To find your Shoulder Width measurement, lay a comfortably-fitting sweater flat with the back facing up. Measure from the seam where the sleeve connects to the back on one side to the seam connecting the opposite sleeve to the back. This is your Shoulder Width. This cardigan is designed to fit with negative ease in the back so it has to stretch across and will give a smooth-fitted look. The waist panel provides the look of waist shaping, which gives the cardigan a flattering silhouette, and the “skirt” beneath the waist panel increases to give the bottom portion of this cardigan positive ease so it will gently skim your curves.

Materials Needed:
• Smaller Collar: 1560 (1680, 1820, 1940, 2070, 2230) yds.
• Larger Collar:1930 (2060, 2200, 2340, 2460, 2620) yds.
Sport-weight yarn. Green Sample was made from Hempathy 34% Hemp, 41% Cotton,25% Modal (153 yds / 50g skein) Please note, Hempathy is officially listed as “dk-weight”, but it is quite thin, in my opinion, and if you look at Ravelry projects using this yarn, it is often used with patterns that call for sport and even fingering-weight yarn.
• US Size 6 / 4 mm circ needle (or size needed for gauge)
• US Size 4 / 3.5 mm circ needle (or two sizes smaller than main needle size, for ribbed collar only)
• Set of 5 dpns, US size 6 / 4 mm (for sleeves and seaming shoulders, circular needle can substitute for this)
• 2 traveling & 2 stationary stitch markers
• 3 stitch holders (or waste yarn)
• Yarn Needle & Flexible measuring tape

A collection of helpful video & photo tutorial links are provided in the pattern for the following techniques:
• Left & Right Leg Increases
• M1L & M1R Increases
• Kitchener Stitch
• How to Seam (Mattress Stitch)
• How to seam (Head-to-Side seaming)
• An article full of helpful hints for getting the fit you want
• Braided Join (joining technique for slippery yarns like Hempathy)

Other Techniques Used:
• Knitting Flat
• Picking up Stitches
• Decreases (K2tog & modified SSK)
• Knitting through the back loop

A thankful shout out to CornflowerKnits, crystalvisions & echospiritwarrior. They tested this pattern and have gorgeous sweaters to show off in the project pages! Thanks so much, ladies!