Oranje by Ann Weaver
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February 2011
Sport (12 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with larger needles
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1000 - 2000 yards (914 - 1829 m)
32 through 56 inch bust
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My fascination with Dutch athletic uniforms began after I watched the Dutch speed skaters in the 2010 Winter Olympics. Their graphic, aerodynamic suits inspired me to design a mitten pattern this spring called β€œGo Dutch!”.

However, the fascination was intensified when the Netherlands’ national football (that’s β€œsoccer” to the American readers), nicknamed the β€œOranje,” made it to the World Cup finals this past summer. I had the good fortune of being in a tiny, old, wood-paneled pub in Rotterdam, watching the game projected onto a screen, when the team beat highly favored Brazil in the quarterfinal match. That day I decided to knit a tribute cardigan, and sketched up this design.

This cardigan is as bold as the β€œtotal football” of the Oranje, filled with graphic patterns that create both vertical and horizontal movement around the yoke. Surprising details like the striped hem facings, braids, and a row of tiny glass buttons make this piece one of a kind.

Hey, how many yards of the contrasting colors do I need?

32 inch: 200 of each; 36: 230 of each; 40: 260 of each; 44: 300 of each; 48: 320 of each; 52: 370 of each; 56: 395 of each.

Keep in mind that these numbers are approximate, and how tightly you strand your knitting can make a big difference!**