Renee Pullover by Angela Hahn
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Renee Pullover

June 2012
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1080 - 1880 yards (988 - 1719 m)
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From pattern page:
The stranded motifs adorning the yoke and lower sleeves of this pullover exemplify the stylized geometric motifs, bold outlines and curvilinear forms of Art Deco. They were inspired by wrought iron panels created by Rene Gobert for the Exposition des Arts Decoratifs, held in Paris in 1925—hence the name “Renee” (the female version of “Rene”).

This hip-length pullover is worked entirely in the round from the neck down, in a light worsted weight yarn. The stranded patterns on the yoke and lower sleeves separate contrasting colors, with the darker color used for the main body and upper sleeves, while the lighter color draws attention to the shoulders, neck and sleeve cuffs. Sleeves are slightly elongated, calculated to end just above the base of the thumb (see Hints for tips on adjusting sleeve or body length).

Instructions are given for two hip circumferences for each size: equal to bust circumference, and approximately two inches larger than bust circumference. The latter is in keeping with the Craft Yarn Council standards for body sizes (and with the body shape of many women). Front and back waist darts (included in the sample shown) add definition to the waist—or omit darts, and just work side waist shaping for a less fitted silhouette.

Shown in Madelinetosh Tosh DK, a hand dyed superwash merino yarn with subtle color variations that add interest to the solid stockinette areas. Rolled edgings keep finishing to a minimum; the lower body hem is finished with a second contrasting rolled edging (which may be omitted if desired).

Difficulty: Intermediate. Skills include increasing and decreasing, stranded knitting using two colors, reading a non-symmetrical colorwork chart, knitting in the round, picking up stitches from the wrong side for the second rolled edging, and keeping track of row counts.