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Retro Peplum

Knitting
July 2012
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
5.5 stitches and 7.75 rows = 1 inch in Stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1644 - 2329 yards (1503 - 2130 m)
33 3/4 (37 1/4, 41, 44 3/4, 48 1/4)"

This elongated cardigan demonstrates how well saddle-shoulder silhouettes can accommodate vintage styling. The k2, p2 ribbing on the upper fronts and back is picked up from the edges of stockinette saddles, repeated in the center of the body to shape the waist, and then used again to finish the lower body and sleeves. Mirrored increases adjacent to each side “seam” stitch add flare to the lower body. To encourage the body to hang straight, a single reverse stockinette “seam” stitch is worked along each side. The front band is worked separately in a single piece, then sewn in place. The yarn used for this sweater looked best at a gauge of 5.5 stitches/inch. To end up with a sweater close to a finished 36” (91.5 cm) bust circumference, I followed the stitch counts for a size 40” (101.5 cm) bust at 5 stitches/inch and the length measurements for a size 36” (91.5 cm) bust in The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters.