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Seamless Hybrid

Knitting Without Tears
Knitting Workshop
Knitting
January 1981

Summary This is one of four seamless sweaters “unvented” by Elizabeth Zimmermann. Directions for all four are in chapter 4 of Knitting Without Tears; they are knit in the round from the bottom up and are identical up to the underarms. The Seamless Hybrid is the fourth variation given.

EZ’s Notes from Knitting Without Tears: “Materials depend on your size and taste. If you are using knitting worsted (advisable for beginners), five to six 4oz skeins are usually enough; in finer wool you will need less by weight. You would be well advised to consult a salesclerk. You will need a 16” needle for the sleeves and neck, and a longer one (I prefer a 24” one) for body and yoke. Needle size depends on the wool and the way you knit; for knitting worsted anything between a size 5 and a size 8.”

Gauge Note: This pattern, as with all four of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s seamless sweaters, directs you to determine gauge based on yarn and needle choice. Once gauge is determined, the number of stitches is then calculated based on the desired finished size of the sweater.

From Knitting Without Tears: “There are two great advantages to seamless sweaters. First, and most important, they are comfortable, as they will stretch in all directions. You can take your arm out of the sleeve, elbow first, without any ominous sounds of popping threads. Secondly, having no seams, they demand no sewing skills at all.”

Pattern description from Knitting Workshop: “THE HYBRID is very like the saddle-shoulder except that the armhole seams slant rather like a Raglan and the saddles are wider.”

This pattern may be found in Knitting Workshop on pages 83-84 and Knitting Without Tears on page 75