Slaunter by Jennifer Dassau


October 2013
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in reverse stockinette
US 7 - 4.5 mm
800 - 1250 yards (732 - 1143 m)
36 (38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54)" bust
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A slouchy sweater, good for sauntering around on errands and adventures when there’s just a bit of chill in the air, Slaunter has a boxy fit with a wide scooped neckline and longer back hem. The smooth reverse stockinette body contrasts with the highly textured hem, cuffs and neck trim, where the mistake rib stitch pattern turns up the style a notch. The side slits are neatly finished with self facings to keep the look polished, and extra fun comes from the knit detail that continues up from the hem along the sideseams. Wherever you Slaunter around, sweatshirt comfort meets stylish details in a modern and casual fit.

Construction: The front and back Mistake Rib hems are worked flat, transitioning to reverse stockinette stitch, and then joined and worked in the round from the WS, to allow for knitting instead of purling. The body is worked in the round to the armholes, then divided and worked back and forth separately to the shoulders, which are joined with a 3-needle bind off. Neckline and sleeve cuffs are picked up and worked in the round in Mistake Rib. I used the Twin Stitch method to work the small short row shaping section of the shoulders; this method makes the twinned stitches very inconspicuous in the reverse stockinette. The pattern instructions include the steps for working Twin Stitch short rows; I highly recommend this method for a successful result.

Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit/purl, increasing, picking up stitches, Twin Stitch short rows, simultaneous shaping, 3-needle bind off.

Size: 36 (38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54)” bust; designed to be worn oversized. Sample shown in third size, worn with 5” positive ease.

Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh DK (100% superwash merino; 225yards/ 206m/110g), shown in Calligraphy; 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6) skeins, or approximately 800 (850, 875, 925, 975, 1025, 1100, 1150, 1200, 1250) yards of DK weight yarn .

Other Materials: US 7 (4.5mm) 24” circular needle (2), or size to match gauge; Extra US 7 dpn for facings and 3-needle BO; Stitch markers (2); Stitch holders (3); Yarn needle.

Gauge: 20 st and 26 rows/4” in reverse stockinette stitch; 22 st and 28 rows/4” in Mistake Rib, after blocking.

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