Sophistical by Cheryl Niamath
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June 2016
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 23 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
840 - 1260 yards (768 - 1152 m)
This pattern is available for free.

This is a great loose-fitting layering piece that’s mostly super-simple and quick to knit. The front and back are worked flat and seamed at the shoulders and sides. Drop sleeves are picked up and worked in the round until they’re exactly the right length. Simple 1x1 ribbing finishes the neckline.

However, there are a few slightly tricky parts that really add a lot of style: a tubular cast-on and bind-off start and finish your ribbing beautifully, three organic-looking welts on the front skew the hemline in an interesting way, a box pleat on the back adds a bit of swing, and short-row shaping provides a better fit at the shoulders.

The pattern includes modifications to simplify the project if desired.

Bust and hip: 37.7540, 44.5, 48, 52.5, 56, 60.5 inches/96101.5, 113, 122, 133.5, 142, 153.5 cm
Length: 20.522, 23.5, 25, 26.5, 28, 29.5 inches/5256, 59.5, 63.5, 67.5, 71.5, 75 cm
This sweater looks best with at least 3-4 inches of positive ease. Shown in photos on Kate with 6” positive ease, and on Vanessa with 9” positive ease.

Shi Bui Heichi 100% silk, 105 yd/96 m per 50g skein; color: Tar; 89, 9, 10, 10, 11,12 skeins. This yarn is unfortunately discontinued. A nice alternative would be Spud & Chloe Sweater 55% wool/45% organic cotton; 160 yd/146m per 100g skein; 66, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8 skeins.