The Traveling Sweater by A. Karen Alfke

The Traveling Sweater

April 2010
Sport (12 wpi) ?
26 stitches = 4 inches
in K2, P2 rib (unstretched)
US 3 - 3.25 mm
2480 - 3100 yards (2268 - 2835 m)
up to 40 (48)''
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This sweater in one way or another has been traveling since it was a spark of a knit idea roaming Tina’s brain. A journey starting with an initial spark of inspiration shared and transformed by Karen into this wonderful final design. A sweater whose k2, p2 ribbing makes an excellent track that takes us on a journey up and around and then back again. A sweater which winds into shape with a generous lapel effect in the front and a lovely shawl-like collar; the perfect protection against a sudden storm. We have nicknamed her the “Sisterhood of the Traveling Sweater” after the book, because it fits, looks, and feels good on everyone who has tried it. We hope you feel the same.

A note on the sizing: it’s the fit from underarm to underarm across the back that’s the most crucial, since the front drapes open. The back span of the smaller size is 22-1/2”; of the larger size, 25”. So if you are larger than the listed bust sizes, please do not shy away from this sweater! Consider the circumference of your bra band when choosing which size to knit. Anyone up to a 40-44” band circumference could enjoy the smaller size; up to a 50” band could wear the larger size… Regardless of your cup size!

The sweater is worked as three separate pieces: a circular collar/body formed by working short-row wedges; and two back/sleeve pieces, begun from a provisional cast-on along the spine and worked out towards the cuffs. The collar/body is then sewn or crocheted onto the upper and lower back, and the provisional cast-on edges of all pieces are then fused with a three-needle-I-cord bind-off.

A photo tutorial of the assembly can be found here.