Bruce's Celtic Ballad
Finished
September 8, 2014
December 1, 2014

Bruce's Celtic Ballad

Project info
0-851 Celtic Ballad by DROPS design
Knitting
Fiance
46.5" (+6.5" ease)
Needles & yarn
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
Knit Picks Capra DK
66 yards in stash
11.9 skeins = 1463.7 yards (1338.4 meters), 595 grams
271038
Green
Knit Picks
Notes

I made this sweater for my fiance while he was across the country at a naval training base. I didn’t know any of his measurements and I couldn’t actually take any of his measurements, which made this a difficult project. I did have one of his RTW sweaters to use as a reference, though.

The good:
-Armhole depth
-Sleeve circumference
-Body length
-Neck depth

The bad:
-The neckline is definitely too wide
-The sleeves could be 2” shorter

I copied the seed stitch pattern from Drops 0-851 but I made a lot of changes. I decided to make a set-in sleeves instead of raglan sleeves because I didn’t like the look of the raglan sleeves. I referenced the Drops Twilight Jumper pattern for sleeve cap measurements.

I knit this sweater flat and then seamed it together instead of knitting it in the round. I knew I would be making adjustments as I went and ripping out a million stitches would be terrible. And the thought of knitting 200 stitches in each round made me shutter.

Since my gauge was different from the original pattern and I changed a lot of the measurements (length, sleeve width, neck depth, etc.) and made set-in sleeves instead of raglan sleeves, I pretty much ended up drafting a new pattern.

Measurements:

  • Chest: 46.5”
  • Length: 26”
  • Length to Armhole: 17.25”
  • Armhole Depth: 8.75”
  • Sleeve Length: 20”
  • Upper Arm: 14.5”
  • Lower Arm: 10”
  • Cross Back Width: 16”
  • Shoulder Width: 4”
  • Neck Width: 8”
  • Neck Depth: 3.5”

Total Cost: $67.08


Back:

  • with size 3 needles cast on 126 sts, p2 k1 for 2”
  • change to size 5 needles and decrease to 114 sts (k8, k2tog across, k6)
  • increase 2 sts when piece measures 4” - 116 sts
  • increase 2 sts when piece measures 9.5” - 118 sts
  • begin A.1 when body measures 10.25”
  • work A.2 for 4”
  • work A.1
  • work A.2 for 2” - body = 17.25” long

Armhole Shaping (over 2.5”/16 rows):
BO for armhole at beginning of each side as follows:

  • 4 sts 1 time - 110 sts (2 rows)
  • 3 sts 3 times - 92 sts (6 rows)
  • 2 sts 2 times - 84 sts (4 rows)
  • 1 st 2 times - 80 sts (4 rows)
  • 38 sts decreased = 80 sts

Back Neck Shaping:

  • when back measures 25.5” BO center 38 sts - 21 sts for each shoulder
  • BO 1 st from neck edge - 20 sts for each shoulder
  • (WS) BO 10 sts, (RS) work even, (WS) BO 10 sts

Front:

  • work as back until armhole measures 5”
  • k 30 sts, BO center 20 sts, k 30 sts
  • BO 1 st at neck edge every RS row 10 times - 20 sts for each shoulder
  • work 4 rows, ending with a RS row
  • (WS) BO 10 sts, (RS) work even, (WS) BO 10 sts

Sleeves:

  • with size 3 needles cast on 63 sts, p2 k1 for 2”
  • change to size 5 needles, decrease to 50 sts
  • work even for 2.5”
  • increase 1 st each side every 1.25” 12 times (4.5”, 5.75”, 7”, 8.25”, 9.5”, 10.75”, 12”, 13.25”, 14.5”,15.75”, 17” (start A.1 on next RS row), 18.25”) - 74 sts
  • begin A.1 when sleeve measures 13”
  • work A.2 for 4”
  • work A.1
  • work A.2 for 2” (20” sleeve length)

Sleeve Cap Shaping:

  • BO 4 sts 1 time - 66 sts (2 rows)
  • BO 3 sts 3 times - 48 sts (6 rows)
  • BO 2 sts 2 times - 40 sts (4 rows)
  • BO 1 st 2 times - 36 sts (4 rows)
  • BO 1 st at beginning of each row 6 times - 24 sts (12 rows)
  • BO 3 sts - 21 sts
  • BO 3 sts - 18 sts
  • BO final 18 sts = 3.5” sleeve cap width

Neck Rib:

  • with size 3 needles, pick up and knit 120 sts around neck edge
  • p2 k1 for 1.25”, BO
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December 1, 2014
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  • Project created: September 8, 2014
  • Finished: December 1, 2014
  • Updated: March 13, 2020