A Pastoral Sweater by Sarah Solomon – Into the Wool

A Pastoral Sweater

Knitting
October 2021
Sport (12 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches
in charted cable pattern
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 0 - 2.0 mm
1228 - 2557 yards (1123 - 2338 m)
FINISHED SIZE 34¾ (38, 42, 45, 48¼, 52¼, 55¼, 58½, 62½)" bust circumference
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A Pastoral Sweater features lace cables and a tailored fit. A tribute to our knitting ancestors, who made beautiful things out of very little, simply because.

Pattern includes options for a 1x1 Rib buttonband or a picked-up double-knit band with integrated buttonholes (tutorial and additional links included).

As with any pattern, you may use any yarn that yields the specified gauge and gives you a fabric you find pleasing. Knitter’s choice. See more specifics on yarn choice below.

SIZES 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

FINISHED SIZE 34¾ (38, 42, 45, 48¼, 52¼, 55¼, 58½, 62½)“ bust circumference Intended Ease at Bust: + 0 – 2”
Sample measures 38” at bust and is worn with 2” positive ease on model.

YARN
Approximately 1399 (1500, 1634, 1780, 1903, 2074, 2203, 2374, 2557) yards fingering weight yarn
or 1228 (1316, 1433, 1562, 1669, 1819, 1933, 2083, 2243) yards sport weight yarn

Sample 1 (fingering weight, woolen spun) shown in Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool, 275 yards/1.76 oz; 251m/50g) in color Fossil 6 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10) skeins

Sample II (sport weight, worsted spun) shown in mYak Tibetan Cloud (100% Tibetan wool, 328 yards/3.52 oz; 300 m/100g) in color Wild Daisy 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7) skeins

A NOTE ON YARN CHOICE: The two samples shown were designed to illustrate the differences between woolen and worsted spun yarns. Both the yarns used are 100% wool but the difference in spinning (and the type of wool) results in two very different garments. The woolen spun sample is a lighter, warmer garment with a more carved overall appearance.The worsted spun sample is slightly less warm and a bit heavier and has more stitch definition, sheen and drape. Both are lovely.

NEEDLES
Main Fabric Needle: One pair of straight needles or a 32” circular needle* in size needed to obtain gauge Suggested size: US 4/3.5 mm

Ribbing Needle: One pair of straight needles or a 32” circular needle* one size smaller than gauge needle Suggested size: US 3/3.25 mm

Neckband Needle: One 32” circular needle* one size smaller than Ribbing Needle Suggested size: US 2/2.75 mm

Ribbed Buttonband Needles (for a conventional 1x1 ribbed band): One 32” circular needle, suggested size US 2/2.75 mm

Double-Knit Buttonband Needles (for a double-knit band): Size US 0/2.00 mm in double-pointed or circular and one 32” circular needle in size US 0/ 2.00 mm for picking up stitches

Knitter’s preferred style and length of needle for flat knitting may be used

GAUGE
28 stitches and 33 rows = 4” in cable patterns with Main Fabric Needle, relaxed after blocking

24 stitches and 33 rows = 4” in reverse stockinette stitch with Main Fabric Needle, relaxed after blocking

28 stitches and 36 rows = 4” in 1x1 ribbing with Ribbing Needle, relaxed after blocking

10-stitch double-knit band or 1x1 rib band = approximately 3/4” wide

Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge