Benthe by Natasja Hornby


October 2021
Aran (8 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
930 - 1651 yards (850 - 1510 m)
XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X)
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Earthy but elegant Benthe has several eye-catching features that make her stand out from the crowd. First of all of course the decadent cabled sleeves that seem to grow organically out of the 2x2 rib at the sleeve cap. Then there is the interesting construction that results in a modified drop shoulder shape with some simple cabling along the armholes and the back raglan lines.
With instructions for two different collars and several options for the sleeve length, Benthe has all the makings of a favorite sweater for any style preference.

Benthe is worked from the top down. First, the back yoke is worked back and forth until the underarm.
Then, stitches are picked up from the slanted edges of the back yoke to work the back and front shoulders. The shoulders are joined by casting on stitches for the front neck, and the front yoke is worked to the underarm, where front and back are joined to work the body in the round.
For the sleeves, stitches are picked up around the armhole. The sleeve caps are shaped using German short rows, after which the sleeves are worked in the round.

There are several options for neckline (crew neck or cowl) for the sleeve length and for the body shaping (optional horizontal bust darts, shaped or unshaped body). Directions are given for all different options.

XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X)
Finished bust circumference 85 (95, 102.5, 115, 122.5, 135, 147.5) cm / 33.5 (37.5, 40.5, 45.25, 48.25, 53.25, 58)

Benthe is designed to have approx 7.5 cm / 3” of positive ease around the bust.

The sample is shown in size S, with horizontal bust darts and slight V-shaping of the body. It has approx 5 cm / 2” of positive ease.

Worsted weight yarn with a good stitch definition.

Crew neck sweater approx 850 (900, 950, 1050, 1150, 1300, 1400) m / 930 (985, 1040, 1150, 1370, 1420, 1530) yards.
Cowl neck sweater approx 950 (1000, 1050, 1150, 1250, 1410, 1510) m / 1040 (1090, 1150, 1160, 1370, 1540, 1650) yards.

Sample is shown in Biches & Bûches Le Gros Lambswool, 100% wool, 192 m / 210 yards per 100 gr.

The cable pattern is CHARTED ONLY.

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