Borago by Claudia Eisenkolb

Borago

Knitting
April 2021
DK (11 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1050 - 1843 yards (960 - 1685 m)
1 (2, 3, 4, 5)(6, 7, 8, 9) with finished body size 34¼ (38, 42, 45¾, 49¼)(53½, 57¼, 61, 64¾)" / 85.5 (95, 105, 114.5, 124)(133.5, 143, 152.5, 162) cm
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Borago is a textured sweater with a boat neck and drop shoulders. It is knit in the round from the top down, separated in front and back for the armholes and rejoined for the body to the hem.
For the sleeves in stockinette stitch, stitches are picked up around the armhole. Short rows on the upper sleeve part continue the shoulder line and avoid bulky wrinkles under the armpits.

The tapered sleeve is evenly decreased down to the cuff.
The provisional cast-on of the neckline provides different options: simply bind off in pattern, add an I-cord edge, or pick up sts to add a turtle neck in pattern.
If you have leftover yarn, you can knit a matching cowl in the same stitch pattern to get a kind of a removable turtle neck.

SIZES
1 (2, 3, 4, 5)(6, 7, 8, 9) with finished body size 34¼ (38, 42, 45¾, 49¼)(53½, 57¼, 61, 64¾)“ / 85.5 (95, 105, 114.5, 124)(133.5, 143, 152.5, 162) cm
Intended to be worn with 4–8” / 10–20 cm positive ease around the body. Sample is shown in size 5 in color Kleine Pause.

YARN AND YARDAGE (without turtle neck or cowl)
3 (4, 4, 4, 4)(4, 5, 5 5) skeins Zauberwiese Softmerino 215 or approx. 1050 (1115, 1180, 1215, 1300)(1390, 1500, 1595, 1705) yd / 960 (1020, 1080, 1110, 1190)(1270, 1370, 1460, 1560) m DK weight yarn to obtain given gauge
Turtle neck: additional 148 yd / 135 m
Cowl: additional 235 yd / 215 m

Everybody knits differently, so given yardage is an estimate.

GAUGE
21 sts x 28 rows per 4” / 10 cm in hexagon pattern and stockinette stitch with US 7 / 4.50 mm needle after washing and blocking

Take time to check gauge, and adjust needle size if necessary to obtain gauge.

NEEDLES
US 7 / 4.50 mm circular needle 16” / 40 cm and 32” / 80 cm long
1 set US 7 /4.50 mm DPNs

NOTIONS
4 stitch markers (1 in a different color to mark BOR), tapestry needle, waste yarn to hold stitches

REQUIRED TECHNIQUES
Provisional CO; knit and purl stitches; increases: M1L, M1R, M1Lp, M1Rp; decreases: k2tog, p2tog, ssk, ssp; short rows: w&t;
picking up sts around armhole, Traditional BO

SKILL LEVEL
Intermediate

Thanks to my gorgeous test knitters and my tech editors James Bartley and Jo Torr.