Brightfeather by Jennifer Steingass

Brightfeather

Knitting
yarn held together
Sport (12 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
36 (38.25, 40.75, 42.5, 45.5, 49, 52)(55, 57, 59, 61, 64, 67)” / 90 (95.5, 102, 106.5, 113.5, 123, 130)(137.5, 143, 147.5, 153, 160, 167.5) cm finished chest.
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Brightfeather is inspired by the soft lightness of feathers. I chose mohair silk yarn for this design because it was the closest fiber to feathers that I could think of - soft, fluffy, and so light. This sweater is knit in doubled mohair silk lace yarn at a sport weight gauge for a versatile garment with an extremely lightweight and soft fabric with a beautiful halo. This top down and seamless sweater is worked in the round in one piece. With one of my easiest color work charts charts yet, this pattern is suitable for beginners and the experienced alike. While I used doubled mohair to produce a sport weight yarn, this design also works well with a single strand of sport or fingering weight wool or wool blend yarn. You can check tester projects to see Brightfeather knit in all kinds of different yarns: some with doubled mohair, some with a strand of fingering held with a strand of mohair, and some with a single strand of sport or fingering yarn. With easy top down construction, you can try your WIP on as you go and add or reduce length for your best fit.

SIZES: A (B, C, D, E, F, G)(H, I, J, K, L, M)

FINISHED BUST CIRCUMFERENCE
36 (38.25, 40.75, 42.5, 45.5, 49, 52)(55, 57, 59, 61, 64, 67)” / 90 (95.5, 102, 106.5, 113.5, 123, 130)(137.5, 143, 147.5, 153, 160, 167.5) cm. Note: Sizes listed are finished sweater measurements. Choose the sweater size that is 3-6” / 7.5-15 cm larger than your actual bust circumference. Shown with 6” / 15 cm ease.

MATERIALS
(Note: My sample was knit with a double strand of lace weight yarn to produce a sport weight. You can also knit this sweater with a single strand of sport or fingering weight or hold a strand of fingering with a strand of mohair - see below for suggested yarn amounts.)

Yarn:

Double strand of La Bien Aimee Mohair Silk Lace 547 yards / 500 m per 50g. One skein held double is equivalent to 274 yards / 250 m. When doubled, this yarn knits up at a sport weight gauge.

Main color (MC): Direwolf: 5 (5, 5, 5, 6, 6 6)(7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8) skeins

Coordinating color (CC): Winter: 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2)(2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2) skeins

Or doubled lace weight yarn or single strand of fingering or sport weight yarn of the following yardages:

MC: (held double): 2200 (2300, 2500, 2600, 2800, 3000, 3200)(3300, 3500, 3700, 3800, 3900, 4100) yds / 2012 (2104, 2286, 2378, 2561, 2744, 2927)(3018, 3201, 3384, 3475, 3567, 3750) m

-If using a single strand of fingering or sport for MC: 1100 (1150, 1250, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600)(1650, 1750, 1850, 1900, 1950, 2050) yds / 1006 (1052, 1143, 1189, 1281, 1372, 1463)(1509, 1601, 1692, 1738, 1783, 1875) m

CC: (held double): 350 (400, 500, 550, 600, 650, 700)(725, 750, 775, 800, 850, 900) yds / 321 (366, 458, 503, 549, 595, 641)(663, 686, 709, 732, 778, 823) m

If using a single strand of fingering or sport for CC: 175 (200, 250, 275, 300, 325, 350)(363, 375, 388, 400, 425, 450) yds / 160 (183, 229, 252, 275, 298, 320)(332, 343, 355, 366, 389, 412) m

NEEDLES:
(Note: Needle sizes are only a suggestion. Swatch to determine the appropriate sizes for your project.)
A: US 4 / 3.5 mm DPNs or 16” (40 cm) circular for neckline, matching set DPNs (for cuff), and 24” (60 cm) or longer circular for waistband.
B: US 5 / 3.75 mm DPNs and 32” (80 cm) or longer circular needle for body and magic looping sleeves.
Or needle sizes necessary to obtain gauge.
C: US 6 / 4 mm DPNs or long circular - 32” (80 cm) or longer circular needle for stranded colorwork yoke and colorwork section of sleeves.

GAUGE
Body: 22 sts and 32 rnds = 4 inches (10 cm) in stockinette st, in the round, on needle B, after blocking.
Colorwork: 22 sts and 30 rnds = 4 inches (10 cm) in stockinette st, in the round, on needle C, after blocking.


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