Continuous by Kelly White Designs


by Kelly White Designs
October 2019
Aran (8 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches
in Lace Rib Stitch
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
900 - 1600 yards (823 - 1463 m)
Adult XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X) Shown in size S with 14 inches/35.5 cm of positive ease
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Continuous is part of I Knit San Francisco
Print copies available from One More Row Press

San Francisco artist, Ruth Asawa, created sculptures of individual, concentric, and overlapping spheres by bending wire into loops with her hands. Her spherical sculptures are rounded and strong, airy with distinct boundaries, and even though they are woven like baskets, they function only as art. Her sculptures are captivating.

Continuous is a cocoon-shaped cardigan inspired by these sculptures. The lace rib body suggests Asawa’s looping wires, while the rounded shape evokes spheres, and the ribbing echoes the structured edge. The body of the sweater is knit flat to start, then joined in the round at the ribbing. The cardigan requires only two short seams. Snug armholes and cuffs create the rounded, sculptural drape. The armholes are designed to have about 2 inches of negative ease around the widest part of the wearer’s forearm, so it is important to consider forearm measurement when deciding which size to knit. The sweater is designed to have about 16 inches of positive ease at the bust. To get the fit you like best, you can work the body in one size and the armholes/cuffs in another.

Adult XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X)
Shown in size S with 14 inches/35.5 cm of positive ease

Finished Measurements
Bust (horizontal distance between armholes): 43 ½ (48, 52, 56 ½, 61, 65, 69) inches/104 (110.5, 122, 143.5, 155, 165, 175) cm
Length (vertical distance between finished edges): 29 (30, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34) inches/73.5 (76, 76, 78.5, 81.5, 84, 86.5) cm
Armhole Circumference: 6 ½ (7, 7 ½, 8, 8 ½, 9 ½, 10 ½) inches/16.5 (18, 19, 20.5, 21.5, 24, 26.5) cm


  • Sincere Sheep Favor (70% Merino, 30% Alpaca; Aran weight: 200 yd/183 m per 4 oz/ 113 g skein); color: Deepest Desire; 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8) skeins or approx. 900 (1000, 1100, 1200, 1325, 1450, 1600) yds
  • US 9/5.5 mm 40-inch/100-cm circular needle, for body of sweater
  • US 7/4.5 mm 40-inch/100-cm circular needle, for ribbing
  • Two US 4, 5, or 6/3.5, 3.75, or 4 mm 36-inch/ 91-cm circular needle, for tubular bind off
  • Stitch marker, waste yarn, crochet hook (size I/9 or J/10), tapestry needle, a pin or clip (for seaming)

15 sts x 16 rows = 4 inches/10 cm in Lace Rib stitch on largest needles, after blocking

This design is part of the I Knit San Francisco collection.
Print copies available from One More Row Press

From the Ferry Building to the Castro, take a knitting whirl through San Francisco. We introduce you to ten Bay Area knitwear designers, visit a dozen Bay Area LYSes, and share our favorite bits of the City by the Bay.

Want to know where to find the San Francisco that the locals know and love? I Knit San Francisco shares shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, museums, and more. And if you can’t make it to the City by the Bay, we include lists of our favorite books, movies, TV shows, and songs, so you can bring San Francisco home.

Designers include

  • Kelly White/Kelly White Designs
  • Sloane Rosenthal/Hudson + West Co.
  • Faina Goberstein
  • Yvonne Poon/Gamer Babe Knits
  • Julie Weisenberger/Cocoknits
  • Audry Nicklin
  • Heatherly Walker/Yarn Yenta
  • Sonya Philip/100 Acts of Sewing
  • Juliana Lustenader
  • Kathleen Dames & Vilasinee Bunnag/The Loome

Plus visit a dozen Bay Area yarn shops with Kathleen Dames/kathleen dames knitwear design and Alice O’Reilly/Backyard Fiberworks.

Featured yarns include Bay Street Yarns, The Dye Project, Hudson + West Co., Little Skein in the Big Wool with help from Seismic Yarns, Love Fest Fibers, Sincere Sheep, Speckled Finch Studios, Twirl Yarn, A Verb for Keeping Warm

Shot on location in San Francisco by local photographer Alli Novak/Luzography. Illustrations by Laurel Johnson/Mountain Laurel Artwork.

Join One More Row Press on our Knit Like A Local™ adventure in San Francisco.