Early Bloomer by Heidi Kirrmaier

Early Bloomer

Knitting
July 2019
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with larger needles
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 2Β½ - 3.0 mm
450 - 1530 yards (411 - 1399 m)
Finished chest circumference (inches): XXS (31), XS (34), S (36ΒΎ), M1 (39ΒΎ), M2 (42Β½), L1 (46ΒΌ), L2 (49), XL (52), 2X (56ΒΌ), 3X (59ΒΎ), 4X (62Β½), 5X (66ΒΌ)
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As I was knitting Late Bloomer, it became clear to me I needed a summer version too! Early Bloomer can be knit in any DK weight yarn, and the instructions include both a short and long sleeve option. The body length is slightly cropped (11 inches / 28 cm) but can easily be lengthened or shortened. Note that for every additional inch of length, you will need about 5% more MC yarn (relative to the amount for the short sleeved version given below).

It is knit from the top down, in one piece, beginning with a provisional cast on. The provisional stitches are picked up at the end, then the neck is shaped with short rows and the collar is finished in ribbing. Other than the short rows for the neck shaping, it is worked entirely in the round. Yoke shaping is done with increases during the colour-work, in addition to raglan increases following the colour-work.

Please ensure your gauge is consistent over both plain st st and colour-work. If your colour-work tension differs from your plain st st tension, you may wish to use a different needle size for the colour-work.

The fit of this sweater is intended to be approximately 2-4 inches larger than your actual chest measurement, but of course you should choose a fit that suits your preference. A schematic diagram is provided showing the key finished measurements to help you choose a size.

The sample was knit in Magpie Fibres Solstice; main colour (MC)= driftwood; contrast colour (CC) = desert rose. A few other yarn ideas are listed above.

Yarn Requirements (yards) - MC Short Sleeves/ MC Long Sleeves / CC

XXS - 490 / 755 / 130
XS - 550 / 810 / 150
S - 600 / 875 / 150
M1 - 650 / 960 / 165
M2 - 710 / 1040 / 180
L1 - 790 / 1150 / 190
L2 - 830 / 1200 / 210
XL - 900 / 1290 / 210
2X - 985 / 1400 / 220
3X - 1060 / 1500 / 220
4X - 1125 / 1585 / 240
5X - 1225 / 1720 / 240