Fibonacci Striped Sweater by Frank H. Jernigan

Fibonacci Striped Sweater

May 2019
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
3.5 mm (E)
1971 - 2409 yards (1802 - 2203 m)
Man’s M (L, 1X, 2X)
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While traveling in Ireland last year, we were able to visit Hedgehog Fibres in the city of Cork. The selection in the store was not very complete, so I just grabbed a bit of every kind of Merino DK I could find, not really thinking about what I would do with it other than use the dark blue Ink color as the main color of a sweater.

After swatching a number of different color patterns from the limited selection, I chose this bold series of accent colors containing all but one of the colors I had acquired. Who would have thought to put red, orange, and bright purple together for a man’s sweater? It would not have been my choice, but now that it is done, it has become my favorite sweater to date.

As you will see in the pattern, I decided to use the Fibonnaci series to determine how many rows of each color to use. It just seems more interesting than even stripes. The pattern also uses the saddle shoulder version of Phrancko’s Seamless Set-in Sleeves, so the entire sweater is knit in the round. The color work could not be easier since only one color is worked at a time. Of course the number of ends to weave in might be a bit daunting, but one might work around that by using some tricks of carrying yarn across rows in the back. Or just bite the bullet and spend an hour weaving in ends like I did. It wasn’t so bad.