Fine Line sweater by Lily Kate France

Fine Line sweater

Knitting
October 2020
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
861 - 1677 yards (787 - 1533 m)
to fit bust 28-30 (32-34, 36-38, 40-42, 44-46) [48-50, 52-54, 56-58, 60-62] inches
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A nod towards vintage on a modern sweater. Gently puffed sleeves against a ribbed bodice make for a classic knit for any occasion.

YARN

DK weight yarn, approx 787 (892; 988; 1097; 1174) 1278; 1406; 1454; 1533 metres / 883 (973; 1078; 1197; 1281) 1394; 1534; 1586; 1672 yards.

Sample shown in The Fibre Company Knightsbridge, a blend of 65% baby llama, 25% merino wool, and 10% silk.

NEEDLES & NOTIONS

3.75mm circular needles for the main body, either 24” or 30” depending on size. 4mm and 3.5mm needles of your preferred length for working sleeves (ie. magic loop, 2 circulars, DPNs).

You will also need scrap yarn for holding stitches, lockable stitch markers (with one marker different to the rest to denote the beginning of round), and a tapestry needle.

GAUGE

22 sts and 28 rows to 4” / 10cm in stocking stitch on 4mm needles. 29 sts and 30 rows to 4” / 10cm in 3x1 rib on 3.75mm needles, unstretched.

SIZING

Sizes 1 (2: 3: 4: 5) 6: 7: 8: 9 detailed below, designed to be worn with 8 - 10 inches / 20 – 30 cm negative ease. Sample shown is a size 2 worn on a 34” bust with around 8 inches / 20 cm negative ease. This sweater is designed to be very fitted in the body, and the ribbed fabric has lots of stretch, hence the finished measurements that may seem alarmingly small.

The Fineline Sweater is #SizeInclusive to a bust of 62”, with the intended negative ease.

To fit bust: 28-30 (32-34; 36-38; 40-42; 44-46) (48-50; 52-54; 56-58; 60-62) inches / 71-76 (81-86; 91-97; 102-107; 112-117) (122-127; 132-137; 142-147; 152-157) cm.

Finished bust (unstretched): 21.5 (25.5; 29.5; 33.5; 37.5) (41.5; 45.5; 49.5; 53.5) inches / 55 (65; 75; 85; 95) (105; 116; 126; 136) cm

NOTES

Construction: the Fine Line sweater is worked seamlessly from the top down. It begins by casting on across the shoulders and working back and forth in rows on the upper back down to the armholes. The back stitches are then set aside to work the front. Stitches are picked up across each shoulder and stitches are cast on to create the front neck, before the upper front is worked identically to the upper back. The held back stitches are then replaced on the needle to work the main body in one piece from the armholes down to the hem, working in rounds.

The sleeves are worked by picking up around the armhole edge then filling in the set-in sleeve ‘cap’ with short rows. The rest of the sleeves are worked from the top down in rounds in stocking stitch, which is gathered into deep ribbed cuffs.

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