Gateau by Skeinanigans


July 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette in the round
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
740 - 1850 yards (677 - 1692 m)
28 (34, 40, 46) (52, 58, 64, 70)" / 71 (86.5, 101.5, 117) (132, 147.5, 162.5, 178) cm actual bust of finished garment
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A delightful confection of a sweater, Gateau begins with a sprinkling of purl stitches in the yoke and ends with colorful stripes in the body, begging you to just knit one more row. Knit in Stress Knits Favorite base, this lightweight sweater is the perfect transition garment for spring and fall. Wear your precious mini skeins and little bits of hand dyed yarn proudly!

A (B, C, D)(E, F, G, H)
28 (34, 40, 46)(52, 58, 64, 70)” / 71 (86.5, 101.5m, 117)(132, 147.5, 162.5, 178)cm actual bust measurement of finished garment.
Choose a size that is 2-8” / 5-20.5cm larger than your full bust measurement.

Melissa is modeling the Size D with 6” of positive ease
Emma Janet is modeling the Size B with 2” of positive ease

Yardage/Metreage Required
Main Color: 490 (590, 700, 800)(910, 1010, 1120, 1220) yards / 450 (540, 640, 740)(840, 930, 1030, 1120) meters
Contrast Color (Cumulative): 250 (300, 350, 400)(460, 510, 570, 610) yards / 230 (280, 320, 370)(420, 470, 530, 560) meters

Gateau is designed to show off the delightful little morsels of mini skeins we all love to collect. If you have more colors, or fewer, it is very simple to adjust the number of rows knit with each color, so pay more attention to the total yardage required than the specific yardage of each color when planning your Gateau.

This pattern also includes a coloring book sheet download so you can plan your cake layers before you knit!

22 sts and 32 rows = 4” / 10 cm in stockinette worked in the round, taken after blocking.

Recommended Yarn
StressKnits Favorite
80% Superwash Merino / 20% Nylon
Main Color: Frosting
Contrast Colors: Puddle Jumper, Grubby, Lake Effect, Prudence, No Trail to Follow, Bell Jar, Sweet Disposition, Smitten, Ophelia, Solstice, Below My Feet, and Mo-Mint.

Many thanks to Stacy from StressKnits for providing yarn support for this pattern!

Notions / Needles
US 6 (4.0 mm) 32-40” / 80-100cm length circular needle for Body and Sleeves (use your preferred method for small circumference knitting of the Sleeves: DPNs, magic loop, 2 circulars or 9-12” circulars)
US 4 (3.5 mm) 16-40” / 40-100cm length circular needle for Neckband, Cuff and Hem (use your preferred method for small circumference knitting of the sleeves: DPNs, magic loop, 2 circulars or 9-12” circulars)
Adjust needle sizes as necessary to match gauge. Note that the smaller needle will be 2 US sizes / ~0.5 mm smaller than the larger needle when gauge is met.
Tapestry needle
Stitch marker
Smooth waste yarn or stitch holders

Track Your Progress
This pattern was designed with the knitter in mind! As you complete each task, mark or fill in the Track Your Progress (TYP) task bubbles and repeat boxes so you never lose your place again. Happy knitting!

This pattern has been tech edited and test knit. Thanks to Ursula, Emma Janet, Jen, Jenna, Jessica, Kate, Mel, Michelle and Viv for test knitting; to Meaghan for tech editing; and to Emma Janet for modeling her own test knit of Gateau!

Thanks to the wonderful Kate Howland for her excellent graphic design work on Gateau!