Hercule by Lisa Chemery

Hercule

Knitting
October 2020
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
275 - 900 yards (251 - 823 m)
3mo (6mo, 12mo, 18mo // 2yo, 4yo, 6yo, 8yo, 10yo)
Flag of English English
This pattern is available for €6.00 EUR buy it now

This design is part of the Little Grey Cells Vol. 1 collection, which is inspired by the characters and settings in the works of Agatha Christie.
It is available both as an individual pattern and as part of this eBook.

~~

‘He was hardly more than five feet four inches but carried himself with great dignity. His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it a little on one side…The neatness of his attire was almost incredible; I believe a speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet wound.”

Unique for his exuberant moustaches and world-renowned little grey cells, the incomparable Hercule Poirot is also known for his precise elegance, from his patent leather shoes to his impeccable formal suits.

This straightforward top-down, seamless, blazer-like cardigan features a distinguished notched collar and optional pockets: two body pockets with flaps and a tiny adorable chest pocket, perfect to dress up the cardigan with a very smart pocket square.

CONSTRUCTION:

This cardigan is worked seamlessly from the top down and features optional knitted-in body pockets and an afterthought chest pocket. The sleeves are separated from the body at underarm level, then worked in the round. Stitches are picked up along the fronts and the neckline to work the notched collar and button bands. The collar is shaped using German short rows (link to video tutorial in the pattern). The pocket linings require some seaming.

SKILLS REQUIRED:

Casting on, knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing, knitting in the round, picking up stitches, working short rows (explanations/link to video tutorial provided), binding off.

SIZES:

  • 3mo (6mo, 12mo, 18mo // 2yo, 4yo, 6yo, 8yo, 10yo)
  • To fit chest: 16 (17, 18, 19 // 21, 23, 25, 26.5, 28) inches or 40.5 (43, 45.5, 48.5 // 53.5, 58.5, 63.5, 67.5, 71) cm
  • Garment chest at underarms: 18.75 (20.5, 21.25, 23.75 // 25, 26.75, 28.25, 30, 33.25) inches or 47.5 (52, 54, 60.5 // 63.5, 68, 72, 76, 84.5) cm

I recommend chosing a size based on the recipient’s actual chest measurements instead of the age label. You can also choose a size according to how much ease you’d like the garment to have.

YARN REQUIREMENTS:

Approximately 275 (300, 350, 450 // 500, 600, 675, 800, 900) yds or 251 (274, 320, 411 // 457, 549, 617, 731, 823) meters of worsted weight yarn

NEEDLES:

  • US 7 or 4.5 mm diameter circular needle (or size needed to match stockinette stitch gauge) at least 24 inches or 60 cm in length

  • 1 set of matching dpns for sleeves

  • US 6 or 4 mm diameter circular needle (or one size smaller in diameter than above) at least 24 inches or 60 cm in length for sizes 3 mo to 18mo, 32 inches or 80 cm in length for sizes 2yo and up,for hem and button band/collar

  • 1 set of matching dpns for sleeve cuffs

NOTIONS:

  • 4 stitch markers
  • tapestry needle
  • 4 stitch holders or scrap yarn
  • 3 (4, 4, 5 // 5, 5, 6, 6, 7) buttons 3/4 inch or 1.8 cm in diameter, or toggles 1.25 inch or 3 cm in length

GAUGE:

19 sts x 28 rows = 4 inches or 10cm in stockinette stitch using larger needles, after blocking

Please adjust needle size if needed to achieve the recommended gauge.