North Sea Nostalgia by Heidi Kirrmaier
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North Sea Nostalgia

Knitting
June 2018
Sport (12 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in st st in the round, plain and with colourwork
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
930 - 1695 yards (850 - 1550 m)
Finished Bust circumference (inches): XS (34); S (37); M1 (40); M2 (43); L1(46¼); L2 (49¼); XL (52½); XXL (55½)
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This sweater is inspired by the North Sea; its rugged and gentle coastlines, seagulls, wildflowers, long summer days, and cool nights.

The colour-work motifs are quite easy and never involve more than 5 sts over which a float must be carried. The sample uses 3 contrast colours, but you can use as few or many as you wish!

It is knit from the top down in one piece, beginning with a provisional cast on. Short rows are worked back and forth at the top of the yoke for the neck shaping. The provisional stitches are picked up at the end to complete the collar which may be finished in ribbing or i-cord. Other than the short rows, it is worked entirely in the round.

The body shape can be made straight or with A-line shaping. A-line shaping adds approximately 8 cm (3 inches) to the lower circumference.

The colour-work chart layout for the entire sweater is provided as part of the pattern and is uncoloured, so it may be useful for testing colour choices.

While the construction and colour-work are not particularly difficult, it is recommended for a knitter with some experience. Since the colour-work covers the entire sweater, it is important that a consistent gauge is achieved over plain and colour-work knitting.

Intended to fit with approximately 5 - 17 cm (2 - 7 inches) of positive ease at the bust. Shown in size M1 with 17 cm (7 inches) of positive ease and a straight body shape (not A-line).

Sample was knit in Di Gilpin Lalland, with MC=’haar’ (light blue); CC1=’laggan’ (dark blue); CC2=’furze’ (yellow); CC3=’storm petrel’ (dark green). There are many other yarns that would be suitable (a few are listed above); basically any sport to fingering weight yarn that works to the noted gauge.

Approximate yarn requirements (yards for MC/CC1/CC2/CC3):

XS: 845 / 135 / 110 / 135
S: 940 / 145 / 115 / 145
M1: 1025 / 160 / 120 / 160
M2: 1145 / 180 / 135 / 180
L1: 1235 / 195 / 145 / 195
L2: 1355 / 220 / 165 / 220
XL: 1460 / 230 / 175 / 230
XXL: 1530 / 245 / 185 / 245