Ravelston by Ysolda Teague


February 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
25 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch in the round on larger needles
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
1215 - 2235 yards (1111 - 2044 m)
31¼(34, 36½, 39, 41½) [44¼, 46¾, 49¼, 51¾] (54½, 57, 59½)" / 78.5(85, 91, 97.5, 104) [110.5, 117, 123, 129.5] (136, 142.5, 149)cm finished chest circumference.
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#sizeinclusive to a 59 1/2” finished chest circumference

The Ravelston pullover is a classic neatly fitted style with a similar silhouette and construction to the Stockbridge cardigan pattern. It has set in sleeves, relatively narrow shoulders, and side waist shaping. The waist shaping is different at front and back: there are more stitches towards the back at hip level, and more increases are worked at the front chest than the back. The armscye (armhole) and sleeve caps are also shaped differently at the front and back to more accurately follow the contours of the body.

Ravelston is worked from the bottom up, in the round to the underarms. The upper back and front are then worked flat with short row shoulder shaping that gives a smooth, rather than stepped, bound off edge. The bound off edges of the shoulders are then seamed together, using mattress stitch, and stitches are picked up around the armholes for the sleeves. The sleeves are worked top down with the caps shaped with short rows. The innovative short row method, used in several other patterns by Ysolda, is a refinement of Barbara Walker’s short row sleeve cap method that works better for a more fitted style like Ravelston. The number of stitches picked up around the armhole doesn’t need to equal the number required for the upper arm — a smaller circumference, so picking up the same number can result in the stitches around the pick up getting stretched out. The shaping can also be worked at different rates to create the classic bell shape of a set in sleeve cap, and asymmetrically so the front is a little more scooped out than the back.

The pattern includes instructions for two necklines, a shallow scoop and classic V. The back of the neck is also shaped for comfort. Choose between a ribbed bottom hem and a split, folded hem — we love working the inside of the hem in a contrast colour for a fun, hidden detail. Optional short row bust shaping is included in the pattern, instructions for C/D, E/F and G/H cups.

Fingering / 4ply weight yarn. Non-superwash, ‘sticky’ wool yarns are ideal.

Shown in Rauma Finull PT2 (100% Norwegian wool, 191 yds / 175m, 1.76oz / 50g) colour 450

Shown in Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk Sølje (100% Norwegian Pelsull wool, 383 yds / 350m, 100g) in 2115 naturgrå and 2113 lys dongeriblå

1215(1345, 1415, 1500, 1580) [1685, 1760, 1870, 1950] (2050, 2130, 2235) yds / 1110(1230, 1295, 1370, 1445) [1540, 1610, 1710, 1785] (1875, 1945, 2045)m

6(7, 7, 8, 8) [8, 9, 9, 10] (10, 10, 11) balls of Rauma Finull PT2

3(4, 4, 4, 4) [5, 5, 5, 5] (6, 6, 6) skeins of Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk Sølje

25 sts & 34 rnds = 4” /10 cm in st st in the rnd on larger needles. See note about sleeve gauge below under needles sizes.

Stitch markers, scrap yarn.

31¼(34, 36½, 39, 41½) [44¼, 46¾, 49¼, 51¾] (54½, 57, 59½)“ / 78.5(85, 91, 97.5, 104) [110.5, 117, 123, 129.5] (136, 142.5, 149)cm finished chest circumference.

Choose a size based on your chest measurement (measured with the tape close to your underarm and level all the way around) plus desired amount of ease.

Shown in size 36” with 4” of positive ease, size 34” with zero ease and size 49¼“ with zero ease (amount of ease listed is at the chest)
If your measurement around the fullest part of the bust is more than 2” larger than the chest I recommend including the optional horizontal darts.

Refer to schematic for full garment measurements.