Recital by Jennifer Swetland


March 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
764 - 1528 yards (699 - 1397 m)
XS, S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X
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This pattern is available for free.

Often, the simplest garments in my closet become my favorites. I want to knit more sweaters that will fit in that area of my wardrobe without getting bored with construction. This short-sleeved sweater makes the most of simple stockinette stitch, both in terms of style and an interesting construction.

The back starts with a provisional cast-on and is worked from the bottom-up. The front is worked on larger needles, from side-to-side to make the cowl neckline as drapey as possible. The super soft merino/wool blend yarn helps with the drape as well.

Two simple folds are made at each shoulder before sewing the shoulder seams. Then, sleeves are picked up and worked down, and the bottom ribbing is worked last.

XSS, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X
Choose a size with 1-3 inches/2.5-7.5 cm negative ease at the bust.

Chest: 2832, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52 inches/ 7181.5, 91.5, 101.5, 112, 122, 132 cm
Length: 18.7519.25, 19.5, 19.75, 20, 20.25, 20.25 inches/ 47.549, 49.5, 50, 51, 51.5, 51.5 cm from back neckline to back hem edge

Shibui Staccato 70% superwash merino wool/30% silk; 191yd/175m per 50g skein; color: Imperial 2039 45, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8 skeins

Recommended needle size
US #4/3.5mm circular needle, 32 inches/80cm or longer
US #5/3.75mm circular needle, 32 inches/80cm or longer
US #4/3.5mm dpns or needles desired to work sleeves

stitch markers
waste yarn or stitch holders for holding stitches
yarn needle

28 sts/36 rows = 4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch on smaller needles
25 sts/34 rows = 4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch on larger needles