Reverse 20 by Chiaki Hayashi

Reverse 20

May 2022
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
930 - 1350 yards (850 - 1234 m)
S (M, L, XL) - details below
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Reverse stockinette stitches are the main stitch on this top-down sweater. Because most of us prefer to work “knit” stitches rather than “purl” stitches, we knit this sweater inside-out in the round.

The sweater is a boxy and relaxed fit. Armholes are very generous and longer bottom rib and cuffs adds fun/modern look. The neck is a combination of rib and rolled edge. There are 4-knit stitch lines at raglan lines, side of body and under sleeves which add sleek and somewhat sporty look.

The bottom ribbing, cuffs and rolled neck end with contrasting color. The sample used Lani’s Lana sport weight yarn, black and natural mixed. (This yarn is called “sport weight”, but very softly twisted and you can get the correct gauge.)

20 sts , 29 rows in

If you would like to knit this sweater in bigger gauge / 18 sts, “Reverse 18” is the same style. - Ombre effect with 2 stranded sports weight yarn or worsted weight yarn.

Finished measurements S (M, L, XL)
Please add 3”~6” positive ease on chest circumference.

  • Chest circumference 38 (41, 44.5, 48.5)“
  • Length 20 (20, 21, 21)“

Any DK ~ light worsted yarn works if you can get the correct gauge.
For example, if you prefer to have a warmer sweater, you can use Malabrigo Rios (worsted). If you prefer to have lighter/softer feel sweater, you can use Malabrigo Arroyo (DK).

The sample shown is knitted with Hikoo “Sueno Tweed” which contains some viscose from Bamboo. Very soft and comfortable to wear. I also like the look of Reverse + tweedy yarn.

Other yarn choices

  • Silk mohair + sport weight
  • Doubled fingerling weight yarn

MC - 900 (1000, 1100, 1300) yards
CC - 30 (35, 40, 50) yards

You need main size needles and one size smaller needles for ribbing.
Suggested needle size (main) - US 5~6 for cotton yarn, US6~7 for wool yarn.