Salty Air Sweater by Samantha Guerin

Salty Air Sweater

Knitting
March 2024
DK (11 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch, worked in the round using Needle A, after blocking
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 10 - 6.0 mm
730 - 1640 yards (668 - 1500 m)
1 (2, 3, 4) [5, 6, 7] {8, 9, 10}  //  32 (36, 40, 44) [48, 52, 56] {60, 64, 68}” // 81.5 (91.5, 101.5, 112) [122, 132, 142] {152.5, 162.5, 173} cm
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Combining the elegance of lace with the comfort of a relaxed fit, the Salty Air Sweater is a versatile and stylish addition to your handmade wardrobe.

Salty Air is worked with my go-to top-down construction, perfect for fit checks, with raglan increases worked after the circular yoke to enhance the fit.

For ease of reading the pattern, instructions are both charted and written.

Construction

The Salty Air Sweater is knit seamlessly from the top down. The neckline is cast on and short rows are worked to raise the back of the neck for a comfortable fit. The lace yoke is knit, raglan increase rounds are worked, then the body and sleeves are separated and worked from the top down. The sleeves can be knit with or without shaping. The collar stitches are picked up and knit for either a folded or a flat collar. 

Selecting A Size

This sweater is intended to be worn with 2-6” / 5-15.5 cm of positive ease. Select a size 2-6” / 5-15.5 cm larger than your chest circumference. Measurements below are for the finished sweater after blocking. 

Finished Chest Circumference

1 (2, 3, 4) 5, 6, 7 {8, 9, 10}                                
32 (36, 40, 44) 48, 52, 56 {60, 64, 68}”          
81.5 (91.5, 101.5, 112) 122, 132, 142 {152.5, 162.5, 173} cm

Yarn

Shown in View A (Unlacquered Brass) with shaped sleeves, yardage reflects the shaped sleeve version with a folded collar.

Little Fox Yarn ‘TrueWash DK’,     
(100% Organically Grown Merino, 264 yds / 242 m per 115 g)

Shown in Unlacquered Brass
3 (4, 4, 5) 5, 5, 6 {6, 6, 7} skeins

Or 780 (870, 975, 1075) 1180, 1260, 1365 {1465, 1570, 1670} yds / 715 (800, 895, 985) 1080, 1155, 1250 {1340, 1440, 1530} m of a similar DK weight yarn

Shown in View B (Plum Duff) with full sleeves, yardage reflects the full sleeve version with a flat collar. The two yarns below are held together.

Little Fox Yarn ‘Vixen’,       
(80% Superwash Merino / 20% Silk, 400 yds / 365 m per 100 g)

Shown in Plum Duff
3 (3, 3, 4) 4, 4, 5 {5, 5, 6} skeins

Or 980 (1020, 1145, 1265) 1385, 1500, 1630
{1770, 1900, 2035} yds / 900 (935, 1050, 1160) 1270, 1375, 1490 {1620, 1740, 1865} m of a similar light fingering weight yarn

Little Fox Yarn ‘Nuages’,
(65% Baby Suri Alpaca / 35% Silk, 437 yds / 399 m per 50 g)

Shown in Plum Duff
3 (3, 3, 3) 4, 4, 4 {5, 5, 5} skeins
Or 980 (1020, 1145, 1265) 1385, 1500, 1630
{1770, 1900, 2035} yds / 900 (935, 1050, 1160) 1270, 1375, 1490 {1620, 1740, 1865} m of a similar heavy lace weight yarn 

Additional yardage required if lengthening body or sleeves.

Gauge

18 sts and 26 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Stockinette Stitch, worked in the round using Needle A, after blocking

Needles

Needle A (Main Fabric: Beginning of Yoke)     
One 16” / 40 cm circular needle or longer, US 7 / 4.5 mm or size needed to get gauge

Needle B (Main Fabric)                                   
One 24” / 60 cm circular needle or longer, US 7 / 4.5 mm or size needed to get gauge

Needle C (Hem Ribbing)
One 24” / 60 cm circular needle or longer, US 4 / 3.5 mm or three sizes smaller than needle size needed to get gauge

Needle D (Collar)                                          
One 16” / 40 cm circular needle, US 3 / 3.25 mm or four sizes smaller than needle size needed to get gauge

Needle E (Folded Collar Bind Off)
One 16” / 40 cm circular or DPN, US 10 / 6 mm or three sizes larger than needle size needed to get gauge

Needle F (Sleeves)                                          
One 16” / 40 cm circular needle for magic loop or DPNs, US 7 / 4.5 mm or size needed to get gauge 

Needle G (Cuff Ribbing)                                          
One 16” / 40 cm circular needle for magic loop or DPNs, US 3 / 3.25 mm or four sizes smaller than needle size needed to get gauge 

Notions

Removable stitch markers, waste yarn or spare needles, tapestry needle

Techniques 

Long-tail cast on, backwards loop cast on, tubular bind off, seaming (optional folded collar), picking up stitches