Scotch Mist by Thea Colman

Scotch Mist

November 2021
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette on larger size needle, based on final blocked fabric to estimate. Specific gauges are given in pattern.
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1250 - 2500 yards (1143 - 2286 m)
37.5(41.5,45.5,49.5,53.5)(57.5,61.5,65.5)” / 95.25(105.5,115.5,125.75,136)(146,156.25,166.5)cm
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I am so often drawn to natural yarns with depth and interest in the fiber itself, and it’s sometimes hard to find a design that both allows me to create a unique shape and texture AND shows off these yarns that I love so much in the skein.

But these gorgeous braids are bold and deep, and when mixed with textured medallions and an extra squishy ribbing, the elements play off each other and really DO show off both the yarn and their own beauty.

Scotch Mist can absolutely take a bit of heather, a beautiful twist, and a fiber with a point of view! And guys, this Tango Targhee is soft and light and satisfying and has all of the above. I may have bought a second SQ already for a cropped Scotch Mist next….

In designing this sweater, I kept the silhouette simple, as I really get a ton of wear out of a classic drop shoulder pullover. Then I added lots of small details that make for neat finishing and beautiful edges. You can use the ribbed side panels and reverse stockinette on the underside of the sleeves to easily modify fit if you like. And, the pattern is written two length options - a longer one with A-line shaping, and a shorter crop with a straight fit.

My sample is the longer A-line version, knit so it covers my rear. You can see the shaping at the sides, which allows it to remain nice and loose around my curves, and any layers underneath lie beautifully without bunching at the hip.

Scotch Mist is worked from the bottom up. The ribbed hem is begun flat in two pieces and then joined so the lower body can continue in the round to armholes. The upper body is then worked flat in two pieces and seamed at shoulders. Lastly, collar and sleeve stitches are picked up around openings and worked in the round to end.

All cables are both charted and written, and notes are included for making modifications to length or width of the body and sleeves. I’ve added thoughts on tweaking the neckline as well.

Gauge Note: Specific gauges are given in pattern, but if you get 2x2 rib gauge on your smaller needle size at 20 sts/28 rows per 4”/10cm, and stockinette gauge at 16 sts/24 rows per 4”/10cm, your yarn should work just fine. (This is based on final, blocked fabric.)

Yardage by Size

37.5(41.5,45.5,49.5,53.5)(57.5,61.5,65.5)” 95.25(105.5,115.5,125.75,136)(146,156.25,166.5)cm
Sizes based on circumference at bust in final, blocked fabric. Sample worn with 5”/12.75cm of ease.

Body Length:
LONG VERSION, Lower body to armhole:

SHORT VERSION, Lower body to armhole:

Note that altering length may affect yardage.

Yardage Needed:
1400(1550,1650,1800,1900)(2150,2300,2500)yds 1280(1415,1510,1645,1740)(1965,2100,2290)m

1250(1350,1400,1450,1500)(1600,1700,1750)yds 1145(1235,1280,1325,1370)(1460,1555,1600)m