Seavaiger by Kate Davies Designs


April 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette (in the round and back and forth)
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1312 - 1969 yards (1200 - 1800 m)
36 (40, 44, 48, 52, 56) in
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A light, simple pullover, updating the classic style of the maritime gansey with its ingeniously wearable shaping. “Seavaiger” is a Scots neologism meaning “seafarer”. It is also the name of an inspiring musical collaboration between Sally Beamish, Chris Stout, Catriona McKay and the Scottish Ensemble.

Kate Davies Designs Milarrochy Tweed (70% Wool; 30% Mohair; 100m / 109yds per 25g ball) in the following shades and quantities:
A Tarbet : 6 (6, 7, 8, 8, 9) x 25g balls
B Ardnamurchan: 6 (6, 7, 8, 9, 9) x 25g balls

alternate (yellow) colourway: Cowslip / Smirr

Needles and Notions
Gauge-size and below gauge-size needles of your preferred length for working pullover body
Gauge-size and below gauge-size needle(s) of your preferred type for working small circumferences for sleeves, neck and cuffs
Above gauge-size needle (2 or 3 sizes larger than gauge-size) of any length for working three-needle bind-off
Lengths of waste yarn or spare needle cords (for holding stitches at shoulders and neck)
Stitch markers
Tapestry needle

24 sts and 32 rounds / rows to 10cm / 4in over stockinette in the round and back and forth
Use 3.75 mm / U.S. 5 needle as a starting point for swatching.

Finished hip circumference: 91.5 (101.5, 112, 122, 132, 142) cm / 36 (40, 44, 48, 52, 56) in. Pick the size above your actual hip measurement.
Shown in the first size.

Pattern notes
Following a simple 2-shade stripe sequence, the body of this pullover is worked in the round, with dolman increases shaping the underarms. Front and back are divided, and the upper body, shoulders, and sleeve caps are worked back and forth, with a series of German short rows shaping the shoulders. After the shoulders are joined with a three-needle bind-off and the neck ribbing has been worked, sleeves are picked up around the armscyes and worked down to the wrists in the round. The sleeves are designed as bracelet length, but can be knitted longer as desired.