Sipila by Caitlin Hunter

Sipila

Knitting
May 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stranded stockinette stitch
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
780 - 1780 yards (713 - 1628 m)
Finished bust circumference: 38.5 (42.5, 46, 50.25, 54.25, 58.25){62, 65, 68.25, 72}” [98 (108, 117, 127.5, 138, 148){157.5, 165, 173.5, 183} cm]
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Sipila is a Mother’s Day gift, firstly for my own mom, who taught me how to make my own clothes and knits all my patterns, just because! The name Sipila is my Finnish grandmother’s maiden name, and I named it for her in honor of all the wonderful mothers, grandmothers, daughters and in our lives. Thank you, Mom!

Yarn kits will be available from both of the indie dyers who provided yarn support for this project, Olann and House of A La Mode, please check their sites for details!

NOTES!
Sipila is knit from the top down in the round. There are options for either long or short sleeves included in the pattern; make sure you check the suggested yardage for the version you prefer, as the long sleeve version will require more yardage. The body length is easily customizable, but changing it will also affect the yardage, so please keep that in mind. If you are using hand painted or speckled yarn, it is highly recommended to alternate skeins for the main color (C1) to avoid noticeable color blocks and/or pooling. The contrast color (C2) doesn’t need to be alternated.
The gauge for this design is intentionally loose to create a drapey, lightweight fabric.

MATERIALS
Yarn
2 colors of fingering weight yarn, superwash singles are suggested.

Short sleeve sample uses Olann
Singles, 100% Superwash Merino
400 yards 366 m/100g
C1: Dame (violet)
C2: Love Vigilante (blush speckle)

Long Sleeve sample uses House of A La Mode
Fingering Single Ply, 100% Superwash Merino
400 yards 366 m/100g
C1: Bunny (white)
C2: Loon Lake (black multicolor)

Yardage
Short Sleeve:

C1: 558 (627, 673, 731, 789, 869){949, 1027, 1117, 1245} yards 510 (573, 615, 668, 721, 794){867, 939, 1021, 1138} meters
C2: 174 (196, 211, 229, 247, 272){297, 321, 349, 390} yards 159 (179, 193, 209, 226, 249){271, 293, 319, 356} meters
Long Sleeve:
C1: 824 (927, 983, 1052, 1143, 1253){1365, 1479, 1597, 1770} yards 753 (847, 899, 962, 1045, 1145){1248, 1352, 1460, 1618} meters
C2: 310 (349, 370, 396, 430, 472){514, 557, 601, 666} yards 283 (319, 338, 362, 393, 431){470, 509, 549, 609} meters

Needles:
You will need the following needles in 24-40” 60-100 cm circulars, as well as shorter lengths or DPNs for the sleeves and neck if you prefer not to use the Magic Loop method for smaller circumferences.

Main Needles: US 4 3.5 mm for the body and sleeves
Ribbing Needles: US 2 2.75 mm (or 2 sizes smaller than the needles used to achieve main needle gauge) for collar, hem and cuffs

Other Notions:
Stitch markers, stitch holders (or scrap yarn), tapestry needle

Gauge:
22 sts and 30 rounds over 4” 10 cm after blocking in both colorwork and stockinette.

Swatch both colorwork and stockinette as you may need to change needle sizes to maintain an even gauge. You should always knit your swatch the same way that the pattern is knit —in this case, in the round. Block your swatch as you will your finished garment and allow it to dry fully before measuring.

Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6){7, 8, 9, 10}
Recommended ease: 10-14” 25.5-35.5 cm of positive ease at the bust and 2” 5 cm of positive ease at the upper arm. The gauge is intentionally loose to create a fabric that drapes nicely and flatters the body. As the sleeve has less ease than the body, it is important to choose a size that will comfortably fit around the upper arm. Sizes are given as numbers, check the measurements to determine the proper size for your sweater. See included schematic for full fit details.

Sweaters shown are both size 3 on a 36” 91.5 cm bust with 10” 25.5 cm of positive ease.

Finished bust circumference: 38.5 (42.5, 46, 50.25, 54.25, 58.25){62, 65, 68.25, 72}” 98 (108, 117, 127.5, 138, 148){157.5, 165, 173.5, 183} cm