SLUGCORE Sweater by James N Watts


April 2022
yarn held together
+ Worsted
= Bulky (7 wpi) ?
6 stitches and 10 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 17 - 12.0 mm
US 15 - 10.0 mm
560 - 994 yards (512 - 909 m)
XS (S, M, L, XL) (XXL, 3X, 4X, 5X)
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SLUGCORE is an oversized sweater knit in chunky mohair held double. Using size 17 needles makes this a super quick sweater knit. The almost distressed look of the loose gauge and stripes are inspired by the grunge aesthetics of the late 80s and early 90s. Use #SLUGCORESWEATER and tag me on Instagram @JamesNWatts.

Purl Soho Brume
58% mohair, 25% wool, and 17% silk
273 yards (250 meters) per 50 gram skein
My sample was sample was knit in Lucky Green (Color A) and Electric Lapis (Color B)

SLUGCORE is knit in Purl Soho Brume held double. Brume is a fuzzy mohair yarn that is slightly thicker than many other fuzzy mohair yarns. If you would like to substitute a different mohair, you might try triple stranding it to achieve a similar fabric. I also think a baby suri alpaca yarn could look lovely held double in this pattern. If you don’t have access to Brume, I suggest using mohair from your stash, Knitpicks Mohair, Valley Yarns Mohair, Qing Fibre Melted Baby Suri, or try knitting this pattern with scrap yarn held together! Whichever yarn you choose, knit a swatch to determine gauge and see how you like the fabric you get. Be aware that if you use heavier typical wool yarns, rather than light weight fuzzy yarns like mohair and alpaca, your sweater may end up draping vertically in a way where it is longer and not so oversized.

6 sts x 10 rows = 4” x 4” in stockinette st in the round on US 17 (12mm) needles

XS(S, M, L, XL) (XXL, 3X, 4X, 5X) To fit a chest size of:
30(34, 38, 42, 46) (50, 54, 58, 62)”
76 (86.5, 96.5, 106.5, 117)(127, 137, 147.5, 157.5)cm

SLUGCORE is meant to be worn with 8-12” positive ease in the chest. The finished chest measurement of the sweater is:
40(44, 48, 52, 56) (60, 64, 68, 72)”
101.5 (112, 122, 132, 142)(152.5, 162.5, 172.5, 183)cm

Smaller sizes will have a less dramatic drop shoulder and larger sizes will have a more overstated drop shoulder. XS-XL If you want an even more oversized look with an extra prominent drop shoulder size up one or two sizes.

This pattern uses yarn held double. The total knitted yardage is:
295(316.5, 341.5, 368.5, 398.5) (426, 450.5, 475, 497) yards
270(289, 312, 337, 364) (390, 412, 434, 454) meters

The yardage that you will need to purchase to knit this in Purl Soho Brume or any other yarn that you intend to hold double stranded will be double the yardage above:
590(633, 683, 737, 797) (852, 901, 950, 994) yards
540(578, 624, 674, 728) (780, 824, 868, 908) meters

Split the yardage above evenly between however many colors you choose to use.

To knit the two-color version all sizes will need 4 skeins of Purl Soho Brume, 2 in each color.

-Size US 17 (12mm) circular knitting needles or whichever size is needed to achieve gauge
-Size US 15 (10mm) circular knitting needles or needles two sizes smaller than the needle size you get gauge with
-Locking stitch marker
-Ring stitch marker
-Darning or tapestry needle for weaving in ends