Sparky by Andrea Mowry

Sparky

Knitting
October 2020
both are used in this pattern
Sport (12 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Measured over body stitch pattern in the round using the Main Fabric needle and taken after blocking.
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
1180 - 2620 yards (1079 - 2396 m)
1 (2, 3, 4, 5)(6, 7, 8, 9)
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As I was knitting the Spark Cardigan, I knew the motif would make a beautiful round yoke pullover! So as soon as I bound off my cardi, this pullover hopped on my needles. Sparky is knit from the top down with and I added cute pockets, because - POCKETS!

DETAILS
This sweater is knit from the top down (meaning you can try it on as you go and add length to suit your own personal style!) and uses both written and charted instructions.

SIZES
1 (2, 3, 4, 5)(6, 7, 8, 9)
#sizeinclusive

FINISHED BUST CIRCUMFERENCE
34.75 (37.5, 43, 47.25, 51.5)(55.5, 59.75, 64, 68)”
88 (95, 109, 120, 131)(141, 152, 162.5, 173) cm
Recommended ease is 2 - 6”/5 - 15 cm; sample is shown in Size 2 on a 34”/86.5 cm bust with 3.5”/9 cm of positive ease.

YARN REQUIREMENTS
These are just approximations. Total yarn usage will depend on the yarn you use (fiber content, ply, etc.), your personal gauge, and any modifications you may make.

MC - Sport weight (350 yds/100 g)
208 (238, 255, 288, 321)(345, 388, 434, 463) g
728 (835, 893, 1011, 1126)(1208, 1359, 1520, 1620) yds
665 (763, 816, 924, 1029)(1104, 1243, 1390, 1482) m
My sample uses a lovely Corriedale, non-superwash wool that is rustic while still comfortable when worn next to my skin. I went for a solid color to be the backdrop of my color-shifting contrast color.

CC - Sport weight (200 yds/50 g)
113 (129, 138, 157, 175)(187, 211, 236, 250) g
452 (519, 555, 628, 700)(751, 845, 945, 1000) yds
414 (474, 507, 575, 640)(687, 773, 864, 914) m
My sample uses a yarn that gradually changes color to create beautiful colorwork with minimal effort. I chose high contrasting yarns so that the motif would pop.

SUGGESTED YARN
MC - Magpie Fibers Nest Sport (100% Corriedale) 350 yds/100 g -
3 (3, 3, 3, 4)(4, 4, 5, 5) skeins Twilight Days (dark teal)

CC - Spincycle Yarns Dyed in the Wool (100% American Wool) 200 yds/50 g - 3 (3, 3, 4, 4)(4, 5, 5, 5) skeins Deep Bump (light green blue)

SUGGESTED NEEDLES
Main Fabric: US 5/3.75 mm - 16”/40 cm to 40”/100 cm circular and preferred needles for small circumference knitting (Magic Loop or DPNs)

Sleeve Fabric: US 6/4 mm - Preferred needles for small circumference knitting (Magic Loop or DPNs)

Ribbing: US 3/3.25 mm - 16”/40 cm circular for collar, 32”/80 cm to 40”/100 cm for hem and preferred needles for small circumference knitting for cuffs.

(Use the needle size you need to achieve gauge. The ribbing needle should be 2 sizes smaller than the Main Fabric needle.)

NOTIONS
Stitch marker, waste yarn or spare needles to hold sleeve sts, waste yarn for afterthought pockets, row counter (recommended), tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

GAUGE
23 sts & 30 rows = 4”/10 cm on larger needles.

TECHNIQUES TO INDULGE IN
Long tail cast on
Knitting
Purling
Short rows
Stranded colorwork
Reading charts
Working flat and in the round
Picking up stitches
Afterthought pockets
Mattress stitch
Binding off
Increasing
Decreasing

YARN SUBSTITUTION IDEAS
Click here to be directed to a pdf with some yarn substitution ideas! These yarns have not all been tested, so we can not guarantee their outcome, but we do hope they provide a jumping off point for inspiration!