Stripes of all Stripes / PULLOVER by Emily Foden

Stripes of all Stripes / PULLOVER

February 2022
yarn held together
+ Lace
= Worsted (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 23 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1012 - 3128 yards (925 - 2860 m)
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This garment is cast on at the bottom edge, where short rows are used to create a gentle scoop across the lower back / butt area. The body is then knit in the round to the armholes, without any shaping. After separating for the armholes, the front and back are worked flat to the shoulders and are completely identical. There is no neck shaping and an optional edging to finish off the neck. Sleeve stitches are picked up in the armholes and the sleeves are knit in the round to your desired length. The length of the body and armholes are both easily adjusted as the pattern contains no shaping.
These instructions are a template from which you are invited to explore, experiment, modify and develop your own ideas. The simplicity of this pattern leaves space for you to add details and make modifications. And of course, you are also welcome to knit it in its simple glory, exactly as it’s written below.

1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
Finished chest circumference: 101 (114, 127, 137, 147,160, 173, 183) cm / 40 (45, 50, 54, 58, 63, 68, 72) inches. Intended to fit with 30.5-38cm / 12-15 inches positive ease.

Yarn: Viola Mohair Lace (72% Kid Mohair / 28% Silk; 50g / 420m / 459 yds) in as many colours as you want. The original sample used no less than 12 colours, but it was knit so long ago that the details are a little blurry. It was knit in size 3 and weighed 150g.
Yarn is held double throughout the pattern.

PULLOVER (short): 3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5) skeins, or approx 925 (970, 1135, 1260, 1430, 1600, 1765, 1890)m / 1015 (1070, 1250, 1390, 1575, 1760, 1940, 2080) yds / 110 (115, 135, 150, 170, 190, 210, 225)g of a similar (mohair) lace weight yarn

DRESS (long): 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7) skeins, or approx 1390 (1600, 1810, 2020, 2185, 2440, 2690, 2860)m / 1530 (1760, 1990, 2225, 2405, 2685, 2960, 3150) yds / 165 (190, 215, 240, 260, 290, 320, 340)g of a similar (mohair) lace weight yarn

5mm (US8) circular needle, 100cm / 40” in length (or longer for larger sizes), needles suitable for working small circumferences in the round, and an additional circular needle for cast-on (optional, see Material Notes)
OPTIONAL: 4mm (US6) circular needle, 40cm / 16” in length for knitting optional neckband as shown on long version.
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge

16 sts & 23 rows/rounds over 10cm / 4 inches in Stocking stitch / Stockinette Stitch with yarn held double.

There are no instructions for colour arrangement, because I believe that the best part of this project is assembling your own colour sequences. Whether you choose to plan your colours in advance, or improvise as you knit, the results are likely to surprise and delight you. In the original sample, I made sure to change only one colour at a time, creating gently flowing colour transitions and achieving great harmony even in combining starkly contrasting colours. The colour possibilities are infinite, so be adventurous, consider knitting plenty of swatches and please do not feel limited to comfortable or safe colours. The most unusual hues often hold the key to unlocking new ideas. Use as many or as few colours as you like. Arrange them in orderly stripes or complete disarray. But please feel free to be guided by your knitting and the experiences it will lead you through as you work.