Stripey Swiss Sheep Sweater by Mona C. NicLeòid

Stripey Swiss Sheep Sweater

March 2018
Sport (12 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 4 - 3.5 mm
601 - 1651 yards (550 - 1510 m)
12 sizes, from 31 to 52'' bust, see details below
This pattern is available for $7.00 USD buy it now

I have lots of fond memories of the Swiss Wulle Fest in Zürich, but one of the loveliest of them is that I got to see the very first batch of Lana Rara wool there and was asked to design something for it. Their idea – collecting wool from rare and endangered Swiss sheep breeds, mixing it with some merino and spinning it into a gorgeous high quality knitting yarn – inspired me to create this simple saddle shoulder sweater with clean lines and a timeless shape that lets the yarn tell its story.

Sizing / yarn requirements: See bottom picture for detailed sizing and yardage table.
The sweater is meant to be worn with a few cm = 1-2 inches of positive ease around the bust and lower body. The pattern contains detailed advice for individual adjustments.
The sweater is shown in size S3 on a person with a 84 cm / 33” bust and a 90 cm / 35” hip.

Yarn advice:
The original sweater was knitted with “rare swiss wool” by Lana Rara (270 m / 295 yards per 100g), a woollen-spun mix of rustic Swiss mountain sheep wool and South American merino.
The yarn is listed as a sport weight here, however the gauge of the pattern is suitable for a wide range of DK and worsted weight yarns.

Please note: The instructions are for a relatively short garment. If you want to lengthen your sweater, you may need 10-25% more yarn than listed for your size.

Needle advice:
Use the needle sizes that give you the required gauge, most likely 3.5-4 mm / US #4-6.

The sweater is worked top down and seamlessly, starting with the saddle pieces, from which stitches for the upper back and front are picked up. Both pieces are knit flat to the armhole where they are joined in the round. The lower body is worked “inside out” to avoid purling. Stitches for the sleeve are picked up around the armhole and the sleeve cap is shaped with short rows.

Die deutsche Version wird dieses Wochenende ergänzt! :)