Sungazer by James N Watts


January 2022
Sport (12 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette after blocking
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
508 - 951 yards (465 - 870 m)
1 (2, 3, 4)
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Sungazer is a short sleeve, cropped sweater-tee that is very fun to knit and stylish to wear. The construction is completely modular and seamless. All the magic of this sweater is achieved by picking up stitches and 3-needle bind offs. Sungazer is designed with color changing yarn in mind, but there is no limit to the fun ways you can make this pattern your own by using color. Use Color changing yarns, solid color yarns, a mix of the two, or even play with stripes, Sungazer gives you permission :) Share your projects with the hashtag #SunGazerSweater and tag me on Instagram @JamesNWatts

Noro Silk Garden Sock is the recommended yarn for this pattern. You can use any yarn that you can get gauge in—you can probably get gauge in sport, DK, or worsted. To get the color effect of my version, choose a slow color changing yarn. You can also use solid colors or scraps from stash and switch yarns for each piece of the sweater. This pattern is great for handspun as well.

US 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles
US 5 (3.75mm) knitting needles
(the body of the sweater is knit flat, so you can use circular or straight needles, but the sleeves and hem are knit in the round and will require circular needles short enough to knit in the round or long enough to magic loop)

1 (2, 3, 4)
To fit a chest size of
28-36 (36-44, 44-52, 52-60)”
71-91.5 (91.5-111.75, 111.75-132, 132-152.5) cm

Finished garment chest measurements:
40 (48, 56, 64)”
101.5 (122, 142.25, 162.5) cm

508 (643, 794, 1,000) yards
465 (588, 726, 914) meters

16 sts x 24 rows = 4”x4” (10 cm x 10 cm) in stockinette, blocked.

Both stitch gauge and row gauge are extremely important in this pattern. Because the pattern is knit in all directions and is extremely geometric, swatch thoughtfully, and wet block your swatch before measuring. Adjust your needle size as needed. If your gauge is only slightly off, you can probably have a nice, finished result with aggressive blocking.