Tensile by Emily Greene

Tensile

Knitting
June 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24.5 stitches and 31.5 rows = 4 inches
in chart pattern with Size A needle(s), after blocking
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
1520 - 2645 yards (1390 - 2419 m)
47 (51, 55, 59, 62½, 66½, 70½)” [119.5 (129.5, 139.5, 150, 159, 169, 179) cm] circumference at chest
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Featuring eyelet linework that easily belongs near the sea, conjuring images of coastal footbridges, the wake of a ship, or sea urchin shells, Tensile is an ethereal spring layer. Worked in airy, woolen-spun Loft, this piece is one that wears next to the skin like sea foam — clouds on the sand — seemingly floating and barely there, but held together by the tensility of a thousand humble stitches.

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Construction

  • The front, back, and sleeves are worked flat from the bottom up and sewn together. The collar is picked up and worked circularly.
  • A circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of stitches.

Yarn

  • 6 (6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50 grams)
  • Photographed in color Snowbound

Yardage

  • 1520 (1650, 1925, 2155, 2200, 2470, 2645) total yards of fingering weight wool yarn

Gauge

  • 24½ stitches & 31½ rows = 4” in chart pattern with Size A needle(s), after blocking

Note: Gauge for this project changes considerably after blocking; please block your swatch prior to measuring to ensure correct sizing.

Needles

Size A (for Main Fabric and Collar)

  • One each 16” and 32” circular needles* in size needed to obtain gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 3¼mm (US 3)

Size B (for Hem and Collar Ribbing)

  • One each 16” and 32” circular needles, one size smaller than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 2¾ mm (US 2)

Size C (for Sleeve Ribbing)

  • One pair of straight needles or a 24” circular needle**, two sizes smaller than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 2¼ mm (US 1)

*Shorter circular needle to be used for working collar in the round; DPNs or longer circular needle and Magic Loop technique may be used if preferred

**Knitter’s preferred style of needle may be used

Finished Dimensions

  • 47 (51, 55, 59, 62½, 66½, 70½)” [119.5 (129.5, 139.5, 150, 159, 169, 179) cm] circumference at chest
  • Sample shown is size 51” [129.5 cm] with 19” [48.5 cm] ease on model

Need help picking a size? See our resource page on Selecting a Sweater Size

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:

  • Sloped Bind Off

Skill Level

  • 4 out of 5

Please note: the stitch patterns for this garment are charted only.