The First Sweater by Lizzie Hester

The First Sweater

Knitting
January 2022
both are used in this pattern
yarn held together
Light Fingering
+ Lace
= DK (11 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
1378 - 2297 yards (1260 - 2100 m)
1 (2) 3 (4) 5 (6) 7 (8) 9 (10) 11
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The First Sweater is raglan sweater design which is knitted seamlessly from the top-down. It is designed with a relaxed oversized fit in a boxy style with a slightly cropped length and balloon sleeves and a cozy double-folded neckband. The body of the sweater uses stockinette stitch and the sleeves use Half Fisherman’s Rib.

The First Sweater is a sister pattern to The First Cardigan - available here: link text

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The First Sweater is designed to be worn with 12.5-17.5cm (5-7in) of positive ease.

The difficulty of this pattern is rated as ‘intermediate’. You will need to be familiar with knitting in the round, increasing and decreasing, german short rows.


Sizes:
1 (2) 3 (4) 5 (6) 7 (8) 9 (10) 11
To fit chest circumference:
75-80 (80-85) 85-90 (90-95) 95-100 (100-110) 110-120 (120-130) 130-140 (140-150) 150-160cm
30-32 (32-34) 34-36 (36-38) 38-40 (40-44) 44-48 (48-52) 52-56 (56-60) 60-64in
Approximate sweater chest circumference:
92.5 (97.5) 102.5 (107.5) 112.5 (122.5) 132.5 (142.5) 152.5 (162.5) 172.5cm
37 (39) 41 (43) 45 (49) 53 (57) 61 (65) 69in

Length:
52 (52) 52 (52) 52 (54) 54 (54) 54 (54) 54cm
20.75 (20.75) 20.75 (20.75) 20.75 (21.5) 21.5 (21.5) 21.5 (21.5) 21.5in


The sweater is knitted in two strands of yarn held together.
The recommended yarn is:

  • 1x strand of Filcolana Arwetta Classic (80% super-wash merino, 20% nylon, 210m/230yd per 50g)
  • 1x strand of Drops Kid Silk (75% mohair, 25% silk, 210m/230yd per 25g) or any equivalent mohair

Estimated yarn quantities:
Arwetta Classic
Skeins 6 (6) 7 (7) 7 (8) 8 (9) 9 (9) 10
Grams 300 (300) 350 (350) 350 (400) 400 (450) 450 (450) 500
Meters 1260 (1260) 1470 (1470) 1470 (1680) 1680 (1890) 1890 (1890) 2100
Yards 1380 (1380) 1610 (1610) 1610 (1840) 1840 (2070) 2070 (2070) 2300

Kid Silk
Skeins 6 (7) 7 (7) 7 (8) 8 (9) 10 (10) 10
Grams 150 (175) 175 (175) 175 (200) 200 (225) 250 (250) 250
Meters 1260 (1470) 1470 (1470) 1470 (1680) 1680 (1890) 2100 (2100) 2100
Yards 1380 (1610) 1610 (1610) 1610 (1840) 1840 (2070) 2300 (2300) 2300

NB - the length and sleeve length of this sweater are entirely customisable. Please note that if you wish to add length to the body or sleeves you may require more yarn than the amounts given


Yarn substitution options:
During the testing process several test-knitters substituted the recommended yarns above for the following:

  • Fingering: Merino – Knitting For Olive (250m/50g), Sunday – Sandnes Garn (235m/50g), Flora – Drops (210m/50g), Finita – We Are Knitters (400m/100g)
  • Mohair: Tynn Silk Mohair – Sandnes Garn (212m/25g), Soft Silk Mohair – Knitting For Olive (225m/25g), Tilia – Filcolana (210/25g), Silk Mohair – Lana Gatto (212m/25g) Midnatssol – CaMaRose (200m/25g – mohair substitute alpaca/tencel/merino blend)