The Shweater by Liz Capik

The Shweater

February 2020
yarn held together
+ Fingering
= DK (11 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette st
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1120 - 4480 yards (1024 - 4097 m)
XS-4/5XL (upper arm circumference 9.75 in/25 cm to 18.5 in/47 cm)
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The question: What if a shawl were actually practical to wear all day, and stylish too?

The answer: It would be a Shweater!

Shweater is a quick knit constructed just like a basic shawl - with one unique twist that changes everything. It’s worked back and forth in rows using only k, p, and kfb, so it’s suitable even for relatively new knitters. With simple raglan-style shaping and sleeves it wears just like a sweater, but the shawl-inspired construction makes it almost magically easy to get a perfect fit from a completely flat fabric. What makes the Shweater truly special is the technique used to create the sleeves - it’s deceptively simple, especially with the help of a video tutorial included with the pattern.

The best part is wearing it, though - it’s the kind of sweater your friends will want to steal and you’ll want to wear all day!

The pattern includes detailed written instructions for sizes XS-4/5XL, plus instructions for how to further customize the fit for a variety of heights, sizes, and desired fits. There are instructions for knitting it using Gradients or solid colors in DK weight, and additional instructions for knitting a marled fade version with 2 strands of fingering weight (as in the gray/blue Earth Mama sample).

Kits for the pattern are available here.

From the Pattern:

Finished size
These are suggested sizes based on arm circumference (as measured at its widest point in your mid upper arm), designed to fit with 1-1.5 in positive ease. Choose the size that corresponds to your actual upper arm measurement. The sizing is also highly customizable – see Sizing Tips in the pattern.
XS/S: 9.75 in (25 cm) arm circumference / 22.5 in (57 cm) center back (neck to lower edge)
M: 11 in (28 cm)/ 24 in (61 cm)
L: 12 in (31 cm)/ 25 in (64 cm)
XL: 13.5 in (34 cm)/ 27.5 in (70 cm)
2XL: 15.5 in (39 cm)/ 30 in (76 cm)
3XL: 17 in (43 cm)/ 31.5 in (80 cm)
4/5XL: 18.5 in (47 cm)/ 33.5 in (85 cm)

10 stitch markers

The blue sample uses Apple Tree Knits Earth Mama Fingering (100% organic merino wool, 280 yds/256 m, 2 oz/56 g) in colors (sample shown in an XS/S):
Shadow: 2 (3, 3, 3) 4, 4, 4 skeins
Glacier: 3 (3, 4, 4) 5, 6, 6 skeins
Lapis Lazuli: 3 (3, 4, 4) 5, 6, 6 skein

The pink/black/green sample uses 2 skeins of Apple Tree Knits Mecashon DK 3XL (80% superwash merino wool/10% cashmere/10% nylon, 840 yds/ 768 m) in Purple-Throated Carib Gradient (sample shown measures 28.5 in/72 cm, between an XL and a 2XL). To have enough yardage to complete the pattern you will need to use multiple skeins and alternate rows. Recommended yarn amounts of Mecashon DK are:
XS/S: Two XL skeins, or two Jumbo skeins and a
M: Three Jumbo skeins or two XL skeins and a
L: Two 2XL skeins or two XL skeins and a
XL: Two 3XL skeins or two 2XL skeins and a
2XL: Two 3XL skeins and a Coordinate
3XL: Three 2XL skeins
4/5XL: Three 2XL skeins and a Coordinate

For a sample using just one color (or a fade) yardage requirements for Mecashon DK or Plush DK are: 4(5, 5, 6)7, 8, 8 skeins*