Upstairs by Skeinanigans

Upstairs

by Skeinanigans
Knitting
September 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette flat
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
910 - 1720 yards (832 - 1573 m)
29 (35, 41, 47)(53, 59, 65, 71)” / 71 (86.5, 101.5, 117)(132, 147.5, 162.5, 178) cm
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Inspired by Canon Hand Dyes and the new Downton Abbey film, Upstairs is a sweet cardigan dressed up with textured stripes for those precious mini skein sets that you can’t resist. Featuring top-down, seamless construction and i-cord button bands knit along with the body of the sweater, this is the perfect project for intermediate knitters who love minimal finishing! Upstairs will be the cardigan in your closet you always grab for, whether you are going to tea with the Queen or taking a turn about the garden.

If you prefer a pullover, check out Downstairs!

Sizes
A (B, C, D)(E, F, G, H)
29 (35, 41, 47)(53, 59, 65, 71)” / 71 (86.5, 101.5, 117)(132, 147.5, 162.5, 178) cm actual bust measurement of finished garment, including overlap.
Choose a size that is 2-8” / 5-20.5cm larger than your full bust measurement.

The modeled sample is size B with about 2” of positive ease.

Yardage/Metreage Required
Main Color: 800 (900, 1000, 1100)(1200, 1300, 1400, 1500) yds / 732 (823, 914, 1006)(1097, 1189, 1280, 1372) m
Contrast Color (Cumulative): 110 (120, 140, 150)(170, 180, 200, 220) yds / 101 (110, 128, 137)(155, 165, 183, 201) m
Note that lengths are approximate and can vary based on your
yarn, gauge, and modifications.

Upstairs is meant to show off those delightful mini skeins we love to collect, especially sets by Canon Hand Dyes which feature 5 gram / 20 yard mini skeins. Note that CC yardage is cumulative. If using the recommended yarn, 1 (1, 1, 1)(2, 2, 2, 2) mini skein sets are required. Because of the yoke shaping, the beginning stripes take less yarn than the final stripes. I recommend planning for 20-40 yards of 9 (9, 10, 10)11, 11, 12, 12) colors (depending on size) to ensure you will have enough to complete the last stripes of your yoke.

Gauge
22 sts and 32 rows = 4” / 10 cm in stockinette worked flat, taken after blocking.

Recommended Yarn
Canon Hand Dyes Naked Bruce Yak Merino
70% SW Merino, 20% Yak, 10% Nylon, Fingering weight
435 yds/100g
2 (3, 3, 3)(3, 3, 4, 4) skeins

Canon Hand Dyes Downton Abbey 12 or 24 mini skein set on Charles Merino
80% SW Merino, 20% Nylon, Fingering weight
Approx. 18-20 yds / 15-18 m per color
1 (1, 1, 1)(2, 2, 2, 2) set(s)

Many thanks to Amy Lee from Canon Hand Dyes for providing yarn support for this pattern!

Notions / Needles
US 5 (3.75 mm) 32-40” / 80-100cm length circular needle for Body and Sleeves (use your preferred method for small circumference knitting of the Sleeves: DPNs, magic loop, 2 circulars or 9-12” / 23-30.5 cm circulars)
US 3 (3.25 mm) 16-40” / 40-100cm length circular needle for Neckband, Cuff and Hem (use your preferred method for small circumference knitting of the Cuffs: DPNs, magic loop, 2 circulars or 9-12” / 23-30.5 cm circulars)
Adjust needle sizes as necessary to match gauge. Note that the smaller needle will be 2 US sizes / ~0.5 mm smaller than the larger needle when gauge is met.
Tapestry needle
Stitch markers (2)
Smooth waste yarn or stitch holders
Buttons (8-12) 1/2”-5/8” in diameter

Track Your Progress
This pattern was designed with the knitter in mind! As you complete each task, mark or fill in the Track Your Progress (TYP) task bubbles and repeat boxes so you never lose your place again. Happy knitting!

A very talented team of knitters made Upstairs and Downstairs possible. Thanks so much to Amanda, Cynthia, Karen, Krista, Laura, Lis, Michelle, Misa, and Stephanie for test knitting, to Lis for sample knitting, and to Meaghan for tech editing!

Thanks so much to Kate Howland for her wonderful graphic design work on Upstairs and Downstairs!

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