Virgil by Caitlin Hunter


August 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
840 - 1740 yards (768 - 1591 m)
XS-4XL 31” (35”, 40”, 43”, 47”, 51”, 55”, 59”) 79 (89, 101.5, 109, 119.5, 129.5, 140, 150)cm
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Virgil is a universally flattering top, designed to celebrate and highlight the beauty of all women and all body types. The gentle shaping is naturally formed by the slightly tighter tension of the colorwork bands, bringing stability and fit to the yoke and waist and allowing the bust and sleeves to flow easily and comfortably over the body. The sample was knit in Vixen by Little Fox Yarn- a super soft merino/silk blend which drapes beautifully and is delightful to wear against the skin.

Knit from the top down in the round, show-stopping sweater is deceptively simple and suitable for all levels of knitters. There are no short rows, seaming or complicated construction elements required.

This pattern is offered in a wide array of sizes, from a 31” through 59” bust circumference. Due the the large number of sizes available the pattern has been split into 2 pdfs, one for sizes XS-L and one for XL-4XL. I’ve also made different charts for the 2 size sets so that the colorwork sections maintain the appropriate ratio. You’ll receive both patterns when you purchase the Virgil Tee, just make certain to download the one with the size you wish to knit.

Sizes: 31, (35, 40”, 43”, 47”, 51”, 55”, 59”) inches bust circumference. 0-4” of positive ease is recommended. Choose a size by measuring the wearer’s bust and selecting the size that measures 0-4” larger. For example, a person with a bust measurement of 52” should knit the size 3XL (55”).

Yardage Requirements: 840 (900, 1080, 1160,1260,1450, 1540, 1740) yards of fingering weight yarn
Approximate amounts needed of each color:
Main Color: 500 (540, 650, 700, 760,870, 930, 1040) yards
Contrast Color 1: 170 (180, 215, 230, 250,290, 310, 350) yards
Contrast Color 2: 170 (180, 215, 230, 250,290, 310, 350) yards

Suggested yarn: Suggested yarn is Vixen by Little Fox Yarn, an 80% superwash merino/ 20% silk blend.
Main Color: Vardo
Contrast Color 1: Smudge
Contrast Color 2: Whisker

Suggested Needles: US 4/3.5mm in 16” and 32” circulars and US 6/4mm in 16” and 32” circulars

Notions: stitch markers, scrap yarn or stitch holders, scissors, tapestry needle

Gauge: 24 sts/26 rows over 4”
Note- Gauge is measured in solid color stockinette after blocking. My color work gauge is ever so slightly smaller than my plain color gauge, which works for this pattern as it gently pulls in the design at the waist and yoke. If your color work gauge is the same as your plain gauge you may want to go down one needle size in order to achieve this effect. Be sure to block your swatch before measuring the gauge.

Techniques used:Top down, seamless sweater construction, colorwork, knitting in the round, seed stitch, picking up stitches

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A huge thank you to Aimee of Little Fox Yarn for creating the most gorgeous yarn for this project and granting me creative freedom to make this top!

I also want to thank amazing and speedy test knitters knitpurlspin, Lou7, lisa-ann and websterstknittery! You guys are amazing, thank you sooooo much!!!