Vivarium

Knitting
February 2019
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 21 rows = 4 inches
in Colourwork Pattern
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1367 - 1914 yards (1250 - 1750 m)
1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Finished bust circumference: 97 (107, 117, 127, 137, 147)
cm / 38 (42, 46, 50, 54, 58)“ - to be worn with up to 25cm /
10” positive ease.
Model has 86cm / 34” bust, stands 160cm / 5’3” tall and
is wearing a size 2.

Yarn: Retrosaria Rosa Pomar Beiroa (DK weight; 100%
wool; 250m / 273yds per 100g skein)
Shades:
Yarn A: Forest (625); 3 (3, 4, 4, 4, 5) skeins
Yarn B: Dusty Rose (536); 1 skein
Yarn C: Lichen (595); 1 skein

Gauge: 18 sts & 21 rows = 10cm / 4” over colourwork
pattern and St st on 5.5mm needles after blocking.

Note: You may need to go up a needle size when working
colourwork in order to match St st gauge, depending on
your knitting style.

18 sts & 33 rows = 10cm / 4” over garter rib stitch on
5mm needles after blocking.

Needles: 5.5mm / US 9 circular needle, 100cm / 40”
length AND knitting needles suitable for working small
circumferences in the round.

5mm / US 8 circular needle, 100cm / 40” length AND
knitting needles suitable for working small circumferences
in the round.

Optional: A 3.25-3.75mm (US 3-5) needle may be helpful
when picking up stitches around armhole and neckline.
Always use a needle size that will result in the correct
gauge after blocking.

Notions: 5 stitch markers (including one unique marker
for beginning of round and one removable marker),
scrap yarn, tapestry needle, sharp scissors

Notes: Vivarium is knit from the bottom up. The split hem
is knit flat for the front and back separately, then joined in
the round to continue working the body. Stitches are put
on hold at the underarm, before casting on steek stitches
at the armhole and continuing to knit in the round for the
remaining colourwork section, much like a traditional
Norwegian sweater. Armholes are steeked and shoulders
are seamed before picking up stitches around the armhole
to continue with sleeves. Slippery yarns are not ideal for
steeking, so choose a rustic yarn (alternatively, carefully
secure your steek edges before cutting). The sleeves are
close-fitting, so take care to keep your colourwork floats
loose. The neck is finished with a folded collar.