Zaire by Marianne Isager

Zaire

Knitting
January 2005
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 56 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
2232 - 3348 yards (2041 - 3061 m)
S (M, L): 40 1/2 (43 1/2, 46 1/2)" / 103 (110.5, 118) cm
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From ‘Knitting Out of Africa’: “The geometric design on this sweater is based on a small detail in a woven cloth that originates from the western part of the Congo, formerly known as Zaire.

The lower body is worked back and forth in rows in a series of mitered garter-stitch panels that encompass the entire body circumference; the selvedges create a slit that falls slightly to the back of the left side. The upper body is worked in four tiers of entrelac garter- and stockinette-stitch stripes. The sleeves are worked outward from the upper body in metered garter-stitch panels similar to those worked for the lower body; triangles of contrasting colors fill in the uneven edges at the cuffs. The front-split collar is also worked in mitered garter stitch, with color changes aligned with the miters.“

There are five colors used in this design: main color (MC), three contrasting colors (CC1, CC2, CC3) and accent color (A).

SIZES: Small (Medium, Large)
FINISHED BUST / CHEST CIRCUMFERENCE:
40 1/2 (43 1/2, 46 1/2)“ / 103 (110.5, 118) cm
SIZE SHOWN: Small; 40 1/2” (103 cm)

YARN REQUIREMENTS: Fingering-weight (CYCA Super Fine #1) yarn, MC - 1116 (1674, 1674) yds / 1020 (1530, 1530) m; CC1, CC2, CC3 - 558 (558, 1116) yds / 510 (510, 1020) m; A - 558 yds / 510 m. Note: Yardage is based on the amounts required for the shortest yarn in use for the specific color.

SHOWN IN: Isager Tvinni (100% merino lambswool). MC - #47 dark blue-gray; CC1 - #20 black; CC2 - #8s dark brown heather; CC3 - #7s light brown heather; A - #3 ochre yellow.

NEEDLES REQUIRED: US 2.5 (3.0 mm): straight, 24” (60 cm) and 32” (80 cm) circular, and optional set of 2 double pointed needles for working garter stitch squares.

ADDITIONAL GAUGE INFORMATION: 28 stitches and 56 rows = 4” (10 cm) in garter stitch. For S (M, L): 33 (36, 39) stitches and 66 (72, 82) rows for garter stitch square measure about 4 3/4 (5 1/8, 5 1/2)“ / 12 (13, 14) cm square.

CHARTS INCLUDED: The pattern is not charted but written out. Schematic has detailed measurements.

GERMAN PATTERN TRANSLATIONS: Isager-Stitches; Note these are translations only, you will need to purchase a book as well.