This top down, seamlessly worked sweater has an ingenious set-in sleeve construction, and subtle waist shaping. It also features a ruched sleeve detail and ruching at the hem, which gives it a shirtwaist look at the bottom.
This sweater is worked seamlessly in one piece from the collar down, but unlike the raglans you may be familiar with, this sweater features a flattering capped sleeve. Some techniques may be unfamiliar to you, but are clearly explained in the body of the pattern. You will use short row shaping over the first few inches to shape the front neck. The shoulders are created using the contiguous sleeve method developed by Susie Myers, SusieM on Ravelry.
The decorative ruching on the body and sleeve is created after the knitting is complete by dropping stitches then chaining them up. A video tutorial link of this process is provided in the pattern.
This sweater is designed to be worn with 0-1 inch (0-2.5 cm) of negative ease. The narrowest point of the sweater should hit at the natural waist. Sweater is shown in 36 inch finished size on a 36 inch bust.
Yarn: 700[800, 900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300] yards of DK weight yarn. Sample shown in Wooly Wonka Fibers Freya DK (100% BFL Wool, 325 yds per 125 g skein) in ‘Wisp’; 15 wpi.
Needles: 3.75mm (US 5) circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge. You will need a 16-inch circular, a 24-inch circular, and your preferred method for working smaller circumference for the sleeve (see note). For the larger sizes, you might also prefer a 32-inch needle to work the majority of the body. And your preferred method for working smaller circumference for the sleeves (see note).
Gauge: 24 stitches & 32 rows in 4 inches (10cm) square in stockinette stitch after blocking.
Finished Sizes: XS[S, M, L, 1x, 2x, 3x] corresponding to bust circumference of 28[32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52] inches (71[81.25, 91.5, 101.5, 112, 122, 132]cm). For specific measurements, see schematic.
Notions: Five stitch markers, plus one that looks different for the beginning of round, scrap yarn to hold live stitches, tapestry needle to weave in ends, crochet hook in size H, I, or J.
Pattern Includes: Written instructions and links to video tutorials.
Stitches Used: knit, purl, k2tog, ssk, m1, kfb, kfpb (knit into the front and purl into the back of next stitch), pfkb (purl into the front and knit into the back of next stitch), wrap & turn short rows with detailed instructions, various cable stitches with detailed instructions, use of markers, slipped stitches.