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Light Weight Summer Sweater

From Book: Tricotage de Lin. Written in French and Japanese, neither of which I speak or read. I actually got translation help from my friend, Miwa, which was very very helpful.

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Project started 7/12/2011, Finished 4/24/2012. (Of course, several smaller projects were started and finished in the meantime.)

In addition to having to translate the pattern info, I had to change the yarn and stitch counts, because my dimensions were nowhere near those in the pattern.

Yarn: Knit Picks brand; “Palette”, color: currant (#4718); 100% Peruvian Highland Wool; 231 yards/50 grams (fingering weight). Hand wash, dry flat.

I’ve learned here that linen yarns must be much much heavier than wool. Based on the pattern info which said I needed 880 grams, I ordered 20 skeins of wool yarn (50 grams per skein/ball). (A little extra just to be safe.) In the end, despite the fact that I increased the number of stitches in every direction I only used a little more than 8 skeins.

Hook: The pattern calls for size 7/0. I did some research and discovered that this is a special 4.5 mm hook that falls between the regular G and H. I chose to use the slightly smaller G hook.

Pattern changes:

1) Beg chain was 113 (109 + 4 for Row 1 dc and ch 1), I increased this to 155 because (a) my stitches were a little smaller (according to the pattern the 109 ch should be 60 cm, but for me 123 sts = 60 cm) and (b) I wanted a little extra length beyond that. At 151 (+4) I was at about 73 cm.

2) Rows were supposed to be about 2 cm each in height (Pattern says there will be 71 rows in the body, and it will measure 142 cm.). When I got to 20 rows I was only at about 23 cm. I increased this to 32 rows, which got me to about 40 cm in height.

3) Sleeve hole:

    (a) Row 33 is a full end-to-end row, but there is a dip with some shorter sts to start the sleeve hole.

    (b) Rows 34 – 41 are short rows that go from the sleeve hole edge to the collar (top) edge.

    (c) pause at the end of row 41. Grab another skein of yarn and start working the rows from the sleeve edge to the hem on the other side of the sleeve hole. Start at the sleeve edge so that your rows are all worked in the same direction as the ones on the other side. When you finish this area of Rows 33 – 41 you will make a long chain and connect (sl st to join) to the other part of row 41 and close the sleeve hole. Cut this thread and hide.

    (d) Go back to the first thread, at the collar end of row 41. Work Row 42 with some short (sc) sts along the chain side of the sleeve hole.

    (e) Note: Sleeve hole is 10 rows wide and 36s sts tall.

4) Across the Back: Rows 43 – 71 (29 rows) worked normally.

5) Sleeve Hole 2: Row 72, start the second sleeve hole here. Work rows 72 – 81 the same as Rows 33 – 42, except that you will make the large (sleeve edge to bottom hem) section first here.

6) Last section of body: Rows 82 – 113 (32 rows) worked normally. End of body. Cut thread and hide. You should now have a large rectangle with two oval-ish holes in it.

7) Trim: Now is a good time to work the trim around the rectangle body section. My only change here was that I used dc’s instead of hdc’s in the pattern.

sweater thumbnail for Pinterest pinning8) Sleeve: Beg ch of 108, join in a ring, be careful not to twist when you attach it. Rows 1 – 30 made in full circles. Rows 31 – 46 tapering slowly (working back and forth, since you can’t go all the way around here). Row 46 is only 39 sts across. It was too tedious to count the sts on every row, so I compared the tapers on every row end from sleeve one as I made sleeve two, to make sure they were the same.

9) Sleeve Trim: worked around wrist end (row 1) of sleeves. Nothing unusual here.

10) Sewing the sleeves on. Use 2 dozen stitch markers (the kind that hook closed) to pin your sleeve in place, making it proportionate all the way around. Make sure the sleeve is right side out and you place it against the right side of the body, turn it over and pin it together from the inside. Cut a length of thread that is twice the circumference of your sleeve hole. Use a yarn needle and sew the sleeve on using a blind stitch on the inside. If anyone (who is not me) actually wants more instruction on this, just let me know, and I will find or make a video to demonstrate. This was the first time I used this technique, and it’s beautiful, flat and smooth. Perect. (I know plan to go back and fix the first sweater I made, using this method.)

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