Monday, March 21, 2011

Drawstring Pullover

Here's a great spring sweater...or a fabulous swimsuit coverup!

Small/Medium (Medium/Large, Large/XL)
Bust 42 (46, 50)"/106.5 (117, 127) cm
To Fit Bust Sizes 34-38 (38-42, 42-46)"/71- 86.5 (91.5-106.5, 112-127) cm
Length 18½ (19½, 20½)"/47 (49.5, 51.5) cm, with edging unrolled

• 7 (7, 8) balls S. Charles Collezione
ECLIPSE 92% cotton, 4% polyester, 4%
nylon (1.75oz/50g; 162yds/147.5m) in color
#06 citrine
• One pair size 8 (5mm) needles
• One size 8 (5mm) circular needle, 16"/40cm long
• One size 4 (3.5mm) circular needle, 16"/40cm long
• One size 4 (3.5mm) circular needle, 40"/100cm long
• One pair double-pointed needles (dpn) size 4 (3.5mm) for I-Cord
• Waste yarn
• Stitch marker
• Yarn needle

17 sts and 25 rows = 4"/10 cm in Rib
Pattern, using larger needles

Reverse Stockinette stitch (Rev St st) Purl on RS, knit on WS.
Stockinette stitch (St st) in rows Knit on RS, purl on WS.
Stockinette stitch (St st) in the round Knit every row.
Rib Pattern (multiple of 4 sts + 2)
All Rows: *K2, yo, k2tog; rep from * to last 2
sts, k2.
NOTE: PULLOVER is worked in one piece
from center BACK, across FRONT, to center
BACK. Armhole sts are worked in waste yarn, then Sleeves are picked up after BODY is complete.
Using larger needles, cast on 75 (79, 83) sts. (RS) Slip 1, work Rib Pattern to last 4 sts, work in Rev St st (beg with a purl row) to end. Work even, slipping first st and purling last st of every row, until piece measures 7 (7½, 8)" from beg, end with a WS row.

Establish Sleeves
(RS) Work 35 sts, change to waste yarn, k27 (31, 35), turn, p27 (31, 35), turn, change to working yarn, work to end. Work even until piece measures 35 (38½, 42)" from beg, end with a WS row.
(RS) Establish second Sleeve as for first. Work even for 7 (7½, 8)", end with a WS row.
Bind off all sts. Sew cast-on and bound-off edges together.

Carefully remove waste yarn and place 54 (62, 70) sts on larger 16" circular needle.
With RS facing, rejoin yarn, pick up and knit 1 st, work in Rib Pattern to end, pick up and knit 1 st – 56 (64, 72) sts. Work even, slipping first st of every row and keeping last st in St st, until piece measures 13" from
beg, end with a WS row. (RS) Change to smaller circular needle and
St st; work even for 6 rows. Bind off all sts.

Block piece to measurements. Sew Sleeve seams.

Bottom Band
With RS facing, using smaller 40" long circular needle and beg at BACK seam, pick up and knit 137 (150, 163) sts along bottom edge (opposite rolled Rev St st edge) . Join for working in the rnd; pm for beg of rnd. Beg St st; work even for 6 rnds. Bind off all sts.

I-CORD TIES (make 2)
With dpn, cast on 3 sts. Work I-Cord 40 (44, 48)" long. Fasten off. With RS facing, beg at center FRONT, thread first TIE through eyelets just below Rev St st edge. Thread second TIE through eyelets above Bottom
Weave in ends.

With drawstrings on both top and bottom of the pullover, it is versatile enough to wear in different ways. To wear as shown in the image on the left on page 1 of the pattern, let the bottom hem fall around your hips, then tighten the bottom drawstring loosely around the hips. Tighten the top drawstring around the top of your shoulders and adjust the
fabric to create an even “ruffle” around the neckline. To wear as shown in the image on the right, bring the bottom hem of the pullover around your waist, then tighten the bottom drawstring more tightly to keep it at
waist level. The top drawstring can be loosened as much as possible (or removed if you prefer) to let the neckline droop in the center, forming a frame for the camisole or top you choose to wear underneath it.

I-CORD: On dpn, cast on [or pick up] number of sts indicated in instructions. DO NOT TURN. *Slide sts to the opposite end of the needle and knit them, pulling yarn firmly behind sts; rep from * to desired length. After a few rows, you will see that you are knitting a tiny tube; give it a gentle tug now and then to adjust any loose sts. Bind off all sts, leaving approx. 12” tail for finishing.

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