Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Patternum Gratis: Safire Minisweater

Working my way through the patterns on my to-do list... Safire (originally created last year) is now available on Ravelry (and below)! As with the others, this is a free pattern so I did not use a tech editor. Though I checked, double-checked, and triple-checked, there may still be errors in the pattern, so please do not hesitate to contact me if you encounter any.



Pattern: Safire (click here if you don't have a Ravelry account)
Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL)
Finished Measurements: 28” (32”, 36”, 40”, 44”, 48”, 52”, 56”) bust
Yarn Requirements: 1 (1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2) skeins of Tess’ Designer Yarns Superwash Merino, or 490 (560, 630, 700, 770, 840, 910, 980) yards of a similar worsted weight yarn
Needles: US 6 (4mm) and US 7 (4.5mm) circular needles, at least 32” long and same size of needles preferred for working sleeves in the round
Gauge: 21 stitches x 26 rows = 4” in Stockinette stitch

31 comments:

Ellen said...

Love this! Thanks for publishing the pattern, it's going straight to my queue!

Dorothy said...

Thanks for the pattern!! I've been eyeing this minisweater for a while now. Very pretty!

Renee said...

Lovely!
Thank-you. :)

WingedStrategos said...

Very nice. This is definitely going into my queue.

Susan said...

You are really getting good with getting your patterns up on Ravelry. The free factor is amazing, also. Thanks for that!

Philigry said...

oh, i love this one. great color, too!

Laura said...

So sweet - I love the colour! Thanks for sharing the pattern!

CrookedKnits said...

This is gorgeous...can't wait to make one for myself (after all the holiday knitting of course)

Thea said...

lovely! Congrats on posting a new pattern.... the color is gorgeous.

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Thank you for your generosity of time and talent! Now your beautiful sweater will be worn and enjoyed forever :)

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Team Knit ! said...

I LOVE this sweater, and have already added it to my queue!! Thanks so much for sharing this gorgeous design.

- Julie

CanarySanctuary said...

Thanks for your all your work in posting this - and for free! It's a beautiful, wearable pattern. I still can't get over how much I love that blue.

Sophy said...

omg i totally missed this last week! the pattern looks awesome. i love this sweater -- madame hilary! ;D

Julies knitting corner said...

Hi I am new to your blog and wanted to say thank you for the pattern, love the design. Thanks for sharing. Julie.C

feuille said...

thanks for sharing your pattern ! Mine is done and it was a great and interesting adventure to do it ! A lot of technics and a lot of pleasure ! Thanks a lot !

margaretpollock said...

Hi, Hilary--I'm knitting up Safire, and I'm eager to wear it. Possibly I'm a dunce, but I can't get the increases to add up. For size Small, I count (60 cast on sts)+(24 times 8 increases for the raglan shaping)+(18 times 2 increases for the neckline shaping)=288 sts... but the pattern says I should have only 252 sts. Please HELP!

Kyrga said...

Fantastic pattern, thanks for sharing!

@margaretpollock: I was having the same issue, and I believe it is a typo. It looks like those totals are for just the raglan increases, and do not include the front increases.

On the next page, adding the total body sts with the sts for the arm, you get the correct amount. (172 + 58 + 58 = 288)

Hilary said...

@margaretpollock -- I have a memory of responding to your comment last month, but now I can find no record of it! I apologize for not getting back to you. The 252 stitch count on that page is the number of sts you should have after the raglan shaping is complete -- because for size S you don't start the neckline shaping until after the raglan shaping is done, there are no neckline stitches to add. The wording makes it confusing...I should have said "Total sts after raglan shaping is complete (including sts increased on fronts for sizes L-4XL only). The stitch count is correct on the next page.

@Kyrga -- Thank you for your response! And I'm sorry you had an issue with this, too! I'll be sure to change the wording the next time I update the pattern.

Anonymous said...

@Hilary: Actually, I may have been mistaken in my previous comment! I am pretty terrible at following instructions >.<

Sweater turned out fabulous in the end though! Thanks again for the pattern =)

Hilary said...

@Anonymous -- So glad you were happy with how it turned out! :)

Kara Keung said...

Im knitting the M size. When i get to the first.decrease and do type 2 i somehow get stitch marker between two purls instead of knit. Then as i continue on instead.of stitch marker at two knits i get 2 purls. I cant figure.out what i did wrong. My stitches add up before ribbing n decreases add up. Pls help

Hilary said...

@Kara Keung Hmm, that's weird! If you do decrease type 2, it will be "work to 4 sts before marker, ssk, p1, k1, sm, k1, p1, k2tog" -- so if you do that as written, you'll have a marker between two knits. If you have a marker between two purls, it sounds like you're just not doing the row as written. Or are you talking about the marker being between two purls on the row directly following the first decrease? That makes sense...if it's between two knits on the RS, it will be between two purls on the WS. As for the second set of decreases around the *next* stitch marker, it is correct that the marker will be between two purls. If you look at the Decrease Row instructions, for size M, you will do dec type 2 (st marker between 2 knits) for the first marker, then decrease type 1 (st marker between 2 purls) for the second marker. I hope that helps!

Savta5 said...

Hi Hilary, I'm going to make Safire in medium for my daughter-in-law and for some reason I can't get thru the beginning of the raglan increases. Maybe I'm getting too old for knitting! Am I correct to repeat the last two rows 24 times and then continue the front increases on every RS side for 19 times more. I hope I'm reading it right but not feeling very secure about it. I tried to leave a comment (question) yesterday, but since I don't see it I'm assuming I did something wrong. Thanks for your help - I'd really love to complete this project and it's my first 'top down' which is probably part of the problem.

Hilary said...

Yes -- do the raglan inc row, then purl 1 row, then rep those 2 rows 24 times. Then after that last purl row, do the front inc row, then rep the front inc row on every RS row 19 more times.

Savta5 said...

Hilary, thank you so very much.

Savta5 said...

Hi Hilary,
I hope you had a very happy Thanksgiving. I'm sorry to bother you again but my numbers just don't add up. After the first raglan inc row I have the correct 84 sts. But if I increase 8 sts every RS for 24 rows that comes to the 276 sts noted. Do you THEN increase 19 RS rows only for the front increases (2 increases per RS row)? Thanks very much.

Hilary said...

Because you don't start the front increases until after the raglan shaping is complete, the 276 sts is correct. Patt says "Total sts after raglan shaping is complete (including sts increased on fronts *of which you have none yet*): 276."

Savta5 said...

Hilary, I am stuck again. I've even taken this apart and done it again. I'm decreasing the ribbing using type 2 and then type 1 and they are not ending up symmetrical which I assume they should. Type 2now has two stitches on each side of the marker (at row 3) and type 1 has k,p,k,p,marker, p,k,p,k. I'm about ready to tear my hair out. Thanks.

Hilary said...

Honestly, it doesn't really matter so much -- just decrease in a way that looks good to you that is in keeping with the ribbing. I'm sorry -- it's been so long since I knit this that I can't remember many of the specifics. If you're following the pattern exactly, then it may be that it doesn't end up perfectly symmetrical.

Hilary said...

P.S. If you have any additional questions, please shoot me an email using the email address at the end of the pattern. It's much easier for me to respond that way. Thank you!