Thursday, March 18, 2010
Patternum Novum: Cloudy Sunday
Cloudy Sunday - $4 at Knit Picks or Ravelry (no account required)
Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL) (The sample is a size S with about 1/2" of negative ease.)
Finished Measurements: 28” (32”, 36”, 40”, 44”, 48”, 52”, 56") bust
Yarn Requirements: Knit Picks Swish Bulky, 6 (6, 7, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11) hanks of Squirrel Heather (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 137 yards per 100g hank); or 718 (820, 923, 1025, 1128, 1230, 1333, 1435) yards/ 656 (750, 844, 937, 1031, 1125, 1218, 1312) meters of a similar bulky weight yarn
Needles: US 10 (6.0 mm) circular needle (length needed is determined by bust measurement), same size of needle for working sleeves in the round (e.g. DPNs, two circular needles), same size, shorter needle for working cowl in the round (16” for XS-L, 24” for XL-4XL), US 10.5 (6.5 mm) shorter circular needle for last half of cowl, to give it drape (optional)
Gauge: 15 stitches x 20 rows = 4” in Stockinette stitch
Cloudy Sunday is knit in one piece from the bottom up to the underarms, when the front and back are split and worked separately. The cap sleeves are extensions of the front and back pieces, so the only seaming necessary is just a little bit of stitching up the shoulders. In bulky yarn, this is a very quick knit.
Cloudy Sunday was named after one of my favorite Greek songs. And being a sweater great for layering during those times when it's not quite winter and not quite spring, when it's sunny one day and raining the next, I thought it fit. I was originally inspired by the sweaters with huge and dramatic cowls on last year's runways (not that I was actually at any fashion shows...but, you know, I saw them in Vogue), but wanted to make something wearable. The cowl is still pretty big, but the silhouette isn't quite so exaggerated. I like the look of it under a jacket, too.
The Swish Bulky was amazing to work with and to wear. It's soft and squishy and not too dense. I highly recommend it for this and other projects that call for bulky weight yarn!
scriptum est ab Hilary die 3/18/2010