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Part wrap, part sweater, Madge is a simple, top down knit with a little seaming. The sides are knit the same, but the snap placement is what can give it an asymmetrical look-or not. I have written a pattern for sizes 32-44. I used Lion Brand Wool Ease in oxford grey, but any worsted weight yarn will do. My first choice would be Cascade 220, but the older I get the more allergic to wool I become. Wool blends are all my skin can take, and this worked like a dream.
The construction of this sweater is one rectangle, with two holes for sleeves. The back and shoulders are a bit fitted. I wanted the look of a wrap with sleeves.
Please contact me with any questions.
20 stitches = 4 inches stockinette stitch
13 stitches = 4 inches double moss stitch
32(34,36,38,40,42,44)" Note-knit your bust size. Your sweater will be bigger than that to allow for overlap.
950(1000,1100,1250,1300,1350,1450) yards worsted weight yarn
US 7 circular 24"
4 double pointed needles or US 7, or1 16" circular needle
2 snaps (optional)
scrap yarn (I find using a contrasting color works best)
4 stitch markers
CO- cast on
BO- bind off
SM- slip marker
K2tog- knit two stitches together
M1- Increase one stitch by knitting into the front and back of next stitch
PM- place marker
RS- right side
WS- wrong side
Double Moss stitch- Row 1 *K2, P2, rep from *
Row 2 *P2, K2, rep from * last 2 stitches P2
Row 3 as row 2
Row 4 as row 1
Repeat these 4 rows
Right Side- knit
Wrong Side- purl
RS- K2, P2
WS- P2, K2
repeat these two rows
With longer circular needle CO 98(102,106,110,114,118,122) K in double moss stitch for six inches- this is your collar.
Next RS row- staying in moss stitch, knit 30(32,32,32,34,34,34) PM, K 6(6,6,6,6,6,6) PM, K 26(26,30,34,34,38,42) PM, K 6(6,6,6,6,6,6) PM, K 30(32,32,32,34,34,34)
Next Row- (WS) knit in pattern slipping all markers
Next Row-(RS) Start sleeve increases. K in pattern until marker, SM, M1, K until 1 stitch before next marker, M1, SM. Continue in moss stitch until you reach other marker and repeat, K in pattern until end.
Continue working body in double moss stitch and sleeves in stockinette stitch, increasing for sleeves every RS row until increases measure 7.5(8,8,8.8,9,9.5)"on the diagonal, ending with WS row.
RS row, K in pattern to marker, remove marker and slip sleeve stitches on scrap yarn (I like to use a contrasting color) and remove other marker. CO 6 underarm stitches, K in pattern and repeat for next sleeve.
Continue in double moss for 7" under arm stitches.
Next row RS- work in stockinette stitch until body measures 14(14,14,14,15,15,15)" or desired length.
Next Row- RS start purl ridge hem (the length of your sweater will end here) P one row
continue in stockinette stitch for 10 rows, BO
Finishing Sides- Pick and K all stitches on RS. Work in stockinette stitch until work measures 6".
Next Row- RS work purl ridge hem, BO
Repeat for left side
Sleeves- With smaller circular needle, or double pointed needles, pick up and K all sleeve stitches, including the six stitches you cast on under the arm, PM Work in stockinette stitch until sleeve measures 4" from underarm.
Sleeve Decreases: K 3 stitches before marker, K2tog, SM, K1, K2tog
K sleeve in stockinette stitch for 2" more, start 2x2 rib until sleeve measures 17(17,17,17,17,17.5,17.5)" or desired length (measurements shown are for a longer sleeve) BO in pattern
Finishing: Sew bottom and side purl ridge hem by folding on your RS purl row and slip stitching into place. Slip stitch collar into place, or sew on two snaps on each end of the collar-this is where you can play around. Both sides are knit the same, but the snap placement can give you an asymmetrical look, which is what I did.
I highly recommend a wet block before wearing.
Enjoy your sweater!