Classic Colorblock

Classic, but fresh - and with options to make it your own - the Classic Colorblock is a mid-autumn sweater ideal for layering. It features a clean all-over lace pattern on the body, crisp stockinette sleeves, and deep twisted rib trim.

Cropped, wear this pullover with high-waisted jeans, layered over a cami, or over a linen dress. With the slim sleeves, this garment can be worn under jackets, and is ready to style with knit shawlettes and scarves. A true knitter’s sweater!

This is the first pattern in my Classics Collection - patterns designed to knit again and again, with timeless appeal and modern fit. These patterns have at least one modification in the pattern to help you make it your own, and enough support that it could be your first sweater project.

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CONSTRUCTION

Classic Colorblock is worked in pieces from the bottom up and seamed using set-in sleeve construction. Stitches are picked up for the collar.

Hem and cuffs are worked in 1x1 twisted rib. The collar is worked in 1x1 rib and finished with a tubular bind-off.

PATTERN OPTIONS

Cropped or regular length

Classic Colorblock comes in two lengths - View A is cropped, View B is 6 inches longer than View A.


Two sleeves

Bicep circumference varies widely from person to person. The Full Fit Sleeve is approximately 2.25 inches / 6 cm wider around than the Trim Fit Sleeve.

Bust shaping

Optional instructions for adding short rows for bust shaping, in three sizes, give you your best fit.

About the sample

I'm wearing size 4, View A (cropped), with Trim Fit sleeves and Cup 1 bust shaping. I have a 41-inch upper chest, have no ease at the full bust, and have .75" of positive ease in the upper arm.

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SIZES

1 (2, 3, 4, 5) [6, 7, 8] (9, 10, 11, 12)

To fit upper chest: 28 (32.75, 36, 39.25, 42.5) [45.75, 49, 52.25] (55.5, 58.75, 62, 65.25) inches / 70 (81.5, 89.5, 98, 106) [114, 122, 130.5] (138.5, 146.5, 154.5, 163) cm

Finished full bust: 31.5 (35.75, 40, 43.75, 47.75) [51.75, 55.5, 59.75] (63.75, 67.5, 71.5, 75.75) inches / 78.5 (89.5, 99.5, 109.5, 119.5) [129, 139, 149] (159, 169, 179, 189) cm
 

Finished hip: 34.75 (39, 42.75, 47.25, 51) [55, 59, 62.75] (67, 71, 74.75, 78.75) inches / 87 (97.5, 106.5, 117.5, 127.5) [137.5, 147, 157] (167, 177, 187, 197) cm

Finished bicep: 12.75 (13.5, 14.5, 15.75, 16.75) [17.75, 19.5, 20.5] (22.5, 23, 24, 25) inches / 32 (34, 36.5, 39, 41.5) [44.5, 48.5, 51.5] (56.5, 57.5, 60, 62.5) cm
 

YOUR BEST FIT

I recommend choosing the size closest to your actual upper chest measurement. Intended ease is approximately 4.5 inches / 12 cm at the full bust. For more information on choosing a size using your upper chest measurement, visit this blog post.

Sizes 6-12 are wider in the front than the back. If you need additional room for the bust, as I do, working the optional short row shaping will give you the best fit in the shoulders and armholes, while still making room for your chest. Short rows add length to the front only of the garment, so that the hem does not rise in the front. Three cup sizes are included, or omit the short rows.

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TECHNIQUES

  • Working directional increases and decreases 

  • Working a sloped bind-off (optional) 

  • Picking up and working stitches 

  • Seaming

  • Working German Short Rows

  • Knitting Lace

  • Sewing a tubular Bind-off

  • Knitting in the round

MATERIALS

  • Stitch markers

  • Tapestry needle 

GAUGE

23 sts and 36 rows over 4 inches / 10 cm in stockinette stitch with size A needles


23 sts and 32 rows over 4 inches/ 10 cm in Lace Pattern with size A needles


26 sts and 37 rows over 4 inches / 10 cm in 1 x 1 Twisted Rib with size B needles

YARN

La Bien Aimée x Mondim
100% Portuguese wool, non superwash; 421 yds (385 m) per 100 g skein.

 

This is a crisp, bouncy 3-ply fingering weight yarn with fantastic stitch definition. Because of the seamed nature of this garment, most fingering-weight yarns will work well.


Shown in Hegelia (MC) and Amege (CC)
 

For yardage requirements, please download the schematic. Depending on which options you choose (length & sleeve), you will use between 985 and 2750 yds / 900 and 2515 m of the main color yarn, and 250 - 505 yards of the contrasting color yarn.

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CREDITS

Tech edit: Heather Storta

Photography: Hypnotic Imagery, LLC

Testers: Marina, Sarah, Jennifer, Marly, Eileen, Anna, Amanda, Chontelle, Robyn, Kaci, Ariana, Jenni, Faith, Melissa