Gone to Seed

ABOUT

Sand cooling as the sun sets, whispered wind from the shore beneath the pines, the tang of brine when the water has finally warmed and the dune grass has gone to seed.

 

This loose-fitting buttoned pullover is a celebration of linen, wool, silk and llama - an ode to the fibers we turn to when we’re eager for autumn but still caught in summer’s golden hour.

I love an oversized top, but often find that the construction is 'a series of rectangles' - which does not translate well to the curves of bodies. Gone to Seed offers effortless styling and wear, created with impeccable fit in mind. Short rows shape the shoulders and back neck, and the pattern includes multiple, fully written cup sizes. Finally, sizes 6 - 12 have vertical shaping, to ensure that the dropped shoulder is equally graceful on all sizes.

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CONSTRUCTION

This sleeveless top has gentle A-line shaping and a v-neck.

 

Begin by knitting two lace shoulder panels. Stitches are picked up and knit flat from the top down for the fronts. A panel is worked flat for the back neck and seamed to the shoulder panels. Stitches are picked up and knit flat from the top down for the back. Fronts and back are seamed at the sides, and stitches are picked up and knit for the hem, armhole trim, and button band.

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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 (82, 90, 98, 106.5) [114.5, 122.5, 130.5] (139, 147, 155, 163) cm

Finished full bust: 38.5 (42.5, 46.75, 50.75, 54.5) [58.75, 62.75, 66.75] (70.5, 74.5, 78.75, 82.75) inches / 96.5 (106.5, 117, 127, 136.5) [147, 157, 167] (176.5, 186.5, 197, 207) cm

Finished armhole circumference:  15 (16, 17, 17.75, 19.25) [20.25, 22, 22.75] (25.25, 25.5, 27, 28) inches / 37.5 (40, 42.5, 44.5, 48) [50.5, 55, 57] (63, 64, 67.5, 69.5) cm 

YOUR BEST FIT

I recommend choosing the size closest to your actual upper chest measurement. Intended ease is approximately 10 inches / 25 cm at the full bust. For more information on choosing a size using your upper chest measurement, visit this blog post.

Gone to Seed includes instructions for knitting short rows to accommodate breasts. Short rows add length to the front only of the garment, so that the hem does not rise in the front. Four cup sizes are included, as are instructions for omitting the short rows entirely.

Sample shown in Size 5, cup 1, with approximately 10 inches / 25 cm of ease at the full bust. My upper chest measures 41.25 inches / 106 cm.

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TECHNIQUES

  • Working directional increases and decreases 

  • Working a sloped bind-off (optional) 

  • Picking up and working stitches 

  • Knitting lace

  • Working German Short Rows

  • Seaming

MATERIALS

  • Stitch markers (12)

  • Tapestry needle 

GAUGE

26 sts and 35 rows over 4 inches / 10 cm in stockinette stitch with size A needles (US size 4, or as needed to obtain gauge).

YARN


The Fibre Co. Meadow

 

40% merino wool, 25% baby llama, 20% silk, 15% linen— heavy lace weight/light fingering; 545 yds (498 m) per 100 g skein.

Shown in colorway Prarie

 

This is a soft yarn with a light sheen, crisp stitch definition, and an uneven texture. It has great drape, moderate body, and is lightly grippy.

870 (980, 1050, 1160, 1210) [1280, 1310, 1380] (1450, 1490, 1500, 1640) yds / 800 (900, 960, 1060, 1110) [1170, 1200, 1260] (1330, 1360, 1370, 1500) m

 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) [3, 3, 3] (3, 3, 3, 4) skeins.

Note: adding short rows will require modest amounts of additional yarn, not included in figures above.

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ABOUT THE TEST

This test will be run on Slack. Slack is free to join and offers chat rooms by topic. Pattern files, errata, and chat will be hosted in a private channel there. Testers are free to ask questions in the test Slack channel, or to DM me in Slack if that is more comfortable.

The test officially starts on May 23rd, and will run for 11.5 weeks, concluding on August 11th.

This is not a secret test, so testers can share progress publicly as they work through the test.

 

I am seeking 2-3 testers per size and will be choosing testers so that a range of cup sizes are represented. Testers with yarn at all budget points are encouraged to apply.

COLLABORATIVE TESTING

A fun, supportive, productive test knit depends on clear expectations between the designer and testers. Here's what you can expect from me and what I am counting on from you:

  • You will receive a fully tech-edited pattern.

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  • I make my best effort to respond to questions as quickly as possible, and agree to respond to questions within 48 hours, absent an emergency or pre-communicated time away (I am usually much faster!).

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  • I will post any adjustments/errata that are surfaced during the test, if I make a big change or correction, I will post a revised file and notify testers.

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  • You will receive a tester credit on my pattern webpage (first name and link of your choice, example here).

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  • I will moderate a space free from hate speech, expressly including but not limited to racist, ableist, fatphobic, homophobic or transphobic speech.

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  • It's important for me to see the fit of the sweater on a body! Testers agree to complete their sweaters and provide a modeled photo and feedback by the test deadline.  Modeled photos can be cropped to exclude the model's face.  I do not believe that providing me photos for marketing purposes is a key part of the testing agreement, so I will not share your photos without permission. Having said that - I do LOVE to share tester's projects, and I deeply value the contributions that testers make to this community, so if you are comfortable with me sharing your photos I am very grateful!

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  • Testers agree to create and block a swatch for the stitch pattern.

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  • Testers agree to communicate throughout the test, including letting me know if something has come up that will prevent them from completing the test on time. Things happen, we are human, and I definitely understand! With a long testing period, I can sometimes fill a dropped spot with a replacement and I truly appreciate testers who are able to let me know when something does come up for them.

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  • You may make fit-based modifications to ensure your dream sweater - I encourage this! If you wish to make a design or non-fit preference (such as modifying the length of the body or knitting a different lace pattern) please check in with me first.

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  • I rely on testers to provide feedback about the accuracy and clarity of the instructions, the fit of the final garment, and the amount of yarn used in yards or meters.  Tests will be considered finished once the 'feedback' form is complete.

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Testers who complete the test will receive another of my self-published patterns for free, in addition to the finished version of Gone to Seed. If you wish to waive your thank-you pattern, I would be very pleased to provide a copy of Gone to Seed to a friend if you prefer or to make a copy available to someone experiencing financial hardship.

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CREDITS

Yarn: The Fibre Co

Tech edit: Heather Storta

Photography: Hypnotic Imagery, LLC

Testers: Elizabeth Margaret, Jenni, Heleanna, Bethany, Blake, Colette, Kim

To check out the vibe of this sweater, visit the moodboard on Pinterest!