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Plusses

A modern, roomy pullover built to layer, Plusses has ski-sweater vibes with all the great-fit details you expect.

This sweater is specifically designed to bring farm or rustic yarns to sensitive knitters. It features a little extra depth under the arm and in the bicep, so that you can layer beneath it, and a hem just cropped enough to be swingy without exposing your abdomen. Generous front neck depth means your sweater will never choke you.

Plusses is worked straight from the hem to the underarm, with optional short row bust shaping.

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CONSTRUCTION

Plusses is worked bottom-up in the round. Stitches are picked up and knit for the collar. Colorwork is worked flat for the optional bust darts and to shape the neckline.

OPTIONAL BUST SHAPING

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

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CHOOSE A SIZE

1 (2, 3, 4) (5, 6, 7, 8)

Notice fewer sizes than usual? The large stitch pattern means fewer sizes. 

Choose the size closest to your actual upper chest measurement. Upper chest is measured above the full bust, at an angle close to diagonal beneath the underarms, and straight across the back. For more information on choosing a size using your upper chest measurement, visit this blog post.

To fit upper chest: 31.75 (35.75, 39.25, 42.25) (46, 50.5, 53.5, 56.5) inches / 79.5 (89.5, 98, 105.5) (115, 126.5, 134, 141.5) cm.

Plusses is designed to fit with approximately 2.75 inches / 6.5 cm of positive ease at the fullest part of your bust.

Finished bust circumference:  33.5 (38.5, 43.25, 48) (52.75, 57.5, 62.5, 67.25) inches / 84 (96, 108, 120) (132, 144, 156, 168) cm

Finished upper arm circumference: 12.75 (14, 15.5, 16.75) (18.75, 20.75, 22.5, 23.5) inches / 32 (35, 39, 42) (47, 52, 56, 59) cm

I am wearing size 4, Cup 1, with 3 inches / 7.5 cm of positive ease at the full bust and 2.75 inches / 6.5 cm of positive ease at the upper arm. My upper chest is 41.5 inches / 104 cm.

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.

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TECHNIQUES

  • Working directional shaping

  • Working German Short Rows (optional, for the bust shaping)

  • Tubular Cast-on (optional)

  • Sewn Tubular Bind-off

  • Picking up and knitting

  • Seaming (for the underarms)

MATERIALS

  • 5 Stitch markers plus one unique marker for the beginning of the round

  • Tapestry needle

  • Waste yarn

GAUGE

20 sts and 26 rows over 4 inches / 10 cm in Plusses Chart (both flat and in the round) with size A needles. 

YARN

Simple Hill Farm Yarn


100% fine Merino wool; 180 yds / 165 m per 2 oz (approximately 57 g) skein. This is a naturally-dyed, 2-ply DK yarn. This is a woolen-spun farm yarn with modest vegetable material. It knits up squishy with soft stitch definition. The final fabric is low-drape with moderate density and oodles of texture.
 

Main color (MC) (shown in Sunflower Yellow): 765 (855, 975, 1085) (1220, 1330, 1470, 1600) yds / 700 (780, 890, 990) (1115, 1215, 1345, 1465) m; 5 (5, 6, 7) (7, 8, 9, 9) skeins.
 

Contrasting color (CC) (shown in Magnolia Cream): 570 (625, 705, 770) (850, 930, 1015, 1090) yds / 520 (570, 645, 705) (775, 850, 930, 995) m; 4 (4, 4, 5) (5, 6, 6, 7) skeins.

 

For optional bust darts, you will need an additional 25 - 75 yds / 25 - 70 m of the MC, and 15 - 40 yds /  10 - 35 m of the CC.

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CREDITS

Tech edit: Sarah Endres, Kristina McGrath

Photography: TBD

Photos taken:

Testers: LeKeshua Malone, 

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