Pistachio Saffron

Pistachio Saffron, a free knitting pattern from Knitty.com. Free knitting pattern for a DETAILS HERE.

INTRODUCTION

Pistachio Saffron

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I love the casual elegance of a knitted sweatshirt. The loose swing that's easy to wear with anything. Throw it over a casual dress or jeans and you won't feel the cold in the evening!

This sweater is knit from the top down with a wide neck, sleeves, and A-line body shaping. It's designed to be worn with plenty of ease so that it swings around your body. If you would prefer something more fitted, drop down a size and maybe even omit the A-line body increases.

spacer model: Carol Feller

spacer photos: Joseph Feller

SIZE

For women's garments: XS[S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X]
Shown in size S with 5 inches/12.5 cm of positive ease

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Bust Circumference: 36.25[40, 43.75, 48, 51.75, 56, 60.25, 64] inches/ 92[101.5, 111, 122, 131.5, 142, 153, 162.5] cm
Length: 21[21.5, 22.25, 23, 23.25, 23.75, 24.25, 25.25] inches/ 53.5[54.5, 56.5, 58.5, 59, 60.5, 61.5, 63.5] cm

MATERIALS

Yarn
Stolen Stitches Nua [60% Merino, 20% Yak, 20% Linen; 153 yd/140 m per 50g skein];
spacer [MC] Kitten Fluff [9810]; 6[7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10] skeins
spacer [CC1] Frog on the Wall [9802]; 2[2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3] skeins

Recommended needle size
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below - every knitter's gauge is unique]
spacer 2 US #5/3.75mm circular needles, 24 inches/60 cm long and 32 inch/80 cm long
spacer US #4/3.5mm circular needle, 24 inches/60 cm long, for inner neck
spacer 1 set US #5/3.75mm double pointed needles if magic loop not used for sleeves

Notions
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GAUGE

22 sts/31 rnds = 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette stitch with larger needles

PATTERN NOTES

[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]

German Short Rows
Work to turning point, turn work. Slp wyif . Pull yarn over right needle to back of work, creating a "double stitch" on the right needle then bring yarn back into correct position for next stitch, making sure the previous stitch stays "doubled". Continue to work row as indicated.
When you encounter this "double stitch" on another row, knit (or purl) it as a single stitch.

A tutorial for Cable Cast-On can be found here.

Stripe Pattern
Set-up round: Knit to color change marker with MC.
Knit 2 rnds in CC.
Knit 12 rnds in MC.
Rep last 14 rnds for patt.

Jogless Stripes
Before changing color, work the last stitch of the previous color by double wrapping the last stitch of the round. Change to new colour and work rnd to the double wrapped stitch, then knit stitch, dropping extra wrap. Slip marker for start of new color, then picking up behind work, pick up right half of last stitch worked in previous color and place on left needle. Knit this picked-up stitch with the next stitch on needle.
For more jogless stripe methods, click here.

Neck Bind-Off
Step 1. With RH needle, pick up a loop of the contrasting color 6 rows below next stitch on LH needle (this will be the pick-up edge).
Step 2. Slip the picked-up stitch to LH needle and knit it together with the following stitch on the needle.
Step 3. Pick up loop 6 rows below next stitch and knit together with following stitch on LH needle.
Step 4. Lift the second loop on the RH needle over the first to BO 1 stitch.
Repeat Steps 3-4 until all stitches have been bound off.

DIRECTIONS

Yoke
With MC and using larger 24-inch/60 cm circ, CO 126[130, 130, 130, 134, 134, 134, 136] sts. Do not join.
Set-Up row [WS]: P14[15, 15, 15, 16, 16, 16, 16], pm, p28, pm, p42[44, 44, 44, 46, 46, 46, 48], pm, p28, pm, p14[15, 15, 15, 16, 16, 16, 16].

Section A (Short Row Neck Shaping)
Short row 1 [RS]: *Knit to 1 st before m, kfb, sl m, kfb; repeat from * 3 times more, knit to last 3 sts, turn. 134[138, 138, 138, 142, 142, 142, 144] sts. 
Short row 2 [WS]: Work German short row, purl to last 3 sts, turn.
Short row 3 [RS]: Work German Short Row, *knit to 1 st before m, kfb, sl m, kfb; repeat from * 3 times more, knit to 2 sts before previous double stitch, turn. 142[146, 146, 146, 150, 150, 150, 152] sts.
Short row 4 [WS]: Work German short row, purl to 2 sts before previous double stitch, turn.
Short row 5 [RS]: Work German Short Row, *knit to 1 st before m, kfb, sl m, kfb; repeat from * 3 times more, knit to 1 st before previous double stitch, turn. 8 sts increased.
Short row 6 [WS]: Work German short row, purl to 1 st before previous double stitch, turn.
Repeat Short rows 5-6 three times more. 174[178, 178, 178, 182, 182, 182, 184] sts.

Joining Section
Next row [RS]: Work German Short Row, *knit to 1 st before m, kfb, sl m, kfb; repeat from * 3 times more, knit to end of row. 182[186, 186, 186, 190, 190, 190. 192] sts.

Joining round: Turn to WS and using Cable Cast-On, CO 14[14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 16] sts, turn to RS, pm for start of rnd, knit to end of rnd. 196[200, 200, 200, 204, 204, 204, 208] sts.

Join to work in the rnd. Place removable marker at center of Back sts to mark color change placement. You will now begin working Stripe Pattern with color changes taking place at this marker. Disregard this marker when working instructions for yoke shaping. Beg of rnd is at left side of front neck.

Note: change to longer circ when needed.

Section B (Raglan Increases)
All Sizes except 3X
Raglan inc round: *Knit to 1 st before m, kfb, sl m, kfb; repeat from * 3 times more, knit to end of rnd. 8 sts increased.
Next round: Knit.
Rep last 2 rnds 19[18, 12, 7, 5, 1, -, 0] times more. 356[352, 304, 264, 252, 220, 204, 216] sts.

Section C (Body and Raglan Increases)
Sizes M-4X Only
Body inc round: *Knit to 1 st before m, kfb, sl m, knit to m, sl m, kfb; repeat from * once more, knit to end of rnd. 4 sts increased.
Next rnd: Knit.
Raglan inc round: *Knit to 1 st before m, kfb, sl m, kfb; repeat from * 3 times more, knit to end of rnd. 8 sts increased.
Next round: Knit.
Rep last 4 rnds -[-, 3, 7, 9, 11, 11, 11] times more. 356[352, 352, 360, 372, 364, 348, 360] sts.

Section D (Body Increases)
Sizes S-4X Only
Body inc round: *Knit to 1 st before m, kfb, sl m, knit to m, sl m, kfb; repeat from * once, knit to end of rnd. 4 sts increased.
Next round: Knit.
Repeat last 2 rnds -[2, 2, 2, 1, 3, 7, 10] times more. 356[364, 364, 372, 380, 380, 380, 404] sts.

All Sizes
Continue to work Body in Stripe Pattern throughout, dividing for sleeves and working Body as follows:

Sleeve divide round: *Knit to m, remove m, place 82[80, 76, 74, 74, 70, 66, 68] sleeve sts on waste yarn, remove m, turn and using Cable Cast-On CO 2[4, 7, 10, 13, 17, 21, 21] sts, pm for side seam, CO 2[4, 7, 10, 13, 17, 21, 21] sts, turn back to RS; repeat from * once more, knit to color change marker. This is the new beg of rnd. 200[220, 240, 264, 284, 308, 332, 352] sts.

Work even in patt for 2 inches/5 cm.

Inc round: *Knit to 1 st before side m, M1R, k1, sl m, k1, M1L; repeat from * once more, knit to end of rnd. 4 sts increased.
Work 14 rnds even in patt.
Rep last 15 rnds 4 times more, then rep Inc rnd once more. 224[244, 264, 288, 308, 332, 356, 376] sts.

Work even in patt until body from underarm measures approx. 13 inches/33 cm.

Cut MC and with CC only, knit every rnd for 1 inch/2.5 cm.
BO all sts loosely knitwise.

Sleeves
Place 82[80, 76, 74, 74, 70, 66, 68] sts from waste yarn onto DPNs or larger 32-inch/80 cm circ for magic loop.
Using MC and starting at center of underarm, pick up and knit 2[4, 7, 10, 13, 17, 21, 21] sts, knit across 82[80, 76, 74, 74, 70, 66, 68] sts on needle, pick up and knit rem 2[4, 7, 10, 13, 17, 21, 21] sts. Join to work in the rnd and pm for beg of rnd. 86[88, 90, 94, 100, 104, 108, 110] sts.

Knit 6[6, 6, 6, 5, 5, 5, 5] rnds even in patt.
Sleeve dec round: K1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. 2 sts decreased.
Rep last 7[7, 7, 7, 6, 6, 6, 6] rnds 10[10, 10, 10, 12, 12, 13, 13] times more. 64[66, 68, 72, 74, 78, 80, 82] sts.
Work even in St st until sleeve measures 10.5[10.5, 11, 11, 11.5, 11.5, 12, 12] inches/26.5[26.5, 28, 28, 29, 29, 30.5, 30.5] cm or 3 inches/7.5 cm shorter than desired length.
Cut MC and join CC. Work even in St st 3 inches/7.5 cm more.
BO all sts loosely knitwise.

FINISHING

Neck Edging
With CC, using larger 24-inch/60 cm circ and starting at the center of back neck, pick up and knit 126[130, 130, 130, 134, 134, 134, 136] sts around neck opening.
Join to work in the rnd and knit 3 rounds.
Change to smaller circ and knit 3 rounds.
BO all sts using Neck Bind-Off (see Pattern Notes).

Weave in all loose ends. Block garment to dimensions given.

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SCHEMATIC MEASUREMENTS
A: Bust Circumference: 36.25[40, 43.75, 48, 51.75, 56, 60.25, 64] inches / 92[101.5, 111, 122, 131.5, 142, 153, 162.5] cm
B: Hem Circumference: 40.75[44.25, 48, 52.25, 56, 60.25, 64.75, 68.25] inches / 103.5[112.5, 122, 132.5, 142, 153, 164.5, 173.5] cm
C: Body Length: 14 inches / 35.5 cm
D: Yoke Length: 7[7.5, 8.25, 9, 9.25, 9.75, 10.25, 11] inches / 18[19, 21, 23, 23.5, 25, 26, 28] cm
E: Back Neck Width: 7.75[8, 8, 8, 8.25, 8.25, 8.25, 8.75] inches / 19.5[20.5, 20.5, 20.5, 21, 21, 21, 22] cm
F: Sleeve Width at Neck Edge: 5 inches / 12.5 cm
G: Front Neck Depth: 1.75 inches / 4.5 cm
H: Upper Arm Circumference: 15.75[16, 16.25, 17, 18.25, 19, 19.75, 20] inches / 40[40.5, 41.5, 43, 46.5, 48.5, 50, 51] cm
I: Cuff Circumference: 11.75[12, 12.25, 13, 13.5, 14.25, 14.5, 15] inches / 30[30.5, 31, 33, 34.5, 36, 37, 38] cm
J: Sleeve Length: 13.5[13.5, 14, 14, 14.5, 14.5, 15, 15] inches / 34.5[34.5, 35.5, 35.5, 37, 37, 38, 38] cm

ABOUT THE DESIGNER

designername Carol Feller is a knitwear designer and teacher living in Cork, Ireland and has been widely published in books and magazine and travels the world teaching in yarn shops and fibre festivals. After starting life as a structural engineer she fell into knitwear design accidentally and has never left!

To find her patterns, books, tutorial and classes visit her online.

Pattern & images © 2017 Carol Feller.