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A dynamic sweater knitted in simple K2, P2 rib, slightly flared for an easy and flattering fit.

Snug-fitting sleeves and high armholes sit perfectly under jackets or coats.

The neck can be worn rolled down or as a marvelous hood designed to beat anything winter can throw at you.

The first "giraffe" was knitted in a freezing Paris winter. The alternative was to run home to an Australian summer!

model: Cheryl photos: Justin

SIZE
S [M, L, XL, XXL]
 
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Chest: 35.5[39, 42.5, 45.25, 49.5] inches
Length: 23.25[25.5, 28, 30.25, 32.5] inches

 

MATERIALS

[MC] Cleckheaton Angora Supreme [70% Lambswool, 30% Angora; 152 yds/139 ms per 50g ball]; color: #12 Pink; 8 [8, 9, 9, 10] balls

1 set US #8/5.00 mm straight needles
1 set US #8/5.00 mm double-pointed needles OR 1 16 inch US #8/5.00 mm circular needle
2 stitch holders

 

GAUGE

18 sts/24 rows = 4" in K2, P2 rib, lightly ironed

 
STITCH PATTERN

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

2x2 Rib
[Multiple of 4 sts +2]
Row 1 [RS]: K2, [p2, k2] to end.
Row 2 [WS]: P2, [k2, p2] to end.
These 2 rows form 2x2 rib.

Offset 2x2 Rib
[Multiple of 4 sts +2]
Row 1 [RS]: P2, [k2, p2] to end.
Row 2 [WS]: K2, [p2, k2] to end.
These 2 rows form offset 2x2 rib.

 
DIRECTIONS

Back
Leaving a long end for use in sewing side seam, CO 90[98, 106, 114, 122] sts.
Starting with p2, work 4 rows in Offset 2x2 rib to create hem.
Next row [RS]: Starting with k2, work in 2x2 rib for 18[20, 22, 24, 26] rows.
*Continuing in rib as set, dec 1 st at each end of next row.
Working decrease into pattern, work without shaping for next 17[19, 21, 23, 25] rows.
Repeat from * 3 times more: work measures 15.75[17.25, 19, 20.75, 22.25] inches. 82[90, 98, 106, 114] sts

Shape Armhole
Next row [RS]: Continuing in rib as set, BO 4 sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Dec 1 st at each end of next and foll 4 rows. 64[72, 80, 88, 96] sts remain.
**Work 1 row without shaping.
Dec 1 st at each end of next row.
Rep from ** 2 times more. 58[66, 74, 82, 90] sts
Continue without further shaping for 29[33, 37, 41, 45] rows -- work measures 22.75[25.25, 27.5, 29.75, 32] inches from beg.

Shape Shoulder
BO 7[8, 9, 10, 11] sts at beginning of next and following 3 rows. 30[34, 38, 42, 46] sts remain.
Transfer remaining sts to holder. Cut yarn, leaving a long end for use in sewing shoulder seam.

Front
Work as for back until 15[19, 19, 23, 23] rows have been worked after armhole shaping.
Work measures 20.25[22.75, 24.25, 26.75, 28.25] inches.

Shape Left Side of Neckline
Next Row [RS]: Work 22[24, 26, 28, 30] sts. Place remaining sts on holder.
Turn work.
Dec 1 st, work to end. The edge where the decrease has just been worked will form the neck edge.
Work 5 more rows, dec 1 st at neck edge of each row.
Work 1 row without shaping.
Decr 1 st at neck edge of following row.
Work 3 rows without shaping.
Dec 1 st at neck edge of following row. 14[16, 18, 20, 22] sts remain.
Cont without further shaping until work measures 22.75[25.25, 27.5, 29.75, 32] inches from beg, ending with a WS row.

Shape Shoulder
BO 7[8, 9, 10, 11] sts at beg of next 2 RS rows.
Cut yarn, leaving a long end for use in sewing shoulder seam.

Shape Right Side of Neckline
Leave center 14[18,22,26,30] sts on a holder, transfer rem 22[24, 26, 28, 30] sts to a needle and attach yarn, beg work at neck edge.
Dec 1 st at neck edge of next and foll 5 rows.
Work 1 row without shaping.
Decr 1 st at neck edge of foll row.
Work 3 rows without shaping.
Decr 1 st at neck edge of following row. 14[16, 18, 20, 22] sts remain.
Cont without further shaping until right side measures same as left side before shoulder shaping, ending with a RS row.

Shape Shoulder
BO 7[8, 9, 10, 11] sts at beg of next 2 WS rows.
Cut yarn, leaving a long end for use in sewing shoulder seam.

Sleeves (Make 2)
Leaving a long end for use in sewing seam, CO 38[38, 42, 42, 46] sts.
Starting with p2, work 4 rows in offset 2x2 rib.
Next row [RS]: Starting with k2, work in 2x2 rib for 6 rows.
*Next row [RS]: Continuing in rib as set, increase 1 st at each end of this row.
Working inc into patt, work even for 5 more rows.
Rep from * 9[9, 11, 11, 13] times more. 58[58, 66, 66, 74] sts
Cont without further shaping until work measures 15.5[16.5, 17.5, 18.25, 19.25] inches, ending with a WS row.

Shape Sleeve Cap
BO 4 sts at beginning of next 2 rows.
Work 2 rows without shaping.
Decr 1 st at each end of next row.
*Work 3 rows without shaping.
Dec 1 st at each end of next row.
Rep from * 1[2, 2, 3, 3] times more. 44[44, 50, 50, 56] sts
**Work 1 row without shaping.
Decrease 1 st at each end of next row.
Rep from ** 5[5, 6, 6, 7] times more. 32[32, 36, 36, 40] sts
Dec 1 st at each end of foll 7[7, 9, 9, 11] rows.
BO remaining 18 sts in rib.

Neck
Join shoulder seams, matching ribs.
Using circular needle or DPNs, and starting at left shoulder seam with right side facing, pick up and knit 18[18, 22, 22, 26] sts along left side of neck (1 st picked up for each row), 14[18, 22, 26, 30] sts from front neck st holder, 18[18, 22, 22, 26] sts along right side of neck, and 30[34, 38, 42, 46] sts from back neck holder. 80[88, 104, 112, 128] sts
Working in the round and starting with a k2 rib (to keep rib pattern correct across back and front neck), work in 2x2 rib until neck measures 14.5[15.25, 16, 16.25, 17.25] inches.
Work 4 more rows, rev rib patt to match edges of body and sleeves. BO in rib.

 

FINISHING

Press lightly with wrong side facing, pressing ribs open. (This will allow the fabric to drape, rather than cling as ribbed fabric usually does.)
Join side and sleeve seams.
Join sleeve to armhole, starting at top of side seam and matching row to row until you reach the sleeve BO.
Join sts to rows, missing every third row on armhole edge on either side of shoulder seam, to make sleeve top fit perfectly.
Sew in all ends.
Iron all seams lightly with wrong side facing.

 

ABOUT THE DESIGNER

Rachelle has now been knitting for longer than she cares to remember.

Starting with her own garments, she was soon asked to knit for private clients all over Australia and internationally. Then came work with yarn companies -- designs, colors, knitting books, demonstrations at knitting forums, magazine patterns, covers, features, television, the lot!
Constant questions raised by contact with the knitting public prompted a knitting book, which is online at her site.