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I have a weakness for wrap sweaters. Not only do they keep me warm when the temperature drops, but they are extremely versatile. After purchasing one or two in stores this past season and ending up less than 100% satisfied, I decided to take matters into my own knitting hands.

Ivy will keep you comfortable and warm in style as the cold weather moves in this fall and winter. Its wrap design means you can adjust for a slightly looser or more snug fit as necessary, and the large bands of ribbing along the hem and cuffs are both stylish and practical.

The ribbing makes use of the twisted rib stitch, which achieves a look very close to falling leaves or vines of ivy -- very appropriate as fall moves into winter. A single repeat of this pattern subtly enhances the neckline and collar.

This sweater can be worn just as easily with jeans and a t-shirt as with a skirt and camisole. The two sashes pass all the way around the body, allowing for even wrapping. Make Ivy in this alpaca/tencel blend from Elann for extra-snuggly warmth, or substitute a lighter wool in the same gauge to take the temperature down a notch.

 

model: Glenna C. photos: Martha L.

SIZE
XS [S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X] (shown in size M)
 
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Bust (when closed): 32 [36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56] inches
Length: 22 [22.25, 22.75, 23.25, 23.25, 24, 24] inches

 
MATERIALS
Elann Peruvian Collection Quechua [65% Alpaca, 35% Tencel; 122 yd/112 m per 50g skein]; color: Saxony Teal; 11 [12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21] skeins

1 set US #4/3.5mm straight needles (or size necessary to obtain gauge)
Cable needle
Stitch holder
Waste yarn
Tapestry needle
Pins

 
GAUGE
24 sts/32 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
 
PATTERN NOTES

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

wyib: With yarn held to back of work
wyif: With yarn held to front of work

*Twisted Rib Pattern (Worked over a multiple of 10 sts + 7):
Row 1 [RS]: K2, p3, [k3, p1, k3, p3] to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 2 [WS]: P2, [k3, p3, k1, p3] to last 5 sts, k3, p2.
Row 3 [RS]: K2, p3, [sl 1 wyib, k2, p1, k2, sl 1 wyib, p3] to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 4 [WS]: P2, [k3, sl 1 wyif, p2, k1, p2, sl 1 wyif] to last 5 sts, k3, p2.
Row 5 [RS]: K2, p3, [sl 1 to cable needle and hold to front of work, k2, k1 from cable needle, p1, sl 2 to cable needle and hold to back of work, k1, k2 from cable needle, p3] to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 6 [WS]: P2, [k3, p3, k1, p3] to last 5 sts, k3, p2.

Repeat Rows 1-6 for Twisted Rib Pattern.

*Modified from Vogue Knitting, 1989 edition, p 126. This stitch also appears in the Vogue Knitting Stitchionary: Volume 1 as the "Alternating Rib" pattern.

Blocking
Information about blocking can be found here and here.

DIRECTIONS

Back
CO 107[117, 127, 147, 167, 187, 197] sts.

Work Rows 1-6 of Twisted Rib Pattern, four times. Work measures approx. 3 inches.

Note: In the decrease rows that follow, each column of 3 p sts (on RS rows; k sts on WS rows) will be reduced to 2 sts, then 1 st.

First Decrease Row [RS]: K2, p2tog, p1, [k3, p1, k3, p2tog, p1] to last 2 sts, k2. 96[105, 114, 132, 150, 168, 177] sts.

Work 11 rows in patt as set.

Second Decrease Row: K2, p2tog, [k3, p1, k3, p2tog] to last 2 sts, k2.

85[93, 101, 117, 133, 149, 157] sts.

Work 11 rows in patt as set.

Next Row: K1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1.

Work 5 rows in stockinette st.

Repeat these 6 rows 6[7, 9, 7, 5, 4, 5] times more. 99[109, 121, 133, 145, 159, 169] sts.

Cont in stockinette st until work measures 14.5[14.25, 14.25, 14.5, 14.25, 14.75, 14.75] inches, ending with a WS row.

Shape Armholes
BO 3[4, 6, 6, 10, 12, 13] sts at beg of next 2 rows. 93[101, 109, 121, 125, 135, 143] sts.

Armhole Decrease Row [RS]:K2, ssk, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2.
P 1 row.
Repeat these 2 rows 0[3, 5, 7, 7, 9, 11] times more. 91[93, 97, 105, 109, 115, 119] sts.

Cont in stockinette st until work meaures 21.5[21.75, 22.25, 22.75, 22.75, 23.5, 23.5] inches, ending with a WS row.

Shape Neckline and Shoulders
Next Row [RS]: K16[16, 16, 18, 21, 25, 28], place these sts on st holder; BO next 59[61, 65, 69, 67, 65, 63] sts, k to end. 16[16, 16, 18, 21, 25, 28] sts remain.

Left Shoulder
Row 1 [WS]: P all sts.
Row 2 [RS]: BO 1 st, k to end.
Row 3 [WS]: BO 7[7, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13] sts, p to end.
Row 4 [RS]: BO 1 st, k to end.
BO rem 7[7, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13] sts.

Replace held sts of Right Shoulder on needle with RS facing and reattach yarn.

Row 1 [RS]: K all sts.
Row 2 [WS]: BO 1 st, p to end.
Row 3 [RS]: BO 7[7, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13] sts, k to end.
Row 4 [WS]: BO 1 st, p to end.
BO rem 7[7, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13] sts.

Left Front
CO 87[97, 107, 127, 147, 157, 167] sts.
Work Rows 1-6 of Twisted Rib Pattern four times. Work measures approx. 3 inches.

First Decrease Row [RS]: K2, p2tog, p1, [k3, p1, k3, p2tog, p1] to last 2 sts, k2.
78[87, 96, 114, 132, 141, 150] sts.

Work 11 rows in patt as set.

Second Decrease Row: K2, p2tog, [k3, p1, k3, p2tog] to last 2 sts, k2.
69[77, 85, 101, 117, 125, 133] sts.

Work 11 rows in patt as set.

Next Row [RS]: K1, m1, k to last 13 sts, k2tog, k1, work to end in patt as set.
Next Row [WS]: Work 10 sts in patt as set, p to end.

These 2 rows set the pattern for this piece. The 10 sts at the front edge of the piece will be worked in Twisted Rib Pattern as set, forming the front edge; the rest will be worked in stockinette st.

Work 4 more rows in patt as set (without further shaping).

Note: Read ahead! Neckline, waist and armhole shaping are worked at the same time, beginning on the next row.

Shape Neckline
Next Row [RS]: K to last 13 sts, k2tog, k1, work to end in patt as set.
Next Row [WS]: Work 10 sts in patt as set, p1, p2tog, p to end.
Repeat these 2 rows 2[3, 4, 9, 12, 11, 10] times more. 6[8, 10, 20, 26, 24, 22] sts decreased.

Next Row [RS]: K to last 13 sts, k2tog, k1, work to end in patt as set.
Next Row [WS]: Work 10 sts in patt as set, p to end.
Repeat these 2 rows 29[31, 38, 39, 45, 42, 35] times more. 30[32, 39, 40, 46, 43, 36] sts decreased.

Next Row [RS]: K to last 13 sts, k2tog, k1, work to end in patt as set.
Work 3 rows in patt as set.
Repeat these 4 rows 9[10, 7, 6, 1, 5, 7] times more. 10[11, 8, 7, 2, 6, 8] sts decreased.

AT THE SAME TIME, work waist and armhole shaping as follows:

Next Row [RS]: K1, m1, work in patt to end.
Work 5 rows in patt as set.
Repeat these 6 rows 5[6, 8, 6, 4, 3, 4] times more. 6[7, 9, 7, 5, 4, 5] sts increased.

Cont in stockinette st until work measures 14.5[14.25, 14.25, 14.5, 14.25, 14.75, 14.75] inches, ending with a WS row.

Shape Armholes
Next Row [RS]: BO 3[4, 6, 6, 10, 12, 13] sts, work in patt to end.
Work 1 row in patt.

Next Row [RS]:K2, ssk, work in patt to end.
Work 1 row in patt.
Repeat these 2 rows 0[3, 5, 7, 7, 9, 11] times more. 4[8, 12, 14, 18, 22, 25] sts decreased (including bound off sts).

When all neckline and armhole shaping is complete, 25[25, 25, 27, 30, 34, 37] sts remain.

Cont in patt as set until work meaures 21.75[22, 22.5, 23, 23, 23.75, 23.75] inches, ending with a WS row.

Shape Shoulder
Next Row [RS]: BO 7[7, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13] sts, work in patt to end.
Work 1 row in patt.
Next Row [RS]: BO 7[7, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13] sts, work in patt to end. Place rem 11 sts on hold on waste yarn.

Right Front
CO 87[97, 107, 127, 147, 157, 167] sts.
Work Rows 1-6 of Twisted Rib Pattern four times. Work measures approx. 3 inches.

First Decrease Row [RS]: K2, p2tog, p1, [k3, p1, k3, p2tog, p1] to last 2 sts, k2. 78[87, 96, 114, 132, 141, 150] sts.
Work 11 rows in patt as set.

Second Decrease Row: K2, p2tog, [k3, p1, k3, p2tog] to last 2 sts, k2.
69[77, 85, 101, 117, 125, 133] sts.

Work 11 rows in patt as set.

Next Row [RS]: Work 10 sts in patt as set, k1, ssk, k to last st, m1, k1.
Next Row [WS]: P to last 10 sts, work to end in patt as set.
These 2 rows set the pattern for this piece. The 10 sts at the front edge of the piece will be worked in Twisted Rib Pattern as set, forming the front edge; the rest will be worked in stockinette st.

Work 4 more rows in patt as set (without further shaping).

Note: Read ahead! Neckline, waist and armhole shaping are worked at the same time, beginning on the next row.

Shape Neckline
Next Row [RS]: Work 10 sts in patt as set, k1, ssk, k to end.
Next Row [WS]: P to last 13 sts, p2tog tbl, p1, work to end in patt as set.
Repeat these 2 rows 2[3, 4, 9, 12, 11, 10] times more. 6[8, 10, 20, 26, 24, 22] sts decreased.

Next Row [RS]: Work 10 sts in patt as set, k1, ssk, k to end.
Next Row [WS]: P to last 10 sts, work to end in patt as set.
Repeat these 2 rows 29[31, 38, 39, 45, 42, 35] times more. 30[32, 39, 40, 46, 43, 36] sts decreased.

Next Row [RS]: Work 10 sts in patt as set, k1, ssk, k to end.
Work 3 rows in patt as set.
Repeat these 4 rows 9[10, 7, 6, 1, 5, 7] times more. 10[11, 8, 7, 2, 6, 8] sts decreased.

AT THE SAME TIME, work waist and armhole shaping as follows:

Next Row [RS]: Work in patt to last st, m1, k1.
Work 5 rows in patt as set.
Repeat these 6 rows 5[6, 8, 6, 4, 3, 4] times more. 6[7, 9, 7, 5, 4, 5] sts increased.

Cont in stockinette st until work measures 14.5[14.25, 14.25, 14.5, 14.25, 14.75, 14.75] inches, ending with a RS row.

Shape Armholes
Next Row [WS]: BO 3[4, 6, 6, 10, 12, 13] sts, work in patt to end.
Next Row [RS]:Work in patt to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2.
Work 1 row in patt.
Repeat these 2 rows 0[3, 5, 7, 7, 9, 11] times more. 4[8, 12, 14, 18, 22, 25] sts decreased (including bound off sts).

When all neckline and armhole shaping is complete, 25[25, 25, 27, 30, 34, 37] sts remain.

Cont in patt as set until work meaures 21.75[22, 22.5, 23, 23, 23.75, 23.75] inches, ending with a RS row.

Shape Shoulder
Next Row [WS]: BO 7[7, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13] sts, work in patt to end.
Work 1 row in patt.
Next Row [WS]: BO 7[7, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13] sts, work in patt to end. Place rem 11 sts on hold on waste yarn.

Sleeves (Make 2)
CO 77[77, 77, 87, 87, 107, 107] sts.
Work Rows 1-6 of Twisted Rib Pattern, four times. Work measures approx. 3 inches.

First Decrease Row [RS]: K2, p2tog, p1, [k3, p1, k3, p2tog, p1] to last 2 sts, k2. 69[69, 69, 78, 78, 96, 96] sts.
Work 11 rows in patt as set.

Second Decrease Row: K2, p2tog, [k3, p1, k3, p2tog] to last 2 sts, k2.
61[61, 61, 69, 69, 85, 85] sts.
Work 11 rows in patt as set.

Work 4 rows in stockinette st.

Next Row [RS]: K1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1.
Work 5 rows in stockinette st.
Repeat these 6 rows 9[9, 12, 13, 16, 11, 14] times more. 81[81, 87, 97, 103, 109, 115] sts.

Cont in stockinette st until work measures 17.5[18, 18.5, 19, 19.5, 19.5, 19.5] inches, ending with a RS row.

Shape Sleeve Cap
BO 3[4, 6, 6, 10, 12, 13] sts at beg of next 2 rows. 75[73, 75, 85, 83, 85, 89] sts.

Next Row [RS]: K2, ssk, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2.
P 1 row.
Repeat these 2 rows 13[18, 19, 16, 22, 23, 22] times more. 47[35, 35, 51, 37, 37, 43] sts.

Next Row [RS]: K2, ssk, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2.
Next Row [WS]: P2, p2tog, p to last 4 sts, p2tog tbl, p2.
Repeat these 2 rows 5[2, 2, 6, 2, 2, 3] times more. 23[23, 23, 23, 25, 25, 27] sts.

BO 2 sts at beg of next 4 rows.

BO rem 15[15, 15, 15, 17, 17, 19] sts.

Ties (Make 2)
CO 8 sts.
Row 1: [K1, p1] to end.
Repeat this row until work measures 52[52, 52, 54, 54, 56, 56] inches.
BO all sts in patt.

FINISHING

Block all pieces to measurements given.
Sew Back to Fronts at shoulders.

Neckband
Replace held sts of Left Front on needle and reattach yarn. Work in patt as set until band, when slightly stretched, reaches to center back of neck. BO all sts.

Replace held sts of Right Front on needle and work as for Left Front neckband. Sew ends of neckband halves together, and sew to edge of back neckline.

Weave in ends.
Sew sleeves into armholes.
Sew sleeve seams.
Sew left side seam.

Sew top 5 inches and bottom 5 inches of right side seam; do not break yarn. This will leave a large hole, which will be sewn to the right size once tie placement has been determined.

Try on sweater and decide on best placement for ties (level with your waist). Pin ties in place, then sew one to each front edge of sweater.

Try sweater on again and determine best placement for hole in right side seam; mark with pins. (Left tie will pass through this hole when sweater is worn.) Sew hole to correct size.

Weave in remaining ends.

ABOUT THE DESIGNER

Glenna has been knitting for the past two and a half years and has only recently joined the ranks of knitting bloggers. She lives and studies in Canada, with an ever-increasing stash and a constant wish for more knitting hours in the day.

This is her first pattern, but not her last.