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Art Yarns

Who said it's boring to knit in one color? That's definitely not the case if you start playing with different fibers from Artyarns: the same colourway in merino and silk will have completely different textural pattern and yet work beautifully together when combined into the same garment.

The right combination of yarns can add bust and waist shaping without the headache of increases and decreases. Just get the gauges right and you're halfway done!

 

model: Jillian Mallis photos: Spears Mallis

SIZE
XS[S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL]
 
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Chest: 30[32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52] inches
Length: 21.75[22.5, 24, 24, 24, 25.75, 25.75] inches

 
MATERIALS

[A] Artyarns Supermerino [100% Merino Wool; 104yd/95m per 50g skein]; Color: #115; 3[3, 4, 4, 5, 6, 6] skeins
[B] Artyarns Ultramerino 6 [100%Merino Wool; 274 yd/250m per 50g skein]; Color: #115; 1[1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3] skeins
[C] Artyarns Silk Rhapsody [100% Silk Core, wrapped in 70% Mohair/30% Silk; 260yd/238m per 100g skein]; Color: #218; 2[2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4] skeins
[D] Artyarns Silk Ribbon [100% Silk; 128yd/117m per 25g skein]; Color: #115; 1 skein

1 set US #5/3.75mm needles
1 set US #6/4mm needles
1 set US #7/4.5mm needles
1 US #D/3 / 3.25mm crochet hook
Stitch markers
Tapestry needle

 

GAUGE

In stockinette st:
20 sts / 28 rows = 4 inches using [A] worked on US #6/4mm needles
23 sts / 34 rows = 4 inches using [B] worked on US #5/3.75mm needles
19 sts / 24 rows = 4 inches using [C] worked on US #7/4.5mm needles

In pattern sts:
21 sts / 38 rows = 4 inches in Large Wing Pattern using [A] worked on US #6/4mm needles
25 sts / 44 rows = 4 inches in Small Wing Pattern using [B] worked on US #5/3.75mm needles

 
PATTERN NOTES

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

The Long-Tail Cast On is recommended for this project.
Instructions for basic crochet stitches can be found here.
Information about blocking can be found here and here.

G-st: Gathering Stitch [Worked on a WS row]:
Insert right hand needle under loose strands on RS of work, wrap yarn around needle and pull this loop back under the loose strands, creating a st which gathers the loose strands.

Note: When slipping groups of 5 or 7 sts while working Wing patterns below, carry yarn loosely at front of work. Do not pull the strands tightly when working the sts which follow the slipped sts!

Large Wing Pattern (Worked over a multiple of 14 sts + 7):
Rows 1 & 3 [RS]: [Sl 7 with yarn held to front of work, k7] to last 7 sts, sl 7 with yarn held to front of work.
Row 2 [WS]: P all sts.
Row 4 [WS]: [P3, g-st, p1, pass g-st over st just worked, p10] to last 7 sts, p3, g-st, p1, pass g-st over st just worked, p3.
Rows 5 & 7 [RS]: [K7, sl 7 with yarn held to front of work] to last 7 sts, k7.
Row 6 [WS]: P all sts.
Row 8 [WS]: [P10, g-st, p1, pass g-st over st just worked, p3] to last 7 sts, p7.

Repeat Rows 1-8 for Large Wing Pattern.

Small Wing Pattern (Worked over a multiple of 10 sts + 5):
Rows 1 & 3 [RS]: [Sl 5 with yarn held to front of work, k5] to last 5 sts, sl 5 with yarn held to front of work.
Row 2 [WS]: P all sts.
Row 4 [WS]: [P2, g-st, p1, pass g-st over st just worked, p7] to last 5 sts, p2, g-st, p1, pass g-st over st just worked, p2.
Rows 5 & 7 [RS]: [K5, sl 5 with yarn held to front of work] to last 5 sts, k5.
Row 6 [WS]: P all sts.
Row 8 [WS]: [P7, g-st, p1, pass g-st over st just worked, p2] to last 5 sts, p5.

Repeat Rows 1-8 for Small Wing Pattern.

DIRECTIONS

Note: When working this pattern, slip the first st of every row.

Front

*Hem
Using A and US #6/4mm needles, CO 69[79, 89, 99, 109, 119, 129] sts.

Beginning with a WS row, work 4 rows in stockinette st, slipping the first st of each row.

Next Row [WS]: Sl 1, k to end. This row forms a turning ridge for the hem.

Work 4 more rows in stockinette st.

Next Row [RS]: Fold work to WS along turning ridge; [insert right needle in st on needle, then in corresponding st on CO edge; k these 2 sts together] to end. Hem is complete.

Lower Body
Set-up Row [WS]: Sl 1, p2[0, 5, 3, 1, 6, 4], place marker, p to last 3[1, 6, 4, 2, 7, 5] sts, place marker, p to end.

Row 1 [RS]: Sl 1, k to first marker, work Row 1 of Large Wing Pattern to second marker, k to end.

Work 23[23, 23, 23, 31, 31, 31] more rows in patt as set, working sts between markers in Large Wing Pattern and remaining sts in stockinette st. 3[3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4] 8-row pattern repeats have been worked.

Next Row [RS]: Sl 1, k all sts, removing markers.

Next Row [WS]: Sl 1, p1[1, 6, 1, 6, 1, 1], place marker, p to last 2[2, 7, 2, 7, 2, 2] sts, place marker, p to end. Break yarn.

Join B and work 2 rows in stockinette st using US #5/3.75mm needles.

Next Row [RS]: Sl 1, k to first marker, work Row 1 of Small Wing Pattern to second marker, k to end.

Work 23[23, 31, 31, 31, 31, 31] more rows in patt as set, working sts between markers in Small Wing Pattern and remaining sts in stockinette st. 3[3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4] 8-row pattern repeats have been worked.

Next Row [RS]: Sl 1, k all sts, removing markers.

Next Row [WS]: Sl 1, p2[0, 5, 3, 1, 6, 4], place marker, p to last 3[1, 6, 4, 2, 7, 5] sts, place marker, p to end. Break yarn.

Join A and work 2 rows in stockinette st using US #6/4mm needles.

Work 24 rows in Large Wing Pattern and stockinette st as before, repositioning markers (see first Set-up Row). Remove markers when working last row. Break yarn.*

Upper Body
Join C and work 5 rows in stockinette st using US #7/4.5mm needles.

Next Row [WS]: Sl 1, p34[39, 44, 49, 54, 59, 64], place marker, p34[39, 44, 49, 54, 59, 64].

Place First Dragonfly Motif:
Row 1 [RS]: Sl 1, k to 4 sts before marker, sl 9 with yarn held to front of work, k to end.
Row 2 [WS]: Sl 1, p to end.
Row 3 [RS]: Sl 1, k to 5 sts before marker, sl 11 with yarn held to front of work, k to end.
Row 4 [WS]: Sl 1, p to 1 st before marker, g-st, p1, pass g-st over st just worked g-st, p1, pass g-st over st just worked, p to end.

Work 8 rows in stockinette st.

Place Second Dragonfly Motif:
Row 1 [RS]: Sl 1, k to 6 sts before marker, sl 13 with yarn held to front of work, k to end.
Row 2 [WS]: Sl 1, p to end.
Row 3 [RS]: Sl 1, k to 7 sts before marker, sl 15 with yarn held to front of work, k to end.
Row 4 [WS]: Sl 1, p to 1 st before marker, g-st, p1, pass g-st over st just worked g-st, p1, pass g-st over st just worked, p to end.

Work 10 rows in stockinette st.

Place Third Dragonfly Motif:
Row 1 [RS]: Sl 1, k to 8 sts before marker, sl 17 with yarn held to front of work, k to end.
Row 2 [WS]: Sl 1, p to end.
Row 3 [RS]: Sl 1, k to 9 sts before marker, sl 19 with yarn held to front of work, k to end.
Row 4 [WS]: Sl 1, p to 1 st before marker, g-st, p1, pass g-st over st just worked g-st, p1, pass g-st over st just worked, p to end.

Work 4 rows in stockinette st.

Shape Armholes:
Row 1 [RS]: BO 3[3, 3, 6, 11, 11, 16] sts, k to end.
Row 2 [WS]: BO 3[3, 3, 6, 11, 11, 16] sts, p to last 2 sts, p2tog tbl.
Row 3 [RS]: BO 2 sts, k to last 2 sts, k2tog.
Row 4 [WS]: BO 2 sts, p to last 2 sts, p2tog tbl.
Row 5 [RS]: BO 1 st, k to last 2 sts, k2tog.
Row 6 [WS]: BO 1 st, p to last 2 sts, p2tog tbl.
Row 7 [RS]: Sl 1, k to last 2 sts, k2tog. 51[61, 71, 75, 75, 85, 85] sts.
Row 8 [WS]: Sl 1, p to end.

Place Final Dragonfly Motif:

Sizes XS, S, M Only:
Row 9 [RS]: Sl 1, k to 10 sts before marker, sl 21 with yarn held to front of work, k to end.
Row 10 [WS]: Sl 1, p to end.
Row 11 [RS]: Sl 1, k to 11 sts before marker, sl 23 with yarn held to front of work, k to end.
Row 12 [WS]: Sl 1, p to 1 st before marker, g-st, p1, pass g-st over st just worked g-st, p1, pass g-st over st just worked, p to end.

Sizes L, XL, 2XL, 3XL Only:
Row 9 [RS]: Sl 1, k2tog, k to 10 sts before marker, sl 21 with yarn held to front of work, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1.
Row 10 [WS]: Sl 1, p to end.
Row 11 [RS]: Sl 1, k2tog, k to 11 sts before marker, sl 23 with yarn held to front of work, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1.
Row 12 [WS]: Sl 1, p to 1 st before marker, g-st, p1, pass g-st over st just worked g-st, p1, pass g-st over st just worked, p to end. -[-, -, 71, 71, 81, 81] sts.

All Sizes:
Row 13 [RS]: Sl 1, k2tog, k to marker, remove marker; insert crochet hook into next st on left needle and remove from needle; use hook to pick up last st on right needle and following st on left needle, and draw them both through st on hook, dropping this st from hook, replace sts on right and left needles; k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1. You have drawn the sts at either side of the center st through the center st, which completes the column of Dragonfly motifs and begins the neck shaping.

Row 14 [WS]: Sl 1, p23[28, 33, 33, 33, 38, 38]; join a second ball of yarn and p to end.

There are two sets of 24[29, 34, 34, 34, 39, 39] sts on the needle. With the RS facing, the first half of the sts (on your right) form the left front, and the second half form the right front. When working the neckline and armhole shaping, the two fronts are worked at the same time. The directions for each front will be separated by a semi-colon.

Neckline and Armhole Shaping:
Row 1 [RS]: Sl 1, k to last 3 sts of left front, k2tog, k1; sl 1, ssk, k to end of right front.
Rows 2 [WS]: Sl 1, p to last 3 sts of right front, p2tog tbl, p1; sl 1, p2tog, p to end of left front.
Row 3 [RS]: Sl 1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts of left front, k2tog, k1; sl 1, ssk, k to last 3 sts of right front, ssk, k1.
Row 4 [WS]: Sl 1, p to last 3 sts of right front, p2tog tbl, p1; sl 1, p2tog, p to end of left front. 5 sts have been decreased from each front.

Repeat these 4 rows 3 times more. 4[9, 14, 14, 14, 19, 19] sts remain.

Sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL Only:
Row 5 [RS]: Sl 1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts of left front, k2tog, k1; sl 1, ssk, k to last 3 sts of right front, ssk, k1.
Row 6 [WS]: Sl 1, p2tog tbl, p to end of right front; sl 1, p to last 3 sts of left front, p2tog, p1.
Row 7 [RS]: Sl 1, k2tog, k to end of left front; sl 1, k to last 3 sts of right front, ssk, k1.
Row 8 [WS]: Sl 1, p2tog tbl, p to end of right front: sl 1, p to last 3 sts of left front, p2tog, p1. 5 sts have been decreased from each front.

Repeat these 4 rows -[0, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2] times more. 4 sts remain.

All Sizes:
Next Row [RS]: Sl 1, k2tog, k1; sl 1, ssk, k1.
Next Row [WS]: P2tog tbl, p1; p1, p2tog.
Next Row [RS]: K2tog; ssk. Break yarn, draw through last st and pull tight.

Back

Work as for Front from * to *.

Upper Body
Join C and work 40 rows in stockinette st using US #7/4.5mm needles, beginning with a RS row.

Work measures same as back to underarms.

Shape Armholes
Row 1 [RS]: BO 3[3, 3, 6, 11, 11, 16] sts, k to end.

Row 2 [WS]: BO 3[3, 3, 6, 11, 11, 16] sts, p to last 2 sts, p2tog tbl.

Row 3 [RS]: BO 2 sts, k to last 2 sts, k2tog.

Row 4 [WS]: BO 2 sts, p to last 2 sts, p2tog tbl.

Row 5 [RS]: BO 1 st, k to last 2 sts, k2tog.

Row 6 [WS]: BO 1 st, p to last 2 sts, p2tog tbl.

Row 7 [RS]: Sl 1, k to last 2 sts, k2tog. 51[61, 71, 75, 75, 85, 85] sts.

Row 8 [WS]: Sl 1, p to end.

Sizes XS, S, M Only:
Work 4 rows in stockinette st.

Sizes L, XL, 2XL, 3XL Only:
Next Row [RS]: Sl 1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1.
P 1 row.
Repeat these 2 rows once more. -[-, -, 71, 71, 81, 81] sts.

All Sizes:
Decrease Row [RS]: Sl 1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1.
Work 3 rows in stockinette st.
Repeat these 4 rows 3 times more.

Work Decrease Row as above.
P 1 row. 41[51, 61, 61, 61, 71, 71] sts.

Sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL Only:
Work Decrease Row as above.
Next Row [WS]: Sl 1, p2tog tbl, p to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1.
Repeat these 2 rows -[1, 3, 3, 3, 5, 5] times more. -[43, 45, 45, 45, 47, 47] sts.

All Sizes:
Next Row [RS]: Sl 1, k2tog, k9[10, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11], BO next 17[17, 19, 19, 19, 19, 19] sts, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1.

Next Row [WS]: BO first 11[12, 12, 12, 12, 13, 13] sts. Break yarn, draw through last st of left shoulder and pull tight.

Reattach yarn to sts of right shoulder with WS facing and BO remaining 11[12, 12, 12, 12, 13, 13] sts.

Sleeves (Make 2)
Using B and US #5/3.75mm needles, CO 47[53, 57, 57, 63, 63, 69] sts.
Work Hem as for Front.

Lower Sleeve
Set-up Row [WS]: Sl 1, p0[3, 0, 0, 3, 3, 1], place marker, p to last 1[4, 1, 1, 4, 4, 2] sts, place marker, p to end.

Row 1 [RS]: Sl 1, k to first marker, work Row 1 of Small Wing Pattern to second marker, k to end.

Work 23 more rows in patt as set, working sts between markers in Small Wing Pattern and remaining sts in stockinette st. Three 8-row pattern repeats have been worked.

Next Row [RS]: Sl 1, k all sts, removing markers.

Sizes XS, S, M, L, 3XL Only:
Next Row [WS]: Sl 1, p5[1, 3, 3, -, -, 2], place marker, p to last 6[2, 4, 4, -, -, 3] sts, place marker, p to end. Break yarn.

Sizes XL, 2XL Only:
Next Row [WS]: Sl 1, place marker, m1, p to last st, m1, place marker, p1. Break yarn. 65 sts.

All Sizes:
Join A and work 2 rows in stockinette st using US #6/4mm needles.

Next Row [RS]: Sl 1, k to first marker, work Row 1 of Large Wing Pattern to second marker, k to end.

Work 23[23, 31, 31, 31, 31, 31] more rows in patt as set, working sts between markers in Small Wing Pattern and remaining sts in stockinette st.

3[3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4] 8-row pattern repeats have been worked. Remove markers when working last row. Break yarn.

Join C and, using US #7/4.5mm needles, begin working in stockinette st as follows:

Sizes XS, S Only:
Work in stockinette st until sleeve measures 13 inches or desired length to underarm, ending with a WS row.

Size M Only:
Work 20 rows in stockinette st.

Next Row [RS]: K1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1. 59 sts.
Continue in stockinette st until sleeve measures 13 inches or desired length to underarm, ending with a WS row.

Sizes L, XL, 2XL, 3XL Only:
Work 6 rows in stockinette st.

Increase Row [RS]: K1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1.
Work -[-, -, 9, 11, 5, 5] rows in stockinette st.

Repeat these -[-, -, 10, 12, 6, 6] rows -[-, -, 2, 2, 5, 5] times more, then work Increase Row once more. -[-, -, 65, 71, 77, 83] sts.

Continue in stockinette st until sleeve measures -[-, -, 14, 14, 14, 15] inches or desired length to underarm, ending with a WS row.

Shape Sleeve Cap:
Row 1 [RS]: BO 3[3, 3, 6, 11, 11, 16] sts, k to end.
Row 2 [WS]: BO 3[3, 3, 6, 11, 11, 16] sts, p to last 2 sts, p2tog tbl.
Row 3 [RS]: BO 2 sts, k to last 2 sts, k2tog.
Row 4 [WS]: BO 2 sts, p to last 2 sts, p2tog tbl.
Row 5 [RS]: BO 1 st, k to last 2 sts, k2tog.
Row 6 [WS]: BO 1 st, p to last 2 sts, p2tog tbl.
Row 7 [RS]: Sl 1, k to last 2 sts, k2tog. 29[35, 41, 41, 37, 43, 39] sts.
Row 8 [WS]: Sl 1, p to end.

Work 5[3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3] rows in stockinette st.
Decrease Row [RS]: Sl 1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1.
Repeat these 6[4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4] rows 0[4, 3, 3, 5, 4, 6] times more. 27[25, 33, 33, 25, 33, 25] sts.

Work 3[1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1] rows in stockinette st.
Work Decrease Row as above.
Repeat these 4[2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2] rows 3[2, 6, 6, 2, 6, 2] times more. 19 sts.

Work 2 rows in stockinette st.

BO all sts.

FINISHING

Block all pieces as desired.

Sew Sleeves to Front and Back along raglan edges.

Sew sleeve seams and side seams.

Using C, work 2 rounds of single crochet around neckline.

Dragonfly Embellishment

Wings:
Using C, ch 23, sl st in first ch to join into a loop; ch 23, sl st in previous sl st; [ch 32, sl st in previous sl st] twice. Arrange piece so that there are one long loop and one short loop on each side, with the long loops opposite each other (and the short loops likewise). The Body will be attached to the Wings in the next step.

Body:
Using D, ch 12; sl st in sts between smaller (lower) wings, sl st in sts between larger wings; ch 3, sl st in fourth st from hook to form a loop (forms head of dragonfly). Break yarn, draw through last st and pull tight.

Sew Dragonfly into neckline of sweater, using photo above as a guide.

Using D, work 1 row of duplicate st down center front of sweater. This row should pass through the center of each Dragonfly Motif on the Upper Body.

Weave in ends.

ABOUT THE DESIGNER

Laura Zukaite was born in Lithuania 22 years ago…with knitting needles in her hands. (Mom says, "ouch.") Her four American years place her happily at Parson’s School of Design in NYC.

Laura’s design work isn’t limited to the classroom. You can find her needles clicking away on the train to Scarsdale (a founding Yarnista of Sticks and Strings yarn shop,) or while exploring her colorful Manhattan neighborhood.