Whether you think of Fitzwilliam Darcy in Pride & Prejudice [or Pride & Prejudice & Zombies!]
or Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones's Diary,
Mr. Darcy is a character who comes across
all aloof and snobby and unapproachable
at first, but by the end is discovered
to be a stalwart and totally appealing
[and zombie-vanquishing, depending on
what you're reading] gentleman.
Similarly, this sweater might look unapproachably elaborate and time-consuming,
but it's actually a straightforward and rewarding project. And while this
sweater will not bestow impeccable manners on the man who wears
it [or protect him from zombies], it will keep him warm and cozy on weekend
walks in the snow or long winter days at work.
The overall Dot Pattern pattern is easy to memorize and provides an interesting
texture that complements the simple lines of the sweater. Worked in the
round from the bottom up, the project is divided at the arm holes and worked
back and forth for the front and back, and then rejoined at the shoulders.
overcast shoulder seams provide strength and stability. The easy,
slouchy funnel neck is worked in the round once the shoulder
seams are finished. Drop sleeves are picked up and worked in
the round from the top down to ensure a perfect fit. Simple garter
stitch edging on the sleeves and hem complements the Dot Pattern
Recommended needle size [always use a needle
size that gives you the gauge
listed below -- every knitter's
gauge is unique]
16 inch US #10/6mm circular needle
1 32 inch US #10/6mm circular needle (a longer needle may be preferred
for larger sizes)
1 set US #10/6mm double-point needles
1 spare circular needle, 24 inches or longer, US #10/6mm or smaller
2 stitch markers in different colours
15 sts/20 rows = 4 inches in Dot Pattern
PATTERN NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
Garter Stitch (Worked in the round): Round 1: K all sts. Round 2: P all sts.
Repeat these 2 rounds for garter stitch.
Dot Pattern (Worked in the round over an even number of
sts): Round 1: K all sts. Round 2: [K1, p1] to end. Round 3: K all sts. Round 4: [P1, k1] to end.
Repeat these 4 rounds for Dot Pattern.
Dot Pattern (Worked back and forth over an odd number
of sts): Rows 1 and 3 [WS]: P all sts. Row 2 [RS]: [K1, p1] to last st, k1. Row 4 [RS]: [P1, k1] to last st, p1.
Repeat these 4 rows for Dot Pattern.
Using longer circular needle, CO 142[154, 170, 186, 202]
sts. Place marker and join to begin working
in the round, being careful not to twist.
Work 4 rounds garter st.
Next Round (Round 1 of Dot Pattern): K71[77, 85, 93, 101],
place marker to indicate side “seam”, k71[77,
85, 93, 101].
Continue in Dot Pattern until work measures
16[17, 17, 18, 19] inches or desired length to underarm,
ending with Round 1 or 3 of pattern.
Next Round: BO 1 st, work in pattern
to side “seam” marker. Remove marker and
place last 71[77, 85, 93, 101] sts of round on spare
needle for upper back.
Upper front will now be worked
back and forth in rows.
Next Row (Row 1 or 3 of Dot Pattern)
[WS]: BO 1 st, p to end. 69[75, 83, 91, 99] sts.
Work in pattern until work measures 9[10, 10, 11, 11]
inches from beginning of armhole, ending with a RS row.
Next Row [WS]: BO 17[19, 22, 25, 29]
sts purlwise, p34[36, 38, 40, 40] (35[37, 39, 41, 41] sts
on right needle after bound off sts), BO remaining 17[19,
22, 25, 29] sts purlwise. Break yarn, leaving a tail approx
18 inches long. Place remaining 35[37, 39, 41, 41] sts
on short circular needle.
Place held sts of upper back on long circular
needle and join yarn with RS facing. Work as for upper
front, but do not remove neck sts from working needle.
Beginning at armhole edges and working toward neck,
sew shoulder seams with attached yarn tails using whip
Using shorter circular needle, work all sts of front neckline
in pattern, pick up and k 1 st at top of shoulder seam,
work all sts of back neck in pattern, pick up and k 1 st
in top of shoulder seam, place marker to indicate beginning
of round. 72[76, 80, 84, 84] sts.
Work in pattern until collar is 3.5 inches
long or desired length. Loosely BO all sts.
Beginning at center of one underarm and using short
circular needle, pick up and k 1 st in BO underarm st,
pick up and k 66[72, 72, 82, 82] sts (approx. 3 sts for
every 4 rows) around armhole, pick up and k 1 st in remaining
BO st of underarm, place marker to indicate beginning of
round. 68[74, 74, 84, 84] sts.
Work Rounds 1-4 of Dot Pattern.
Decrease Round: Ssk, k to last 2 sts, k2tog.
Work 3 rounds in pattern, keeping pattern
correct (see note below).
Repeat these 4 rounds 4[6, 6, 8, 8] times
more. 58[60, 60, 66, 66] sts.
A note on keeping stitch pattern correct when decreasing:
If the round before the decrease round was Round 2 of pattern,
the round following the decrease round will also be Round
2. If the round before the decrease round was Round 4 of
pattern, the round following the decrease round will also
be Round 4.
Work Decrease Round. Work 5 rounds in pattern.
Repeat these 6 rounds 5[5, 5, 6, 6] times
more. 46[48, 48, 52, 52] sts.
Work Decrease Round. Work 9 rounds in pattern (see note
below before proceeding).
Repeat these 10 rounds 2[3, 3, 3, 3]
times more, then work Decrease Round once more. 38[38,
38, 42, 42] sts. Note: If shortening sleeve, work only
7 rounds between decrease rounds in this section, instead
Continue in pattern until sleeve measures 18.5[20, 21,
22, 22] inches or 1 inch less than desired
Work 4 rounds garter stitch. Loosely
BO all sts.
Work second sleeve in the same way.
Weave in ends. Steam block lightly.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Cheryl Niamath lives in Vancouver, Canada.
She can't seem to let a day go by without picking up her needles
and knitting something. Her designs Fetching, Dashing, Wisp,Percyand Miss
Honeychurchhave appeared in previous editions of Knitty.
She's also been published in knitscene and Interweave Knits.
See more of her designs and ideas on her website
or find her on Ravelry as CherylN.