Velvet

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

INTRODUCTION

Velvet

beauty shot


by

Tangy

 

Velvet is a simple, top-down, cropped, three-quarter sleeve sweater. This light, simple layer is great for cool nights during the transition from Spring to Summer weather.

Velvet strives for a purity of design and line, keeping with the specialness of the yarn. The yarn is made from Foxfibre®, an undyed organic cotton. This naturally colored cotton was bred by the plant scientist Sally Fox over decades.

With yarn grown organically in the USA, spun and woven into a chenille construction in the Carolinas, knitting yourself a top with this yarn results in a made-in-the-USA garment like no other. In the photos, Sally’s daughter, Marcella, is modeling the sweater among the rosey cotton bolls of Sally’s breeding farm in the Capay Valley of California.

This pattern is "try-on-as-you-go," so it is easy to adjust length of the body and sleeves to your fit preference. Sleeves are loose and then gather at the cuff. If you can cast on, knit, purl, and knit in the round, this pattern will coach you how to increase, decrease, and work invisible short rows.

To learn more about Sally Fox, and her decades of devotion to eliminating pesticides, herbicides and dye toxins from yarn production through plant breeding, please follow her instagram page: @vreseis.

spacer model: Marcella Fox

spacer photos: Chris Brandstetter, Sally Fox

SIZE

Women's XS[S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X]
shown in size S with 2 inches/5 cm of ease at the bust

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Chest/Bust: 36.25[42.25, 43.75, 45, 48, 52.25, 53.75, 59.75, 61] inches/ 92[107.5, 111, 114.5, 122, 132.5, 136.5, 152, 155] cm
Length: 21.75[22.25, 23.75, 22.5, 22.75, 23.5, 23.75, 24.75, 25.5] inches / 55[56.5, 60.5, 57, 58, 59.5, 60.5, 63, 65] cm

MATERIALS

Yarn
spacer Foxfibre® Colorganic® Cotton Chenille [100% organic cotton; 175 yd/160 m per 3.5 oz/ 100 g skein]; color: Tan; 3[3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6] skeins.

Yarn Characteristics:
The sample shown uses a worsted-weight organic cotton chenille yarn.

Recommended needle size
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below - every knitter's gauge is unique]
spacer 1 US #9/5.5mm circular needle, 24 inches/60cm long or longer (for Yoke, Body and Sleeves)
spacer 1 US #7/4.5 mm circular needle, 24 inches/60cm long or longer (for rib at neck, cuffs and hem)
spacer 1 set US #9/5.5mm needles for small circumference in the round
spacer 1 set US #7/4.5 mm needles for small circumference in the round
spacer 1 set of US #11/8mm needles for working flat (for looser cast on only; optional)

Notions
spacer 4 stitch markers of different colors
spacer smooth waste yarn or stitch holders
spacer yarn needle

GAUGE

11 sts/15 rounds = 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette stitch using needle size for Body
Note: gauge is always taken after blocking.

PATTERN NOTES

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

The neckline is achieved using short-row shaping. Choose a method that makes the wraps disappear.

The neckband can easily be made longer by working more rounds in 2x2 rib. Work 24 rounds or 4 inches/10 cm for a mock turtleneck, or 54 rounds or 9 inches / 23 cm to fold over into a full turtleneck. Remember to account for this in your yarn requirements.

K2, P2 Rib
(multiple of 4 sts)
Round 1: (K2, P2) around.
Rep this rnd for patt.

DIRECTIONS

Neckband
Using needles for casting on (optional) or smallest circ and the knitted cast-on method, cast on 36[44, 48, 48, 52, 52, 52, 56, 56] sts.

Change to smallest circ. Join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist, and PM for beg of rnd. Beg of rnd is located at the right front raglan.

Work in K2, P2 Rib for 10 rounds or until neckband measures 1.75 inches / 4.5cm long or desired length (see Pattern Notes).

Shape back neck and shoulders:
Change to circ for Body.

Row 1 [RS]: K 18[20, 22, 22, 24, 24, 24, 26, 26] sts, place marker A (mA), k 3[4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4] sts, place marker B (mB), k 12[16, 18, 18, 20, 20, 20, 22, 22] sts, place marker C (mC), k 3[4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4] sts, slip beg of rnd m (now marker D, mD), k1, w&t.
Row 2 [WS]: P to mA, p1, w&t.
Row 3 [RS]: K to 1 st before mB, kfb, sl m, kfb, k to 1 st before mC, kfb, sl m, kfb, k to 2 sts before mD, w&t. 40[48, 52, 52, 56, 56, 56, 60, 60] sts.
Row 4 [WS]: P to 2 sts after mA, w&t.

Note: When working sts that have previously been wrapped, lift and work wraps with wrapped sts.

Row 5 [RS]: *K to 1 st before m, kfb, sl m, kfb; rep from * 3 times more, k1, w&t. 48[56, 60, 60, 64, 64, 64, 68, 68] sts.
Row 6 [WS]: P to mA, sl m, p1, w&t.
Row 7 [RS]: *K to 1 st before m, kfb, sl m, kfb; rep from * 3 times more, knit to wrapped st, k 3[3, 3, 3, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1] , w&t. 56[64, 68, 68, 72, 72, 72, 76, 76] sts.
Row 8 [WS]: Purl to wrapped st, p 5[5, 5, 5, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3] , w&t.

Sizes M-5X Only:
Note: Remember to keep lifting and working wraps with wrapped sts.

Row 9 [RS]:  *K to 1 st before m, kfb, sl m, kfb; rep from * 3 times more, knit to wrapped st, k -[-, 3, 3, 3, 1, 1, 1, 1] , w&t. 8 sts increased.
Row 10 [WS]: Purl to wrapped st, p -[-, 3, 3, 3, 1, 1, 1, 1] , w&t.
Rep last 2 rows -[-, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0] time more. -[-, 76, 76, 88, 80, 80, 84, 84] sts.

Sizes 2X-5X Only:
Note: Remember to keep lifting and working wraps with wrapped sts.

Row 11 [RS]: *K to 1 st before m, kfb, sl m, kfb; rep from * 3 times more, knit to wrapped st, k -[-, -, -, -, 3, 3, 1, 1] , w&t. -[-, -, -, -, 88, 88, 92, 92] sts.
Row 12 [WS]: Purl to wrapped st, p -[-, -, -, -, 3, 3, 1, 1] , w&t.
Row 13 [RS]: *K to 1 st before m, kfb, sl m, kfb; rep from * 3 times more, knit to wrapped st, k3, w&t. 8 sts inc’d.
Row 14 [WS]: Purl to wrapped st, p3, w&t.
Rep last 2 rows -[-, -, -, -, 0, 0, 1, 1] time more. -[-, -, -, -, 96, 96, 108, 108] sts.

All Sizes:
Total stitch counts after all shaping has been completed: 56[64, 76, 76, 88, 96, 96, 108, 108] total sts: 22[24, 28, 28, 32, 34, 34, 38, 38] sts for Front, 8[9, 11, 11, 13, 15, 15, 17, 17] sts for each Sleeve, 18[22, 26, 26, 30, 32, 32, 36, 36] sts for Back.

Yoke
Turn and cont to work in the round.

Round 1: *K to 1 st before m, kfb, sl m, kfb; rep from * 3 times more, ending after mD. 64[72, 84, 84, 96, 104, 104, 116, 116] sts.
Round 2: Knit to mD.
Round 3: *Kfb, knit to 1 st before m, kfb; rep from * 3 times more. 8 sts increased.
Rep Rounds 2-3, 9[10, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13] times more. 144[160, 156, 164, 176, 192, 200, 220, 228] total sts: 30[33, 31, 33, 35, 39, 41, 45, 47] sts for each Sleeve, 40[46, 46, 48, 52, 56, 58, 64, 66] for Back, and 44[48, 48, 50, 54, 58, 60, 66, 68] for Front.

Sizes M-5X Only:
Inc round: *Kfb, knit to 1 st before m, kfb; rep from * 3 times more. 8 sts increased.
Rep Inc round -[-, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3] time(s) more. -[-, 172, 180, 192, 216, 224, 252, 260] sts: -[-, 35, 37, 39, 45, 47, 53, 55] sts for each Sleeve, -[-, 50, 52, 56, 62, 64, 72, 74] sts for Back, -[-, 52, 54, 58, 64, 66, 74, 76] sts for Front.

Sizes L-5X Only:
Body inc round: *Kfb, knit to 1 st before m, kfb, sl m, knit to m, sl m; rep from * once more. 4 sts increased.
Rep Body inc round -[-, -, 0, 1, 1, 2, 1, 3] time(s) more. -[-, -, 184, 200, 224, 236, 260, 276] sts: -[-, -, 37, 39, 45, 47, 53, 55] sts for each Sleeve, -[-, -, 54, 60, 66, 70, 76, 82] sts for Back, -[-, -, 52, 58, 64, 68, 74, 80] sts for Front.

All Sizes:
Work even in St st for 2[2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0] rounds.

Separate Sleeves and Body:
Round 1: K to mA, sl m, slip next 30[35, 35, 37, 39, 45, 47, 53, 55] sts to holder, cast on 8[9, 9, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11] sts, sl mB, k to marker C, sl mC, slip next 30[35, 35, 37, 39, 45, 47, 53, 55] sts to holder, cast on 8[9, 9, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11] sts, sl mD. 100[112, 120, 132, 144, 156, 164, 176, 188] sts.

Work in St st for 38[38, 40, 32, 32, 32, 30, 30, 28] rounds, or until sweater measures 3 inches/7.5 cm shorter than desired final length. 

Change to smallest circ.

Work in K2, P2 Rib for 3 inches / 7.5 cm.

BO loosely in patt.

Sleeves
With larger circ, pick up and knit 8[9, 9, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11] from underarm, knit across 30[35, 35, 37, 39, 45, 47, 53, 55] sts on holder. Join to work in the round. Pm for beg of round. 38[42, 44, 48, 50, 56, 58, 64, 66] sts.

Work in St st for 40[40, 38, 37, 37, 37, 36, 32, 30] rounds, or until sleeve is 2 inches/5 cm shorter than desired length. 

Dec round: [K1, (k2tog) twice] 7[2, 4, 6, 6, 0, 6, 0, 0] times, [k 0[0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0] , k2tog] 0[14, 8, 8, 10, 28, 14, 32, 30] times, k 3[4, 0, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 6] . 24[24, 28, 28, 28, 28, 32, 32, 36] sts.

Knit 1 round.

Change to smaller circ and work in K2, P2 rib for 12 rounds or 2 inches/5 cm.

BO in patt.

Repeat for other Sleeve.

FINISHING

Weave in ends. Block to measurements.

A – Front Neck Depth: 3.25[3.25, 3.75, 3.75, 4.25, 3.75, 3.75, 4.25, 4.25] inches/ 8.5[8.5, 9.5, 9.5, 11, 9.5, 9.5, 11, 11] cm
B – Yoke Depth: 8.25[8.75, 9.75, 10.75, 11, 11.75, 12.5, 13.5, 14.75] inches/
21[22, 25, 27.5, 28, 30, 32, 34.5, 37.5] cm
C – Body Length from Neckline edge including ribbed bottom band: 21.75[22.25, 23.75, 22.5, 22.75, 23.5, 23.75, 24.75, 25.5] inches / 55[56.5, 60.5, 57, 58, 59.5, 60.5, 63, 65] cm
D – Sleeve Length from Neckline Edge, including ribbed cuff: 21.25[21.75, 22.25, 23, 23.25, 24, 24.25, 24.25, 25] inches/ 54[55, 56.5, 58.5, 59, 61, 61.5, 61.5, 63.5] cm
E – Neck Circumference (after rib): 13[16, 17.5, 17.5, 19, 19, 19, 20.25, 20.25] inches / 33[40.5, 44.5, 44.5, 48.5, 48.5, 48.5, 51.5, 51.5] cm.
F – Body Circumference: 36.25[40.75, 43.75, 48, 52.25, 56.75, 59.75, 64, 68.25] inches / 92[103.5, 111, 122, 132.5, 144, 152, 162.5, 173.5] cm
G – Sleeve Circumference: 13.75[15.25, 16, 17.5, 18.25, 20.25, 21, 23.25, 24] inches / 35[38.5, 40.5, 44.5, 46.5, 51.5, 53.5, 59, 61] cm
H – Cuff Circumference (before rib): 8.75[8.75, 10.25, 10.25, 10.25, 10.25, 11.75, 11.75, 13] inches / 22[22, 26, 26, 26, 26, 30, 30, 33] cm

ABOUT THE DESIGNER

designername Myrrhia Resneck works as a textile specialist in the San Francisco Bay Area. An avid knitter since childhood, Myrrhia now operates industrial knitting machines in industrial design labs. Her apparel line, Myrrhia Fine Knitwear, is no longer releasing collections, but Myrrhia continues to design original fabric, technical textiles, and apparel products as a freelancer. Myrrhia also loves sculpture, rollerskating and making collages.

Pattern & images © 2021 Myrrhia Resneck

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

INTRODUCTION

Velvet

beauty shot


by

Tangy

 

Velvet is a simple, top-down, cropped, three-quarter sleeve sweater. This light, simple layer is great for cool nights during the transition from Spring to Summer weather.

Velvet strives for a purity of design and line, keeping with the specialness of the yarn. The yarn is made from Foxfibre®, an undyed organic cotton. This naturally colored cotton was bred by the plant scientist Sally Fox over decades.

With yarn grown organically in the USA, spun and woven into a chenille construction in the Carolinas, knitting yourself a top with this yarn results in a made-in-the-USA garment like no other. In the photos, Sally’s daughter, Marcella, is modeling the sweater among the rosey cotton bolls of Sally’s breeding farm in the Capay Valley of California.

This pattern is "try-on-as-you-go," so it is easy to adjust length of the body and sleeves to your fit preference. Sleeves are loose and then gather at the cuff. If you can cast on, knit, purl, and knit in the round, this pattern will coach you how to increase, decrease, and work invisible short rows.

To learn more about Sally Fox, and her decades of devotion to eliminating pesticides, herbicides and dye toxins from yarn production through plant breeding, please follow her instagram page: @vreseis.

spacer model: Marcella Fox

spacer photos: Chris Brandstetter, Sally Fox

SIZE

Women's