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Most things that are tempting are decadent, forbidden and slightly out of reach. But this indulgent treat is as fast and effortless as a scarf and impossible not to complete.

A great beginner's sweater; this elegant look and seamless construction make it so simple even a new knitter could finish it in a snap. With a ribbed design and an eyelet trimmed bow you get a fresh look without the fuss of added shaping.

You will be gift-wrapped and ready, just in time for your holiday party

model: Jenna Adorno photos: Eneida Adorno

S [M, L, XL, XXL]

Chest: 32 [36, 40, 44, 48] inches
Length: 18 [20, 22, 24, 26] inches



Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran [55% Merino Wool, 33% Microfibre, 12% Cashmere; 98 yds/88m per 50g skein]; color: Charcoal; 5[6, 6, 7, 7] skeins

1 set US #8/ 5mm double-point needles
1 spare set dpns, US #8/ 5 mm or smaller, for use as st holders
24-inch US #8/ 5mm circular needle. An optional 32" #8 needle may also be desired to knit the yoke after the sleeves and body have been joined.
Waste yarn
Tapestry needle
3 or 3.5 yds 2 inch wide ribbon

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


18 sts/27 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch


Using circular needle, CO 144[160,180,200,216] sts. Place marker and join to begin working in the round, being careful not to twist.
Rnd 1: [K2, p2] to end. This rnd forms 2x2 rib.
Cont in 2x2 rib until work measures 13 [14,15,16,17] inches.
Place next 12 [14,16,18,20] sts on waste yarn, work across 60[66, 74, 82, 88] sts, place next 12 [14,16,18,20] sts on waste yarn, work to end of rnd. Set aside. Do not break yarn.

Sleeve (make 2)
With dpns, CO 52 [60, 68, 76, 82] sts. Place marker and join to begin working in the round, being careful not to twist.
Work in 2x2 rib until work measures 2.5[3, 3.5, 4, 4.5] inches. Place next 12[14,16,18,20] sts on waste yarn. Place all rem sts on spare dpns, break yarn, leaving a long tail. Set aside.

Join Sleeves to Body
NOTE: Read through this entire step before beginning.
Using circular needle and ball of yarn attached to body, and working in 2x2 rib as set, work across 40[46, 52, 58, 64] sts of one sleeve, work across 60[66, 74, 82, 88] sts of front of body, work across 40[46, 52, 58, 64] sts of second sleeve, work across 60[66, 74, 82, 88] sts of back of body.
There should now be 200[224, 252, 280, 304] sts on the circular needle, and the sleeves and body should be joined, ready for the yoke to be worked. At the underarms, the sts on waste yarn from the body and from the sleeves will be opposite each other. These sts will be joined later on.

If desired, switch to a longer circular needle at this point.
Cont in rib patt as set until work measures 5[6, 7, 8, 9] inches from joining point.
Sizes S, M, XL, and XXL only: Next Row: [YO, k2tog, YO, k2tog, k2, p2] around.
Size L only: Next Round: K2, [YO, k2tog, YO, k2tog, p2, k2] to last 2 sts, p2.
All sizes: Work in 2x2 rib for 5 more rows. BO all sts in patt.


Turn work inside out. Remove underarm sts of one sleeve from waste yarn and place on a dpn. Remove corresponding underarm sts of body from waste yarn and place on second dpn. Join body sts to sleeve sts using three-needle BO and long tail from sleeve. Join second underarm in the same way.

Weave in all ends.

Thread ribbon through eyelet holes and adjust to fit, trimming length as desired.


Jenna Adorno lives in Seattle, works in the software industry and dreams of being paid fabulously to knit garments full time.

She can be found here.