I wanted to knit something with color but I was (and still am) hesitant to try Fair Isle knitting. So I decided to knit with stripes. Stripes are the easiest way to add color to knitting. By knitting the sweater in four pieces which are sewn together, the simple horizontal stripes combine to form a chevron pattern. The wide V-neck and batwing sleeves contribute to the loose, comfortable fit of the sweater, which can be worn off the shoulder for a fun, flirty look.
XS [S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X] (shown in size M)
Chest: 30.5[33.5, 37, 41.5, 46, 50.5, 54.5] inches
Length: 17[18, 20, 21.5, 23, 24.5, 26] inches
Classic Elite Yarns Cotton Bam Boo [52% cotton, 48% bamboo; 130 yd/119 m per 50g skein]
[MC] #3613 Eclipse; 2[2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4] skeins
[CC1] #3616 Vanilla; 2[3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4] skeins
[CC2] #3604 Aqua Mist; 2[2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4] skeins
1 set US #5/3.75mm straight needles
1 20-inch US #5/3.75mm circular needle
stitch holders, stitch marker
23 sts/29 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch
Rows 1-3: CC1
Rows 4-5: CC2
Rows 5-8: CC1
Row 9: MC
Row 10: CC2
Row 11-12: CC1
Row 13-17: CC2
Row 18: MC
Rep rows 1-18 for stripe pattern.
With MC and straight needles, CO 32[36, 40, 42, 46, 48, 50] sts.
For sizes XS, S, M, 2X:
Row 1: k3, p2, *k2, p2* to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 2: p3, k2, *p2, k2* to last 3 sts, p3.
For sizes L, 1X, 3X:
Row 1: k1, p1, *k2, p2* to last 4 sts, k2, p1, k1.
Row 2: p1, k1, *p2, k2* to last 4 sts, p2, k1, p1.
Next row: k1, kfb, work in k2p2 rib to last 2 sts, kfb, k1.
Work k2p2 rib for 2 inches, rep inc row every RS row.
Switch to CC1 and work in St st following Stripe Pattern, cont inc every RS row, until work measures 9[9.5, 10.5. 11.5, 12.5, 13.5, 14.5] inches from CO edge, ending on a WS row.
Next row [RS]: sl 39[40, 46, 47, 49, 50, 53] sts on stitch holder for armhole, k to end.
Dec every row as follows until 3 sts rem:
[RS]: k1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1.
[WS]: p1, p2tog tbl, p to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1.
BO all sts.
Left front & right back (make 2)
Work as for right front until armhole, ending on a RS row. (You should work one row less than you did for the right front/left back.)
Next row [WS]: p39[40, 46, 47, 49, 50, 53] sts, sl those worked sts onto stitch holder, p to end.
Dec every row as for right front/left back until 3 sts rem. BO all sts.
Sl sts from stitch holder back onto needles.
With RS facing, work St st 3 rows with MC.
Knit next WS row for hemfold.
Work St st another two rows.
BO all sts.
Sew seams, taking in one full stitch on each side. Sew down hems on sleeves.
With RS facing, pick up and k132[148, 164, 184, 208, 228, 248] sts along waistband using circular needle with MC. Pm and join for knitting in the round.
Work in k2p2 rib for 2 inches.
BO all sts.
Beautia Dew lives in Pittsburgh. When she's not knitting, she's either baking or playing Team Fortress 2. You can follow her creative exploits at her blog.