This was inspired by a sweater glimpsed in a British soap opera that has been running for over 50 years – and which is my guilty pleasure… especially when I’m knitting!
I couldn’t get the idea of stripes laid across stripes out of my head, and knew that it would make an eye-catching knit.
The stretchy textural twisted rib, wide modified boat neck, and gently gathered sleeves prevent this from looking slouchy or boxy.
There is just enough wool to make it cozy – but its three-quarter length sleeves and cropped length make it a perfect piece for your transitional wardrobe and for layering.
The heart motif is a little tricky, and can be completed in two ways – charts are provided for both. It can either be worked in its entirety onto the front using an intarsia or stranding technique; or the general shape of the white heart can be worked in intarsia, with the detailed outline and diagonal striping worked in duplicate stitch afterwards.
Intermediate – techniques: intarsia, picking up sts, three needle BO, duplicate st.
For women’s garments: XS S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3Xn XS)
Chest: 32 34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54 inches
Length: 20 20.5, 21.5, 22.5, 24, 24.5, 25 inches
Close-fitting – shown with 0” ease (finished garment matches chest measurement)
MC Lion Brand Wool-Ease Worsted 80% acrylic/20% wool; 197 yds/180 m per 3oz/85g skein; color: Black, 153; 3 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4 skeins
CC Lion Brand Wool-Ease Worsted 80% acrylic/20%wool; 197 yds/180 m per 3oz/85g skein; color: Fisherman, 099; 2 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3 skeins
1 pair US #7/4.5 mm straight needles
24” (or shorter) length US #7/4.5 mm circular needle
20 sts/28 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch