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Pattern release - KISS

Keep it Simple Sweater. A comfy tee style sweater without too much fuss but giving a great result. Worked top down and joined in the round for working the body. Sleeves are worked from picked up stitches and shaped with short rows. A lateral braid and twisted rib edging adds a smart finishing touch.

Because I can never keep designs totally simple, there are instructions to help you vary the pattern and make it yours – change the sleeve length, work a different hem, add shaping, change the edging or add extra braids and stripes to make your perfect sweater.

Needles: 4.0 mm, US size 6 circular needles at least 80 cm / 32” in length, or size to achieve gauge. 3.5 mm, US size 4 circular needles at least 80 cm / 32” in length or size to achieve gauge. You may wish to use double pointed needles in the same sizes for working the sleeves and cuffs.

Yarn: Short sleeves: MC - 350 (350, 375, 400, 400, 400) (450, 450, 500, 500, 550) (550, 600, 600, 650, 700) g DK weight yarn, 220 m per 100 g. CC – 10 g DK weight yarn, 220 m per 100 g. Long sleeves: MC - 450 (450, 500, 500, 550, 550) (600, 600, 650, 650, 700) (700, 750, 750, 800, 850) g DK weight yarn, 220 m per 100 g. CC – 10 g DK weight yarn, 220 m per 100 g.

Samples shown in:

Sample 1 shows short sleeves, split hem and contrast braid. MC – Holly Hagg alpaca DK, 100% alpaca, 222 m per 100 g; in “Santiago”. CC – Little Orchard Alpacas DK, 100% alpaca, 200 m per 100 g; in “Nutmeg”.

Sample 2 shows long sleeves, standard hem and self colour braid. Woolyknit 4-ply yarn on cone, held double; 100% wool; 235 m per 100 g when held double; in “Burnt orange”.

Notions: Tapestry needle, 2 removable stitch markers, 2 standard stitch markers, 3.5 mm / E-4 crochet hook for picking up stitches (optional), stitch holder.

Skills: Cable cast on, knit, purl, working flat, short rows (Instructions given), increasing, picking up stitches, working in the round, lateral braid (Instructions given), stretchy bind off (Instructions given).

Gauge: 24 stitches and 32 rows over 10 cm / 4” in stocking stitch using larger needles and MC, measured after blocking.

Measurements: Choose the size to make based on your bust measurement combined with your desired ease; suggested 0-5 cm / 0-2” ease for fitted, 5-10 cm / 2-4” ease for loose, 10-15 cm / 4-6” for oversized. Finished chest measurement - 32”, 34”, 36”, 38”, 40”, 42”, 44”, 46”, 48”, 50”, 52”, 54”, 56”, 48”, 60”, 62”, 64”.

Construction: This sweater is cast on for the back at the shoulders and worked flat to the underarms with short rows to shape the shoulder slope and shaping for the armhole. Stitches are picked up from the cast on and the front is worked down to the same point with shaping. The body is joined for working in the round down to the hem. Options of a standard or split hem can be chosen. Sleeve stitches are picked up around the armhole, a short row sleeve cap worked, and then your choice of sleeve length worked. The neckband is worked from picked up stitches. All edges are finished with a lateral braid and a section of twisted ribbing.

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