Variations on Chart 429

Published in Winter 2016 issue of Knitty.

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This sweater began as an experiment: could I create a sweater with an all over pattern in stranded colorwork, which I love, without steeking, which I do not?

This quest began when I discovered some great geometric patterns in the pages of an old book. I’m not sure what they were meant to be, the book is incomplete and written in a language that I don’t read, but I fell in love with the strong graphic quality of those old charts.

To make the project a bit easier—I chose a design (no. 429) that did not require much float trapping. I also subtracted a smaller portion of that pattern that would be tolerable to purl on the reverse side. An extra bonus is that it’s easy to memorize.

Skipping the steeking also meant that I could choose this soft and delicious yarn, in a fiber that is springy enough to make all the stitches look great.

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SIZES
For women’s garments: XS[S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X, 6X]
shown in size L with 0 inch/0 cm of ease

FINISHED MEASUREMENT
Bust: 31.25[34, 38.25, 43.25, 48, 50, 52.25, 59.25, 62.5, 69.5] inches / 79.5[86.5, 97, 110, 122, 127, 132.5, 150.5, 159, 176.5] cm
Length: 20.5[21.25, 21.5, 24.75, 25.25, 25.5, 25.75, 26, 26.5, 26.75] inches / 52[54, 54.5, 63, 64, 65, 65.5, 66, 67.5, 68] cm

MATERIALS
Louet Gems Fine/Sport Weight [100% Merino Wool; 225 yd/206 m per 100 g skein]
[MC] Olive; 4[4, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 9, 9] skeins
[CC1] Eggplant; 1[1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2] skeins
[CC2] Teal; 2[3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6] skeins

1 set US #4/3.5mm needles for working small circumferences in the round
1 US #4/3.5mm circular needle, 16 inches/40 cm long (if not using magic loop)
1 US #4/3.5mm circular needle, 32 to 40 inches/80 to 100 cm long
1 set US #5/3.75mm needles for working small circumferences in the round
1 US #5/3.75mm circular needle, 16 inches/40 cm long (if not using magic loop)
1 US #5/3.75mm circular needle, 32 to 40 inches/80 to 100 cm long

GAUGE
23 sts/24 rows = 4 inches/10 cm in chart pattern and stockinette stitch on larger needles

Link to free pattern

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