Seabreeze Pullover

Thick enough to keep you covered, but open enough to let in summer’s gentle breeze, this pullover combines a mesh stitch with a wide band of stockinette for an elegant, flowy piece. Knit in linen, this sweater is perfect for covering up a swimsuit, or for wearing with your favorite shorts during a boardwalk stroll.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Finished Bust Size 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52)” to fit bust 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50)”

2” positive ease recommended.

Shown in size 36”

Gauge: 22 sts and 30 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after machine washing and drying
20 sts and 30 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Mesh st after machine washing and drying

Materials

Yarn: Fibra Natura Flax (100% Linen; 137 yards [125 meters]/50 grams): 11 Adriatic 7 (8, 9, 10, 12, 13) balls

Needles: US size 6 (4.0 mm) 24” circular

Notions: Stitch marker, tapestry needle

Special Stitches

Mesh Stitch (worked in rows over an even number of sts)

Row 1 (RS): K1, *yo, ssk; rep from * to last st, k1.

Rows 2 and 4 (WS): Purl.

Row 3: K1, *k2tog, yo; rep from * to last st, k1.

Rep Rows 1-4 for patt.

Pattern Notes

Machine washing and drying is essential to make the most of this 100% linen yarn. It will become soft and drapey. It will also shrink. Wash and dry your swatch before measuring your gauge. It is also important to wash and dry the pieces of your sweater before sewing them together.

This sweater is worked in pieces and sewn together.

While the sample was knit using 24″ circular needles, you can knit everything except the neckband using straight needles if you prefer.

When shaping back and front neck, maintain pattern throughout. If there are not enough stitches to work both a yarn over and its accompanying decrease, work the left over sts in St st.

Pattern

Back

CO 82 (92, 102, 112, 122, 132) sts.

Row 1 (WS): *P1, k1; rep from * to end.

Rows 2-5: Rep Row 1.

Begin Mesh Stitch.

Work 69 (73, 77, 73, 79, 83) rows in Mesh Stitch, ending with a RS row.

Next Row (WS): Knit.

Next Row (Inc, RS): K6, *m1, k10; rep from * to last 6 sts, m1, k6. (90 (101, 112, 123, 134, 145) sts)

Knit 5 rows (4 garter ridges total).

Work 54 (54, 54, 60, 60, 60) rows in St st.

Knit 6 rows.

Next Row (Dec, RS): K6, *k2tog, k9; rep from * to last 7 sts, k2tog, k5. (82 (92, 102, 112, 122, 132) sts)

Next Row (WS): Knit.

Work 30 (34, 38, 42, 42, 46) rows in Mesh Stitch.

Shape Back Neck

Note: When shaping Back and Front neck, maintain pattern throughout. If there are not enough sts to work both a yarn over and its accompanying decrease, work the leftover sts in St st.

Row 1 (RS): Work 23 (27, 31, 35, 39, 43) sts in Mesh Stitch, join another ball of yarn and BO center 36 (38, 40, 42, 44, 46) sts, work in Mesh Stitch to end.

Work both sides at once with separate balls of yarn.

Row 2 (WS): Work in patt to neck edge; on other side, work in patt to end.

Row 3: Work in patt to 3 sts before neck edge, k2tog, k1; on other side, k1, ssk, work in patt to end. (1 st dec’d each side)

Rows 4-5: Rep Rows 2-3. (21 (25, 29, 33, 37, 41) sts each side)

Row 6: Work in patt to neck edge; on other side, work in patt to end.

BO all sts.

Front

CO 82 (92, 102, 112, 122, 132) sts.

Row 1 (WS): *P1, k1; rep from * to end.

Rows 2-5: Rep Row 1.

Begin Mesh Stitch.

Work 69 (73, 77, 73, 79, 83) rows in Mesh Stitch, ending with a RS row.

Next Row (WS): Knit.

Next Row (Inc, RS): K6, *m1, k10; rep from * to last 6 sts, m1, k6. (90 (101, 112, 123, 134, 145) sts)

Knit 5 rows (4 garter ridges total).

Work 54 (54, 54, 60, 60, 60) rows in St st.

Knit 6 rows.

Next Row (Dec, RS): K6, *k2tog, k9; rep from * to last 7 sts, k2tog, k5. (82 (92, 102, 112, 122, 132) sts)

Next Row (WS): Knit.

Work 26 (30, 34, 38, 38, 42) rows in Mesh Stitch.

Shape Front Neck

Row 1 (RS): Work 25 (29, 33, 37, 41, 45) sts in Mesh Stitch, join another ball of yarn and BO center 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42) sts, work in Mesh Stitch to end.

Work both sides at once with separate balls of yarn.

Row 2 (WS): Work in patt to neck edge; on other side, work in patt to end.

Row 3: Work in patt to 3 sts before neck edge, k2tog, k1; on other side, k1, ssk, work in patt to end. (1 st dec’d each side)

Rows 4-9: Rep Rows 2-3. (21 (25, 29, 33, 37, 41) sts each side)

Row 6: Work in patt to neck edge; on other side, work in patt to end.

BO all sts.

Sleeves (make 2)

CO 40 (42, 44, 46, 48, 50) sts.

Row 1 (WS): *P1, k1; rep from * to end.

Rows 2-5: Rep Row 1.

Begin Mesh Stitch.

Work 10 (8, 6, 6, 6, 6) rows in Mesh Stitch.

Inc Row (RS): K1, m1, work in patt to last st, m1, k1. (2 sts inc’d)

Cont in Mesh Stitch, rep Inc Row every 10 (8, 6, 6, 6, 6) row 11 (13, 15, 16, 18, 19) more times, incorporating new sts into Mesh Stitch patt. (64 (70, 76, 80, 86, 90) sts)

Work 10 (14, 24, 18, 6, 0) rows even in Mesh Stitch.

BO all sts.

Finishing

Sew shoulder seams.

Neckband

Starting at a shoulder seam, pick up and k96 (100, 104, 108, 112, 116) sts around neck edge. PM and join to work in the round.

Rnd 1: *K1, p1; rep from * to end.

Rnds 2-5: Rep Rnd 1.

BO in established ribbing.

Weave in ends.

Machine wash and dry before joining Body and Sleeves, or block as appropriate for your chosen yarn.

Sew Sleeves to Body, matching center of bound-off edge of sleeve to shoulder seam.

Sew side and sleeve seams.

Weave in remaining ends.

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