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Illianna Colorwork Sweater

An abstract landscape painting in beautiful earth tones decorates the front of Illianna, which is designed with a loose, relaxed fit, lush turtleneck and modified drop-shoulder shape. The hems and turtleneck are worked in double ribbing and the colorwork of the front is made with the intarsia method, with the back and sleeves in stockinette stitch. The sweater is worked flat in pieces from the bottom up and sewn together. We can’t wait to see your versions if this incredible piece!

Time: 60 Hour Pattern

Skill level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Bust Size 38 (44, 48, 51.80, 56)” to fit bust 32 (36, 40, 44, 48)”

6-8″ positive ease recommended.

Shown in size 44″

Gauge: 21.8 sts and 28 rows = 4″ [10 cm] in St st, after wet blocking

Materials

Yarn: Scheepjes Merino Soft (50% superwash Merino wool, 25% microfibre, 25% acrylic; 114 yards [105 meters]/50 grams): #610 Turner (MC, 9 (9, 9, 11, 11) balls), #652 Modigliani (CC1, 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) ball(s)), #623 Rothko (CC2, 1 ball), #619 Gauguin (CC3, 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) ball(s)), #606 Davinci (CC4, 1 ball), #651 Pissarro (CC5, 1 ball), #624 Renoir (CC6, 1 balls), #612 Vermeer (CC7, 1 ball)

Needles: US size 6 (4.00 mm) straight or circular needles, US size 6 (4 mm) 16″ [40cm] circular needles

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch markers

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Special Stitches

Colorwork pattern

Work according to chart in the chosen size. The chart is worked using the intarsia method.

Sloped BO

To prevent “stair steps” from forming between subsequent BO rows, use the sloped BO method as following: On the first BO row, bind off as usual to define the initial part of the slope. Work the next row to the last st, but do not work the last st. Turn work so that the unworked st becomes the first st on the right hand needle. Sl the first st on the left hand needle pwise, then BO the unworked st by lifting it over the sl st and off the needle.

M1L – make one stitch left leaning: Insert left needle from front to back under the horizontal strand between the stitches on the two needles, knit this lifted strand through the back loop to twist the stitch to the left. (1 st increased)

M1R – make one stitch right leaning: Insert left needle from back to front under the horizontal strand between the stitches on the two needles, knit this lifted strand through the front loop to twist the stitch to the right. (1 st increased)

Pattern Notes

The garment is knitted bottom-up in pieces and then sewn together. After the shoulders are sewn, sts are picked up around neck and the collar is worked in the round with circular needles.

Pattern

Back

With MC, CO 112 (124, 136, 146, 156) sts.

Work 16 rows in k2, p2 rib.

Cont in St st until piece measures 15.80 (15.40, 15, 14.60, 14.20)”, finishing with a WS.

Shape armholes: BO 8 (9, 9, 9, 11) sts at the beg of next 2 rows. (96 (106, 118, 128, 134) sts rem)

Work even until piece measures 7.50 (7.90, 8.30, 8.70, 9)” from beg of armhole shaping.

Shape shoulders:

Note: Neck shaping beg before shoulder shaping ends; read the following sections all the way through before proceeding.

BO 5 (5, 6, 7, 7) sts at the beg of next 6 (12, 10, 6, 10) rows, 4 (0, 5, 6, 6) sts at the beg of next 6 (0, 2, 6, 2) rows.

At the same time, when piece measures 2 cm / 0.80″ from beg of shoulder shaping, shape neck as following: BO center 32 (36, 38, 40, 42) sts. Working each side separately, BO at neck edge: 3 sts once, 2 sts once.

Front

With CC1, CO 112 (124, 136, 146, 156) sts.

Work 16 rows in k2, p2 rib.

Cont in colorwork pattern according to chart in the chosen size, using the intarsia method, until piece measures 15.80 (15.40, 15, 14.60, 14.20)” finishing with a WS.

Shape armholes: Staying in pattern, BO 8 (9, 9, 9, 11) sts at the beg of next 2 rows. (96 (106, 118, 128, 134) sts rem)

Work even until piece measures 6.10 (6.50. 6.90, 7.30, 7.70)” from beg of armhole shaping.

Shape neck:

Note: Shoulder shaping beg before neck shaping ends; read the following sections all the way through before proceeding.

BO center 18 (22, 24, 26, 28) sts.

Working each side separately, BO at each neck edge every 2nd row 3 sts once, 2 sts 2 times, and 1 st 5 times.

At the same time, when piece measures 17.50 (7.90, 8.30, 8.70, 9)” from beg of armhole shaping, shape shoulders as for back.

Sleeve (make 2)

With MC, CO 46 (50, 50, 54, 54) sts.

Work 20 rows in k2, p2 rib.

Cont in St st for 8 (8, 6, 6, 6) rows.

Inc row (RS): K1, M1L, work to last st, M1R, k1. (2 sts increased)

Rep Inc row every 6th row 15 (16, 12, 12, 8) more times, then every following 4th row 4 (3, 9, 9, 15) times, working new sts into pattern. (86 (90, 94, 98, 102) sts)

Cont even until piece measures 20 (20.50, 20.50, 20.50, 20.90)”. BO all sts.

Mark the last 1.40 (1.60, 1.60, 1.60, 2)” at each side of the sleeve, measuring from the cast off edge down to the sides, for armhole placement.

Finishing

Block all pieces to finished measurements. With yarn threaded on a tapestry needle, sew shoulders.

Collar

With shorter circular needle, RS facing and MC, pick up and knit 100 (108, 112, 116, 120) sts around neck. Pm to work in the round.

Work in k2, p2 rib until collar measures 4.30″.

Sizes 38 (44, 51.80)” Only:

Inc row (RS): *K2, M1, p2, k2, p2, rep from * to last 4 sts, k2, p2. (112 (121, 130) sts)

Sizes 48 (56)” Only:

Inc row (RS): *K2, M1, p2, k2, p2, rep from * to end. (126 (135) sts)

All Sizes:

Cont in rib as established, incorporating increased sts into a k3 group, until collar measures 8.70″.

BO all sts in pattern.

Sew sleeves into armholes, matching markers to cast off on body.

Sew underarm and side seams with mattress stitch.

Weave in ends.

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