Soft Structure for Adults
Soft Structure is worked seamlessly from the top down. Simple cables on the body and sleeves showcase wedges of texture. The neckline is a modest v, with a gently shaped with a curled edge.
“Lovely intuitive knit with just the right amount of interest to keep me knitting.” -Brigitte
This sweater has also been written in children's sizes, you can find it here.
SIZESA (B, C, D, E) (F, G, H I)
For the best fit, this pattern is sized based on your upper chest measurement, which is the body's circumference beneath the arms and above the bust.
To fit upper chest: 30.25 (33.5, 36.75, 40, 43.25) (46.5, 49.75, 53, 56.25) inches / 75.5 (83.5, 91.5, 100, 108) (116, 124, 132.5, 140.5) cm
In addition to the raglan shaping worked from the neck cast-on to the split for the arms and body, 4 additional rows of increases are worked only in the front of the body after the split. These increases create more ease in the front than the back, and add 1.75 inches / 4 cm to the garment's full bust measurement, which is 1 inch / 2.5 cm below the underarm.
The target ease at the full bust is 3 - 5 inches / 7.5 - 12.5 cm of positive ease. Instructions are included in the pattern for adjusting your sweater if the size indicated by your upper chest measurement does not create the target ease at the full bust.
Finished bust: 34.5 (38, 42, 46.25, 50.5) (54, 58, 62.25, 66.5) inches / 87.5 (96.5, 106.5, 117.5, 128.5) (137, 147.5, 158, 169) cm
The target ease in the upper arm is 2.75 - 3.25 inches / 7 - 8 cm of positive ease.
Upper sleeve: 12.75 (13, 14.25, 14.75, 16.5) (18, 19.75, 21.5, 22.75) inches / 32.5 (33, 36, 37.5, 42) (45.5, 50, 54.5, 58) cm
To download the complete schematic and read more about the pattern, visit the pattern's page on my website here
Sweater is shown on Rachael in a size B, her full bust is 34.5 inches / 86 cm.
YARNWorsted weight yarn. Shown in Malabrigo Rios, which is a very soft 4-ply 100% superwash merino.
930 (1035, 1185, 1290, 1395) (1575, 1715, 1865, 2015) yd / 850 (945, 1085, 1180, 1275) (1440, 1570, 1705, 1845) m; 5 (5, 6, 7, 7) (8, 9, 9, 10] skeins
Sample shown in colorway Denim.
GAUGE19 sts and 28 rows / rnds over 4 inches / 10 cm in stockinette stitch in the round using size A needle, after wet blocking and allowing to dry completely.
NEEDLESSize A: US 6 / 4 mm circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
Size B: US 4 / 3.5 mm circular needle, or two sizes smaller than size A
The yoke and body are worked in the round on circular needles using size A needles. Generally, a needle length that’s approximately 75% of finished chest circumference will be comfortable.
The collar, cuffs and hem are worked in the round using size B needles. Choose your preferred needles for small circumference knitting in the round.
NOTIONS* 5 Stitch markers
* Smooth, slender yarn in contrasting color for holding sleeve stitches while working the body
* Cable needle or a similar-sized double-pointed needle
* Tapestry needle
TECHNIQUES* Knitting in the round
* Reading your knitting (recognizing a knit and a purl on the needle)
* Working directional increases and decreases
* Working cables
* Picking up and working stitches
CREDITSModels: Rachael and Mia Van Klompenberg
Photography: Anna-Lisa Miller
Technical Edit: Heather Storta
For tester credits, please visit the pattern webpage.