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This is a pattern for a cropped jumper worked from the bottom up and with a dropped sleeve. The entire piece is worked in the round with steeks. The sleeves are worked from the top down to cuff.

Gauge is fairly important for this project, since there is motif patterning over nearly the entire garment. Please, swatch and block (before beginning project). Though this garment is not fitted and there is some room for gauge difference and blocking to measurements should adjust for this.

Stitches are cast on for bottom edge of the body. The rib is worked before working the Bottom Edge and then Owl motif chart. Steeks are cast on for the armholes and front neck. Once the body is finished, the steeks are reinforced before cutting. Duplicate Stitch and simple embroidery may be used to embellish your owl and leaves.

yarn:
Plötulopi – Unspun Icelandic by Ístex
DK / 8 ply; 100% Icelandic; 328yds (300m) / 100g
approximate yarn amounts:
MC (Black Sheep Heather) - 2 (2, 3, 3, 4, 4) plates
CC1 (Light Beige Heather) - 1 (1, 2, 2, 3, 3) plates
CC2 & CC3 (Dark Amber & Crimson Heather) - 1 plate
Plus yarn for embroidery details (optional) - approximately 1yd/1m per leaf
If you work longer sleeves or body, you may need more yarn.
needles:
3.75mm (us no 5) circular 40in/101cm; DPNs for sleeves
4.5mm (us no 7) circular 40in/101cm; DPNs for sleeves
Depending on knitting style you may need to use a 3.25mm or 3.0mm needle over neck rib.
gauge (blocked, mine grew a bit with blocking):
19 sts x 19 rnds = 4in/10cm measured over stranded stockinette on 4.5mm needles
19 sts x 21 rnds = 4in/10cm measured over single-colour stockinette on 3.75mm needles
Some knitters work single-coloured and stranded stockinette at different gauges. Change needle sizes, as needed. to keep gauge throughout.
approximate finished sizes:
1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
chest circumference - 29.5 (37.75, 42, 46.25, 54.75, 63) in/75 (96, 107, 117.5, 139, 160) cm
may be worn with 0 - 10 in/0 - 25.5 cm of positive (Please, see schematic , page 24, for approximate finished measurements to find preferred fit.)
additional tools:
needle to weave in ends, st markers, st holders/waste yarn
You will get a PDF (10MB) file
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