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Point to Point

Bold point-to-point color pattern pullover

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The designer pulled the bold point-to-point color pattern that blankets this sweater from Alice Starmore's Charts for Colour Knitting, then framed the sweater at the bottom, neck, and sleeve edges with a 2x2 ribbing accented with a single stripe (an idea she pulled from photos of sweaters from the 1950s). Although the point-to-point pattern appears complex, that is an optical illusion.  Because the pattern repeats over 14 stitches and 8 rows, it is easily memorized or followed by looking at the preceding knitting rather than the printed chart. The body of the sweater is worked in the round to the armhole, at which point stitches are separated for the front and back, and worked separately back and forth to the shoulders. The shoulder stitches are bound off together. The sleeves are worked from the cuff upward, then sewn into the armholes.
Finished Size: 40 (44, 48)" (101.5 [112, 122] cm) bust/chest circumference. Sweater shown measures 44" (112 cm).
Yarn: Alice Starmore Scottish Heather (100% Shetland wool; 120 yd [110 m]/2 oz): #1090 grouse heather (MC), 7 (7, 8) skeins; #1220 lacquer, 6 (6, 7) skeins.
Yarn weight: #4 - Medium
Gauge: 19 sts and 23 rows = 4" (10 cm) in color patt on larger needles.
Needles: Body and Sleeves-Size 7 (4.5 mm): 29" (80-cm) circular (cir) and set of 4 double-pointed (dpn); Ribbing-Size 5 (3.75 mm): 16" and 24" (40- and 60-cm) cir and set of 4 dpn. Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle.
Originally Published: Interweave Knits Fall 2000

SKU: EP1008

Author/Speaker/Editor: Donna Kay

Format: eProject