Introducing the Plait Sleeve Sweater - a stylish addition to any wardrobe. This sweater boasts an oversized fit, turtleneck and balloon sleeves with a loose cable design. The best part? It's created using a top-down, seamless technique, making it easy to finish.
Crafted from two strands of delicate lace-weight mohair yarn, this sweater is perfect for intermediate level knitters looking for a new challenge. Inspired by the Suzie Meyers contiguous method, the construction is similar to a top-down raglan but with more frequent shoulder increases. You'll start by knitting in one piece until the end of the shoulders, then divide off and knit flat to the underarms before continuing in the round for the rest of the project. The sleeves and neckline are both picked up and knit in the round for a seam-free finish.
Fit & Yarn Details
Choose two strands of 2ply mohair / mohair blend yarn held together or one strand of 10 ply mohair / mohair blend. If you choose 10 ply yarn, then use half the recommended yarn quantity.
Model wears approx 30 cm / 12” positive ease. Designed to be worn with 10-30 cm / 4-12” ease depending on your personal preference. Sizes read as A (B, C, D) (E, F, G, H).
Finished bust measurements: cm = 95.5 (106.5, 118, 126.5) (138, 149, 160, 169) / inches = 38.25 (42.75, 47, 50.75) (55, 59.5, 64, 67.5)"
Yarn Quantity: metres = 1740 (1900, 2040, 2240) (2165, 2400, 2755, 2940) / yards = 1904 (2072, 2231, 2444) (2367, 2624, 3013, 3214).
Needles: 3.75mm / US 5 circular needle for ribbing and 5 mm / US 8 circular needle, or size to obtain gauge. Both use a 80 cm / 32" cord. NOTE: The sleeves are worked in the round using the magic loop method, but you could just opt to use a shorter cord with your circulars or use DPNs.
Gauge: 18 stitches and 26 rows = 10 x 10 cm in stockinette stitch
The sample is made using: Drops Kid-Silk Mohair in colour #3. If Drops yarn isn't available in your country, you can source it via Etsy (I recommend a UK based seller for speed of shipping) or Wool Warehouse (this option works out a little cheaper).
The cable tutorial shows a different number of stitches to the pattern, but the technique is the same.