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"There is no time but the present"

- Oscar Wilde

Madam Secretary

Comfortable and elegant garter-stitch cocoon with dolman (batwing) sleeves and wrap-around shawl collar that forms a yoke in back. Easy and fun - a nice first-sweater project.

Madam Secretary is knit sideways in one piece beginning with a provisional cast on at the back and working sideways in one direction then the other. Short rows shape a gore down the center back.

More provisional cast-on's begin the front sleeves, which are worked along with the back and shaped with simple decreases to form a miter.

The resulting rectangle is folded diagonally at each end and seamed to form sleeves. The collar/yoke is picked up from provisionally cast-on front stitches and back yoke stitches, with decreases shaping the center back yoke.

Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL)"
to fit chest sizes 28-32 (33-36, 37-40, 41-44, 45-48, 49-54, 55-60)". Shown in size S.

Yarn: Sunday Knits 5 ply yarn (137 per 50g skein): Angelic (merino angora), Eden (merino), Nirvana (merino cashmere) or Brigadoon (merino tweed): 10 (11, 12, 12, 13, 14, 15) skeins.

Shown in Angelic smoke.

Needles & Notions: Needles Size 7 / 4.5 mm straight or circular needles for body of shrug and circular needles with long cable for collar; size 10 / 6.0 mm needle for bind off; tapestry needle, removable stitch markers, crochet hook size 8 / 5.0 mm or larger for provisional cast on.

Gauge: 17 sts and 34 rows = 4" in garter stitch.

Techniques used: Provisional cast on, simple short rows (explained), knit, k2tog, ssk, pick up and knit, bind off.

Pattern includes: Written instructions, schematic, glossary.

Available as a pattern download or as a kit

Knit Madam Secretary

© Sunday Knits 2015. All rights reserved. Design and photography by Carol Sunday.
Edited by Sandra Whittaker.