Vashon Island

Vashon Island ... just a ferry ride from Seattle. What a fine trip when you're knitting or wearing this easy-fitting sweater ...

... with its nautical collar, lace front panels, long cabled sleeves, wide neckline and a dramatic faux cable slanting across the back..

The loose fit adds versatility to this sweater ... wear it casually open, fasten it low for a portrait neckline, or high for serious coziness.

Sweater is worked from the top down in one piece beginning with the flat collar. Raglan shaping begins at the neckline, with lace patterning incorporated into the raglan increases - there's a lot going on there for a little while. The sweater body is worked flat; sleeves are worked in the round.

Sweater chest sizes: 36 1/2 (38 1/4, 40, 42 3/4, 46 1/4, 49 3/4, 53 1/4)".

2 to 6" positive ease is recommended. Sweater shown is size 40" worn with 6" ease.

For smaller or larger sizes than those listed, work at a smaller or larger gauge.

Yarn: Sunday Knits 5 ply (137 yd /125 m to 1 3/4 oz / 50 g); in yarn blends: Brigadoon (100% merino tweed), Nirvana (92% merino, 8% cashmere), Eden (100% merino) or Angelic (75% merino, 25% angora): 7 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) skeins. Shown in Angelic smoke.

Substitute any light worsted weight yarn that works nicely to gauge.

Needles & Notions: Size 8 US / 5.0 mm straight or circular needles for body, and circular or double-pointed for sleeves; size 7 US / 4.5 mm straight or circular needles for cast on; cable or double-pointed needle, tapestry needle, twelve stitch markers (recommend 4 different styles or colors: 2 sets of 4 plus 2 sets of 2).

Gauge: 18 sts and 26 rows = 4" / 10 cm in Stockinette stitch.
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Skills used: Reading charts, lace worked on both right and wrong sides of fabric, cables, simple short rows (explained).

Pattern includes: Written instructions, stitch patterns in charted format only, schematics, glossary.

Knit Vashon Island

© Sunday Knits 2014. All rights reserved. Design and photography by Carol Sunday.
Edited by Sandra Whittaker. Tested by Susan Thompson. Modelled by Rebekah Smith.
Landscape backdrop courtesy William McCarthy Fine Art. Thanks to all!