This project is a blast from the past from my Ravelry page. It is “Silken Straw Summer Sweater” by Purl Soho. I absolutely love every pattern that Purl Soho comes out with. I wish I could get in the brains of their pattern designers because I love how their brains work. Seriously, such classy and fun stuff from them.
I started this project back in June of 2014, and it took me approximately a month. It was my FIRST ever garment I knit, not including socks. (Are socks considered a garment?) To this day, it is still the only garment I have knit. But I hope to change that really soon. The thought of making something that needs to fit me exactly is slightly terrifying.
The pattern comes in a small/medium and medium/large size. Back in 2014, I was super skinny. So I adjusted this pattern to create my own XS/S size and hopefully by sharing that here I can help others out!
US 3 (3.25mm) needles
Mirasol Yarn – Nuna Fina (colorway Ruby), 2 skeins
The nuna fina yarn is a lace weight, 40% silk, 40% merino wool, 20% bamboo viscose. It is extremely soft with gorgeous, rich jewel tone colors. I wish I remember where I bought this beauty from. I think it was a yarn shop in Woodbury, MN.
Hip circumference: 36 inches
Chest circumference: 34.7 inches
Body adjustments: I cast on 216 stitches (12 less stitches than small). Follow pattern as is until piece measures 5.5″ from bottom edge, then k 108, place marker, and knit to the end of round. Decrease as written, with 5 repeats, ending with 196 stitches. Increase as written, ending with 208 stitches.
Underarm adjustments: Knit 84 stitches (instead of 98/110) to first bind off (184 stitches remain)
Cast on for sleeves adjustments: Cable cast on 55 stitches, knit the next 92 stitches, cable cast on 55 stitches, knit to end and m1 (295 stitches)
I did not make any changes with the decreasing for the yoke.
Shaping neckline adjustments: Knit 52 stitches, bind off 18 stitches, knit to marker, remove marker, knit to beginning of neck bind off. (159 stitches)
And that is all she wrote! Everything I didn’t specify, I did as written in the pattern. Here is a breakdown in the difference in stitch count between the three sizes. Gauge (blocked):6 stitches = 1 inch
|216 (36”)||228 (38”)||252 (42”)|
|Decreases WAIST||196 (32.7”)||208 (34.7”)||232 (38.7”)|
|Increases CHEST||208 (34.7”)||220 (36.7”)||244 (40.7”)|
|Underarm BO||184 (30.7”)||196 (32.7”)||220 (36.7”)|
|CO for sleeves||295 (49.2”)||315 (52.5”)||350 (58.3”)|
|Decrease||236 (39.3”)||252 (42”)||280 (46.7”)|
|Decrease||177 (29.5”)||189 (31.5”)||210 (35”)|
|Round1||159||171 (28.5”)||192 (32”)|
|Neck R1 W||156||168 (28”)||189 (31.5”)|
|Neck R2 R||153||165||186|
|Neck R3 W||151||163||184|
|Neck R4 R||149||161||182|
|Neck R5 W||147||159 (26.5”)||180 (30”)|
|Neck R6 R||145||157||178|
|Neck R7 W||97||105 (17.5”)||119 (19.8”)|
|Neck R8 R||95||103||117|
|Neck R9 W||95||103||117|
|Finished||91 (15.1”)||99 (16.5”)||113 (18.8”)|
Thoughts on the pattern:
As far as a pattern for first time sweater, I would say this is a great one to choose. It is knit in the round which makes it very user friendly. It was easy enough to follow, but I would recommend writing it all out and crossing off lines as you go. I’m not sure if people can do it any other way, but I would loose my place so quickly without doing that.