Magic Garden Sweater
ABOUT THIS SWEATER
The Magic Garden Circular Yoke Sweater began as a gift of yarn LolaBean Yarn Co. skeins, purchased by my family for me for my birthday. I was so happy and grateful to get such beautiful yarn - and I waited for some time before starting this design because I wanted the yarn to tell me just what kind of sweater it wanted to be.
When I finally started working on the design I happened to be spending a good bit of time reading about the power of our minds to create our realities. Thoughts definitely do become things. As I worked on this sweater I pondered the idea that our minds are just like gardens. The good thoughts we plant will grow, if they’re tended and cared for, pruned, and loved.
I hope you truly enjoy working on this sweater - and that you find some time during your knitting to tend your beautiful thoughts and dreams so they will grow!
Upper Level Intermediate. While this pattern does not use any advanced construction techniques, working with three colors in stranded knitting can be challenging. Make sure you keep your floats RELAXED, and that you catch your longer floats.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR GERMAN SHORT ROWS INCLUDED IN PATTERN
Yarn: 620 (720, 820, 920, 1040, 1160, 1280) yds fingering weight yarn (A)
120 (135, 155, 170, 195, 215, 240) yds fingering weight yarn (B)
35 (40, 45, 50, 60, 65, 75) yds fingering weight yarn (C)
The sample was made with the following:
LolaBean Yarn Co. Wax Bean (80% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Silk; 3½ oz/100 gr; 400 yds/366 m)
2 skeins in Ashes (A), 1 skein each in Tropical Starburst (B) and Lemon Tart (C)
Needles: US 3 (3.25 mm) circular needles 16” and needles in preferred style for small circumference knitting in the round,
US 4 (3.5 mm) circular needles 16” and 32” long, and needles in preferred style for small circumference knitting in the round, OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN THE CORRECT GAUGE.
Notions: Stitch marker, waste yarn for use as stitch holder, tapestry needle
25 sts and 36 rows = 4” in Stockinette stitch using larger needles, after blocking. Save time by taking time to check gauge.
Bust: 38½ (42¼, 46, 50, 53¾, 57½, 61½)”
Length: 20 (20¾, 21¾, 22¾, 23¾, 24½, 25½)”
Sample shown is size 42¼”.
Intended to be worn with 4-8” ease.
This sweater is knit in the round from the collar down.
ABBREVIATIONS & TERMS
DS Double Stitch
GSR German Short Row
LLI Left Lifted Increase: Insert the tip of left needle from behind into stitch 2 rows below last stitch on right needle and knit into the back of this stitch.
RLI Right Lifted Increase: Knit into the front loop of the stitch below the next stitch on left needle.
RS(s) Right Side(s)
WS(s) Wrong Side(s)