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slow down sweater

Kicking off Autumn knitting patterns with the shade everyone associates with cosy October days… hot pink. Colour aside (and I love hot pink all year round, thank you very much), the Slow Down Sweater is your elegant everyday sweater that’s perfect for the cooler months. Relaxed and comfy but with little details to make it feel special, my favourite combination!

Scroll down for details and to purchase the Slow Down Sweater knitting pattern

I’ve been meaning to design a sheer V-neck sweater for a while, and this particular yarn combo was screaming out to be used together. Sheer panels have unintentionally become my thing, it would seem. In this sweater I used Lily Kate Makes AXIS worsted in shade Neutrino for the main body, and Isager Silk Mohair in shade Hot Pink for the edgings. The teeniest amount of mohair is used at the hem and cuffs to echo the neckline, and I think it’s just enough to add a little ~something~ whilst keeping the overall tone pretty casual.

I knit my sample during the summer heatwave which perhaps wasn’t *the* wisest decision but at least it was a relaxing knit! Which I needed, after frogging this yarn about 5 times in its previous incarnation as a ribbed sweater (which failed, miserably).

test knitters

My test knitters did a wonderful job once again! Thank you so much everyone.

slow down sweater knitting pattern details

YARN A: worsted weight yarn, approx 936 (1000; 1069; 1122; 1211) 1279; 1364; 1440; 1505 metres / 1020 (1090; 1165; 1223; 1320) 1394; 1487; 1570; 1641 yards. Sample shown in Lily Kate Makes AXIS Worsted (90% merino, 10% suri alpaca, 100m per 50g skein) in shade Neutrino. If using this yarn, you will need 10 (10; 11; 12; 13) 13; 14; 15; 16 skeins.

YARN B: laceweight yarn, between 45 and 80m. Sample shown in Isager Silk Mohair in shade Hot Pink.

GAUGE: 18 sts and 24 rows to 4 inches/ 10 cm in stocking stitch in Yarn A, blocked. Suggested size 5 mm.

5mm circular needles of length 24” / 60cm or 30” / 80cm, depending on size
4.5mm and 5mm needle(s) of your preferred length for working small circumferences in the round (ie. DPNs, short circulars, magic loop) for sleeves
You will also need a tapestry needle, stitch markers, and scrap yarn.

SIZING: 1 (2; 3; 4; 5) [6; 7; 8; 9] detailed below, designed to be worn with between 6-8 inches / 15-20 cm positive ease.

Sample shown is a size 2 worn on a 34” bust with around 6” / 15 cm positive ease. If you have narrow shoulders or are petite, I would recommend sizing down.

To fit bust: 28-30 (32-34; 36-38; 40-42; 44-46) [48-50; 52-54; 56-58; 60-62] inches / 71-76 (81-86; 91-97; 102-107; 112-117) [122-127; 132-137; 142-147; 152-157] cm.

Finished bust: 37 (40.5; 45; 48.5; 53) [56.5; 61; 64.5; 69] inches / 94 (103; 114; 123; 134) [143; 155; 164; 175] cm.

Construction: the Slow Down Sweater is worked from the top down. Stitches are cast on across the upper back and worked flat down to the armhole then set aside. Stitches are picked up along the shoulders to work the fronts separately before joining at the bottom of the neck opening.

The main body is worked in the round without shaping. Short rows are used to gently lower the back hem. A sheer neckband is picked up and knitted in laceweight yarn.

Stitches are picked up around the armhole openings to work the sleeves in the round. Short rows are again used to create shallow sleeve caps, which improves the fit of the drop shoulder. Gradual decreases are worked throughout the sleeve, before more rapid decreases are used to gather the cuff. Both the cuffs and hem are finished with rib and a small amount of sheer laceweight.

yarn discount

For the month of October, my good friend Laili of Emily Foulds Knits is offering #AXISbylilykate at a discounted price of £6.40 per skein. Which works out quite nicely with my 2 new patterns this month!

The Slow Down Sweater knitting pattern is also available via Ravelry and Etsy.

Lily Kate x

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