Ethereal Sweater

Ethereal Sweater PDF Pattern $7.50 at Etsy.
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Ethereal Sweater is light as air, soft as breath, and a joy to knit and wear. The design features a rolled neckline, stranded stripes and a slipped stitch pattern in the two-color yoke, a split hem, and textured two-color cuffs. It is knit top-down and seamless in fingering weight yarn, and can be tried on as you go along.

The pattern is written for 9 sizes ranging from 28-62 inches (71-157 cm), with several inches of positive ease added so that the finished sweater measures 31.5-68.5 inches (80-174 cm).

Skills Needed: Working with two colors, stretchy/flexible cast on, backward loop cast on, working in the round, slipping stitches, m1 and kfb increases, ssk and k2tog decreases, knitting through the back loop.

Yardage requirements, from the pattern:
Main Color (MC): 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7) skeins Yama Fibre Arts Merino Linen Singles (Fingering; 90% South African Merino, 10% Linen, Superwash; 394 yds/100 g) in Gray Sage. If substituting yarn, 920 (1105, 1300, 1500, 1705, 1995, 2205, 2360, 2595) yds [840 (1010, 1190, 1370, 1560, 1825, 2015, 2160, 2375) m] fingering weight yarn.

Contrasting Color (CC): 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2) skeins Yama Fibre Arts Merino Linen Singles (Fingering; 90% South African Merino, 10% Linen, Superwash; 394 yds/100 g) in Nomad. If substituting yarn, 245 (280, 350, 390, 420, 495, 560, 595, 610) yds [225 (260, 320, 360, 385, 450, 515, 545, 560) m] fingering weight yarn.

I love that this sweater lends itself to each knitter’s own creativity with yarn and color!  Some knitters have used stash yarn in more than one color for the contrasting color.  Some have modified the pattern by making short sleeves.  Each time I see a new Ethereal, I think:  “This is my favorite!”  (shh…just don’t tell the others.)

Detailed schematic also included.

Test knit and tech edited.

Here’s some inspiration for colors and yarns that work for Ethereal.

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  1.  Rowan Felted Tweed in Avocado and Bilberry.
  2.  Manos del Uruguay Feliz in Petal and Grizzly.
  3.  Koigu KPPPM in Cobalt and Blue & White.
  4.  Shibui Knits Echo and Silk Cloud, both in Cove.
  5.  Madelinetosh Twist Light in Medieval and Brienne of Tarth Battles a Bear.
  6.  Malabrigo Susurro in Aguas and Fire Agate.
  7.  Shibui Knits Lunar (held double) and Tweed Silk Cloud, both in Twilight.
  8.  Rowan Felted Tweed in Watery and Avocado.