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I got a chance to test knit again, this time for Canadian designer Brandy Velten. Usually, I go for cardigans instead of pullovers but this design was too pretty to pass up. The smock pattern on the body of the sweater is made with twisted stitches that are “tied” together every few rows. Looks more complicated than it really was!

The body is knitted bottom up – with no shaping – in one piece up to the armholes. Sleeves are picked from the armholes and the knit down. Finally, the neck ribbing is added. A really simple construction.

This yarn has a bit of a story behind it. In 2012, I spotted a gorgeous cardigan on Ravelry, and got the yarn with that pattern in mind. I didn’t get to knitting it straight away, and when I wanted to cast on, the pattern had been pulled for revisions. To this date, nearly four years later, the pattern is still not back. So I was left with a sweater-quantity of fingering-weight yarn in my stash, waiting for the right project. And then came along Ariel.

  • On Ravelry: Ariel

  • Pattern: Ariel by Brandy Velten

  • Yarn: 296 g/1242 m/1357 yd of Rico Design Superba Chinée 4-ply in color #004. That’s just three skeins of sock yarn!

  • Needles: 3.5 mm

  • Mods: Added about 2.25” to the length of the body.

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Susanna Winter is a knitwear designer, creating timeless and elegant pieces with clean lines. She has been knitting for over 20 years, knit blogging since 2007, and designing knitting patterns professionally since 2016.

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