A few caveats before I begin:
1. Because this sweater has positive ease and a A-line bodice, this pattern is for a size medium but is easily modifiable to fit a size small or large. ( all mods will be provided here)
2. to make this sweater fit a size small better I knit both the neckline and the sleeve ribbing using a sz US 6 needle (rather then US 8). I also finished up the blocking process by putting the damp sweater in the dryer for 6-8 minutes (it tightened up a bit and shrunk about one inch all around).
This photo is for those of you who asked what I look like - see how much I love and appreciate all you guys for stopping by my little space here!
This pattern fits ladies size small-medium [sz large in brackets]
Yarn : 2 skeins Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted - MC.
2 skeins Noro Kureyon - CC.
Needles : US 8 circulars and double pointed needles (sz US 6 dpn's or circulars for magic loop for ribbing)
Using MC yarn and size US 8 circular needle cast in 96 stitches. Join for working in the round.
Set-up row: k 36, pm, k 12, pm, k 36, pm, k 12, pm (this last marker should be a different color to indicate beginning of next round)
Next row: Knit.
Row 1: knit to one stitch before marker, kfb, slip marker (sm), kfb. Do this 3 more times.
Row 2: Knit.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 fourteen [sixteen] more times.
Next round: knit front stitches, place next 40  sleeve stitches on scrap yarn, knit across the back stitches, place second 40  sleeve stitches on scrap yarn.
Work in stockinette for 14 rounds.
Next round: (k3, kfb)* repeat* to last stitches - about 156 [about 164] sts.
Knit 5 rounds.
Lower Bodice: Note: do not break either yarn while striping, just carry it on the WS overlapping only when you switch from one color to another.
Knit 3 rounds with CC yarn. Switch to MC and K 2 rounds. Repeat 10  times.
Hemline: Knit 10 rounds in garter stitch using CC. (makes 5 garter ridges) Bind off all stitches.
Armholes: Transfer the 40  sleeve sts from waste yarn to 3 US 8 dpn's (for size small - use sz US 6 dpn's). PM and join for working in the round. Work K1 P1 rib for 8 rounds. BO in pattern. Repeat for other armhole.
Neckline : Using sz US 6 circular needle pick up 80  stitches. PM and join for working in the round. Work K1 P1 rib for 8 rounds. BO all sts in pattern.
Weave in ends and block. That's it.
And I totally think I was channeling Jennifer as I was writing up this pattern - I made these beef cutlets for lunch yesterday - the russian jewish girl's version of meatballs. I loved these when I was little and now my kiddos gobble them up faster than I can make them. It's a good thing.
Have a great weekend everyone!