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Novita Icelandic Wool: Vega sweater

The relaxed Vega sweater is knitted in half brioche using Novita Icelandic Wool. The sweater has raglan sleeves and is worked in the round from neckline to hem, so it’s quick and easy to finish.

Size(s)

XS(S)M(L)XL(XXL)

Yarn demand

Novita Icelandic Wool (045) Clay 450(500)550(600)650(700) g

Needles and other supplies

Circular needles (40 cm / 16 in; 80 cm / 32 in) and double-pointed needles Novita 4 mm (UK 8 / US 6) and 5 mm (UK 6 / US 8) or sizes needed; stitch markers

Designer

Reetta Pellikka

Finished dimensions

body circumference 92(100)110(122)134(144) cm / 36¼(39¼)43¼(48)52¾(56¾) in

length from shoulder to hem 49(51)53(56)59(61) cm / 19¼(20)20¾(22)23¼(24) in

inner sleeve length 43(44)45(46)47(48) cm / 17(17¼)17¾(18)18½(19) in

Stitch patterns Ribbing in the round: *k1, p1*, keep repeating *–*. Half brioche in the round: Round 1: *K1, sl1yo (slip 1 purlwise and yarn over)*, repeat *–* to end of round. Round 2: *p1, knit together the yo and the st*

Using the smaller circular needle (40 cm), cast on 84(88)92(100)104(108) sts and work ribbing in the round: *k1, p1*, keep repeating *–*. Work ribbing for 19 rounds.

Place markers at the edges of the pieces: 1st marker 12(13)14(15)16(17) sts from the beginning of round, 2nd marker 18(18)18(20)20(20) from previous marker, 3rd marker 24(26)28(30)32(34) sts from previous marker, 4th marker 18(18)18(20)20(20) sts from previous marker, 5th marker 12(13)14(15)16(17) sts from previous marker (beginning of round). The beginning of round is at the midpoint of the back piece.

Next round: *knit purl sts and purl knit sts until 1 st remains before marker, yarn over, k1, slip marker, k1, yarn over*, repeat *–* 4 times in total. Knit purl sts and purl knit sts to end of round. 8 sts increased.

Switch to the larger needles and work half brioche in the round:

Round 1: *purl purl sts, slip knit sts purlwise with yarn over until you reach the yo before the next marker. Knit the yo through the back loop, k1, slip marker, k1, knit the yo through the back loop.* Repeat *–* 4 times in total. Purl purl sts and slip knit sts purlwise with yo to end of round.

Round 2: *purl the purl sts and knit the knit sts together with their yarn overs. Work the increased sts following the half brioche pattern. When 1 st remains before marker, yo, k1, slip marker, k1, yo.* Repeat *–* 4 times in total. Purl the purl sts and knit the knit sts together with their yarn overs to end of round. 8 sts increased.

100(104)108(116)120(124) sts on the needles: 28(30)32(34)36(38) sts in the front and back, 22(22)22(24)24(24) sts in the sleeves.

Repeat rounds 1–2 14(16)18(20)22(24) more times, then work round 1 once more.

212(232)252(276)296(316) sts on the needles: 56(62)68(74)80(86) sts in the front and back, 50(54)58(64)68(72) sts in the sleeves.

Work half brioche in the round. On the next round, separate the sleeves: work 28(31)34(37)40(43) back sts, leave next 50(54)58(64)68(72) sts on hold for sleeve, cast on 4(4)6(6)8(8) sts for armhole, work 56(62)68(74)80(86) front sts, leave next 50(54)58(64)68(72) sts on hold for sleeve, cast on 4(4)6(6)8(8) sts for armhole, work 28(31)34(37)40(43) back sts.

Body

With the 120(132)148(160)176(188) back and front sts, work half brioche in the round. The beginning of round is still at the midpoint of the back piece.

When the body measures 38(40)42(44.5)47.5(49.5) cm from the bottom edge of the neck ribbing, switch to the smaller circular needle (80 cm) and work ribbing in the round for 4 cm. Loosely bind off in pattern: Work 2 sts, pass the right-hand st over the left-hand one. *Work 1 st, pass the right-hand st over the left-hand one.* Repeat *–* until 1 st remains. Break the yarn and pull it through the st.

Sleeves

Using the short circular needle, pick up and knit 2(3)4(4)5(6) sts from the left end of the armhole cast-on, place the 50(54)58(64)68(72) sleeve sts on the needles, pick up 2(3)4(4)5(6) sts from the right end of the cast-on = 54(60)66(72)78(84) sts. Place a marker at the beginning of round.

Work half brioche in the round.

When the sleeve measures approx. 4 cm from the armhole and you have last worked round 1 in the half brioche pattern, at the beginning and end of round, work 2 sts and their yarn overs together as required by the half brioche pattern. 2 sts decreased. Repeat the decreases every 4 cm 8(8)8(10)10(12) more times. 38(44)50(52)58(60) sts on the needles.

Note: Switch to the double-pointed needles when you need to.

When the sleeve measures 37(38)39(40)41(42) cm from the armhole (or length desired before 6 cm cuff), switch to the smaller double-pointed needles and work ribbing in the round for 6 cm. Loosely bind off in pattern.

Knit the other sleeve in the same manner.

Finishing

Fold the neck ribbing and sew the edge to the inside.

Weave in the ends. Pin to measurements and steam lightly.

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