Olivia

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  • Olivia is a great stash-busting transition piece, more than a vest, but not quite a sweater. It’s an easy piece to layer thanks to the completely open sides above the waist ribbing. You can knit it with either the YO or Bobble pattern in the center panel. It begins at the top of the shoulder with a provisional cast-on, and the Back and Front are knitted down separately from there, using short row shaping to slope the shoulders. Front and Back are joined at the waist and the 3x3 ribbing is knitted in the round — so no seaming!

    There is no finished bust - as the garment is open down to the waist ribbing.  The following is a general fit guide:

    Up to 34" bust: small
    35-38" bust: medium
    39-42" bust: large
    43-46" bust: 1X
    47-50" bust: 2X
    51-55" bust: 3X
     

    Special Techniques

    For a description of all techniques, see Cocoknits Sweater Workshop, the glossary at cocoknits.com, and/or the Cocoknits channel at youtube.com.

    • PCO: Provisional Cast-On
    • SWSR: Shadow Wrap Short Row

    Sizes

    Small (Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X)

    Finished Measurements

    • Finished Body Width: 24.5 (27, 29.25, 31.75, 34, 36.5 )" / 61 ( 67, 73, 79, 85, 91) cm
    • Finished Length: 19.5 ( 20, 20.4, 21, 21.5, 22)" / 50 (51, 52, 54, 55, 56) cm

    Materials

    Yarn Options

    • 720 (800, 880, 1000, 1120, 1240) yds / 658 (732, 805, 914, 1024, 1134) m fingering to light sport weight to get gauge. See note about Twirl yarn below — if you get 24 rather than 28 rows in 4"/10cm, you will require less yarn.
    • Biches et Buches Le Petit Lambswool 100% pure lambswool; 270 yds / 248 m per 1.76 oz / 50 g skein 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5) skeins in Dark Grey Brown held with Habu n-86 100% cashmere; 202 yds / 185 m per .5 oz / 14 g skein 3 (3, 4, 4, 5. 5) cones in black (#8192)
    • A Verb for Keeping Warm Flock 100% organic California Merino; 290 yds /265 m per 1.76 oz / 50 g skein 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5) skeins in Tortilla
    • Twirl Ditto Wool / Alpaca / Mohair; 125 yds / 114 m per 1.76 oz / 50 g skein 5 (6, 7,8, 9, 10) skeins in Twirlin’ Sally or Ash (depending on availability) NOTE : This yarn yielded a row gauge of 20 sts and 24 rows in 4" / 10cm. This means it required less yardage than the amount called for (above). At 24 rows in 4" / 10cm you can expect to use 525 (650, 775, 900, 1025, 1150) yards.

     

    Needles

    • Two US 6 / 4 mm (or size needed to obtain gauge) circular needles 32" / 80 mm for PCO and body. (If not using Judy’s Magic CO, only 1 US 6 / 4 mm circular needle required)
    • US 5 / 3.75 mm circular needle 24–32" / 60–80 cm for bottom ribbing (cord must be shorter than body circumference)
    • US 2–3 / 2.75-3.25 mm circular or straight needle for Jeny’s Stretchy BO

    Notions

    • Scrap yarn if using PCO method other than Judy’s PCO.
    • 4 st markers

    Gauge

    20 sts and 28 rows in 4" / 10 cm square over St st. See notes above regarding row gauge and yarn quantities. To ensure correct measurements and yarn quantity, take time to swatch!

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