for Straker Classics 1981
Penny Straker: “A finely tailored pullover, Montzi offers femininity with an impeccable set in sleeve and a soft shawl collar - a current hot fashion feature. The pop of high relief Bobbles are flanked by the textural contrast of the open work Hoof Print, which is repeated up the middle of the sleeves. Both are easy-to-work and ancient Aran patterns.
“I designed this piece in 1980, with the negative-ease cuffs, in Kali Mousse, a delightful French wool boucle. Sadly, this yarn is no longer spun. However, there are wonderful yarns in today’s marketplace, which will fill the bill. Look for a full sport weight yarn with a good hand and drape and some texture, if possible - adds interest to the design.
“For a contemporary fit, cast on more stitches for the ribbing, to allow the sweater to fit with ease around the hips, and to allow you to add length. This design does not need to be kept cropped as photographed.
“First do a swatch to obtain your ribbing gauge – don’t skimp on the stitch count! Aim for a 6” to 8” width for your swatch. When you are sure you have met the required gauge of 8 sts=1”, add enough stitches to your cast on to make the ribbing wider.
“For example: Size 34=104 sts=17.33” across back. Multiply 17.33”x 8 sts (ribbing gauge)=138 sts. Divide that number (138) by 4 (ribbing multiplies 4 plus 2) obtaining 34.5=an uneven number. So cast on 134 or 138 (multiple of 4) stitches for your ribbing to create sufficient ribbing ease.
“The 4 plus 2 ribbing multiple lets you begin and end right-side rows with a P2. P2’s at each edge make a better side seam as the pair of P’s flow together and help make the seam less conspicuous. On the first row of Stockinette Stitch, decrease at even intervals across the row to the required 104 sts.”
- no charts
- no schematics
- sewing required
- partly circular
- 5 sizes, to fit 32" - 40" bust, see data page
- scanned PDF has 6 pages (letter size)
- 4 x 4 in
- 3.75 mm
- US 5
- 24.0 st st
- 4 x 4 in
- 2.75 mm
- US 2
- 32.0 over pattern
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