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Penny Straker

for Straker Classics   1987

885 Bianca

Penny Straker: “Bianca is meticulously tailored and quick to knit, in Heavy Worsted Weight. I dubbed this weight ‘Light Bulky’ years before the marketplace designated its current name. Both describe this wearable and versatile weight, most often worked on #9 needles yielding 4 sts=1” in Stockinette Stitch.

“I designed Bianca in 1986 (hence the mutton sleeve) after Classic Elite introduced ‘Newport’, a smooth plait-spun and wonderful 100% mercerized cotton - lustrous, with a lovely drape, and fabulous colorways – an exciting new yarn at the time. Bianca, however, can work in an array of high quality fibers and blends. The fiber will dictate the use - wear in the office, with jeans to the market, or around the house in the cold winter months - maybe in a soft alpaca blend.

“The funnel neck is comfortable in soft silky yarns be it mercerized cotton (shown in image), or a soft alpaca, or a more elegant silk blend, but choose one with a good hand and sufficient drape. The fluid line of P1, K1 ribbing from the cuffs to the front bands, which flow into the funnel neck, comprise the details. What remains is perfectly executed Stockinette Stitch, impeccable finishing and finding the perfect buttons. Do not do what I did and use charming, but highly inappropriate buttons!

“Here we go: To create more cuff ease, cast on approximately 10 more stitches for the back and 6 or 8 more stitches for each front. Check to make sure your count is uneven so that the back ribbing begins and ends with P1. This keeps back edges in P1, making assembly easier. Sewing a P1 to a P1 makes seams less conspicuous. Remember to decrease all extra stitches while establishing the first row of Stockinette.

“On the fronts, cast on 2 more stitches than required in the directions and eliminate the increases on the last row – you will already have that stitch count.”

Pattern Detail

  • no charts
  • no schematics
  • sewing required
  • fall/winter
  • straight (flat)
  • 6 sizes, to fit 32" - 42" bust; see data page
  • digital PDF has 8 pages (letter size)
  • easy
    • 4 x 4 in
    • 5.5 mm
    • US 9
    • 16.0 st st
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