Vivacious Vera Pattern by Emma Sadler
Introducing the vivacious Vera Pattern by Emma Sadler!
This jumper was designed and whilst I was binge-watching old episodes of Vera, a police drama filmed in the North East of England, not too far from where I live. I absolutely love the character’s down to earth nature and her no-nonsense utilitarian style.
If you have ever watched any episodes of the program you will know that Vera has a completely unique way of dressing and style. I think this jumper would appeal to her as it is simple enough to work on whilst busy with other things, but with that bit of interest that keeps you wondering what the next part will look like. Anyone who has ever worked a pattern using self-striping yarn will know the addictive feeling of wanting to do just one more row! And I am sure she would love the use of scraps left over from making socks to create the sleeves of this sweater.
The sweater is knitted top down, you begin working flat and later join to work in the round. The raglan sleeves are knitted together with the yoke, then they are separated when you get to the body. This is when you stop working flat and begin to work in the round. The sleeves are picked up later and also knitted in the round.
The yarn used to make the Vera pattern is West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-ply. The main colour is a solid yarn, with a variegated yarn to create a contrast on the arms. The sample uses Dusty Miller as the main colour with scraps of Blue Tit, Mallard, Owl and Wood Pigeon.
This is where you can get really inventive! Use scraps on the arms to use up left-overs from all those socks you knitted for Christmas presents. I divided my scrap balls into two and used them in the same order on each sleeve. If you wanted to you could use just one colourway. For a really unique look you could do what one of my wonderful test knitters did and use completely different scraps on each arm. That way you know your sweater is truly one of a kind!
Finished Bust/Chest Circumference
91.5 (96.5, 101.5, 106.5, 112, 117, 122, 127, 132, 137) cm
36 (38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54) inches
You will need:
Needles – 3.25mm/US 3 and 3.75mm/US 5 circular needles or dpns for working flat and in the round
Yarn – between 1590 and 2710 yards of fingering/4ply (14 wpi) weight.
2 stitch holders
5 stitch markers
Gauge – 28 stitches and 32 rows worked in stocking stitch in the round on 3.75mm/US 5 needles = 10x10cm/4x4inches
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