The Foliage Sweater is a circular yoke sweater knitted with a blend of merino and linen fingering yarn.
You will need a sweater quantity of fingering yarn to knit this sweater in a blend of merino and linen but it can also be in merino and cotton or in another material such as simply single spun merino.
The pattern is available here in the store, on Ravelry and soon on Lovecrafts.
Foliage Sweater, a fluid and lightweight tee
1. The story of Foliage Sweater, this lightweight tee
Last year, I had the chance to work with the Inès base from Woolissime for the Inès Shawl.
I was totally seduced by this blend, particular with its little touch of linen that does not take the color in the same way as merino.
When I saw the colors proposed this year by Nathalie, I contacted her because I immediately had the idea of a new pattern.
This is how Foliage was born.
2. The construction of this tee
It is a sweater knitted from the top starting with a few rows of fancy ribs in circular yoke. It is then embellished with a mosaic knitting pattern that flares out to the end of the yoke.
Once this part is finished, you will attack the body which is knitted in stockinette stitch.
You will finish the body with a fancy ribbed hem.
The sleeves are knitted afterwards and stop at the elbows and finish with the same fancy ribbing as the body hem.
If you want to know more about circular yokes, I had a video posted on YouTube about a year ago but it’s in French.
3. What level to knit Foliage Sweater?
The pattern is not complicated to knit but it is not for beginners.
The most difficult points are:
- mosaic knitting: mosaic knitting is not complicated because it is only colored stripes with slipped stitches but in this case, the mosaic knitting has been worked on a single row and in the round. You will also need to learn how to read a chart because written explanations are not adequate for this kind of technique.
You will find a video on mosaic knitting here:
4. Where to buy the pattern?
The pattern is for sale here in my shop, on Ravelry in French and English, available for immediate download. It will also be available on Lovecrafts in English.
5. What are the available sizes for this mid-season tee
1 [2, 3] [4, 5] [6, 7, 8]
The pattern is therefore available from 83 cm to 154 cm of finished chest measurements and the expected ease is a positive one from 13 to 20 cm.
To understand ease, I suggest you watch the video below:
It can be worn with more or less ease (in the photos presented, the ease is + 17 cm for a size 3).
6. What are the yarn and material needed to knit this tee
The suggested yarn is Woolissime Inès 400 m / 100 g (90% merino superwash, 10% linen) 400 m / 100 g in two colors:
MC: 746 [850, 957][1062, 1166][1287, 1402, 1487] sts or 2 [3, 3][3, 3][4, 4, 4] skeins in Sienne Brûlée
CC: 142 [162, 182][202, 222][245, 267, 283] m or 1 [1, 1][1, 1][1, 1, 1] skein color Pesto
You can of course use another blend such as single merino, a mixture of linen and bamboo like the Lin Bambou from Yarn By Simone or any other yarn that would have a certain fluidity: you can imagine a mixture of merino and silk or simply a not too heavy cotton.
You also need:
- 3.25 mm (US 3) 40 cm (16″) circ needle
- 3.5 mm (US 4) 100 cm (40″) circ needle
- Set of 3.25 mm (US 3) for the cuffs or needles for your prefered method of small circumference knitting
- Tapestry needle
- 14 [16, 18][20, 22][24, 25, 26] stitch markers if needed
7. Why Foliage Sweater ?
Finally, why did I name it Foliage Sweater?
Foliage is simply the English translation of the word feuillage and frondaison in French.
Seeing the motif emerge on the sweater, I couldn’t help but think of something other than the tangle of ivy and hazel leaves in my garden.
I hope you’re going to fall for the tee and this article makes you want to knit it.
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