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Fall Sweater Knit-Along: "Sumac" by Orlane Sucche

The "Sumac" sweater Knit Along is for adventurous beginners to advanced knitters.  It is knit with worsted weight yarn, and is worked seamlessly from the top down.  It is a textured pullover and its shape is reminiscent of your favorite sweatshirt.  Easy to wear, Sumac is intended to be work with positive-ease and its different textured points make it elegant and a very pleasant knit.  

Knitting this sweater will give you the opportunity to learn or practice many skills, including:   

  • Swatching / sweater fitting
  • Unique neck shaping
  • Chart reading
  • Grass stitch pattern
  • Right leaning and left leaning increases (M1R and M1L)
  • Textured panels

This is a very well written pattern.  Do not feel that you need to have all of these skills to join in--you will learn the skills we go along.

Suggested Worsted Yarns:  

-Shelter   Brooklyn Tweed 
-Purl Wool Superwash    Rowan 
-Rios    Malabrigo 
-Corrie Worsted   LaBien Aimee 
-Woolstok      Blue Sky Fibers 
-Noro     Madara and Malvenas

- US 7 24" or 32" circular needle
- US 7 circular needle for working small circumferences in the round (sleeves).  
- US 5 circular needle of ribbing 
- US 4 circular needle suitable for working small circumferences in the round (inner collar). 

Homework: To be completed before the 1st class (October 6th)

Purchase pattern.  Choose yarn.  Complete your swatch.   Measure the number of stitches and rows in 4", then soak your swatch and lay flat to dry.  Once dry, measure again.  Determine a tentative size based on your bust size and the amount of ease you want in the sweater. 

The pattern recommends up to 5-10" of positive ease. The sample in the shop is an M, and measures about 44.5" at the bust.  Feel free to come into the shop to try it on! The pattern shows a sweater with 8" of positive ease.  

Swatch: (work in the round):  CO  30 stitches.  Knit three rows of garter st at the beginning and end of your swatch to keep it from rolling, but have (5" of the "broken lines 12 stitch repeat SEE PATTERN)  between the garter st borders.  Garter borders are not necessary, but does make for a neater swatch.  

K 3 sts, PM (place marker), work 12 sts broken lines pattern, beginning with round 1 PM, work 12 sts broken line pattern again, PM, K 3 sts.   Repeat rounds 1-12 of broken lines pattern, until you have 5 inches.  Finish with three rows of garter st.  bind off.  

Make your measurements as much in the center of the swatch as possible.

The suggested needle for the main body of the sweater is a #7, but you need to find the needle that gives you gauge (and a fabric you like).  The gauge you are working towards is 19 sts and 26 rows/4" over the broken lines pattern.    Measure the sts and rows in 4", then soak your swatch and lay flat to dry, and measure again.  If your gauge is "off" go up or down needle size (if you have too many stitches per 4", use a larger needle; if you have too few stitches, use a smaller needle.) The stitch gauge will determine the circumference of your sweater.

Class is conducted via Zoom*.   Additional information, if needed, will be sent via email.  

Please make sure the shop has your current email on file.  

Each session is recorded for playback on our YouTube channel.   

There is no charge for Zoom classes.  We request that you use yarn purchased at the shop.  

*Visit and enter code 559-658-0843  no passcode needed


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