Be Mine

Named for an off-season valentine delivery, Be Mine is a sweet, cap-sleeve pullover, worked almost entirely in Garter stitch.  Knit loosely, its fabric is delicate and springy.  I enjoy the simplicity of this design, of both its stitch and style.  Its back-neckline dips lower than its front for a subtle romantic twist.  Both bodice and sleeves are worked top-down, flat at first, then joined for the circular knitting of the lower bodice and ribbing at sleeve hems.  The shaping of the lower bodice is made simply by varying needle sizes.  Sleeves are knit separately with short rows at their cap for smooth shaping and ease in setting in.  You'll find this to be a quick and satisfying project with an elegant and versatile result.  Enjoy!

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Bust:  31, 35½, 39, 43, 47, 51, 55" / 78.7, 90.2, 99.1, 109.2, 119.4, 129.5, 139.7 cm
Waist:  25½, 29, 32, 35¼, 38½, 41¾, 45" / 64.8, 73.7, 81.3, 89.5, 97.8, 106, 114.3 cm
Hip:  31, 35½, 39, 43, 47, 51, 55" / 78.7, 90.2, 99.1, 109.2, 119.4, 129.5, 139.7 cm
Length:  22¾, 23¼, 23½, 23¾, 24, 24¼, 24½" / 57.8, 59.1, 59.7, 60.3, 61, 61.6, 62.2 cm
Shown in size 35½"/90.2 cm, worn with no ease.
Note that waist
measures may be modified simply by altering ndl size.

MATERIALS
Yarn
Shown in Acadia by The Fibre Co. (60% wool, 20% alpaca, 20% silk; 145 yards / 133m per 50g skein); color – Egret (#100) or Blue Heron (#030);
5, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9 skeins, or for comparable DK weight yarn, approx 725, 820, 920, 1010, 1100, 1200, 1280 yds /
663, 750, 842, 925, 1006, 1098, 1170 m.  I always have additional yarn on-hand for swatching.

Needles
US7 / 4.5mm or size to obtain gauge
1 24" / 60 cm circular (circ) or 1 pair straight needles for upper bodice
1 24 to 36" / 60 to 90 cm circ – choose length shorter than bust measurement
US6 / 4.0mm or size to obtain gauge
1 24 to 36" / 60 to 90 cm circ – choose length shorter than waist measurement
1 set double pointed or preferred needle style for working small circumferences of the sleeves in the round
US5 / 3.75mm or size to obtain gauge
1 24 to 36" / 60 to 90 cm circ – choose length shorter than waist measurement
1 16 to 20" / 40 to 50 cm circ for neckline trim

Notions
Stitch markers
• Tapestry needle

GAUGE
In Garter stitch over 4" / 10.2 cm
 18 sts and 40 rows on US7 / 4.5mm 
 20 sts and 48rows on US6 / 4.0mm 
 22 sts and 56 rows on US5 / 3.75mm 

SKILLS REQUIRED
Long-tail CO, Backward loop CO, circular knitting, increasing (kfb), short row shaping, stitch pick-up around neckline for trim, and setting in sleeve caps.  

9 page PDF includes pattern instructions, photographs, assembly diagrams, schematics, instructional links and photo tutorials, and definitions for relevant abbreviations.

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