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Shearwater Sweater

Job type Test knit

This sweater is knit top-down and seamless, and is created through the use of the techniques of fading and slipping stitches.

Glimmering, shining, iridescent, this sweater shimmers brilliantly and is a delight to knit and wear. The joy of Shearwater is in the merging of one color into the next, using yarn from your stash or a purchased fade set.  The eleventh contrasting color is where the magic occurs, pulling all of the colors together, worked in a beautiful, almost-woven stich at the hem and cuff.  

Tech edited This pattern has been tech edited.
Difficulty Moderate
Due date 2023-09-30   This is a flexible deadline!
Craft Knitting
Test secrecy Postable
Advertiser Knit Equals Joy Designs
Spots available 13
Sizes required 28 : 2 testers needed
32 : 1 testers needed
36 : 1 testers needed
40 : 1 testers needed
44 : 1 testers needed
50 : 1 testers needed
54 : 2 testers needed
58 : 2 testers needed
62 : 2 testers needed
Finished measurements

Finished size at bust:  28.5 (31, 36, 38.75, 43.75, 49, 54.25, 56.75, 62) in.  [72 (79, 91,  98, 111, 124, 138, 144, 157) cm]. 

Finished length:  21.75 in. - 26.25 in.  Feel free to lengthen or shorten.

Gauge Stockinette: 28 sts and 38 rnds = 4 in. [10 cm]. Yoke Section 1: 26 sts and 55 rnds = 4 in. [10 cm]. Yoke Section 2: 30 sts and 51 rnds = 4 in. [10 cm]. Yoke Section 3 and Bodice: 31 sts and 46 rnds = 4 in. [10 cm]. Hem: 33 sts and 65 rnds = 4 in. [10 cm].
Charted or written pattern Written
Skills required

Adding in colors, stretchy cast on, backward loop cast on, working in the round, slipping stitches, m1 and kfb increases, ssk and k2tog decreases, knitting through back loop, binding off purlwise and knitwise.

Construction type Top-down, in the round, seamless. Hem and cuff are knit flat.
Required or recommended yarn 1 Main Color, 11 Contrasting Colors in Fingering Weight
Yardage Main Color: 430 (430, 860, 860, 860, 860, 860, 860, 1290) yds, Contrasting Colors: 10 mini skeins of approx. 105 yds/28g per skein (you will not need that much of the CCs used early on). 1 skein CC11 (445 yds/100g) - perhaps 1/2 skein.
Tools required

Needles:    US Size 4 [3.5 mm] 16 in. [40 cm] circular needle.  US Size 4 [3.5 mm] 24, 32, 40, or 60 in. [60, 80, 100, or 150 cm] circular needle (use cable length that is most comfortable for you for the number of sts at bust for your size).  US Size 3 [3.25 mm] 16 in. [40 cm] circular needle.

Other Materials: 6 stitch markers, including 1 to mark beginning of round; 2 shank buttons (5/8 in. [1.6 cm]), sewing needle, thread to match yarn used in cuff, tapestry needle.

Ownership of the finished item The finished item is yours to keep.
Requirements from the maker

While not required, I would love it if you shared your sweater and project pictures on Instagram and tagged me, and if you are on Ravelry, if you would link your project to the pattern page and mark it "Complete" when finished.

The feedback I am especially looking for is how much yarn you used and the finished measurements of your sweater.  Please keep me apprised of your progress and keep in touch with any questions you might have.


Rewards from the designer

The designer is offering discounted or free pattern(s) to testers

Upon completion, I will send you a coupon code to use for one free pattern from my catalogue on Payhip and a coupon code to download the final version of Shearwater on Payhip.

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