Field Study is one of 16 glorious designs in Stranded Knits, a superb technique manual and pattern collection that I created for Rowan Yarns.
The sweater is knitted from the bottom up in rounds, with a steek for the front neck opening. Though the stranded patttern for the sleevecaps is different to that in the body, they are worked at the same time as the body using Barbara Walker’s ‘simultaneous set-in sleeve’ method. The saddle shoulders are also integral, using a short row method I devised to create a gentle shoulder slope whilst continuing in the round.
The PDF pattern includes clearly illustrated tutorials for crochet provisional cast-on, lifted increases, slip-stitch steek reinforcement, and kitchener stitch.
Instructions are given for 14 sizes, from 32 to 58 inch chests. The finished sweater includes 4 to 8.5cm/1.5 to 3.25 inches of positive ease. The pattern includes a blocking diagram and table of measurements.
Tension/gauge is 29 stitches and 31 rounds per 10cm/4 inches after blocking. Suggested needle sizes are 3.25mm/US 3 (main pattern) and 2.5mm/US 1½ (picot edgings). The pictured sample was made with ‘Rowan Felted Tweed DK’ in Duck Egg #173 and Rage #150. Please note that Felted Tweed is akin to a US sportweight/heavy fingering.