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Sanderling is one of the designs I created for my spring 2016 make. wear. love. retreat in Pacific Grove, CA. At this retreat, I really focused on great sweaters of lots of different shapes - and when the inimitable Indigodragonfly sent me some gorgeous DK-weight linen-silk, I knew I had to turn it into an A-line garment. Later, when she brought some of her Mad Science Series yarn to play, I dove right in and immediately knit another sample out of her fingering weight Chameleon Sock.
Sanderling features elbow-length sleeves and a tunic sweater length, although you can change both before you create your pattern. Narrow bands of garter stitch trim all edges, and the A-line shape keeps things swingy and comfortable.
A-line garments in CustomFit will ensure at least a 6'' (12.5 cm) difference between sweater cast-on and bust/chest, though you can make that larger if you like by clicking "customize fit specifics" and altering the CO widths. All shaping occurs at the side seam, and can be worked however you like, as usual with edge shaping in CustomFit sweaters. For more information on your choices, please see my edge shaping tutorial.
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Pictured in a-line silhouette. Also available in straight silhouette. Please see our page on silhouettes for a full explanation of silhouettes in Customfit.
I used Indigodragonfly Chaingeling in a special retreat colorway for the original sample of this design, and loved the fabric I got at a gauge of 5.5 stitches to the inch. (Kim loves it at 5.25 stitches to the inch. I think we're both right.) At my gauge, you will need 4 hanks for a standard size 30 - 34''; 5 hanks for a standard size 36 - 42''; 6 hanks for a standard size 44 - 48''; and 7 hanks for a standard size 50 - 54''.
The second time around, I used Indigodragonfly's Chameleon Sock yarn in one of Kim's special Mad Science Series colorways. Click the link to get your own; for a standard size 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 48, 52, 58, 62)'' sample you'll need 3 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7) hanks of Chameleon.
I think A-line sweaters cry out for drapey, fluid fabrics, so if you're substituting yarn, please choose something with a nice amount of either linen, rayon/bamboo/viscose, silk, or alpaca for a similar look.
Sanderling uses the following design choices:
- Style: pullover
- Silhouettes: Pictured in a-line silhouette. Also available in straight silhouette.
- Length: Tunic
- Sleeves: Elbow-length tapered sleeve
- Neck style: Average-width average-width vee neck
- Neck depth: 1½"/4 cm below armhole-shaping start
- Hem edging and height: Garter Stitch, 1¼"/3 cm
- Sleeve edging and height: Garter Stitch, 1"/2.5 cm
- Neck edging and height: Garter Stitch, 1"/2.5 cm