Deep South Fibers | Olivia By Cocoknits

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Short Description: Olivia is a great stash-busting transition piece, more than a vest, but not quite a sweater. It’s an easy piece to layer thanks to the completely open sides above the waist ribbing. You can knit it with either the YO or Bobble pattern in the center panel. It begins at the top of the shoulder with a provisional cast-on, and the Back and Front are knitted down separately from there, using shortrow shaping to slope the shoulders.  Front and Back are joined at the waist and the 3×3 ribbing is knitted in the round — so no seaming!

Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows in 4" / 10 cm square over St st. See notes above regarding row gauge and yarn quantities. To ensure correct measurements and yarn quantity, take time to swatch!

Finished Measurements: Sizes: Small (Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X)

  • Finished Body Width: 24.5 (27, 29.25, 31.75, 34, 36.5 )" / 61 ( 67, 73, 79, 85, 91) cm
  • Finished Length: 19.5 (20, 20.4, 21, 21.5, 22)" / 50 (51, 52, 54, 55, 56) cm

Materials Used: 

  • 720 (800, 880, 1000, 1120, 1240) yds / 658 (732, 805, 914, 1024, 1134) m fngering to light sportweight to get gauge. See note about Twirl yarn below — if you get 24 rather than 28 rows in 4"/10cm, you will require less yarn.
  • Biches et Buches Le Petit Lambswool 100% pure lambswool; 270 yds / 248 m per 1.76 oz / 50 g skein 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5) skeins in Dark Grey Brown

held with 

  • Habu n-86 100% cashmere; 202 yds / 185 m per .5 oz / 14 g skein 3 (3, 4, 4, 5. 5) cones in black (#8192)

or

  • A Verb for Keeping Warm Flock 100% organic California Merino; 290 yds /265 m per 1.76 oz / 50 g skein 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5) skeins in Tortilla

or

  • Twirl Ditto Wool / Alpaca / Mohair; 125 yds / 114 m per 1.76 oz / 50 g skein 5 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10) skeins in Twirlin’ Sally or Ash (depending on availability)

Needle Size: 

  • Two US 6 / 4 mm (or size needed to obtain gauge) circular needles 32" / 80 mm for PCO and body. (If not using Judy’s Magic CO, only 1 US 6 / 4 mm circular needle required)
  • US 5 / 3.75 mm circular needle 24–32" / 60–80 cm for bottom ribbing (cord must be shorter than body circumference)
  • US 2–3 / 2.75-3.25 mm circular or straight needle for Jeny’s Stretchy BO