Designed by Kate Gagnon Osborn, Bernadette is worked in pieces from the bottom up. The sweater features a deep ribbing at the cuffs and hem and an all over textured stitch pattern makes up the body and sleeves.
To make a nice clean edge for finishing when working the armhole shaping on both the body and sleeves, maintain the first and last stitch in stockinette, then work the pattern in between the two edge stitches as established, working partial repeats as the shaping dictates.
Once the pieces are blocked and seamed, stitches are picked up to work the neck. There are links to tips and tricks on page 4 of the pattern that you may find useful when working some of the more advanced techniques such as evenly picking up stitches or seaming using mattress stitch.
Kelbourne Woolens Andorra (60% Merino wool, 20% Highland wool, 20% mohair; 185 yds/50 gm skein): haint blue, 7 (7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 11, 11) skeins.
24 sts + 36 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Texture Stitch on larger needles, after blocking.
1 – Set US 2 (2.75 mm) DPNs.
1 – US 2 (2.75 mm) 16” (40 cm) circular.
1 – US 2 (2.75 mm) 24” (60 cm) circular or pair straights.
1 – Set US 4 (3.5 mm) DPNs.
1 – US 4 (3.5 mm) 24” (60 cm) circular or pair straights.
Check your gauge and adjust needle size(s) accordingly as necessary.
Tapestry needle, stitch holders or waste yarn.
32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60)” [81.25 (91.5, 101.5, 111.75, 122, 132, 142.25, 152.5) cm] finshed bust. Sweater is designed to be worn with 4–6” (10-15 cm) positive ease. Sample shown meas 40” and is modeled on a 34” bust. Please see schematic for more detailed finished measurements.
Mattress stitch, picking up stitches, short row shaping.
• For a tutorial on using the wrap and turn method of short row shaping, our tips and tricks here.
• For a tutorial on calculating how to perfectly pick up stitches, visit our tips and tricks here.
• For a tutorial on seaming using mattress stitch, visit our tips and tricks here.
• We highly recommend working the sloped bind off technique when shaping the sleeve caps and neckline. A quick web search for “sloped bind off” will provide you with a multitude of tutorials!
Photography by Linette Kielinski