Designed by Meghan Kelly, Desert Queen is worked in pieces from the bottom up. The back features a garter border and A-line shaping. Short rows shape the shoulders. The Front is worked in the same manner as the back through the A-line shaping, and then an eyelet pattern is worked on the front yoke.
There are 8 rows of the eyelet pattern charted; Chart 1 is for the beginning of the row, Chart 2 for the end. The entire yoke is not charted. Instead, once the eyelet pattern has been established, you will continue to work just the 4 rows of the repeat, shifting the eyelets over 2 stitches towards the center front on each subsequent right side row.
Once the fronts are complete, the shoulders are joined with a 3-Needle Bind Off, and the sides are seamed. Stitches are picked up at the neck and armholes, one round is worked, and then stitches are bound off for a clean edge.
Kelbourne Woolens Mojave: slate gray 025, 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 6, 6) skeins.
22 sts + 28 rows = 4” in St st on larger ndls, after blocking.
1 – 16” (40 cm) US 3 (3.25 mm) circular.
1 – 32” (80 cm) US 3 (3.25 mm) circular.
1 – 32” (80 cm) US 4 (3.5 mm) circular.
4 locking stitch markers, darning needle.
30 (34, 37.5, 41, 44.75, 48.5, 52)” [76.5 (85.75, 95, 104.5, 113.5, 122.75, 132) cm] bust. Sweater is designed to be worn with 2” (5 cm) of positive ease. Please see schematic for more detailed finished measurements.
Simple yarn over patterning, seaming, picking up stitches.
• For a tutorial on working from charts, visit our tips and tricks here.
• For a tutorial on working short row shaping, visit our tips and tricks here.
• For a tutorial on working mattress stitch, visit our tips and tricks here.
• For a tutorial on evenly picking up stitches, visit our tips and tricks here.
• For a tutorial on working the Three Needle Bind-Off, visit our tips and tricks here.
Photography by Linette Kielinski