The throwback sweater we all need, Elise by Cheryl Toy marries collegiate jersey style with a heritage colorwork motif for a retro-inspired sweater that is at home in any decade. This cozy design features a v-neck and ribbing with color pops and a graphic band motif that runs across the body and upper arms.
Worked from the top down in the round, this sweater’s bold colorwork employs duplicate stitch to add a third color in finishing, so you only need to carry two colors while knitting the body. Optional instructions are included for a tubular bind off at the hem, sleeves, and collar.
Type: Digital Download
Designer: Cheryl Toy
Skill Level: 3 out of 5
Yarn: Hudson + West Co. Forge (70% U.S. Merino / 30% U.S. Corriedale; 235 yds [214 m]; 3.5 oz. [100g]): MC - aspen (natural white), 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8) skeins; CC -midnight (navy), 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2) skeins; CC2 - barn red (deep red), 1 skein.
1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8); 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60)” [81.5 (91.5, 101.5, 112, 122, 132, 142, 152.5) cm] finished chest circumference. Pullover shown measures 44” [112 cm] worn with 10” [25.5 cm] positive ease on Laura and 4” [10 cm] positive ease on Becca.
Size A (for body and sleeves): US 7 [4.5 mm]: 32” [80 cm] and 40” [101 cm] circs; set of DPNs (double-pointed needles) for small-circumference knitting.
Size B (for ribbing): US 6 [4.0 mm]: 32” [80 cm] circ; 1 set of DPNs (double-pointed needles) for small-circumference knitting.
Size C (optional, for tubular bind off): US 4 [3.50 mm]: 32” [80 cm] circular needle; set of DPNs (double-pointed needles) for small-circumference knitting.
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Tapestry needle; stitch markers (m); stitch holders or waste yarn.
20 sts and 28 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Stockinette St in the rnd on Size A needle, after blocking.
Increasing; decreasing; stranded colorwork; duplicate stitch, picking up stitches; (optional) tubular bind off.
About the Designer
From her tiny studio in New Orleans, Cheryl Toy avidly knits, teaches and designs knitwear. A former Set Designer and Art Director for film and television, Cheryl frequently draws on historical references to create engaging knits that focus on simple, timeless shapes. Amusing details and quirky techniques fascinate her. Cheryl’s work can be found in several books. She has contributed to collections by Brooklyn Tweed, The Fibre Co., and Hudson+West Co. Follow her on Instagram @knitwithcheryltoy and see all her designs on Ravelry.