Being a designer known for menswear and unisex designs, the question Meghan receives most often is, “are you making a feminine version?” In most cases, the answer is usually “no,” but in the case of Saven, the shoulder-emphasizing raglan-saddle construction meant that making the design really work for a feminine shape required some reimagining.
Saven II, by Meghan Babin, features all the same gobsmacking cables as the original, with a simplified modified-drop-shoulder construction and a fit designed for a more petite frame. Based on ASTM Sizing for Women, Saven II is worked at a loftier gauge than the original, for a fabric with more drape and softness. The back and front are worked flat from the bottom up and joined at the shoulders with a three-needle bind off. The sleeves are picked up and knit from the armholes, leaving just the underarm and sides of the sweater to seam in finishing.
Type: Digital Download
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]): aspen (natural white), 6 (6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11, 11) skeins.
1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10); 33.5 (37.25, 41.5, 45.25, 49.5, 53.25, 57.5, 61.25, 65.5, 69.25)” [85 (94.5, 105.5, 115, 125.5, 135.5, 146, 155.5, 166.5, 176) cm] finished chest circumference. Pullover shown on Laura measures 41.5” [105.5 cm] finished chest, worn with 7.5” [19 cm] of positive ease. Recommended ease: 4-10” [10-25.5 cm].
Size A (for body and sleeves): US 8 [5 mm]: 32”[80 cm] circ and 16” [40 cm] circ.
Size B (for ribbing): US 6 [4 mm]: 32” [80 cm] circ and 16” [40 cm] circ.
Size C (for tubular cast on and neckband pick up): US 5 [3.75 mm]: 32” [80 cm] circ and 16” [40 cm] circ.
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Cable needle (cn); tapestry needle; stitch markers (m); waste yarn.
18 sts and 27.5 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Rev Stockinette stitch on Size A needle, blocked.
1 rep of Chart C on Size A needle = 5.25” [13.5 cm], after blocking.
Increasing; decreasing; cabling with or without a cable needle; circular knitting; picking up stitches; seaming; (optional) tubular cast on and bind off.
About the Designer
Meghan Babin (she/her) is the co-founder of Hudson + West Co. She’s the former editor of Interweave Knits, knit.wear, and creator and editor of Wool Studio. She hails from the lower Hudson Valley region of New York where she currently lives, designs, and runs H+W HQ East. Her designs and creative work are largely inspired by the dichotomy between New York City and the wilds of the Hudson Valley. Follow her on Instagram @meggospurls. Find all her designs on Ravelry.