YARN: Approx 1350 yards of aran weight merino blend yarn. Knit Picks City Tweed Aran/HW Obsidian, 8 skeins (1312 yards) was used in sample.
NOTIONS: tapestry needle, row counter (optional).
GAUGE: 12 sts x 20 rows=2 inches in stockinette
SIZE: 25” long x 26” wide. Fits like a size Medium.
SPECKLED STITCH PATTERN
Multiple of 4+3
Row 1: k3, p1; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3
Row 2: k to end.
Cast on 131 sts, prepare to work a flat panel
Row 1, 3, 5, 7: k to end of row.
Row 2, 4, 6, 8: p to end of row.
Row 9: k4, *k3, p1; rep from * to last 7 sts, k to end.
Row 10: p4, k to last 4sts, p4.
Rep Row 9 and Row 10 until item measures 25 inches from cast on edge. (216 rows)
Bind off with basic bind off method. Weave all ends in.
Using the mattress stitch, seam 6 inches at the shoulders, leaving a 12-inch opening for neck cowl. At the sides, position 3 buttons at each side and sew them in place through both front and back.
Cast on 136, join to work in the round.
Rnd 1, 3, 5, 7, 9: k to end.
Rnd 2, 4, 6, 8, 10: p to end.
Rnd 11-20: k to end.
Rep last 20 rounds until item measures 10 inches from cast on edge. (Approx 90 rows)
Rep Rnds 1-10.
Bind off with basic bind off.
Assembly of neckline
Using the mattress stitch, seam the cowl to the neckline opening.