English pattern for November Rain
November Rain is a cozy, comfortable sweater; just the kind of sweater you want to move into when winter comes!
It is worked top down. You work it flat until you are past the V-neck and then you join to work the body in the round. The simple rib pattern is worked from a chart. If you have never worked from a chart before, this is a good place to start, as the pattern is so very simple.
The V-neck, the amount of positive ease, and the special sleeve construction come together to form a somewhat dressy version of an oversize sweater. The sleeve construction gives an illusion of a batwing (dolman) sleeve, but this sweater is easy to wear under coats and jackets as it gets colder.
It is knit in luxuriously heavy fibers – alpaca and silk – resulting in a fabric that drapes beautifully around the body.
1–2–3 (4-5-6) 7
Measurements on finished garment
Chest circumference: 122-139-156 (172-189-206) 223 cm / 48-54.7-61.5 (67.7-74.4-81.1) 87.8 inches
Body length: 55-55-55 (55-57-57) 57 cm / 21.7-21.7-21.7 (21.7-22.4-22.4) 22.4 inches
November Rain is designed to be worn with 30-60 cm / 12-24 inches ease. Body and sleeve length are easily adjustable, just remember that changing the length will affect yardage!
800-990-1040 (1140-1240-1340) 1440 meters sport weight yarn
Yardage is estimated and may vary between knitters!
Sample is knit in size 3, using Alpaca/Silk, in the colorway November from By Kiilerich: https://bykiilerich.com/
Yarn alternative: Suzette from Dream In Color Yarn, https://www.dreamincoloryarn.com/yarn/suzette/
4.5 (US7) circular 60 or 80 cm / 24 or 31 inches, using magic loop where needed.
3.75 mm (US5) circular 60 or 80 cm / 24 or 31 inches, using magic loop where needed.
19 stitches x 19 rows/rounds in stockinette stitch on larger needle = 10×10 cm (4×4 inches) after blocking! You are knitting with heavy fibers on a large needle, so this fabric will grow considerably with blocking.
Note: Needle size is just a suggestion. Adjust needle size if needed to obtain gauge! Pay extra attention to your gauge when working the sleeves. Many knitters tend to have a tighter gauge when working small circumferences. If this happens to you, you will have to go up a needle size when knitting the sleeves! Also, many knitters have a looser gauge when purling compared to knitting – if this happens, you may want to work the purl rows on a smaller needle.
If you find it difficult to match row gauge, it can be because the yarn you are using is not as smooth and heavy as the Alpaca/Silk, or it may just be too thick a yarn. Alpaca/Silk has 262 meters/287 yards per 100 grams and would typically be knit on much smaller needles. If you prefer a denser fabric, the pattern includes simple instructions to work the V-neck at a tighter gauge.