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Here it is, that crazy stripy thing!

‘Disha’ means ‘direction’ in Hindi, and the naming process was so much fun! I ran a contest in the South Asian Crafters group on Ravelry, and one Raveller commented that she couldn’t really think of a name, but that the sweater reminded her of the directions one has to give to rickshaw drivers – turn right, turn left, take a u-turn from that landmark, and so on. Of course, this meant that the pullover had to be named after the process of giving crazy directions!

The garment starts out as two identical triangles with bold stripes. After the bases of the triangles reach body width, they are united and worked in the round until the apex of the triangles reach full height. Then, sleeves are worked back and forth, still striping along, and joined seamlessly to the body at the same time; after the underarm point, sleeves are worked in the round to the end. Finally, a triangle of fabric is worked seamlessly to fill in the back neck.

For all its intriguing construction, the sweater is easy to knit. It is all stockinette, in the round and back and forth. If you find the thought of so much stockinette a little boring, fear not! Increases and decreases shape the fabric into a bias structure for a beautiful drape and easy fit.

If you are between sizes, choose the smaller size for a trimmer fit – the bias fabric will help it drape to your body more. Do note that because of the fixed geometry of the body triangles, larger sizes have a more pronounced dolman sleeve effect than the smaller sizes.

The pattern is available for purchase through Ravelry here (no account needed). Have fun knitting!

Name: Disha
Available: here
Finished Chest Sizes: 82.5, 88.25, 93.25, 99, 104.25, 107.25, 118, 129, 139.75 cm / 32½ , 34¾ , 36¾ , 39, 41, 42¼ , 46½ , 50¾ , 55 inches
Needles: 3.5mm/US4 and 3.0mm/US3 circular
Yarn: Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool; 45% wool, 35% silk, 20% nylon; 176m/192 yards per 50g; 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6 skeins MC; 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5 skeins CC
Gauge: 24.5 stitches and 37 rows over stockinette worked flat
Skills Assumed:

  • Stockinette in the round and back and forth
  • Picking up and knitting stitches
  • Increases: kfb, pfb,
  • Decreases: k2tog, ssk, s2kp, ssp, p2tog
  • Working short rows
  • Binding off ribbing in pattern
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