From the moment I sewed the last button onto Washington Square in October (in the car on the way to Rhinebeck) it has become part of my uniform. I think I've worn this cardigan more than any other sweater I've made. The yarn, Schaefer Miss Priss, has a combination of warmth and softness that makes it perfect from October through April here in NJ. In the photo above I'm wearing it with a short sleeved tshirt in October. There is no itchiness, I assure you. The color, Thistle, is a lovely muted violet that seems to look good with most of my wardrobe.
It's fun to see how the same sweater works on me with zero ease and on Sofie with about 5" of ease. I think it's the ribbing that makes Washington Square work for both of us. The 3x1 ribbing gives a bit of contour to the body without the addition of actual body shaping in the pattern.
Washington Square is worked flat, in one piece from the bottom up to the underarms. The sleeves are then worked in the round and joined to the body at the yoke. Simple slipped stitch ovals begin the yoke, with a ridge stitch completing the yoke. Finishing work is quick with only button bands added and small openings at the underarms that are stitched closed.
Huge thanks go out to Bich-Thu, Elizabeth and Tonia for test knitting and to Karen for editing. Thank you also to Laura Nelkin at the Schaefer Yarn Company for being so generous with yarn support.
Sizes: 30 [32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52] Shown in size 40
Finished Measurements: Bust - 30.5[32.25, 34, 36.75, 38.5, 40.25, 42, 44.75, 46.5, 48.25, 50, 52.75]”
Gauge: 18 sts & 29 rows = 4” in (k3, p1) ribbing, blocked.
Yarn: Schaefer Yarn Miss Priss, 100% Merino Wool, 280 yds per 4oz. skein, Color: Thistle, 3[4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7] Skeins
Needles: US 8/5mm 32 or 40” circular and one set US 8/5mm DPN’s or size to obtain gauge
Other Materials: 8[8, 8, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 10, 10, 10, 10] buttons, Place Markers (PM), ScrapYarn in two colors, Tapestry Needle
Price: $6.00 US