My monogrammed sweater pattern is finally available! Designing this sweater was a fun challenge because I wanted it to be totally seamless, but I also wanted it to have pockets. It took a little experimenting, but the solution, picking up stitches from the pocket lining as I knit the body, turned out to be easier than I anticipated. My cardigan turned out so cute that I changed my original plan which was to add some kitschy intarsia on the upper back. Instead, I left the back blank and went for a simple duplicate stitch monogram on the shoulder, and this sweater quickly became my favorite neutral sweater in my collection.
The body is knit from the bottom up, and the shoulders are joined using a three needle bind off. Stitches are picked up around the armhole, and they’re worked from the top down using short rows to shape the sleeve cap. For the most part, this sweater is a simple knit that would be great to work on while watching a movie. The most challenging parts are the intarsia bands on the pockets in the contrast color and the duplicate stitch monogram which is when the sweater is complete.
I knit my sample using Cascade 220 on 4.5 mm needles. The pattern includes instructions for sizes XS-3X and requires between 755 and 1305 yards of worsted weight yarn including the contrast color. The sweater is meant to be worn with 0-2 inches of negative ease, and the finished bust measurements range from 30-54 inches. The pattern is available for $6.50, and you can buy it now or check it out on Ravelry.