Unwind and keep warm without abandoning your modern sensibility. Alexis Winslow is known for her bold, graphic designs, and here she’s turned a cozy, short-sleeved batwing coat into a striking statement piece. Despite its generous dimensions, Escher flatters the figure with a colorblock triangle as the slimming focal point and deep ribbing that slants across the hips. The back is worked sideways from a provisional cast on and shaped with short rows; the fabric is then joined to work each sleeve cuff in the round. The ribbing is picked up for lower and upper sections, shaped with increases, and joined with short rows. Short rows also form the shawl collar. A single button allows for fastening the fronts closed. If graphic colorblocking isn’t your style, consider working a single-color version or even substituting reverse stockinette for the Color 3 stripes.
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Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g):
3 (3, 4, 4, 5) skeins of C1; 1 (1, 1, 1, 2) skein(s) of C2; 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) skein(s) of C3
Photographed in colors Soot (C1), Cast Iron (C2), and Snowbound (C3)
US 5 - 3.75 mm (for main fabric) straight or 32" circular needle
US 4 - 3.5 mm (for ribbing) 32" circular needle and one set of dpns
22 stitches and 38 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch with Size A needle, after blocking
22 stitches and 38 rows = 4” in 2x2 Ribbing with Size B needle, after blocking
Width of back at lower ribbing: 32½ (35½, 41½, 47½, 53)”; sized to fit approximately 28-32 (34-38, 40-44, 46-50, 52-56)” bust
Sample shown is size 35½” on model with 33” bust
Page 7, column 2, under "Work Rolled Edging" heading:
Before Short Row 1, the pattern should say "Note: work remaining wraps together with wrapped stitches as you encounter them on next row." This note was mistakenly incorporated into the directions for Short Row 2. Ignore this instruction in Short Row 2.
Q: How do I increase in the 2x2 ribbing pattern in the Lower Edging Section? I'm confused about what increase to use after the first two stitches.
A: Try to think of the first two stitches as not part of the rib pattern. You will always knit 2, then increase according to the rib pattern. Visually, the first two knit stitches create frame around the triangular shaped ribbed section.
So the "Shape Ribbing Section" will go something like this:
Row 1 (RS): K2, M1, P2, K2...
Row 2 (WS): P3, K2, P2...
Row 3 (RS): K2, M1, K1, P2, K2...
Row 4 (WS): P4, K2, P2...
Row 5 (RS): K2, M1P, K2, P2...
Row 6 (WS): P2, K1, P2, K2...
Row 7 (RS): K2, M1P, P1, K2, P2...
The piece is symmetrical, so everything on the right edge is mirrored on the left edge.