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Modern Tartan Sweater Pattern

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    Note: PDF pattern is delivered electronically. Download instructions will be emailed to you at purchase.

    Designer: Elizabeth Green Musselman

    Sizes: S (M, L, XL), to fit chest sizes 36 (40, 44, 48)” 

    Yarn: SHELTER by Brooklyn Tweed, 2 (2, 2, 2) skeins Pumpernickel, 3 (3, 3, 4) skeins Nest, 3 (3, 3, 4) skeins Woodsmoke, 2 (2, 2, 2) skeins Fossil, and 5 (6, 6, 7) skeins Embers

    Gauge: 18 sts and 22 rows = 4” x 4" in Modern Tartan pattern on larger needles, after blocking

    Recommended Needles: US 8 (5.0mm) circular needles in 16", 24" and 40" lengths, US 6 (4.0mm) circular needle 29" to 40" long, US 6 (4.0mm) and US 8 (5.0mm) DPNS.

    Other Suggested Tools: Stitch markers, stitch holders or smooth waste yarn, tapestry needle, 6” zipper (regular, not separating), very sharp scissors, pins, sewing needle and thread

    Suggested Skill Level: Adventurous Beginner - Intermediate

    From the Designer: I design knitwear mainly for men and school-aged boys because I have long been frustrated by the drab pattern options available for them. Some guys actually like rich color and texture. When I saw Shelter, I loved all of the colors so much that I had a tough time settling on just one, so I decided not to settle on just one (The original design is done in five colors of Shelter, though it could certainly be knit with just two colors). I wanted a design that looked rich and complex but that was relatively simple to knit, so I made this a top-down raglan. The yarn's loft makes the sweater much lighter than a stranded sweater normally would be. The shape is meant to mimic fleece pullovers.

    After 12 years of teaching history at Southwestern University,
    Elizabeth Green Musselman is changing careers to focus full time
    on knitting and yarn. Her designs -- which are mainly for schoolaged
    boys and men -- have appeared in Yarn Forward, a forthcoming
    book edited by Shannon Okey, and the KnitPicks Independent
    Designer Program. Look for Elizabeth on Ravelry as ElizabethGM.