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Sanderling by Amy Herzog
Sanderling is one of the designs I created for my spring 2016 make. wear. love. retreat in Pacific Grove, CA. This year at the retreat, I really focused on great sweaters of lots of different shapes - so when the inimitable Indigodragonfly sent me some gorgeous DK-weight linen-silk, I knew I had to turn it into an A-line garment.
Sanderling features elbow-length sleeves and a tunic sweater length, although you can change both before you create your pattern. Narrow bands of garter stitch trim all edges, and the A-line shape keeps things swingy and comfortable.
A-line garments in CustomFit will ensure at least a 6'' (12.5 cm) difference between sweater cast-on and bust/chest, though you can make that larger if you like by clicking "customize fit specifics" and altering the CO widths. All shaping occurs at the side seam, and can be worked however you like, as usual with edge shaping in CustomFit sweaters. For more information on your choices, please see my edge shaping tutorial.
Sanderling is an a-line design, so your sweater pattern will have no waist shaping. The hem will be larger than the bust/chest by at least 4 inches (10 cm), with shaping worked along the side seams. You can adjust the dimensions by clicking 'customize fit specifics'. You can use any measurement set to create this pattern.
I used Indigodragonfly Chaingeling in a special retreat colorway for this design, and loved the fabric I got at a gauge of 5.5 stitches to the inch. (Kim loves it at 5.25 stitches to the inch. I think we're both right.)
I think A-line sweaters cry out for drapey, fluid fabrics, so if you're substituting yarn, please choose something with a nice amount of either linen, rayon/bamboo/viscose, silk, or alpaca for a similar look.
Sanderling uses the following design choices:
- Style: pullover
- Silhouette: A-line silhouette
- Length: Tunic length
- Sleeves: Elbow-length tapered sleeve
- Neck style: Average-width vee neck
- Neck depth: 1½"/4 cm below armhole-shaping start
- Hem edging and height: Garter Stitch, 1¼"/3 cm
- Sleeve edging and height: Garter Stitch, 1"/2.5 cm
- Neck edging and height: Garter Stitch, 1"/2.5 cm