Knit a chunky funnel-neck sweater

This raglan-style pullover with funnel neck, made from extra-bulky merino wool, will knit up in no time.

By Wenlan Chia

Nimbus sweater
The Nimbus Sweater's funnel neck falls in graceful waves around your neck and shoulders. Make this pullover office-ready by combining it with a trumpet skirt and neutral tights worn  with stacked-wooden heel T-strap pumps or with tweedy gauchos and cognac leather lace-up boots.

Twinkle style is a study in contrasts, and this pattern illustrates the principle perfectly. The open-work in this sweater's wide funnel neck lends a lightness to contrast with the chunky yarn. Princess seams along the bust help the bulky yarn create a surprisingly flattering silhouette, and raglan sleeves lend a comfortable fit and allow ease of movement.

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Size
S (M, L)

Remember to use this guide to find your size based on your actual bust measurement: S = 34"-36" (86-91 cm); M = 37"-39" (94-99 cm); L = 40"-42" (102-107 cm).

Knitted measurements
Bust: 29 (31, 34)" (73.5 [78.5, 86.5] cm)
Back length (not including collar): 19 (20, 21-3/4)" (48.5 [51, 55.5] cm)

Materials
• 4 (4, 5) hanks Twinkle Handknits Soft Chunky, 100% virgin merino wool, 7 oz/200 g, 83 yds/75 m, #08 White
• US size 19 (15 mm) 29" (75 cm) and 24" (60 cm) circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge
• Stitch holders
• Stitch markers
• Tapestry needle

Gauge
11 stitches and 16 rows = 7" (18 cm) in stockinette stitch.
Take the time to check your gauge.

Abbreviation
inc 1 – Knit 1 in the row below the next stitch, knit the next stitch.

Notes
The Sleeves are first knit flat, then the Body is knit in the round. The Sleeves are joined to the body at the underarm, and the sweater is knit in one piece from that point. The stitch marker at the beginning of the round should be a different colour from the others. If you are unable to fit the stitches for the funnel neck onto the 24" (60 cm) circular needles, use double-pointed needles instead.

Openwork rib pattern (multiple of 4)
(See chart)
Rnd 1: *K2, yo, ssk; repeat from *.
Rnd 2: *K2tog, yo, k2; repeat from *.
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 for pattern.

Sleeves (make 2)
With the longer needle, cast on 13 (15, 17) stitches. Work even in stockinette stitch for 10 rows.
Increase row (RS): K1, inc 1, knit to last 2 stitches, inc 1, k1 – 15 (17, 19) stitches.
Work even for 10 rows, then repeat increase row – 17 (19, 21) stitches.
Work even until the Sleeve measures 13" (33 cm) from the beginning, ending with a wrong-side row.

Underarm shaping
Bind off 2 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows. Place the remaining 13 (15, 17) stitches on a holder.

Body
With longer needles, cast on 23 (25, 27) front stitches, place marker to indicate the right underarm, cast on 23 (25, 27) back stitches, place marker to indicate the left underarm and the beginning of the round – 46 (50, 54) stitches. Join, being careful not to twist stitches.
Rnds 1-4: Knit.
Rnd 5: Knit across front stitches to the marker, slip marker, k3, k2tog, yo, k13 (15, 17), k2tog, yo, ssk, k3.
Rnd 6: Knit.
Rnd 7: K6, ssk, k7 (9, 11), k2tog, k6, slip marker, knit across the back stitches to end of round – 44 (48, 52) stitches.
Rnd 8: Knit.
Rnd 9: Knit to the marker, slip marker, k2, k2tog, yo, k15 (17, 19), yo, ssk, k2.
Rnds 10 and 11: Knit.
Rnd 12: K6, ssk, k5 (7, 9), k2tog, k6, slip marker, knit across the back stitches to end of round – 42 (46, 50) stitches.
Rnd 13: Knit to the marker, slip marker, k1, k2tog, yo, k17 (19, 21), yo, ssk, k1.
Rnds 14-16: Knit.
Rnd 17: K6, ssk, k3 (5, 7), k2tog, k6, slip marker, k2tog, yo, k19 (21, 23), yo, ssk – 40 (44, 48) stitches.
Rnds 18-20: Knit.
Rnd 21: K6, inc 1, k3 (5, 7), inc 1, k5, sl1, remove marker, slip stitch back to the left-hand needle and k2tog, place marker, yo, k21 (23, 25), yo, sl1, remove marker, slip stitch back to the left-hand needle, place marker, ssk – 42 (46, 50) stitches.
Rnds 22-23: Knit.
Rnd 24: K6, inc 1, k5 (7, 9), inc 1, k6, slip marker, knit across the back stitches to end of round – 44 (48, 52) stitches.
Rnd 25: Yo, ssk, knit to 2 stitches before the next marker, k2tog, yo, slip marker, k23 (25, 27).
Rnd 26: Knit.
Rnd 27: K6, inc 1, k7 (9, 11), inc 1, k6, slip marker, knit to end of round – 46 (50, 54) stitches.
Rnd 28: Knit.
Rnd 29: K1, yo, ssk, knit to 3 stitches before marker, k2tog, yo, k1, slip marker, knit to end of round.
Rnd 30: Knit, ending 2 stitches before end of round.

Divide the body

Removing markers as you work, bind off 4 stitches, knit to 2 stitches before the marker, bind off 4 stitches, knit to end of round – 19 (21, 23) stitches each for front and back.

Join the sleeves and body

K13 (15, 17) Sleeve stitches from holder, place marker to indicate the raglan shaping, k19 (21, 23) front stitches, place marker to indicate the raglan shaping, k13 (15, 17) Sleeve stitches from holder, place marker to indicate the raglan shaping, k19 (21, 23) back stitches, place marker to indicate the raglan shaping and the beginning of the round – 64 (72, 80) stitches. Work 2 (2, 3) rounds even.

Raglan shaping
Note: Read all shaping instructions before beginning.
Next rnd (decrease rnd): *K1, ssk, knit to 3 stitches before next marker, k2tog, k1, slip marker; repeat from * around – 56 (64, 72) stitches.
Repeat the decrease round every 3 rounds 2 (3, 3) more times – 40 (40, 48) stitches. Work 2 (1, 2) rounds even.

Neck and raglan shaping
Sizes S and L only: K1, ssk, knit to the marker, remove marker, place the next 13 (-, 15) front neck stitches on a holder, turn, leaving the remainder of the round unworked.
Next row (WS): Bind off 3 (-, 4) stitches at the beginning of the row, purl to the marker, slip marker, p2tog, purl to 3 stitches before the marker, ssp, p1, slip marker, p2tog, purl to end, remove marker, turn – 20 (-, 25) stitches.
Bind off 3 (-, 4) stitches at the beginning of the next 3 rows, do not turn – 11 (-, 13) back neck stitches remaining.
Size M only: Knit to the first marker, remove marker, place the next 13 front neck stitches on a holder, turn, leaving the remainder of the round unworked. Bind off 3 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows, then 4 stitches at the beginning of the following 2 rows – 13 stitches.

Funnel collar
All sizes: Using the shorter circular needle or double-pointed needles if it's easier for you, pick up and knit 6 (7, 8) Sleeve stitches, k13 (13, 15) stitches from the front neck holder, pick up and knit 6 (7, 8) Sleeve stitches, k11 (13, 13) stitches from the back neck holder – 36 (40, 44) stitches. Place marker to indicate the beginning of the round and join.
Work the openwork rib pattern for 20 rounds. Bind off loosely.

Finishing
Sew the Sleeve seams and underarm seams. Weave in ends.



Excerpted from Twinkle's Weekend Knits: 20 Fast Designs for Fun Getaways, copyright 2008 by Wenlan Chia. Excerpted with permission from Potter Craft, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced except with permission in writing from the publisher.

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