I have published a pattern of the sweater knitted with a yarn I wrote an article about.
As I wrote in that post, the design of the sweater started because of the pink chinos I bought impulsively.
I had been looking for slub cotton yarn but my sesarch on the Internet was not very fructous… But I came accross a silk-linen-wool blend yarn in a La Droguerie’s store in my city: the yarn was called Provençale.
We went to see a frind of ours in Marseille, the largest city of Provence, in the summer 2020, between the first lockdown in the spring and the second in the fall. The yarn’s name reminded me of the hot, dry air of the Provence summer, the cicadas’ cry I have ever heard ofr the first time in France (not the same as the Japanese’s!), and the clear blue sea totally different from the color of Atlantic Ocean we usually go to. And the yarn I (serendipitously?) encountered not far from my house was almost perfect, hence the sweater’s name La Provence.
To fully enjoy this yarn, the sweater is fully reversible and you don’t need to care about the right/wrong side when you put it on.
This is the knit side (not the right side).
Here I’m wearing it with THE pink chinos.
And the purl side (not the wrong side) look like this. The receding lines at the center and on the sides of the knit side are fake seam columns and become decorative stitches on the purl side.
The sweater goes with ordinary jeans of course!
It is worked from the top down, from provisionally cast on shoulder stitches. As any “marin-style” garment, it has a boat neckline which is worked in a rather particular way. The front and back are worked separately first, then joined to be worked in the round, then divided into two at the end to create split hems.
It is a dropped shoulder sweater and some tricks are used to remove the bulk at the underarm.
The gauge is 17 stitches to 10 centimeters (approximately 4 inches) so it knits up quickly!
The pattern is available on Ravelry in print format in English and French. As I wrote in the Princing Policy, the print version in a sigle language is cheaper on my website than on Ravelry. And the mobile version is only available on my website.
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La Provence sweater