Welcome to the Catamount sweater page! So glad you stopped by.
This pattern is now available for sale for $6.00. Simply click the button below. It will take you to a page where you can pay securely through Paypal, the pattern will be automatically sent to you as a PDF download.
Below are the updates from the knit along held in September and October. Pattern details (notions, gauge, schematic) are at the bottom.
This is the final pattern update of the knit-along! How is everyone’s sweater coming out? I know a number of people were still on the sleeves when I posted the joining, so if you’re on the original time line you may just be getting to the joining section now. If that’s the case, don’t worry. I’ll be leaving the pattern here, just the way it is, until October 13th. Please note that date. In my October 13th update I will introduce the pay-for-download PDF version of this pattern and the free version will be gone. It’ll be formatted for printing, with pretty photographs and styled as my other PDF patterns are. If you’re not done by the 13th please save this page to your computer or print it out ahead of time!
Here’s part 4 of the pattern. This is the joining section. For all of you still working on the sleeves I’ve decided I’ll be leaving the full pattern up an extra week at the end, so you’ll still have the 6 weeks I’d planned from the start for knitting. I hope you’re all enjoying this sweater, this is the time when it really starts coming together!
Part 3 of the pattern is live!
And can you guess what part 4 of the pattern is? If you guessed “the second sleeve” then you’re right! In an effort not to slow people down, but also not too move to fast, here’s what I propose:
- Knit your first sleeve.
- If you have time, move right on to the second.
- Let me know if you want the second sleeve to be the update on the 22nd, or if you’re ready to move forward.
Either post below or in the Catamount thread on ravelry. I’ll be democratic, whichever option gets the most votes wins!
I’d also really love to do a blog post showing people’s progress. So if you want to be in my blog please provide me with a photo of your stripy goodness! All I need is the HTML coding to link to your photo (from flickr, or whichever photo site you prefer) If you want I can link your blog (or site or ravelry project) so send me that info too! My e-mail is becky (dot) herrick (at) gmail (dot) com. If you want to be included please send me something by the 21st and the post will go up on the 22nd.
Hello out there? All I hear is crickets, and the clicking of knitting needles… There are some very pretty stripes showing up on Ravelry though! If people would rather chat on Ravelry then here, feel free to show off your progress in the Catamount thread I started awhile back.
I hope everyone reading this is as excited as I am! I can’t wait to see how you all interpret this sweater! I’ve been wanting to enjoy mine, but the end of August has been unexpectedly hot, and even I don’t want to wear a wool/mohair sweater when it’s 88F.
Please feel free (please!) to share a link to a photo or blog post about your sweater if you have one available. I’d love to follow along with everyone’s progress. Or just leave your comments in a comment below!
DPNs: double pointed needles
EOR: end of round
k2tog: knit to stitches together. Right leaning decrease.
m1: Make 1 stitch: Insert left needle, from front to back, under strand of yarn which runs between last stitch on left needle and first stitch on right needle; knit this stitch through back loop. 1 stitch increased.
pm: place marker
slm: slip marker
ssk: slip two stitches individually as if to knit, knit together through back loop. Left
RS: right side of work
WS: wrong side of work
w&t: Bring yarn between needles, slip next st from left needle to right needle and bring yarn around stitch. Return stitch to left needle. Turn work so other side is facing and bring yarn to correct side to work next row as directed.
I’d love to have some input on what everyone would like for the schedule of this Catamount KAL. I’ve been flying through my sweater, but I want the knit along to be at a more average pace. I know not everyone gets 3 or 4 hours of knitting time each day… So:
How long does it will take you to knit a fitted sweater at a fairly large gauge? (or how long do you think it will, if you’re new to sweater knitting?) I’m finding this sweater is fast in the way Owls by Kate Davies was fast – big gauge and well fitted makes the knitting a breeze. I am thinking that the knit along should run for about 6-8 weeks, but I’m open to suggestions!
How often would you like to have the pattern updated? I was thinking, if the knit along is 6 weeks, I’d divide the knitting into 6 fairly equal parts put the next one up each week. Of course this means that some weeks the directions will be more complicated while other weeks they’d be mostly stockinette knitting. Would that be a problem, or a nice breather/ chance for people to catch up?
Finally, I’m currently planning to put all the pattern updates on this page. That way you can find everything you need all in one place. Another option would be to make the updates part of my regular blog with a special tag. Does anyone have a preference?
Thanks for your input!
Catamount is a cardigan with buttons at the top and an A-line front opening. This sweater has some waist shaping as well to provide a flattering fit. The stripes of color are highlighted by changes in texture which involve working both knit and purl rows on both the right side and wrong side of the fabric. Catamount will be perfect for wearing around campus on a chilly fall day in Burlington VT, or to keep you warm no matter where you are!
I’m still finishing up knitting Catamount myself. And the pattern is headed out to a tech editor this week. Assuming everything goes as planned I will be posting the first portion of the pattern the first week in September. I will check in here regularly during the knit along, so any time you have questions you can just comment right here and I’ll be around to help out!
This pattern will be available for free, right here, for the duration of the knit along. The pattern will be fully tech edited and ready to go. Once the knit along is complete I will be taking down the free pattern, and a PDF of the completed pattern will become available for sale. I will give plenty of notice before removing the free pattern, but if you do not save it ahead of time I will not be providing it free of charge at a later date.
Right now I’m providing a sketch, some schematics, gauge, and yardage estimates so you can plan ahead and be ready to dive in when the first portion of the pattern goes live! It’s also listed in Ravelry so if you’re a member you can add it to your queue right now!
Yarn: I’m knitting Catamount in Green Mountain Spinnery, Mountain Mohair; 70% wool, 30% mohair; 140yds/skein. The colors are: (MC) Claret, (CC1) Sky Blue, (CC2) Raspberry, and (CC3) Clove. You will need: 3(3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7) skeins of your MC and just 1 skein of each CC to complete the sweater. To be more specific I’d estimate you’ll need 55(60, 70, 75, 85, 100, 110, 115, 125) yards of each CC.
Gauge: 17sts and 26 rows to 4inches (10cm) in stockinette. Needles size US9 (5.5mm), or size needed to obtain gauge.
The garter stripe sections have a different gauge due to the high amount of garter stitch in them. They knit up at 15 sts and 28 rows to 4inches, and some of the waist and yoke shaping depend on this.
3 buttons 1.5 inches, other sizes will work if you are willing to adjust the buttonhole size
circular or straight needles and DPNs in the size to get gauge
4 stitch markers
scrap yarn to hold stitches
Skills: You will need to know how to:
long tail cast on
knit and purl, both working flat and in the round.
ssk and k2tog
Kitcheners (for sts under each arm)
weave in ends
wrap stitches and turn work for shoulder shaping
This pattern will have no seaming!
To fit bust size: 28(32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60)
Sweaters sizes are listed by recommended bust circumference. The sweater is not designed to close in the front until the yoke – well above the natural bust. The bust, waist, and lower hem are designed to be less then your full circumference at those places so the sweater will drape open.
A note on sizing:
This sweater is designed to be worn with negative ease in the body and zero ease in the yoke. That being said the schematic shows the actual measurements of the sweater at each point while giving a “to fit” recommendation at the bottom.
Several knitters have chosen to knit a size or more larger to give more room in the body. If you choose to do this keep in mind the garter stitch yoke already has more ease built in. Consider working just enough increases before the yoke to give yourself the correct stitch count for the size recommended to fit your bust size. This should ensure an accurate fit across the shoulders.